The Next 10-Week "Beginner Program" 

available NOW  


The Price is $70, which Includes a Shinai

(YMCA Members pay $60)

Participants Will Learn Basic Kendo Fundamentals and 

have the Opportunity to receive Full MKA Member Status after completing their rank test at the end of the 10-Week Program. 

There is NO ADDITIONAL FEE for testing.

(Late Enrollment Permitted at Instructor Discretion)

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What is Kendo?.... 

Kendo is a Japanese Martial Art that is the most-widely practiced in Japan by nearly all school children, high schoolers,  university students and teachers, Japanese police, municipal workers, as well as many other professions by both men and women, and is rapidly gaining popularity worldwide for its beauty, respect, as well as its physical and spiritual benefits for its students.

It is most simply explained as a form of Japanese fencing, with kendoka (practitioners) using  bamboo swords (shinai) and bogu (protective armor) to practice with each other with safety and harmony...

Beginners, however will not practice in bogu for their first few months. They will learn suburi (swinging the shinai properly), ashi-sabaki (proper footwork) and other fundamentals before donning the bogu. These same basic fundamentals will be practiced throughout the kendo student's life.


Below is the Purpose of Kendo. 

 "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.

Thus will one be able:

To love one's country and society;

To contribute to the development of culture;

And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples."

About Us


Our Head Instructor, Patrick Register-Sensei GoDan (5 Dan) has 34 years of experience and was the first student of Harry Dach-Sensei (4 Dan), Founder of Memphis Kendo.

Qualified Instructors

Kazuto Yasuda (5 Dan)

Rogers Gossett (4 Dan)

Walter White (4 Dan)

Shinn Taniguchi (3 Dan)

Paul Westblade (3 Dan)

Junyoung Park (3 Dan)

We have many other Students in a wide range of ages such as our youngest student who is 7 years old. We also have students at 9 years old, 11 years old, and even well over 50 years old!  

Kendo is a Martial Art that can be practiced at any age... Even at very young or very advanced ages...  

2019 MKA Seminar Oct 25-27

Our Guest Instructors Bios

This year the MKA is honored to host  Yuji Onitsuka-Sensei and Brandon Harada-Sensei as our guest instructors for this event. 

 Yuji Onitsuka, Kyoshi 7th Dan
Onitsuka-sensei has been practicing kendo for over 40 years.   A member of the Salinas, California Dojo in the Northern California Kendo Federation, he is currently serving as the Vice President for competition for the All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF).  He has competed on Team NCKF in the AUSKF Championships a total of 9 times and has coached the NCKF Team twice.  He has also competed as a member of AUSKF’s Team USA  4 times, coached the team twice and served as manager.  He has consistently placed in every competition he has entered.  

Brandon Harada, Kyoshi 7th Dan

Harada-sensei had been practicing kendo for over 30 years and recently became the Head Instructor at the Sho Tokyo Dojo in Los Angeles.  He currently serves on the All United States Kendo Federation board as the the Vice President of Education.  As a member and coach of the Southern California Kendo Federation (SCKF) he competed 5 times and coached the team twice.  He has also competed on Team USA for the All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF) a total of 4 times and has coached the team once.   Like Onitsuka-sensei, Harada-sensei has consistently placed in every competition he has entered.

The Memphis Kendo Association is excited to announce a seminar led by two of the United States’ most distinguished Sensei.  For three days, October 25-27, 2019 Onitsuka-sensei and Harada-sensei will share their knowledge and expertise at a special training event hosted by the Memphis Kendo Association in Memphis, Tennessee. 


 Registration is limited to 30 participants and is expected to fill rapidly.  

ALL Ticket Sales Must Be Purchased Through EventBrite.

 Please purchase your tickets ASAP to avoid missing this event!

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Three Day even with Schedule as Follows:
Friday October 25, 201> 6:00pm-8:00pm - GodoKeiko.
Saturday October 26, 2019> 9am-4pm - Seminar with Lunch break.
Sunday October 27, 2019> 10am- Noon - Shinsa Practice. 


Recommended Hotel Accommodations:

7955 Ikea Way, Cordova, Tennessee, 38016, USA
Phone: (901)849-5655

2166 Varnavas Dr., Cordova, TN, 38016, US
Phone: (901) 386-4600 



Here are Just a Few of our Members


Memphis Kendo Association is a registered dojo with the Southeast United States Kendo Federation, as well as the All United States Kendo Federation.

Follow the Link Below to their Website.

Weekly Classes


Regular Practice

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Cordova YMCA Fitness Studio

Event Details


Regular Practice

Beginner's Program 1:00pm - 1:45pm

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Cordova YMCA Fitness Studio


Regular Practice

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cordova YMCA Gymnasium

Event Details


Regular Practice

Full MKA Members and Spectators, Please

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cordova YMCA Gymnasium


Regular Practice

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cordova YMCA Gymnasium

Event Details


Regular Practice

Beginner's Program 7:00pm - 7:45pm

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cordova YMCA Gymnasium

Monthly Dues

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Memphis Kendo Association

Memphis Kendo Association at the Cordova Family YMCA 7950 Club Center Dr Cordova, TN 38016

Practice Times

Monday...... 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wednesday...... 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday...... 1:00 pm - 3 pm