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KENDO KIDS

Mini-Samurai's in the Making! 

The KENDO KIDS Program at the RKC DOJO is a fun and interactive training program that allows a child to experience a traditional Japanese martial art using a "sword". The sword used in Kendo are 4 bamboo staves that are bound together by leather and string.  

Although the underlying art is that of Kendo, there is a mixture of other fun exercises to help the Kendo Kids develop both hard and soft skills.

 

As part of their practise, the Kendo Kids are also encouraged to use their voice while learning to move with the sword in a pre-determined manner. This encourages self-confidence, improves co-ordination, builds strength and stamina and promotes mental discipline.  As a child progresses in his/her kendo practise, they will learn to strike a pre-defined target on an opponent wearing the appropriate armour, called "bogu". These targets may be  either a "men" (head), "kote" (wrists), or "do" (torso), or a combination of these targets.  

 

When the appropriate time comes, a Kendo Kid may commit to purchasing their own set of armour, or "bogu", thereby allowing to them to then take part in full-contact sparring with their fellow classmates, or with the senior and/or sensei taking the class.  Thanks to this armour and the specific training methodologies, Kendo for children is relatively safe and injury-free.  

 

Lastly, due to the nature of Kendo, it is one of the few martial arts where size and strength DOES NOT automatically give the opponent an advantage, Rather, it can allow the smaller player to dominate his/her bigger opponent.  

The Kendo Kids program is suitable for children, both boys and girls,  as young as 6 years old. 

Other benefits include: discipline, self-control, stress relief, confidence-building, social interaction and builds resilience. 

Read about "The Rise of the Kendo Kids" at this blog link:  https://www.rkcdojo.com/post/rise-of-the-rkc-kendo-kids

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RKC Kendo Kids Program 2022
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RKC Kendo Kids Program 2022

The KENDO KIDS Program at the RKC DOJO is a fun and interactive training program that allows a child to experience a traditional Japanese martial art using a "sword". The sword used in Kendo are 4 bamboo staves that are bound together by leather and string. ​Although the underlying art is that of Kendo, there is a mixture of other fun exercises to help the Kendo Kids develop both hard and soft skills. The Kendo Kids program is suitable for children, both boys and girls, as young as 6 years old. ​Other benefits include: discipline, self-control, stress relief, confidence-building, social interaction and building resilience. ****************************************** The Ryū Ken Chi (RKC) Dojo train the traditional Japanese martial arts of Kendo and Iaido (sword-based martial arts), as well as Jodo (the art of the short staff), that encourages the cultivation of the human character. Kendo Kid is also available for children aged 6-11 years old. RKC DOJO has 2 training venues within Johannesburg - RIVONIA and OBSERVATORY. Online training is also available. Please follow us on our various social media platforms: Website: www.rkcdojo.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RKCDojo Instagram: @rkc_dojo TikTok: @rkcdojo YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/RivoniaKendoClub #kendo #iaido #jodo #kendoinafrica #kendokids #lovekendo #kendoislife #southafrica #kōkenchiai #交剣知愛 #剣道 #侍 #SamuraIExperience #martialarts #rkcdojo #rkckendo #rkciaido #rkcjodo #rkckendokids #ryukenchi
2020 STAR WARS DAY By Rivonia Kendo Club (RKC)
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2020 STAR WARS DAY By Rivonia Kendo Club (RKC)

4 May 2021 and a year has passed since this video was made to commemorate the most unusual STAR WARS DAY (May the Fourth) back in 2020 and at the height of the COVID-19 cases in South Africa. Locked-down, unable to attend kendo training together in a dojo, there was no other option other than to conduct our training online (via the Virtual Dojo)! On this day, we decided to have Star Wars themed training sessions for the Kendo Kids, as well as for the adult session! It was a great workout and lots of fun to just help ease the tension of being couped up at home for so long! A year later, despite still being in level 1 lockdown as the virus is still around, things are better as our Kendo, Kendo Kids, Iaido and Jodo members are once again allowed to train in the dojo! But, we remain ever vigilant as a 3rd Wave of infections is predicted. Let's stay safe, stay strong, but keep training hard together! MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU! ***************************************************************************** The Rivonia Kendo Club (RKC) trains Kendo and Iaido, Japanese sword-based martial arts that encourages the cultivation of the human character. Please follow us on our various social media platforms: Website: www.rivoniakendo.co.za Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RivoniaKendo Instagram: @rivonia_kendo_club YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK9UWDOR8p9eCLsrw1nuSZA #rivoniakendo #rivoniaiaido #kendo #kendoinafrica #kendokids #lovekendo #kendoislife #focus #family #fun #southafrica #kōkenchiai #交剣知愛 #剣道 #Kumdo #侍 #SamuraIExperience #運動 #MartialArts #日本 #Japan #iaido
RKC Kendo Kids - 2021
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RKC Kendo Kids Take Part in Online Suburi Challenge
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RKC Kendo Kids Take Part in Online Suburi Challenge

"Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. " - Nelson MANDELA RKC's Kendo Kids had proudly participated in the online suburi competition organised by Jedai Kendo International earlier in the year. Although they did not get placed anyway, it was a proud moment for South African kendo to have representation as young as our Kendo Kids! The Online Children's Suburi Championship attracted nearly 100 boys and girls kenshi from all over the world: Brazil, Germany, France, USA, Taiwan, Singapore, UK, Romania, Czech Republic, Canada... Here are some comments from Nabeyama sensei: "In some countries outside Japan, kendo is not available at all, and I have heard that teachers who are teaching online are having trouble figuring out what to do next. We are cooperating with in the hope that children in other countries will continue to learn kendo. I am looking forward to seeing the children who participated in this championship play an active role in the world kendo championships in the future!" Well done to our Kendo Kids! You are our future! Please follow us on our various social media platforms: Website: www.rivoniakendo.co.za Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RivoniaKendo Instagram: @rivonia_kendo_club YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgD2LT8BvYAbfriDsIwMbwQ ***************************************************************************** The Rivonia Kendo Club (RKC) trains Kendo, Iaido and Jodo, traditional Japanese martial arts that encourages the cultivation of the human character. #rivoniakendo #rivoniaiaido #kendo #kendoinafrica #kendokids #lovekendo #kendoislife #focus #family #fun #southafrica #kōkenchiai #交剣知愛 #剣道 #Kumdo #侍 #SamuraIExperience #運動 #MartialArts #日本 #Japan #iaido #HIIT #jodo #YouthDay
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