Welcome to the Sei Tou Ken Yu Kai Canterbury Kendo Club

The Canterbury Kendo Club was founded by Alex Bennett in 1988 following his rotary exchange to Chiba, Japan.

We welcome members aged 10 and above.


Marian College

122 Barbadoes Street, Christchurch (just before Moorhouse Avenue)

Onsite parking available 

INTAKE FOR TERM 1 2023 IS NOW OPEN - Click here  to sign up now

Free Kendo taster: Wednesday 25 January 2023, 6-8pm, Marian College. Please register to attend.

This 2 hour intoduction to Kendo will showcase what you can expect from our beginners course, what you can achieve through your kendo journey, and give you a taster of the basics of kendo. If you decide to continue, you can join our 10 week Introduction to Kendo class.

Wednesday: 6-8pm starting from February 1 2023

Introduction to Kendo: 

In this 10 week introduction to Kendo, we will teach you the basics of the Japanese martial art of sword fighting.
By the end of the course, you would have learnt
- the basic kendo strikes
- the first 5 bokuto no keiko hou
- the first 3 kata
- kirikaeshi

By the end of the course, those who wish to continue into Term 2, will be offered the opportunity to sit their first grading.

Pre-requisite: No experience necessary

Advancing your Kendo

Throughout the term you will begin to refine your kendo with a focus on
- ki ken tai ichi
- distance
- waza training
- shiai training

By the end of the term, those who wish to participate in shiai (competitions) will have the opportunity to go for selection, and those who wish to grade will have the opportunity to grade.

Pre-requisite: 4th kyu+

All members welcome.

16th Dec
We are thrilled to announce that Sei Tou Ken Yu Kai Canterbury Kendo Club members took out all major titles at the 2019 South Island Championships. Women’s Kyu: 1st: Eunice Song 2nd: Mayce Ballentyne Women’s Open/Yuko Hirabayashi [more…]
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