The Concept of Kendo
The concept of Kendo is to discipline the human character through the applied study of the katana or Japanese sword.
The Purpose of Practicing Kendo
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.
Thus will one be able
To love his country and society,
To contribute to development of culture,
And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.
About our Kendo Master
We are an officialy recognized Kendo Club, mentored by Sensei Shuji Matsushita and affiliated with the Eastern US Kendo Federation (EUSKF).
Born in 1950 on the island of Kyushu, Japan, Matsushita Sensei started practicing kendo at the age of 7. In 1974 he entered the Shin Kage Ryu Integrated Budo Dojo where he was apprenticed for the next 7 years in Kendo, Iaido, Taijitsu, Judo and Karate. At the age of 31 he received a Master’s Degree in Shin Kage Ryu.
During this period he left his mark in many tournaments; finishing three times within the Top 8 of the All Tokyo Kendo Championship, Team Division Championship of the Shinjuku Kendo Championship, and the Team and Individual Divisions Champion of the Koshigaya Open Kendo Championship.
In 1978 Matsushita Sensei was featured in the documentary movie, Budo, which won awards at the Miami International Film Festival.
In 1998 he founded Shu Do Kan Dojo in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, instructing classes in Kendo, Iaido and Taijitsu training. Additionally, he provided coaching and teaching to the Cornell Kendo Club, Rochester Institute of Technology Kendo Club and the Towanda High School Kendo Club.
He was champion in the All Eastern US Kendo Federation Kendo Championship consecutively twice and place 1st place in the Detroit Open Kendo Tournament Team Division twice.
In 2002 Matsushita Sensei founded Meishin Muso Ryu school of Iaido and has worked to promote his school in both Japan and the United States. He currently holds the rank of 7th Dan in Kendo from the All Japan Kendo Federation.
"The Martial Arts Studio is the best. I have always felt welcome here and Sensei La France's knowledge ensures that I am getting the best training possible." -- B. Rose
Kendo, is the art of Japanese fencing. "Ken" or tsurugi is from the character meaning sword. The character for "Do" or michi includes the meaning way or path which translates as "The way of the sword". A path in life which is followed through the training of kendo.
For centuries, Kendo was strictly regarded as a Samurai art. Today, Kendo is a revered art form that is practiced as an international sport. And YOU, have the opportunity here at The Martial Arts Studio to train with an international icon in the art... Sensei Shuji Matsushita.
Kendo, like other martial arts, requires discipline and a dedication to training. As a new student , you would begin by learning the basics such as...
* Etiquette (reigi)
* Different postures and footwork
* And how to properly swing a sword.
All these things will prepare you for training with armor (bogu).
Come learn how to swing a sword with us. Begin your Kendo training today by scheduling an appointment or giving us a call.
Full-time dojo serving Chester County since 1998.
14 N. Village Ave. Exton, PA
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