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Kendo is the way of the sword. One of Japan's oldest martial arts it is now practised across the world by men and women of all ages.
Here at Denshinkan, the Cardiff Met Kendo society, we are building a club of new starters (or experienced members) as an introduction to Kendo and to take part in the University championships held each year in the UK. Last year the club reached the 1/4 finals of the championships in the team event, two of our members reached the 1/4 finals in the kyu grade (below dan grade or black belt level) division and our coach won gold in the dan grade (black belt and above) division.
The club also reached the 1/4 finals of the London cup in 2013, one of the largest competitions in the UK which had fighters from GB, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden and Japan in attendance.
However, Kendo is not purely about competing, it is a means and a way to improve yourself through the application of what are referred to as the ‘principles of the sword’. By practicing kendo you will gain better coordination, improved self-confidence, improved focus and concentration, fitness and self-control.
Our coach is James Ogle, a 4th dan member of the GB team, a registered association coach and has been practicing kendo for over 9 years. If you would like more information then email James on: firstname.lastname@example.org or just come along and join us on a Thursday evening from 8-10pm in the dance studio at Cyncoed campus.
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