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About Washinkan Kendo Dojo

Washinkan, is a community focused non-profit in the Washington D.C. area. Washinkan instructs all level of kendoka in the martial art of kendo, the way of the sword (also referred to as Japanese fencing). Washinkan’s focus is on teaching traditional kendo to the community at large. Our classes incorporate a wide spectrum of age and skill level. Our class structures allow for tailored instruction to our practitioners. Washinkan promotes the art of kendo to foster a better, stronger, more peaceful community.


Washinkan currently has two dojo locations; at the Herndon Community Center in Herndon, VA and the Spring Hill Rec Center in McLean, VA. Check back often for more locations.


Kendo has its roots in the samurai tradition of feudal Japan. The purpose of Kendo, as established by the All Japan Kendo Federation in 1975, is:


  • To mold the mind and body,

  • To cultivate a vigorous spirit,

  • And through correct and rigid training,

  • To strive for improvement in the art of Kendo,

  • To hold in esteem human courtesy and honor,

  • To associate with others with sincerity,

  • And to forever pursue the cultivation of oneself.

  • This will make one be able:

  • To love his/her country and society,

  • To contribute to the development of culture

  • And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.

April, 2018 Keystone Tournament


April, 2018 30th Anniversary Cleveland Tournament



March, 2018 Annual Shidogakuin Tournament at Rutgers University



February, 2018 Washinkan Kendo Herndon Group
Herndon Kendo - February 2018


February, 2018 Washinkan Kendo Herndon Beginners Group
Herndon Kendo Beginners - February 2018



YouTube video, "What is Kendo"

NHK - What is Kendo?