Welcome to the Canterbury Kendo Club

The Canterbury Kendo Club was founded by Alex Bennett more than 20 years ago following his rotary exchange to Chiba, Japan.

Today the club trains two to three times a week and offers both Kendo (Japanese fencing) and Iaido (sword drawing) classes for all levels. The club is a member of the New Zealand Kendo Federation.

Nana Korobi Ya Oki

Club Motto - "Nana Korobi Ya Oki"


"Fall down seven times and rise eight". Every time we struggle or do not succeed, we must get up again and keep on trying with more strength than before.

At the Canterbury Kendo Club we train hard and help each other to rise from that seventh fall. We strongly emphasize the importance of traditional concepts and procedures (or 'reigi') in modern Kendo. Both the mental and physical aspects of Kendo feature in our trainings, because we see Kendo as a philosophy and an art, not just a sport.