Welcome to the official website of the Charlotte Kendo Club. Founded in 1986, the Charlotte Kendo Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality Kendo to the Charlotte Mecklenburg area. As a member of the All United States Kendo Federation and a founding member of the Southeastern United States Kendo Federation, we stay highly active in regional Kendo. Please feel free to contact us and we look forward to having you visit one of our practices soon.



The story of the Charlotte Kendo Club begins in San Jose, California in 1974. Charlotte native Ken Strawn, who knew nothing of Kendo, discovered the San Jose State University Kendo Club. Strawn practiced 9 years in Northern California, under Y. Takao (7-Dan), Y. Miyata (now 8-Dan Hanshi), and C. Tanaka (7-Dan). He returned to Charlotte in 1986 and contacted the Charlotte Parks and Recreation Department about starting a Kendo club. The first practice was in April of 1986.



The Charlotte Kendo club has a wide variety of instructors from all walks of life. Some have competed in world championships and others have studied and taught in schools across the nation and world. Their combined experience provides new students with a wealth of information, kendo knowledge, and a joyful fighting spirit in every class. Learn more about the people who will take you on a wonderful journey and help you improve your kendo with every practice.