About The Club

The Kendo Club Mission

The Kendo Club was founded at the same time as the International Budo University's opening in 1984. The university's foundation of learning is in the study of Kendo, and the club's activities make up one part of that foundation. The Kendo Club is proud of its competitive achievements, including receiving third place in the All Japan Kendo Student Championships and 1st place in the Kanto Student Championships, but its mission is to not only win at various tournaments. Instead, the club strives to become a place where those who love kendo and wish to heighten their strengths and deepen their skills can reach their goals.

There are currently 300 members in the Kendo Club. Each one of those 300 carries his or her own unique goals, but at the club they train together as a single unit. We often hear the claim, "I'm not good enough to be a member of this club," but being a member of the Kendo Club does not require any specific skill level. If you love Kendo and are ready to devote the next four years of your life to it, this is the club for you.

The Kendo Club Motto is "Hyakuren Jitoku," meaning "only if you practice something 100 times will it become a part of yourself." This is a principle founded in the true study of Kendo, under the guidance of internationally minded coaches. Following the coach's instructions, undertaking the challenges of training, not only do we strive to improve our Kendo skills, but also to become the future leaders of the Kendo world.

The Kendo Club History

The International Budo University Kendo Club was inaugurated in 1984. Its original coaches were Masao Komorizono (Kendo Hanshi Kyuu Dan, Academic Chairman), Kiyohide Sato (Kendo Hanshi Hachi Dan, Kendo Club Chairman), Minoru Ishida (Kyoshi Hachi Dan), Minoru Makita (current Club Supervisor), Minoru Oya, Akira Ijima (current Kendo Club Chairman), Mamoru Tanaka (current Coach), and Toshio Maruhashi (current Men's Director), all masters who represent Japan in the world of Kendo. In 1988, Kenjiro Oka (Kendo Hanshi Hachi Dan, Police Academy Professor) took the role of the University's Budo Professor, strengthening the foundations of the Kendo Club.

In 1985 the Club became affiliated with the Kanto Kendo Students Alliance, and since then has achieved various accomplishments in multiple tournaments, including 3rd place in the All Japan Kendo Student Championships (Men's Group Division), debuting at the All Japan Kendo Women's Student Championships (Women's Group), as well as winning first place at the Kanto Kendo Student Championships (Men's Group).

Only a quarter of a century old, the Kendo Club is still has a lot of room to grow. We hope those who share our love of Kendo will join us as the club continues on into the future.

Affiliate Alliances

All Japan Kendo Student Alliance, Kanto Kendo Student Alliance, Chiba Kendo Student Alliance

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