Competitive Clubs

Kendo

Ravens Kendo Eligibility Certificate 2019-20

About:

The Carleton University Kendo Club is a non for profit student-run club that is dedicated to practicing the Japanese martial art of Kendo – the Way of the Sword.   We began our club in September 2012, and since then we’ve been improving every year. Despite being a relatively new club, we have slowly been having better tournament results each year!

We compete at intercollegiate and national events supported by the Canadian Kendo Federation. Canadian Kendo competitions are open invitation and divisions are split based on rank.

Outside of tournaments and practice, we hold events and gatherings which any member, old or new, are welcome to attend. We’re a tight-knit group of friends and are always enthusiastic for new members to join us!

2020-21 Competitive Schedule :

  • Intercollegiate tournament hosted by Waterloo Jan. 2021@ Stratford
  • Detroit Meet, Feb. 2021 @ Detroit Kendo Club
  • University of Toronto Invitational, Mar. 2021 @ University of Toronto
  • Additional competitions may vary

Practice Information:

Any student is eligible to join the Carleton University Kendo Club. We don’t hold tryouts, and the joining dates are the first three weeks of the Fall or Winter semester. The first two practices are free of charge for new members. Our goal is to let everyone have the opportunity to enjoy Kendo.

Our practices are divided into three classes which are Beginner, Advanced and Mixed.

In the beginner class, the focus will be on learning basic footwork as well as basic cuts and strikes required for sparring. Everyone is welcome to join the beginners class, as well as advanced members may participate in order to review the basics.

In the advanced class, the focus is more on advanced drills and sparring. This class is only for advanced members. Upon completion of the beginner stage and when the instructor and senior members allow it, beginners will wear bogu (sparring armour) and join the advanced class.

For the mixed class, we’ll be running two classes side-by-side and also have some mixed drills between advanced and beginner members. Everyone is welcome to this class and it provides a great opportunity for beginners to sharpen their skills with advance members.

Almost all of our members joined us without any prior knowledge or experience in Kendo, so please don’t be worried if you are completely new!

Practice Information: 

Any student is eligible to join the Carleton University Kendo Club. We don’t hold tryouts, and the joining dates are the first three weeks of the Fall or Winter semester. The first two practices are free of charge for new members. Our goal is to let everyone have the opportunity to enjoy Kendo.

Due to COVID-19, we will be holding practice differently compared to prior years. We will hold 2 online during the week as well as one in person practice outdoors during the weekend. These practices focus mainly on the fundamentals of kendo, such as proper striking, footwork, and spirit (Kiai).

Almost all of our members joined us without any prior knowledge or experience in Kendo, so please don’t be worried if you are completely new!

Once the athletics building reopens their smaller rooms, we will resume our regular practice sessions as per the following:

Our practices are divided into three classes which are Beginner, Advanced and Mixed.

In the beginner class, the focus will be on mastering the fundamentals of kendo, such as the main strikes and the footwork required to perform them. Everyone is welcome to join the beginners class, including advanced members looking to revisit the basics.

In the advanced class, the focus is more on learning new techniques and sparring. Upon completion of the beginner stage and when the instructor and senior members allow it, beginners will wear bogu (sparring armour) and join the advanced class.

For the mixed practices, we run both the beginner and advanced classes side-by-side as well as some mixed drills between advanced and beginner members. Everyone is welcome to this class and it provides a great opportunity for beginners to sharpen their skills with advanced members.

Practice Schedule: 

The current schedule for the 2020-21 academic year is below:

  • Monday, 6pm – 7pm, Online via Zoom
  • Wednesday, 6pm – 7pm, Online via Zoom

Club Fees: 

The registration cost will be correlated to athletics’ rental facilities, since for the Fall semester (September – December) will be waiting for updates on more information regarding the university’s situation. We try to keep costs as low as possible since we are a student-run club. Registration costs for the winter semester (January – April) will also vary depending on the university’s situation.

A beginner to Kendo only needs a shinai(bamboo sword) and shinai bag to practice for the first few months. After gaining more experience a member will need to purchase a hakama gi (traditional practice clothes) and then finally bogu to practice Kendo fully. The cost for equipment* is as follows:

  • Shinai(Bamboo Sword): $30
  • Shinai Bag: $10
  • Hakama and Gi(Practice Clothes): $80
  • Bogu(Armour): $400

*we purchase all of our equipment in bulk in order to keep costs as low as possible for students

How to Join: 

For any inquiries, or if you wish to join, please feel free to reach out to cu.kendo@gmail.com or join us on Facebook at Carleton University Kendo Club. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Instructors: 

Daniel Lau (Head Instructor 3-dan)

Dylan Goudie (Assistant Instructor Ikkyu)

 

Main Club Contacts: 

President: Devlin Vong

Vice President: Alex Waworuntu

Treasurer: Steve Zhu

Club Advisor: Eben De Shane-Gill

Executive Team Contact: cu.kendo@gmail.com

  • Israel Babalola
  • Nader St-Amant

Facebook: Carleton University Kendo Club.

2020 Stratford Intercollegiate

2019 Stratford Intercollegiate

2018 JCCC Senior Tournament 

2018 York Intercollegiate

2017 Carleton Intercollegiate

2016 Ryerson Intercollegiate

2015 York Intercollegiate