Welcome to the official website of the Yale Kendo Club! We are a student-run club sport organization at Yale University. Practice and membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning about the martial art of Kendo. Please see the side menu for practice times and locations (you will need a gym membership for PWG). Drop by any time to observe a class, or if you have any questions about joining us.
Kendo is a vigorous, full-contact martial art utilizing shinai (bamboo swords) and bogu (protective armor). As such, the instructors of the Yale Kendo Club ensure a safe training environment by adhering to a strict practice regimen. New students will learn the basic movement, footwork, grip and swing in order to train without injuring oneself or others. After the first semester of training, students will be introduced to practicing in full bogu.
Below is a five minute English-language introduction to Kendo by NHK Broadcasting:
Reproduced below is the official concept of Kendo published by the International Kendo Federation: