12 Carlton St. Southernmost, Thorold, ON L2V 5C2

Contact: Mark Kawabe

Phone: 289-241-3080

Email: Click here


Kendo is a vigorous, full-contact Martial Art derived from the original sword training of the Japanese Samurai. Practiced by millions of men, women and children worldwide, Kendo is growing in popularity in North America.

Kendo in English is broken down as follows: Ken (Sword) Do (Way, or Path). So, translated into English, Kendo is “The Way of The Sword”.

The Niagara Kendo Club is run by Sensei Mark Kawabe, a 5th degree black belt who has trained extensively at various clubs in Canada and Japan over the past 25 years.

Kendo training consists of drills which focus on improving co-ordination, strength, breath control and stamina. Beginning students spend their time honing basic strikes both with and without partners. Advanced students wear bogu (armour) and practice basic and advanced techniques with partners. There is always a session of keiko (free sparring) for advanced students.

(NOTE: Some elements of training have been adjusted for Covid-19 precautions.)


Class Times: every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (ON HOLD DUE TO COVID CLOSURES)

Location: St. John’s Anglican Church, 12 Carlton St., Thorold ON L2V 5C2

Students must be age 12 or older.

If you have questions or want to attend a class, please contact Mark Kawabe at 289-241-3080 or drop by the dojo.

The Niagara Kendo Club is generously supported by the following Community Builders:

Mark KawabeThe Web For | John Kuehnl-CadwellDatawise Solutions Electrical

Niagara Kendo Club

Niagara’s Home of Japanese Fencing and Iaido

12 Carlton St. South, Thorold, ON

Phone: 289-241-3080


Contact the Niagara Kendo Club

12 Carlton St. South, Thorold, ON L2V 5C2

Contact: Mark Kawabe

Phone: 289-241-3080


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4 Conroy Crescent
Thorold, Ontario L2V 4R3 Canada

Phone: 289-241-3080

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