The OCB Kendo Dojo was established in 1976 by Yoshimichi Takeda sensei and Hisashi Yamamoto sensei. Kendo focuses on disciplining one’s character through the application of the katana, or Japanese sword, and involves the proper use of footwork, strikes with the shinai (bamboo sword) and spirit. Discipline, etiquette and respect for others is also emphasized.
Beginning students are taught etiquette, basic footwork and basic strikes with the shinai. After a few weeks (actual time depends on the ability and diligence of the student), students are allowed to wear the kendo uniform (gi and hakama). After a few more weeks, students are allowed to wear bogu (kendo armor) and practice with the advanced students and sensei.
Kendo practice is held every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building (MPB) gymnasium. The head instructor is Kohjiro Kinno sensei, who holds the rank of 5 dan or 5th degree black belt. Interested parties are highly encouraged to watch a full practice session and will be given information about the class prior to enrollment. There is no age limit. Beginning students are required to purchase a shinai and tenegui (handkerchief) for a nominal fee and wear loose, workout clothing for their beginning classes.
The OCB Kendo Dojo is member of the Southern California Kendo Federation (SCKF), which is a regional federation of the All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF). The AUSKF, in turn, is a member of the International Kendo Federation (FIK), which is the worldwide governing body for the art of kendo.