Covina Kendo Dojo Covina Kendo Dojo


What is Kendo?

History of Kendo

Kendo is a modern Japanese martial art of sword-fighting based on traditional samurai swordsmanship. Kendo is a unique art which is both physically and mentally challenging activity that combines strong martial arts values with sport-like physical elements.

History of the Covina Kendo Dojo

History of the Covina Kendo Dojo

Covina Kendo Dojo is one of the oldest and largest schools of kendo here in the United States. Founded in 1969 by Akio Hara-sensei (8 dan), and brothers Takeshi (7 dan) and Makoto (6 Dan) Yamaguchi sensei, they began practice in the old social hall of the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center. Covina Kendo Dojo is a proud member of both AUSKF & SCKF.

Contact Information

We practice twice a week at:

East San Gabriel Japanese Community Center
1203 West Puente Avenue • West Covina, CA 91790

Practice Schedule:
Tuesdays 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Social Hall)
Thursdays 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Gym)

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Tenegui Spotlight

Covina Kendo Symbol: 右三巴紋
Clockwise 3-tomoe pattern

Tomoemon (ともえもん/巴紋) is Japanese traditional art symbol that presents swirling water or soul. Water is an important natural element which supports life and provides energy. As Tomoemon symbolize this natural power, people often use it as a prayer for water when it's insufficient. Warrior also embroidered Tomoemon on cloth or engrave on handle of sword to symbolize the soul.
Covina Kendo's symbol contains three Tomoemon which are continually following one to the next formed as a circular rotation. This indicates an endless energy and infinite spirit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can practice Kendo?

Kendo is unique in that all people can practice with one another, from younger children to older adults.

Can I visit the Dojo to watch your practice?

Of course! Feel free to come to either of our practice days and we will accommodate you and any guests you bring to watch.

Can I visit the Dojo to join in the practice?

Yes! We welcome kenshi from other dojos to come practice with us. Please let us know that you are coming in advance via email or phone.

Helpful Links

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