Japanese Art & Cultural Center
A Learning Place for Traditional Martial Arts and Fine Arts

Yushin-juku Kendo Dojo
優心塾 剣道道場
Kendo is a way of life designed to contribute to self development through
the training in the guiding principles underlying the art of the sword.
Kendo program at JACC is unique because it is Zen-oriented, rather than tournament-oriented. It is practiced as a form of moving meditation in the way the samurai has traditionally trained to attain the peace of the mind and the higher levels of consciousness (awareness).

For children and adults, our kendo training develops self-awareness, self-discipline, self-respect, self-esteem and self-actualization as well as leadership capabilities and compassionate character. Students accomplish these by confronting, and defeating, their own inner weaknesses head on, which improves their sense of integrity and enable them to live stronger and more meaningful ways, taking charge of their own lives and helping those around them.

Yushin-juku Difference:  Our kendo classes focus on character development rather than tournament competition or military-style discipline which can negatively affect students' personality formation and judgement skills while stripping away their self-esteem and overinflating ego. Instead, we use the power of encouragement, compassion and tolerance to guide each student to achieve their life's goals.
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Our next Kendo Kyu/Dan ("belt rank") Test is scheduled on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 6pm (after our regular 4:00pm class). This promotion exam is for both children and adults.

All students are advised and encouraged to take the promotion exam.

Make-up test will be on Friday, June 8th at 7pm.

Test fee is $40. Participation in the earlier 4pm class is optional.

Click the image on the right to view/download the sign-up form.

Click HERE to view/download the current test requirements.



  • 6:00 - 7:00pm  Children's Kendo (Beginners, 4 yr old & up)
  • 7:00 - 8:00pm  Adult/Youth (All levels) & Children (Intermediate & Advanced)


  • 5:00 - 6:00pm  Children's Kendo (Beginners, 4 yr old & up)
  • 6:00 - 7:00pm  Adult/Youth (All levels) & Children (Intermediate & Advanced)


  • 4:00 - 5:00pm  Children's Kendo (Beginners, 4 yr old & up)
  • 5:00 - 6:00pm  Adult/Youth (All levels) & Children (Intermediate & Advanced)
8:00 - 9:30pm  Adults & Youth (All levels)

Class Fee:

Drop-in:  $25 adults / $22 children & students per class

10-lesson punch card is available for:
   $230 for adults
   $200 for children and full-time students

Free Trial Lesson is available.
For more information, please contact our chief instructor: Akihiro Omi <aki@yushin-juku.org>