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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