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The goals of kendo are to build a strong healthy body and to develop a sound character with perseverance, mental fortitude, and the ability to quickly and keenly observe, analyze, understand, and promptly cope with any situation. These qualities can be aptly applied to our everyday lives. (Kendo: Aiea Taiheiji Kendo Manual, 1995, Hawaii Kendo Federation) You are welcomed to join our practices every Wednesday night at 7:00pm at the Wahiawa Hongwanji Recreation Center.
Aloha and welcome to the Wahiawa Kendo Club website. Our club history has a long history, however we do not know exactly when it was founded. The Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission, where we practice is having its Centennial Anniversary this year. Our dojo history may not be much different from that of the missions. In plantation era, Japanese immigrants did not have much. Many took to kendo as a hobby. The Kendo population was much larger then. However, when World War II broke out, Kendo was banned in the United States. Kendo was outlawed in Japan after the war. The prohibition of Kendo was a set back for the Art and the people who practice it.
Kendo is unique because many different age groups can practice together. At one time, kenshi from 6 through 86 year old practiced together at our dojo. I can think of no other sport that has this age diversity. I think that Kendo is like a mini-society. Young ones observe their elders and respect and learn from them. Elders take care of young ones. Through kendo we learn the way of life. We promote our good health and develop a sense of well being.
I would like to finish by writing what Mr. Bruce Shoulders, our former club president, used to say when beginners came. Mr. Shoulders asked beginners why they wanted to start practicing kendo. They answered, "For self-defense." Mr. Shoulders responded, "For self-defense? Forget it. Go and get a pistol. It's faster and easier." "Kendo is for self-discipline."
Iwao Sato, Chief Instructor, Wahiawa Kendo Club