About Us


The Rock Kendo Club is Newfoundland and Labrador's only kendo & iaido dojo, and although we are a small group, we have big ambitions.  We hope that people will come to find kendo is much more than a martial art or means of conditioning, but is also a way of living, and a means of self improvement by which to cultivate earnestness, respect, and confidence. 


What is Kendo


Kendo (剣道), directly translated, means the way of the sword.  This modern martial art originates in Japan, and is based on kenjutsu (剣術), once honed by the bushi (武士) or samurai.

Practitioners are known as kendoka (剣道家) or kenshi (剣士), and use bamboo swords known as shinai (竹刀), and armour referred to as bogu (防具) in full contact fencing. 

What is Iaido


Iaidō (居合道), is a Japanese martial art that emphasizes being aware and capable of quickly drawing the sword and responding to a sudden attack. Iaido is associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard or saya (鞘), and striking or cutting an opponent.

Practitioners may begin learning with a bokuto (木刀) or wooden sword and eventually train with an 

iaitō (居合刀) or blunted steel sword.


Why Practice

The purpose of practicing 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.

This will make one be able:

To love his/her country and society,

To contribute to the development of culture

And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.

(The Concept of Kendo was established by All Japan Kendo Federation in 1975.)

1. The All Japan Kendo Federation (全日本剣道連盟 ). AJKF, 1998, https://www.kendo-fik.org/english-page/english-top-page.html



Sensei & Sempai

Sponsoring Sensei

Shigeo Kimura

7th Dan Sensei

Mississauga Kendo Club

Dojo Administrator

Wilson Humphries

Acting instructor (sho-dan).

Practicing since 2014.


Yokuto Ishii

Regular Club Practices & Classes have resumed.
Note, schedule is subject to change in relation to public health orders.

    Club practice times

TUESDAY: 9:00PM-10:30PM, Budo nights (Iaido & Kendo kata)

WEDNESDAY: 9:00PM-10:30PM, Flex night (Kendo or Iaido)

SUNDAY: 1:00PM-2:00PM, Kids class (registration only, no drop-ins)

SUNDAY: 2:00PM-4:00PM, Kendo

Current Offerings

Regular monthly membership ($20/month)

Access to all classes and Zoom sessions, does not include equipment.

Note that if you are not signed up for a beginners series (see below), you may attend four free classes as a trial period prior to joining as a regular member.

Beginners series (registration is closed)

Kendo beginners package ($200 Includes classes + basic equipment)



Students will acquire the fundamentals of kendo, and condition their body, no prior knowledge of kendo required.

Basic equipment includes: shinai (bamboo sword), kendogi and hakama (uniform)

Iaido beginners package ($200 Includes classes + basic equipment)



Students will acquire the fundamentals of iaido, no prior knowledge required.

Basic equipment includes: bokuto with saya (wooden sword and scabbard), iaidogi, hakama and obi (uniform and belt) 

Can I take both beginners series?

Yes!  Contact us to work out the best fit and pricing. 

Equipment opt out

If you are not planning to invest in equipment, already have your own, or wish to lend from our limited club equipment, you may opt out of the equipment in the beginners package(s), doing so reduces the package cost to $50 (approximately $4.16/class).  The packages are designed to be a hassle free introduction, let us worry about getting you started.

What to expect in a class

A typical class will consist of the following:

  1. Soji - cleaning

  2. Taiso - stretching and calisthenics,

  3. Suburi and Footwork - practice cuts and other drills

  4. Mokuso and Bowing in - a moment of meditation followed formal start of keiko (practice)

  5. Kihon - typically sets of drill and strikes done with partners (contact)

  6. Kata, Jigeiko or other comprehensive drills

  7. Mokuso and Bowing out - as before, plus comments from the instructor, questions welcome.

Things to note before attending

Please attend only if you are feeling well, and arrive fully ready to take part in practice (keiko), i.e. arrive in your gi or gym clothes so we may start immediately.  Face masks/PPE are required as per public health orders.  Thank you all for understanding. 

What happens at the end of the beginners series?

Once you finish the series you will be asked to continue as a regular member.

Are there any additional costs?

Just one for regular members, it will be expected to register as a member of the national regulatory body, the Canadian Kendo Federation (CKF).  This is necessary for grading and participation in many national or regional events. 

Locations & Contact


141 University Ave,

(Entrance located on Paton Street)

St. John's, NL

A1B 1Z4

Tel: 709-728-8304

General Enquiries: kendoka@therockkendo.com 
Instructor: whumphries@mun.ca


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