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Kendo Club


8:30 pm-11:00 pm
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Meeting Location: 
Mueller Center, Second Floor, Multipurpose Rooms 1 & 2
Mueller Center, Second Floor, Multipurpose Rooms 3 for Mondays


David Lin

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RPI Meitokukan Kendo Club is a joint affiliated club to practice the

martial art of kendo.


Kendo (Literally Way of Sword) is the art of practicing swordsmanship. 

The equipment used to practice kendo are the shinai (bamboo swords) and

the bogu (armor).  The bogu covers the head (called men), the wrists

(called kote), and the body (called do).  There are eight areas that can

be hit to count as a point in a tournament.  Four are on the men, two

for each of the wrists and two for each side of the body.  Three of the

four on the men are the top of the head and either side of the top, and

the fourth is the throat (called tsuki), though the fourth is difficult

and avoided in case of injury.


RPI Meitokukan Kendo is a national affiliated as well as collegiate

affiliated club, meaning we are eligible to take the All United States

Kendo Federation regulated promotion tests as well as tournaments.  We

practice three times a week 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM on Mondays, 6:00 PM

- 8:00 PM on Thursdays, and 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM on Saturdays.  During

our practices we open, warm up, and go into striking practices.  During

striking practice we practice our​ waza (techniques) and our general strikes. 

Near the end of practice we spar either in ji-geiko or kakari-geiko. Ji-geiko

 is normal sparring, where we practice our techniques in real time, while

kakari-geiko is a nonstop striking drill where one person strikes constantly

while the other opens up targets.  After keiko (general term for sparring) we

close practice.  Our practice is more informal, though we still practice

strict etiquette and procedure.  We go to quite a few national

tournaments in the year including Boston and Garden State Kendo as well

as quite a few collegiate level tournaments including Rutgers and

Harvard.  We have a sister school in Amherst called Sei Zen Kai Dojo,

the head of which is Thomas Hooper Sensei, a renshi roku-dan, the

equivalent of a sixth degree black belt.  We are a child school of Ken

Zen Dojo in New York City as well, and we take promotion tests at Ken




President (David Lin  Vice President Maggie Caridi (, and our Treasurer Sota  Otsuka (  

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