Welcome to the Columbia Kendo Club website!

We meet on Mondays from 8pm to 10pm and Sundays from 12pm to 2pm in Dodge Fitness Center Aerobics Room 3. We also meet on Wednesdays from 9:00pm to 11:00pm in Dodge Fitness Center Aerobic Room 4 during the 2023 Spring semester.

Our permanent instructors are head coach, Noboru Kataoka Sensei (7th dan Kyoshi), Alex Lin Sensei (5th dan), and Goro Abe Sensei (5th Dan). We also sometimes have guests and alumni come to instruct us.

Beginners are welcome anytime! You do not need to bring anything, we’ll provide you with all of the equipment you may need at the beginning. If you have practiced kendo before and have your own equipment, please bring it with you. The club will periodically be handling large equipment orders for anybody that is interested in purchasing their own equipment.

You are welcome to come for a few practices so you can get a clearer idea about kendo. It is not mandatory to come to every practice as the wide variety of practice days and times are to help fit into your busy schedules. If you choose to join the club, you will be asked to pay the required club dues, which amount to $45/semester for undergraduates and $55/semester for graduate students.

In order to join the club, you must be an affiliate of Columbia University and have a Dodge Fitness Center membership. You will also need to sign up here.

For any other inquiries, please click on the envelope icon in the website menu or email columbiakendo@gmail.com to contact us directly. We will try our best to respond promptly.