SALINAS Buddhist Temple   •   14 California Street, Salinas

MONTEREY YMCA   •   600 Camino El Estero, Monterey


SALINAS:   Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm (youngest children 6:00-7:00pm only)

Salinas practices switch to Wednesdays from mid-June through mid-July

MONTEREY:  Wednesday 7:00-8:30pm; Friday 6:00-8:00pm (Kendo and Iaido)                     

Practices are held every week except during special events and holiday periods.

Click >  APPLICATION   Salinas Kendo Club is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization

DUES (monthly)   $25 Youth under 18  •  $30 Adult  •  $45 Family Rate

                         2-month discount for annual prepayment (pay 10 months instead of 12)

FEE (annual)  $60 Youth under 18 ($90 for Youth Yudansha)   •  $100 Adult

                          must be paid individually online at the AUSKF website

                           $35  Optional NCIA registration for iaido (must also be an NCKF member)


Kendo:  Membership is open year-round to anyone regardless of experience, gender or age, though young children must be able to maintain attention and good behavior for the duration of practice. The youngest may be excused early from the longer practice session if the parent desires. We welcome visitors at any practice however, it is advisable to contact us and confirm that there has not been a change in schedule. For beginners, practices begin with an introduction to kendo “reiho” (etiquette) followed by stretching, repetitions of footwork and other exercises. Kendo requires stamina rather than brute strength. Coordination of mind and body are emphasized. Through consistent practice stamina and spirit build so that more challenging drills can advance training to higher levels. No equipment or special clothing is needed to begin. We will loan you a “shinai” (bamboo sword), which we have a limited supply of. We also have new ones you may buy at our cost. Your clothing should be comfortable and suitable for active exercise. Jeans are not advisable; pant cuffs should not drag as kendo involves vigorous leg movements. After several weeks, you may wear your own “kendogi” (kendo jacket and trousers), available from vendors listed on the RESOURCES page. After a few months of consistent training you may start practicing in “bogu” (armor). We have a limited number of used sets to loan until you can acquire your own.  Prices vary according to quality of material and level of construction. In general the least expensive kendogi are priced about $90-130. Bogu sets start new at about $450. The Resources page has an FAQ and instructions on buying, wearing and maintenance of clothing and equipment.

Iaido:  The Monterey location offers iaido practice on Fridays. It is concurrent with kendo practice but taught in a separate area by Cynthia Tanabe, 5 Dan. Like kendo, iaido is a disciplined method of self improvement through use of the sword, however, iaido is primarily a solo martial art not practiced as a sport style competition against an opponent but rather as a series of “kata” (technique forms) using a “mogito” (non-sharpened metal Japanese sword). The kata entail different scenarios in which the practitioner envisions an attack by one or more swordsman: unsheathing of the sword to cut down the attack, countering with a finishing cut upon the attacker(s) and clearing of the sword before re-sheathing it - all delivered in a fluid sequence of motion manifested from mind and body acting in unity and composure for clear and decisive action. There are twelve indiviual kata in Seitei Iaido that the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei adapted from a compilation of various historic swordsmanship techniques. Seitei iaido is complementary to kendo, each expanding sword training experience upon the other. A “bokuto” (wooden blade) is used early on until graduating to the use of a mogito. There are special clothing and accessory requirements for advanced iaido practitioners but beginners can begin with only a bokuto, of which we have a few to loan. For more information, please visit the NCIA page.



Phone (Salinas):   Jimmy Eitoku  (831) 596-2038

Phone (Monterey):    Eddie Hurt  (831) 917-2600

Updated 1/20/17