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San Fernando Valley Kendo Dojo
Take a look around, or better yet, come in and practice with us. If you've got any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.

WANT TO JOIN?: The next opportunity for beginners to join the dojo will be Monday, April 1st at 7:15pm. Please e-mail us ahead of time so that we can let you know what you need to be prepared. More information is available here.


SFV Kendo Dojo is in the greater Los Angeles area in Southern California, and is a member of the SCKF and AUSKF.

What is Kendo

The Word "Kendo"
Kendo () is a combination of two Japanese words - ken () meaning sword and do () meaning road or "way". The result is "the way of the sword".

Martial Art or Sport?
Kendo, the "way of the sword," is the most respected form of modern budo in Japan, and has perhaps the closest links to many aspects of the classical martial tradition. Although it may be broadly categorized as the ritualized, sportive version of Japanese fencing, kendo is neither a viable combat art nor is it a pure sport. The modern heir to the social, cultural, and philosophical heritage of the Japanese martial tradition, kendo is perceived by most experienced practitioners to be an essentially spiritual discipline. (Draeger 1974:77)