Ken-Zen Institute

54 Thomas St.
New York, NY 10013
(212) 406-9104 /

Locations and Practice Schedules

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Sample kendo movie(941K QuickTime Movie)

What is Kendo? Kendo is Japanese fencing derived from the ancient art of Samurai swordsmanship. Using a simulated sword made of bamboo slats, and wearing protectors, the kendoist competes against an opponent according to established scoring points and regulations. It is excellent training for mental as well as physical discipline.

The Concept of Kendo The concept of Kendo is to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the Katana (the sword). The purpose of practising Kendo is: 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 their country and society, to contribute to the development of culture, and to promote peace and prosperity among all people.


Sample iaido movie(1.8MB QuickTime Movie)

What is Iaido? Iaido is the practice of sword techniques which embody a series of cutting and thrusting movements in the drawing and resheathing of the blade. These movements are performed against an imaginary opponent, and requires great concentration.

"The essence of swordsmanship" lies in its perfection. It does not mean to cut the enemy, but rather to cut the enemy within oneself. Iaido and Kendo are sister arts. They are practices in the same spirit and, like the two wheels of a cart, they form together the art of Japanese swordsmanship.