Who We Are
History of the Club
Founded in September 1976 by David Johnson sensei under guidance of Morito Tsumura sensei (8D Hanshi) of the Japanese Canadian Culture Centre and joined a year later by Toshi Hogi sensei from Japan; the University of Toronto Kendo Club is the oldest university-based kendo club in North America. Our club is an affiliated member of the Canadian Kendo Federation (CKF), recognized by the International Kendo Federation (FIK).
Under the tutelage of five sensei – David Johnson (6D); Toshi Hogi (7D Renshi); Tony Davidson (6D); Matthew Raymond (7D); and Bill Kim (5D); the club practises three times a week at the Athletic Centre on the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus.
We are a student-run and student-focused club. However, our members are a diverse mixture of university students, alumni, university staff, and community members, and we welcome any current or would-be kendo practitioner to join our club or simply visit us for a practice.
We are a tight-knit group of friends, and are always looking for enthusiastic new members to join us. We participate in many events and activities outside of kendo, including lunch and dinner socials, parties and picnics.
Read our constitution here.
Our instructors are deeply rooted in Canadian Kendo history, being recognized nationally for their contributions and having represented Canada at the World Kendo Championships on multiple occasions.
Only through the efforts of generations of student executives has the UofT Kendo Club been able to thrive for over 40 years.
As one of the strongest university Kendo clubs in North America, the University of Toronto Kendo Club has represented itself at tournaments across Canada and the US.