Kendo Club


Discover Kendo: The Way of the Sword

Welcome to the world of Kendo, a distinguished Japanese martial art with its roots tracing back to the training of samurai in the ancient art of swordsmanship. Kendo, meaning "The Way of the Sword" in Japanese (剣道), represents more than just a physical practice. It embodies the discipline of the human character through rigorous training and the artful application of the sword (katana).

In the modern practice of Kendo, practitioners engage with a bamboo sword known as a shinai and don protective armor called bogu. This blend of tradition and protection allows for both effective training and safety.

The practice of Kendo offers a holistic approach to self-improvement. Through dedicated training, students cultivate not only their physical prowess but also their mental fortitude. The core principles of the samurai ethos are interwoven into Kendo's teachings, fostering respect for others, a pursuit of self-development, and a commitment to contributing to the greater harmony and prosperity of humanity.

Our Legacy and Commitment

The Western Kendo Club, founded under the guidance of David Mori Sensei (Kyoshi 7th Dan), former athlete and manager of Kendo Team Canada, continues to uphold the legacy of his wisdom and expertise. Officially recognized by the Canadian Kendo Federation (CKF), we actively participate in diverse kendo competitions throughout the year, complemented by CKF grading.

Join us on a journey of self-discovery, discipline, and camaraderie. Explore the world of Kendo with the Western Kendo Club.

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Meet the Executive Team

Wei Jia Xu (he/him): As the President of the Western Kendo Club and a third-year medical sciences student, Wei Jia discovered Kendo during his first year of university. He envisions Kendo as an exceptional way to enhance both physical and mental well-being, fostering a welcoming and enjoyable environment within the Western Kendo Club.

John Cogill (he/him): Serving as Vice President, John, a second-year Computer Science student, joined the Western Kendo Club with prior Kendo experience. He praises the club's engaging and fun atmosphere, which accommodates members of all skill levels.

Ryan Hsieh (he/him): In his role as VP Communications, Ryan Hsieh, a third-year student in the Medical Sciences program, aims to share his passion for Kendo. He started his Kendo journey in his second year at Western and is dedicated to introducing this martial art to a wider audience.

Patrick Li (he/him): As the VP Finance, Patrick, a second-year nursing student, has embraced Kendo as his passion since stepping onto the university campus. His dedication and enthusiasm have found a home within the Western Kendo Club.

About the Sensei

Thopik Adianto sensei, a 5th Dan rank holder, embarked on his Kendo journey at the Western Kendo Club during his undergraduate years. His teachings emphasize correct forms and a proper mentality, offering students a wealth of benefits through their practice under his guidance.


  • Intercollegiate Tournament: An annual showcase of kendo prowess among Canadian universities. The Western undergraduate team secured first place in the 2018 tournament, while the Western beginners team triumphed in 2020.
  • JCCC Tournament: This prestigious event is held at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto.
  • Canadian Kendo Federation Grading: Bi-annual examinations held in Ontario, enabling kendo practitioners to demonstrate their skills and earn official kendo ranks (1-7 Dan).



Advanced Membership: $75.00 +HST

Introductory Membership: $250.00 +HST

(Both memberships are Full-Year Memberships)

Practice Schedule

Tuesdays: 6:30-8:30 PM

Thursdays: 5:30-7:30 PM

Saturdays: 2:00-4:00 PM


Registrations for Recreational Sport Clubs will be available online only starting on Monday, September 18th. You can visit Western Sports & Recreation ( to register. Payment options are VISA and MasterCard credit cards (VISA Debit and other debit or credit cards are not accepted).


Refund Policy

All memberships can be refunded within 14 days of purchase, minus a 10% administration fee*. After this 14-day trial period, partial refunds will be issued for medical reasons only (with written documentation).

*The 10% administration fee may be waived if transferring to another program/Club.


On occasion, certain facilities may not be available due to maintenance, special events, etc. Campus Recreation will provide notice whenever possible, but memberships will not be extended.