The way of the sword
San Kawa Kendo Dojo was founded by Sensei Tony Hughes in 2002 and is one of the largest dojos in South Africa. We practice kendo in order to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the katana (sword).
What is Kendo?
Kendo is the art of Japanese fencing based on the ancient sword-fighting techniques of the samurai. Meaning 'way of the sword', kendo combines the physical elements of a full-contact sport with the strong martial arts values of discipline and respect. Fighters wear protective armour (bogu) and wield two-handed bamboo swords (shinai). Kendo can be safely practised by men, women and children of all ages.
introduction to Kendo: Beginners Course
Start your kendo journey here!
Want to try kendo but don't know where to start? We run a 1-month Introduction to Kendo Beginners Couse starting on the first Tuesday of every month. The course is designed to help you learn the basics of kendo under the guidance of our senior instructors.
Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday, and are broken up into two sessions: a senior class for more advanced members and a beginner/intermediate class.
6.30pm to 7.30pm
7.30pm to 8.30pm
Come visit us
San Kawa is conveniently located on Bolton Road in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and has been utilising the Rosebank Scout Hall for the last 8 years. We welcome visitors and anyone can watch a session.
Get in touch
If you would like to visit the dojo or have any questions about Kendo or joining San Kawa, don't hesitate to contact us. Our dedicated dojo committee will be in touch. Alternatively check out our FAQ section.