The Burlington Kendo Club offers traditional Kendo under the instruction of Yamashita-Sensei (6th Dan) and Robertson-Sensei (5th Dan). We are a non-profit organization, and a member of the Canadian and Ontario Kendo Federations.
If you are interested in martial arts, sports, or physical activity. Drop in for a free practice to see if kendo is right for you!
Mondays: 7:30 – 9:30 PM.
Practice runs every Monday, except for Holiday Mondays. Practice starts September 12, 2016 and continues until June of 2017.
For practice cancellations, check Burlington Kendo Club’s Facebook group for the latest updates.
Drop in for a free practice session. All ages welcome!
Tansley Woods Community Centre (Gymnasium)
1996 Itabashi Way
Burlington, Ontario L7M 4J8
Yamashita Sensei, 6th Dan
Having traveled the world as a multi-time member of Team Canada, he has been a Kendo player since his youth. Affiliated with the Etobicoke Kendo Club, the Burlington Club is lucky to have him as Head Instructor.
Robertson Sensei, 5th Dan
Now practicing for over 15 years, he was one of only two Canadians selected to attend the 2005 Kendo Seminar in Japan. While there, he trained intensely and received instruction from many high ranking Japanese Sensei.
$35 / month
If you are thinking of joining, don’t worry about fees for the first few weeks. Just try out the practice for free!
When you decide to join, you can pay $350 for the year or pro-rated for the number of months ahead.
Payable to “Burlington Kendo Club”.
Please submit cheque to Yamashita-Sensei or Mann-Sensei (Treasurer).
As in the case with all Kendo Clubs, the Burlington Kendo Club’s instructors are volunteers, and are not paid for their instruction. We are a non-profit club, and our monthly fee of $35 merely helps to cover club costs such as facility rental and dojo fee toward the Ontario Kendo Federation (OKF).
You must also register with the Canadian Kendo Federation, which has an annual membership fee of $35 every January, payable directly through their website.
Structure of Practice
A typical practice at the club consists of stretching and warm-up exercises to start, followed by basic footwork, strikes, or stylized forms (kata), and finishing with sparring (keiko).
Beginners will practice the basic strikes and footwork both on their own, and with partners (motodachi), who will provide the targets for them.
Senior Players will practice with each other in full armour (bogu).
When can I join?
You can come any time we have class. You don’t have to wait until a new semester starts. If you decide to join the club, your membership fees are also pro-rated for the remaining number of months.
Can I watch?
Yes, absolutely. In fact, there are always several people watching us through the large windows to the gym. If you want a better view, come right into the gym and get a closer look!
(Bonus tip: if you come between 7:15-7:30 pm, you can come chat with the instructors and other members before practice starts.)
Do I need to register before coming?
No, it’s not necessary. However, if you are coming as a large group (or with several kids), send us a message so we can prepare enough shinai (bamboo swords) for everyone.
What should I wear on my first visit?
Standard gym clothing would be fine (T-shirt, gym shorts or pants). Since kendo is practice barefoot, there’s no shoe requirement, but you may find sports tape or bandaids useful for your feet if you’re not used to walking barefoot. We will lend you a shinai (bamboo sword) for your first few practices.
As a member from another kendo dojo, can I join your practice?
Yes, any time! There is no fee, as long as you are already a CKF member at another dojo. Just give us a heads-up on our Facebook page or send us an email.