Founded in 1981, under the direction of Sensei Tetsuo Komizu, the Austin Kendo Doshikai (AKD) and the University of Texas Kendo Association (UTKA) helped establish a Kendo presence in Austin. Together, the two clubs provide a community in which the people of Austin can learn and practice Kendo.
While UTKA is primarily targeted towards UT students, faculty, and staff, AKD is open to kendoka. If you are not a current UT student, faculty, or staff, but are still interested in learning Kendo, please contact Austin Kendo Doshikai or visit their website.
The concept of Kendo is to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the katana:
The purpose of practicing Kendo is; To mold the mind and the body, To cultivate a vigorous spirit, And through correct and rigid training, To strive for improvement in the art of Kendo To hold in esteem human courtesy and honor To associate with others with sincerity, And to forever pursue the cultivation of oneself. Thus will one be able to love his country and society, To contribute to the development of culture And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.
Kendo originated from Kenjitsu, the actual form of sword fighting used by the samurai until the Meiji Era. Over the years, wooden swords replaced real swords to reduce injury during training. By the latter half of the 18th century, the samurai class started to disappear and the study of the sword became more of a mental discipline rather than a practical fighting form. It was around this time that modern kendo took form: the use of protective armor and a bamboo sword (the shinai) were introduced to further reduce injury to the participants and standard regulations for matches and practice were established.
The first practice for the Fall 2014 semester will be held on Thursday, September 4. There will be a practice held on Thursday, August 28, for returning members, as well.
Practices are held weekly in the Anna Hiss Gym, Room 22. Returning members should note that there is a location change. As a result, practice times have also been shifted.
Weekly Practice Schedule
If you are interested in watching practice, shoot us an email or just drop by.
No previous experience.
If you are interested, contact us or just drop by one of our Thursday practices.
While the recruitment period lasts through the year, if you have already missed a significant portion of the semester, be sure to email us first.
The first lesson you attend is a trial period with no commitment. After that, we ask that all beginners pay the $100 club fee. This fee covers the cost of the uniform (hakama and keiko-gi) and the shinai (bambo practice sword), as well as club dues for the semester. Returning members will only have to pay the $30 club dues.
After completing the first semester, all members are entitled to borrow protective gear from the club. Although you are welcome to just use the club gear, we do strongly encourage you to purchase your own as there can be shortages.
If you already have some kendo experience and are interested in joining, contact us or drop by. We'll provide you with as much equipment as we can, once you pay the basic club dues ($30).
It should be pointed out that any club equipment you borrow is yours to use and take care off as long as you come to practice on a regular basis (at least once/week). We have an insufficient number of sets to cover all the regular and the "occasional" members.
Not a student, faculty, or staff?
Unfortunately, because we are a university sponsored club, we cannot accept members that are not current UT students, faculty, or staff. If you are still interested in learning Kendo, please contact Austin Kendo Doshikai or visit their website.
Save the date: Saturday, October 11th, 2014.