Descending from the ancient Samurai techniques of Kenjutsu (Sword Arts) some 400 years ago, Kendo is the Art of Japanese Fencing. It is played all over the world and can be enjoyed safely by people of any age and sex at any level. Kendo improves hand-eye coordination, strength and over-all fitness. The student learns from the safety of extensive armour and points are scored points using Shinai (Bamboo swords). Practitioners are often described as "peaceful people" and inherit a sense of chivalry long thought to be lost in today 's society .
Training is on Mondays and Thursdays at
6.30pm - 8pm Cost is $5 per session
In medieval Japan, class separated the people. Farmers were below the Samurai and were not permitted to carry the long-sword. Struggles against bandits were common and the farmers devised a brilliant method of protecting themselves with a simple wooden stick about 127cm long. This became known as a Jo and thus the Art of Jodo was born. The Jo was also used in daily life as a tool (i.e. carrying water buckets over the shoulders etc). Easily underestimated, the Jo could disarm a swordsman with frightening speed and could also be used against other weapons. Because it is more technique than brute strength involved it became a popular weapon of choice for women.
Sessions are on Sunday 6.00pm - 8.00pm Cost is $10 per session.