Welcome to The Cleveland Kendo Association!

About Cleveland Kendo

Cleveland Kendo Association was established in 1986 as a non-profit, non-commercial organization. Cleveland Kendo Association is an All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF) affiliated dojo dedicated to promoting the traditional Japanese fencing martial art of Kendo.

Practice Schedule

 Cleveland Kendo Practice Schedule

This schedule is subject to change!
Day Time Location
Tuesdays 8:00 - 9:30pm World Gym
Saturdays 3:00 - 5:30pm World Gym

World Gym Cleveland Heights 
(Next to the Armed Forces Recruiting Center)
3554 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
E-mail: contact@clevelandkendo.com
Tel: (216) 400-9923

The Cleveland Kendo Association practices at World Gym 3554 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 and operates under the guidance of Dr. T. Inoshita Sensei (7th Dan Kyoshi), founder of the The Cleveland Kendo Association and President of the Greater Northeastern United States Kendo Federation (GNEUSKF), Robin Tanaka Sensei (6th Dan Kendo) and our head instructor Dr. Shigemi Matsuyama Sensei (5th Dan Kendo - 2nd Dan Iaido) .

Cleveland Kendo Association has maintained a philosophy of assisting students to obtain training in the Japanese fencing martial art of Kendo with minimal financial impact. All of our instructors volunteer their time and do not profit from their Kendo activity.

This non-commercial and community service philosophy have been instrumental in reaching an array of students from diverse backgrounds to develop a samurai spirituality that can be a powerful source of strength and focus to manage their daily lives through the Japanese fencing martial art of Kendo.


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05/29/2015 UPDATE

June 13 2015 Dojo BBQ

Tanaka Sensei will host the annual summer dojo BBQ at his home after practice on June 13. Details will be provided at practice and via email.

12/26/2014 UPDATE

Hatsugeiko Practice at New Location 01/03/2015

Join us for a special Hatsugeiko practice as we start the New Year with a renewed commitment at our new location in Cleveland Heights.

Practice is from 3-6 pm, with dinner to follow at Kumo Japanese Seafood Restaurant.

9/28/2014 UPDATE

Sunday October 12 @ CWRU Adelbert Gym
(exact time to be announced):

Joint practice with members of the Canadian National Team: Kamata sensei and Tamaru sensei.
We are expecting several high ranking instructors from around the State to come for this practice. After the practice, we are planning to go lunch together. Everyone is welcome.

9/14/2014 UPDATE

There will not be practices on the follwing dates:
Saturday September 20th: Annual CWRU Student Cup and Shinpan Seminar (CWRU)

Visit the tournament page for details. Everyone is welcome to attend.

5/1/2014 UPDATE

We are very happy to announce that we will begin having our practices at the Cleveland State University Recreation Center starting Saturday, May 3, 2014. This is a state-of-the-art facility and a signifigant upgrade for us.

Please visit our pricing page for Rec Center admission requirements and the schedule page our new summer practice schedule. We are very excited!

See you in keiko!

1/31/2014 UPDATE

Dear Fellow Kenshi:

We are happy to invite you for the 26th Cleveland Kendo Tournament at Adelbert Gymnasium at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH on April 4 – 6 2014.

We are proud to announce that Waichiro Kurita Sensei, 8dan Kyoshi, kendo shihan of Tokyo Police Kendo, will be with us during the tournament weekend. He will give us a special kendo seminar as part of the AUSKF East Coast Kendo Educational Tour 9 AM to 12:00 noon on Sunday April 6, 2014.

Thank you and we are looking forward to seeing you in Cleveland this spring.


T. Inoshita, M.D.
Tournament Committee Chair
President, Greater Northeastern United States Kendo Federation

1/20/2014 UPDATE

Special Practice with Visiting Instructor - Jan. 25/26 2014

Inoshita Sensei (Kendo, 7th Dan) will visit us for two special practices. Please note the dates and locations:

Saturday January 25th (3-6pm) at Adelbert Gym
2128 Adelbert Rd., Cleveland, OH, 44106

Sunday January 26th (9 am-11am) at the CKA Dojo
4440 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44121.

We will go to lunch on Sunday after practice (Restaurant to be announced).

Please make every effort to attend

1/7/2014 UPDATE

*** CANCELLED *** Practice for Tuesday January 7th 2014 is

Practice is cancelled due to the extreme cold temperatures. Stay Warm!

12/19/2013 UPDATE

Cleveland Kendo Association - Hatsugeiko 初稽古 2014

When: January 1st, 2014 @ 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Hatsugeiko - 初稽古 (traditional first Kendo practice of the New Year) is important mentally and spiritually as it renews our focus and commitment to training for the New Year. Everyone is welcome, regardless of your level

We hope you can join us! Download the flyer for full details

12/2/2013 UPDATE

Cleveland Kendo's NEW location starting Wednesday 12/11/2013

Cleveland Kendo will now be practicing at Dance2Shine Dance Studio starting on Wednesday 12/11/2013. Please visit our Schedule page for more information.

11/1/2013 UPDATE

The 16th Annual Detroit Open Kendo Tournament

The 16th Annual Detroit Open Kendo Tournament will be held February 15-16, 2014


When: February 15-16, 2014

Visit the Dertoit Kendo Dojo website for details

11/1/2013 UPDATE

Johnson Cup Tournament

The ECUSKF will host their annual Johnson Cup Tournament on Saturday November 15th in Columbus, Ohio

Where:Dominion Middle School, 330 East Dominion Blvd, Columbus, OH 43214

When: Saturday November 15th @ 8:00 am

Visit the ECUSKF website for details

11/1/2013 UPDATE

Joint Practice at Kent State University

Kent State University will host a joint practice on Friday November 8. CWRU, CKA, and others are expected.

Where: Practice will be held at MAC Gym Annex

When: Friday November 8 @ 7:30 pm.


09/6/2013 UPDATE

Akagi Sensei to visit Cleveland

Former head instructor for Cleveland Kendo, John Akagi Sensei (5th Dan, Kendo) will visit the Cleveland dojo from Hawaii on September 18, 2013.

Where: Practice will be held at Red Fitness, 3554 Mayfield Rd Severance Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118. Everyone is welcome to join the practice.

When: Wednesday, September 18 @ 7:30 pm.


08/15/2013 UPDATE

The 4th Annual CWRU Student CUP Kendo Tournament 2013

The 4th Annual CWRU Student CUP Kendo Tournament will be held in Cleveland, Ohio on September 27-29, 2013, at the Adelbert Gym at Case Western Reserve University

More here


08/15/2013 UPDATE

2013 All United States Kendo Federation Summer Camp

The 2013 All United States Kendo Federation Summer Camp will be held in Cleveland, Ohio on Aug 29-31, 2013, at the Woodling Gym at Cleveland State University

More here


01/25/2013 UPDATE

The 25th Anniversary Cleveland Kendo Tournament / GNEUSKF Championship

We will hold the 25th Anniversary Cleveland Kendo Tournament / GNEUSKF Championship on April 5 - 7, 2013. The details will follow. We hope a lot of kenshi will participate in this event!!

More here


Cleveland Kendo Association Affiliations

The Cleveland Kendo Association is a member of the All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF), the Greater North Eastern United States Kendo Federation (GNEUSKF), and the International Kendo Federation (FIK).

The Cleveland Kendo Association is the only AUSKF affiliated dojo in Northern Ohio (including Akron, Canton,  Youngstown, and Toledo).

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Why you should learn Kendo from an AUSKF affiliated dojo

The All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF) is the official organization responsible for the development and promotion of the Japanese fencing martial art of Kendo in the United States. The AUSKF is made up of regional Kendo Federations that are approved by the AUSKF, which support its local dojo members. The AUSKF is a member of the International Kendo Federation based in Japan, which is affiliated with the All Japan Kendo Federation.

Membership in the AUSKF allows you to attend tournaments, visit other AUSKF-affiliated dojos and most importantly, get graded for any rank from 1st Kyu and above that is recognized by the International Kendo Federation and the All Japan Kendo Federation.

A dojo has to apply to and be accepted into the AUSKF for it to display the AUSKF logo and have its students recognized as AUSKF members.

So, what does that mean for you?

Learning the Japanese fencing martial art of Kendo from an AUSKF-affiliated dojo is like doing business with  an accredited, licensed professional (i.e. recognized by a medical board or bar association, and not "self-accredited").

An AUSKF affiliated dojo is approved by the AUSKF because it teaches Kendo properly, with instructors whose rank and experience is internationally recognized. Senior instructors from other AUSKF dojos will visit and collaborate to make sure that the instruction is being conducted correctly and if not, they will remedy the situation. This makes for better instructors AND better students.

What will you miss if you don't learn Kendo from an AUSKF  affiliated dojo?

• You may not learn proper techniques.
• You will not be able to participate in Kendo tournaments.
• You will not be able to be officially graded above 2nd Kyu.

If you are truly interested in learning the Japanese fencing martial art of Kendo, you should learn from an AUSKF affiliated dojo.

Note: University Kendo clubs such as Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, and Kent State University are affiliated with the Cleveland Kendo Association and the AUSKF.

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New Students

Cleveland Kendo Association is now accepting new students for 2015! Visit our "Join" page for details about registration, etc.

Just inquiring? Visitors are always welcome to watch our practice. Just send us an email to let us know you are coming.

Have questions? Give us a call  
(216) 400-9923!

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