Contact: Dan DeLongchamp
Phone: (248) 978-3671
Hours:Mon. & Wed. 8pm-10pm
Upper Gym - IM Circle
Description of Club:
To teach, spread, and practice Kendo, the Japanese Way of the Sword.
Kendo is the Japanese martial art of fencing with a two handed cutting sword called the katana. Kendo practice is divided into kata and shinai keiko. In kata two kendoists practice a single technique in a pure setting. Each kendoist uses a solid wooden representation of a sword (bokuto), and cuts are stopped prior to contact. Kata allow a very deep study of the way of the sword.
In shinai keiko, the bokuto is exchanged for a flexible bamboo sword (shinai). Donning protective equipment allows cuts to be made realistically to full contact. Shinai keiko includes drills on basic attacking techniques, advanced combinations, and free-sparring.
The MSU Kendo Club sponsors a kendo seminar each year, and participates in regional and national level tournaments.