Welcome to San Mateo Kendo Dojo official site

Kendo, or Japanese fencing, is rooted in the sword-fighting techniques of ancient samurai. This martial art conditions the body and spirit through exhilarating and demanding exercises. 

San Mateo Kendo Dojo was founded in 1981 in San Mateo, California. It is one of eleven member schools of non profit Northern California Kendo Federation (NCKF)

In 2019 we changed the name to San Mateo Kendo Dojo Inc. and we were registered as a non-profit 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code organization. Our Dojo instructors teach on a purely voluntary basis, and also we practice kendo as a part of City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation Department and Foster City Parks and Recreation Department activities. Therefore, San Mateo Kendo Dojo Inc. charges much less for instruction than comparable commercial martial arts studios.

We consistently place individuals to Team NCKF for All US Kendo Championship Tournament which is held every three years.

San Mateo Kendo dojo was chosen to perform kendo demonstration at Japan Expo 2014 in Aug. 24 at San Mateo Event Center. 

As a member school of NCKF, our dojo members can attend various activities which are organized by NCKF or it's member schools including tournaments such as NCKF Championships, monthly NCKF mass practices (Godo Keiko), two annual NCKF rank testings in May and November, an annual NCKF summer camp, and special NCKF seminars.

New students and instructors are always welcome.

See Practice Information for more information about our kendo activities.

San Mateo Kendo Dojo Fee Schedule and Registration Form (PDF)


Fee schedule and registration form

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