San Diego Kendo Club

San Diego Kendo Club


Shinpan keiko
Shinpan keiko
The three yudansha senpais teaching the dojo what they've learned at the shinpan seminar last Sunday.
Photos from 9/13/2019
Training hard in the summer heat!!
Congratulations to the SDKC kyu group!
Jeff, Soma, Mana, and Nanami all passed their promotional test at Today’s shinsa!
Congrats Kaiyu Mana and Nanami!
Congratulations to Kaiyu for winning the Jeffrey Durham Kendo Scholarship. And Mana and Nanami for receiving the SDKC Scholarship! (Soma received on behalf of Mana) Good luck to you all at the Junior Nationals!

The San Diego Kendo Club offers courses in kendo and practices it as a form of budo that trains the mind and body.

Operating as usual

[06/03/20]   Hello Everyone,
We hope you are all staying safe amid both the COVID pandemic and the protests. While this may seem like dark times, these events shall pass and we will come out of it stronger, and ready to tackle any obstacle. In regards to reopening, we are still working with officials and the SCKO board. This process takes time, but I want to assure you all, that this planning will help keep everyone safe. In the mean time, we will be updating the workout list on Facebook later this week. We have also added some other video links so you can continue to enjoy Kendo in the comfort of your own home. Please see below:

Elite high school training:

Working on wrist movement with a ball:

Building physique in Kendo:

2019 European Kendo Championships Men’s Final

2019 European Kendo Championships Women’s Team Final

15th World Kendo Championships Men’s final

Jodan vs. Nito

Itokazu Sensei Nito:

Please continue to stay active, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us in the message window. Thank you all for your patience and consideration.


Hello Everyone,

While these new times may seem difficult, we are all in this together as a community and as a family. Even though San Diego Kendo Club may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19, you can still do Kendo and suburi at home. Below is workout you can do in your spare time to stay active. Before doing this, please warm-up with a walk or run, and stretching exercises. Please trying to engage in some form of physical activity at least 30 consistent minutes a day 5 days a week. For the suburi, please make sure you have enough room to swing overhead (high ceilings or outside). Feel free to join this Facebook group [email protected] to see what other kenshi all over the world are doing to help pass the time. Hellen Keller once said, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." As a dojo and as a team, we will get through this together and while still accomplishing our goals. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out at any time.

Well Wishes,
San Diego Kendo Club

[03/13/20]   Update 3/13 at 1:30 pm:
Thank you all for your patience. Practice is canceled tonight due to a power outage at the school. It will also be cancelled through April 10th due to the coronavirus issue. We know you all have been working hard towards shinsa and tournaments, but we appreciate your consideration during this time. Please continue to practice suburi and kata at home. We will continue to update you on practices and events as things progress. Thank you 🙏

[03/13/20]   Hello Everyone,
I know some of you have questions regarding future Kendo practices during the coronavirus outbreak. I am currently speaking directly to SCKO board members and the school district. With that being said, tonight the dojo will be open from 7:30pm-8:30pm for just kata tutoring. You do not need to wear dogi, and you can come in your street clothes. Please only bring your bokken. This practice is optional, If you would like to stay home, we will honor and respect your decision.

There is a possibility that practices will be cancelled for the rest of the month. We are monitoring the situation on a weekly basis and will continue to be in contact with you all. Please continue to wash your hands and be mindful of your surroundings. As a dojo, we will overcome this challenge and continue to be successful in our Kendo endeavors. Thank you


剣道 - Kendo - Der Weg des Schwertes

Check out this video highlighting Kendo in Germany. San Diego Kendo Club is featured as well as one of our instructors von Hahn Sensei.

Was ist Kendo? Wer kann alles Kendo machen? Warum machen Menschen Kendo? In diesem Video wollen wir ein paar Antworten auf diese Fragen geben.


Happy New Year! 2019 was filled with great and fun events: students going to college, 100% pass rate for Rank tests for all San Diego students, national winners, birthdays, meeting new people, scholarship winners and more. 2020 looks even brighter as head into the new year. Here is just a look at some of the great times 2019 brought us. Please enjoy your holiday and we look forward to seeing you in the new year! 🎉🎊🍾


Merry Christmas and Happy holidays from the San Diego Kendo Club! 🎄🍾❄️


Photos from San Diego Kendo Club's post


Thank you Rika Iketani for the Jodan lesson! Have a safe trip and please come visit again!


Congratulations to San Diego Kendo Club's Isabel Lorimer and Rika Iketani for achieving Top 8 at the Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation North American Women's Championship in Seattle, Washington. They fought many strong competitors from Canada, USA, Mexico and more this past weekend.


Thank you Filipa Ab of Team Portugal and Haruna Ariga of Butokuden Dojo for visiting us. Good luck in the European Kendo Championships!


Proud of our newest nationally-placed members!


Congratulations to our juniors at the Junior All United States Kendo championships:
Mana Kondo (3rd place team)
Kaiyu Sugiyama (1st place individuals and 2nd place teams)

Way to represent SCKO and San Diego Kendo Club with all your heart.

[04/06/19]   Good Luck to Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO) and the San Diego Kendo Club juniors at the Junior National Championship in Atlanta this weekend!


Thank you Miura Sensei for coming to practice and helping us develop our strong and fierce Kendo. Please come again soon!


Congratulations to 3 of our junior members:
Kaiyu Sugiyama: Jeffrey Durham Scholarship
Nanami Oki: San Diego Kendo Club Scholarship
Mana Kondo: San Diego Kendo Club Scholarship

Please wish them good luck as they embark on their journey to the All United States Kendo Championships in Atlanta, Georgia this year!


Merry Christmas from the San Diego Club!!!


Congrats to all our competitors from the Southern California Kendo Organization Christmas tournament. We had awesome results!

[11/24/18]   Happy holidays! Remember, there is no kendo tonight. Please enjoy your rest and we will see you next friday 11/30/18.


Happy Birthday to Lorimer Sensei!
Although he passed away last year, his spirit still lives on with his family, students and the San Diego Kendo Club.


San Diego Kendo Club


Our very own Lorimer Sensei had the honor of participating in the Nihon Kendo Kata demonstration at the SCKO individuals championship. Otsukare Sensei!


The Lorimer Cup at the Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO) individual championship.


Map for Wangenheim Middle School - Practice Location


Congrats to our winners of the SCKO Christmas tournament. Happy holidays from the San Diego Kendo Club!


Over the weekend, we were honored to have 6 very special guests from Japan at practice. Thank you Hashizume Sensei, Sonoda Sensei, and Yokoyama Sensei for all your lessons and guidance. We hope you will come visit again soon.


Late post, thank you Chun for visiting and practicing with us! Hope you have a safe trip back to the Netherlands and we hope to see you again soon.

Untitled Album 11/08/2015

SCKO Individual Tournament Opening Ceremony 11/08/2015

SCKO Individual Tournament | San Diego Kendo Club Good job to our 3 members Raul, Masaki and Yuuki for their participation in the Southern California Kendo Organization Individual Tournament. They gave strong f...


Timeline Photos

Untitled Album 09/09/2015

Untitled Album


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Thank you Rika Iketani for the Jodan lesson! Have a safe trip and please come visit again!




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