Club profiles: Kendo


Kendo, or the Way of the Sword, is the Japanese art of fencing. Using lightweight armour and bamboo foils, kendo is full contact, but perfectly safe. As an outgrowth of classical schools of Japanese sword fighting, kendo is a unique expression of Japanese culture; being heavily influenced by the martial code of Bushido and the philosophy of Zen Buddhism, it is a way of cultivating respect, focus and discipline. As such, kendo is suitable for people of all ages, genders and fitness levels as a means of strengthening the body, the mind and the character.


NUIG Kendo Club was officially established in 2015. Over the past two years, we have grown from a fledgling club to a solid group of practitioners, and it is our hope to add many new kenshi to our ranks in the coming years.


As time goes on, we're levelling up. January 2016 saw three of our members travel to Dublin for the National Kyu Grading, where they received the grades of 6th, 5th and 2nd kyu. Before long we will be unstoppable!


With consistent practice, beginners can typically expect to be put in armour after about 6 weeks; with hard work, they would be ready for competition by second term. We are currently looking into possibilities for competing abroad.