Welcome

The Ito Dojo practices kendo at the Susan M. Duncan Family YMCA in Arvada, CO. Information at this site is intended for people curious about kendo, as well as our students who may have a questions about the art or and about our school. Class Information can be found here. Our class schedule has changed recently to best take advantage of the fantastic practice floor we have at Duncan.

Kendo is at the same time similar and very different from other martial arts. The learning curve is very steep at first, but rather than wait for an extended period of time to begin sparring, we encourage our students to begin as soon as we are confident that they will gain from the experience.

Participation in a group class setting is the best way to achieve proficiency, yet by the nature of large classes often some simple questions about the art go unasked. Links on this site give some basic information about the tools of our art. Also, check the calendar for upcoming events/announcements or to ask questions of your fellow students. More information will be added to this site, so check back if you don’t find what you are looking for.

Ito Dojo was founded by Ishikawa Sensei (石川 先生), a teacher with more than 30 years of kendo experience. As a child Ishikawa’s Sensei was Ito Tsutomu (7.dan) from Hokkaido Japan. Ishikawa was granted permission by Ito Tsutomu’s son, to open Ito Dojo in recognition and continuation of Ito Tsutomu’s teachings.

Current instruction continues under Thor Metzinger (4.Dan) and Naoki Tamesue (4.dan) both original students of Ishikawa Sensei.

Ishikawa Sensei’s parting instructions for Ito Dojo – “Everyone must be welcome.”

Follow the links above to find out more about our dojo and thanks for your interest!