herald kendo club

kendo for kids in herald suites

Kendo is the centuries-old martial art of Japanese fencing that has survived throughout the years and still practiced today by followers and avid martial artists around the world. It is a good way of building character, self discipline and self- respect while still young.

Martial arts benefits children in many ways. Not only does it give the obvious chance to strengthen a child’s body, it also gives a chance to strengthen the child’s mind.

So fares the soul, so fares the body, is the Herald Kendo Club’s mantra.

Every Saturday morning from 10:00 to 12:00 Kendo lessons are given at Herald Suites on Don Chino Roces Ave, by Mr. Koji Igarashi a Manila-based executive of a Japanese company. Igarashi, who used to be a regular guest at Herald Suites before he became permanently based in Manila, started teaching Kendo last year to three young boys ( ages 6 to 13 ).An passionate Kendo practitioner, Igarashi saw the chance to keep the centuries old martial art alive and impart its many benefits, this time, exclusively to children.

The informal Saturday sessions with the three boys have now become organized into regular classes currently counting 12 students. Martial arts like all sports, act as a platform for child-parent relationships, they have something to talk about apart from the usual banter that goes on between them.

It also teaches children how to handle conflicts inside themselves as well as conflicts that they may face outside of the home. Most of all it teaches a child other ways to express himself other than violence. Kendo molds the mind, heart, and body while cultivating a strong spirit.

Despite having a sports like atmosphere, Kendo remains steeped in tradition kept active and alive by associations, groups, and individuals like Koji Igarashi who will carry it far into the future. This January the Herald Kendo Club of Manila will be formally established under the auspices of Herald Suites.

For inquiries please email: samurai-koji@nifty.com

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