About Kendo / Our Philosophy
Kendo is for everyone. There are kendoka (kendo practitioners) who have only one arm. There are kendoka who are so old that they can not sit in seiza (sit on knees) or "run" in jigeiko (a special technique we use). There are thin kendoka and fat kendoka, young and old, men and women and non-binaryreligiousand atheists, rich and poor; everyone has their own handicap to contend with, but they can all practice kendo.
"The concept of kendo is to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the katana (sword)." —All Japan kendo federation.
But most of us practice kendo for other reasons.
- We practice kendo because it is effective self-defence.
- We practice kendo because we want to push ourselves to our physical limits.
- We practice kendo because it is good for our overall bodies, joints and muscles.
- We practice kendo because we want to pretend we are samurai or in an anime.
- We practice kendo for the camaraderie and intellectual stimulation.
- We practice kendo because we want to hit things with a bamboo sword.
- We practice kendo because it's extremely fun.
There are no reasons to practice kendo that are better than others as long as you are having a great time!
Where and when
P. G. Ramms Alle 26, Frederiksberg C.
It is 350 metres / 5 mins walk from Lindevang metro station and 20 mins walk from Copenhagen Central Station
Saturdays at 10.00 - 11.30
The School on La Cours Vej,
La Cours Vej 2, Frederiksberg C
It is 500 metres / 6 mins walk from Lindevang metro station and 20 mins walk from Copenhagen Central Station
The membership fee for Pan Idræt is DKK 390 once a year (DKK 195 after July)
Pan Kendo costs:
Adults (age from 18 and up) DKK 225 per quarter
Children and young people (age: 5 – 17) 125 DKK 125 per quarter
“Multi Dojo Members” DKK 100 per quarter (this applies to those who are already members of another dojo)
Feel free to come for two trial sessions and see if Kendo is for you.
Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know when you would like to come, so that we can be ready to welcome you.
What should I bring to training?
When you start kendo, all you need are your bare feet and an open mind. The club will lend you a shinai (bamboo sword) and an obi (karate style belt).
We recommend that you buy your own shinai after the first trial session and we will buy it back for the same price if you decide not to join. You can buy one directly from the club.
When you want to buy your hakama and keikogi is optional, but you cannot take the bogu test until you have your own kendo uniform. We are always happy to give you help purchasing and learning to take care of your gear.
Purchase of Bogu (armour) should be coordinated with one of the trainers when you are about to reach a level where it is relevant. You must first take a bogu test, before you can wear bogu, and that can take up to 6 months.
Training and coaches
Ib-sensei is a former Danish national team member and has been an extremely active member of the kendo community since he was a young teen. He is a trainer at the Næstved Kendo Klub and has previous experience helping beginners at the Vejle and Nordfyn dojos. He is from the Western Danish kendo tradition, with a strong focus on agile, fluid, creative combat, and relaxed Danish values.
Momo-sensei started kendo in autumn 2002 and has trained in over 10 dojos in over four countries and visited countless more.
They live in Næstved and is the head trainer for the dojo there. They are from the Northeast United States kendo tradition, and teaches a brand of radical inclusive kendo, with a strong focus on making sure that the kendo taught is adapted to every student's needs regardless of physical or psychological limitations.
Styregruppe for Kilikai / Pan Kendo
Ulla is the leader of the steering committee, with years’ experience working with theater and the LGBTQA+ community. She is the big ideas person, the magician who takes problems and turns them into solutions.
Momo comes from a background in supply chain and logistics, they are the person on the steering committee who takes care of the details, deadlines and makes sure everything moves smoothly from her computer.