Welcome to Fudokan
No Kendo classes on Thursday, May 31st • No Kendo classes on Saturday, June 2nd
Special keiko with Alex Bennett Sensei and Hiro Imafuji Sensei
• Friday, June 1st •
Fudokan will be hosting a special practice with visiting Senseis:
Alex Bennett; Kyoshi 7th dan
Member of the International Committee of the All Japan Kendo Federation • Founder of Kendo World magazine • Head Coach of New Zealand National Kendo Team • Internationally recognized expert of Budo Culture
Hiro Imafuji; kendo 6th dan
Instructor at Mudokwan Japanese Martial Arts School • CEO of Kendo for Life (Kendo-Guide.com) • Host of Kendo Podcast
Date: Friday June 1, 2018
Time: Keiko 6:00–9:00 pm
followed by group dinner
Please note invites have been sent out to local area Senseis. For more information please contact Fudokan.
Fudokan provides expert instruction in the Japanese martial arts of kendo and iaido for adults and youth in the Washington DC metro area. Our members form a diverse and welcoming community that supports participation in martial arts training. This mind-body discipline enables people to build confidence, deepen self-awareness, increase determination and improve strength, fitness and coordination.
Fudokan is dedicated to the practice and teaching of the Japanese martial arts of kendo and iaido. Founded in 2015 by Rod Faghani Sensei (kendo 6th dan Renshi & iaido 4th dan), Fudokan welcomes youth and adults, from beginner through advanced levels.
We invite anyone interested in the traditional values of swordsmanship to come train with us.
Practice Schedule & Locations
Our Sidwell dojo has free private parking.
The Way of the Sword
Kendo means “the way of the sword.” It is a martial art that has evolved from the centuries-old tradition of Japanese swordsmanship. In practice, split bamboo shinai is used instead of swords. The introduction of protective equipment and the use of the shinai in modern kendo practice has made for balanced exercise of foot, hand, shinai, body and spirit. Kendo emphasizes both physical and mental discipline in a graceful, fast-moving martial art. The art of kendo remains steeped in tradition, focusing on building character, discipline, strength and respect.
Iaido is a modern Japanese martial art associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword, performing precise cuts, and returning the sword to its scabbard. Beginning and intermediate practitioners of iaido may start learning with a wooden bokken or blunt-edged sword, the iaito, while very experienced practitioners use the real sharp-edged sword. The primary focus is on training through a series of short techniques, or kata.