About the Sword Program

Our Practice

The Keikoha program utilizes a rotational strategy to help build the skillset of every student. The components usually consist of iaido (sword drawing), kenjutsu (combative drills), and kendo.

Each student’s physical capability is taken into consideration when joining the program. The goal is to make the material work for everyone and aid in their personal growth.


The art of sword drawing. Students use an unsharpened blade known as an “iaito” in order to practice the drawing, cutting, and resheathing of the blade.



Combative exercises generally done with a bokken (wooden sword) or shinai (bamboo sword). Two person drills are often utilized to practice offense and defense.



Offensive and defensive practice using protective bogu gear. Our program often foregoes some of the formality of sport Kendo in order to practice more realistic combative scenarios.



Do you use live blades?

New students are not permitted to use live, sharpened blades. This is for their own safety and the safety of classmates. As the student develops they may be permitted to use a shinken, live balde.


Is sword training safe?

We utilize protective equipment and thoughtful safety practices in order to keep all students safe. Of course, all participants accept the possible risk of participating in a martial art.


Can I earn rank?

This program is not focused on rank acquisition and does not make claims to represent any major sword organization. Please participate purely to expand your personal martial arts studies.


What do I need to purchase to start?

The most basic starting equipment is a bokken, or wooden sword. We can help you select one and make the purchase. More serious students will also want to purchase a hakama/keikogi set as well as an unsharpened iaito. Longterm students are encouraged to purchase protective bogu. Zondlo Sensei is able to assist in the selection and acquisition of equipment.