WELCOME TO THE RIVONIA KENDO CLUB
Founded in 2015, the Rivonia Kendo Dojo (RKC) is one of the youngest kendo dojos in South Africa.
The aim of the club is the promotion and development of Kendo in South Africa and the fostering of mutual trust, friendship and respect amongst its members.
The RKC is affiliated with the South African Kendo Federation (SAKF), which is in turn affiliated with the Martial Arts Association of South Africa (MAASA), the European Kendo Federation (EKF) and the International Kendo Federation (FIK).
WHAT IS KENDO
Kendo was developed as a form of practice for Japanese swordmen in the 18th century. The kendo practitioner, or kendoka, is armed with a shinai, a bamboo practice sword, and is protected by bogu, protective armour. The shinai allows full strength cuts to be made against one's training partner without the risk of injuring or killing them the same way that a real blade or a bokuto,
a wooden sword, would.
Kendo (剣道), which literally translates to "the way of the sword", is a traditional Japanese martial art which now focuses on disciplining the human character through the application of the principles of the katana, the traditional Japanese sword used by the samurai who rose to prominance during the late Heian period until the Meiji Restoration.
According to the All Japan Kendo Federation, the official governing body of kendo:
The purpose of practicing Kendo is:
To mold the mind and 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.
This will make one be able:
To love his/her country and society,
To contribute to the development of culture
And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.
(The Concept of Kendo was established by All Japan Kendo Federation in 1975.)
Training is held at the Rivonia Sports Club, in the Bowls Room
Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30pm until 8pm
Adults: R 450/month, or R 4,000 for 12 months (paid upfront)
Students: R 350 per month, or R 3,000 for 12 months (paid upfront)
All members of the Rivonia Kendo Club must also be affiliated with the South African Kendo Federation, which is a further R200 per annum.
If you would like to visit our dojo or have any questions about Kendo or joining the Rivonia Kendo Club, please feel free to contact us by filling in the form below.
6th Dan Kendo
Tony Hughes Sensei is the founding member of the San Kawa Kendo Dojo, the sister club to RKC and has been the principal teacher to the founding members of the RKC.
Hughes Sensei provides guidance and support to the local RKC instructors on curriculum and skills development within the club.
4th Dan Kendo
Warren Ho is a founding member of the RKC. Additionally, Warren is the current President of the South African Kendo Federation.
Warren has been practicing Kendo since 2003, and currently holds his 4th dan grading.
Warren has represented the South African Kendo team at three European Kendo Competitions (EKC) and two World Championship Competitions (WKC).
3rd Dan Kendo
Andrew Whittaker is a founding member of the RKC.
Andrew has been practicing kendo since 2006 and currently holds his 3rd dan grading.
Andrew has represented the South African Kendo team at the 13th World Kendo Championships in Brazil.