About The Club
The Hayakawa Kendo Club began in September 2004, thanks to a partnership with the Welland Wado Kai Karate clubs. We train at the Welland Martial Arts Centre, 40 Division St. in Welland, Ontario and at St. Andrew's United Church, 92 Main St., Port Dalhousie (St. Catharines). Visitors and new students are always welcome. Just contact us first to ensure there are no special events or other disruptions to our regular schedule.
Welland Kendo Class Schedule
Tuesdays: 7:40 ~ 9:40 p.m., Welland Martial Arts Centre
Thursdays: 7:40 ~ 9:40 p.m., Welland Martial Arts Centre
St. Catharines Kendo Class Schedule
Saturdays, 10:15 a.m. ~ 12:15 p.m., St. Andrew's United Church
Iaido Class Schedule
Fridays: 6:00 ~ 7:15 p.m., Welland Martial Arts Centre
Who's The Instructor?
The head Kendo instructor of the Hayakawa Kendo Club is Mark Kawabe (5th dan Kendo, 1st dan Iaido). His training spans 3 decades, starting at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, continuing at the University of Toronto Kendo Club and then two years in Japan spent learning the ni-to-ryu (two sword school) of Kendo. He was a member of the St. Catharines and Burlington Kendo clubs before starting the Hayakawa Kendo Club. He continues to train with a variety of Sensei, but primarily with Kimura Sensei (7th dan) and Yamada Sensei (5th dan) at the Mississauga Kendo Club.
The head Iaido instructor is Ron Mattie (4th dan Iaido, 2nd dan Kendo). His training spans 3 decades. He primarily trains at the Etobicoke Iaido Club on a regular basis.
What Does The Name Mean?
Most Kendo clubs are named after the city they are in or for the facility they practice at (i.e. University of Toronto Kendo Club, Mississauga Kendo Club). The Hayakawa Kendo Club's name is inspired by the geography of the Niagara peninsula and metaphorical relations to properties of good Kendo.
Hayakawa is made up of two Japanese characters - Haya - meaning "fast" and Kawa - meaning "river". So, this is the "Fast River" Kendo Club.
Why that name? A few reasons. Niagara is defined geographically by its rivers. There's the Niagara River, Four Mile Creek, 12 Mile Creek, Twenty Valley, 40 Mile Creek and that big long canal that mankind built to get around the fastest flowing water at Niagara Falls. Every community in Niagara formed along a river.
A few thoughts about water. Water is flexible, flows around obstacles, can wear down mountains, wash away buildings or cut through steel. It is cleansing and without it, we die. Good Kendo embodies properties of water, and for some of us, Kendo is our life.
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