Davao Kendo Club

Phillip Lim
Rank: 3rd Dan
Davao Kendo Club Co-Founder/Club Sensei, Korean

Matsuda Kazuya
Rank: 3rd Dan
Vice Chairman
Instructor, Japanese

Johnny Lardera Jr.
Rank: 1st Dan
Davao Kendo Club Founder, Filipino

Paul Vincent Minoza
Rank: 2nd Dan
2015,2016 Davao Kendo Club President, Filipino

Davao Kendo Club

Date Founded: May 31 2014
Special Class: Wednesday 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
General Practice: Saturday 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Instructor : Phillip Lim / Matsuda Kazuya

Practice Place: Fairlanes Martial Arts Center @
Fairlanes Bowling Alley, F. Torres St., Davao City

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.

What is Kendo

KENDO "WAY OF THE SWORD" is a modern Japanese martial art, which descended from swordsmanship (kenjutsu) and uses bamboo swords (shinai) and protective armour (bōgu). Today, it is widely practiced within Japan and many other nations across the world.
Kendo is an activity that combines martial arts practices and values with strenuous sport-like physical activity.

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Back then kendo was unknown to most Dabaweños. There was no Kendo clubs around at that time – the only Kendo clubs were located in the country’s capital. Mr. Johnny T. Lardera, a dabaweño-root, back then was residing in Manila and was planning to enroll in Kendo. However Due to work opportunities, he was sent back home, which halted his plans in joining a club. He immediately contacted the two kendo clubs in the Philippines – IGA KENDO CLUB and MANILA KENDO CLUB respectively asking if any of them known a sensei/instructor who would happen to be in DAVAO CITY.

With almost two years of constant communication with the clubs, Kristopher Inting, the Club Manager of IGA KENDO CLUB informed Johnny that a certain Mr. Phillip Lim, a third (3rd) Dan in Kendo, coming from Manila will be residing in Davao. As they say, when one door closes, another opens. Around April 2014, he contacted Phillip Lim Sensei about the possibility of teaching Kendo in Davao. The rest then is history.

The Davao Kendo Club officially was born last May 31, 2014. The founders of the club were Phillip Lim as the club sensei and Johnny T. Lardera. Together with the other three (3) members namely Jasper John Lardera , Janilyn Fe Lardera who joined in during the first practice and Jercyl Lerin during the second practice being added to the club, DAVAO KENDO CLUB (DKC) became a reality. The club formally accepted new members few months after.

Despite the lack of equipment, this didn’t stop them from learning kendo. With guidance of Phillip Lim, 3rd Dan, the commitment of the club founder and the club members makes DAVAO KENDO CLUB continues to grow and prosper.

Present day – DAVAO KENDO CLUB owns at least 33 club bogu donated by the various kendo club in Korea through the efforts of Lim- sensei. Matsuda Kazuya, a third (3rd) Dan in Kendo joins and help teaching the club. The club now has 4 batches and have an estimated number of 40 active kendoka (kenshins) in attendance – wherein the 1st to 3rd batches are already in advanced classes (“Bogu Class”) and it still continue to prosper with the guidance and leadership of Phillip Lim sensei.

Just Last February 26 2016, Two of our members namely Johnny T. Lardera Jr. (1st Kyu) and Paul Vincent Minoza (3rd Kyu) took the Shodan (1st Dan) Exam. They passed the exam thus becoming the first ever Shodan (1st Dan) Holder of Davao Kendo Club and the first in Mindanao based Kendo Club to hold such rank.

Special thanks to the following club for helping us out both on training and support:

Tanglin Kendo Club - Singapore
Iga Kendo Club - Manila
Ilo Ilo Kendo Club - Ilo-Ilo
Manila Kendo Club - Manila

United Kendo Federation of the Philippines

twitter: https://twitter.com/davaokendoclub
website: www.davaokendo.com
email : info@davaokendo.com
contact: 639154753636

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Davao Kendo ClubTuesday, September 12th, 2017 at 1:16pm

2nd Philippine National Kendo Tournament
October 28 - 29, 2017
Rancho Palos Verdes Sports and Country Club
Davao RiverFront Corporate City, Crocodile Park, Diversion Road, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur

Spectators are welcome to go and watch the tournament. Admission will be free.

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/679203818945153/

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Davao Kendo ClubSunday, September 10th, 2017 at 11:44am

Samgyeopsal and Curry Party after keiko! ٩(^ᴗ^)۶

(c) Lee Buaya

Davao Kendo Club

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Davao Kendo Club is at Rancho Palos Verdes Sports Clubhouse.Monday, August 7th, 2017 at 4:10pm

Last Tuesday special keiko with 6th Dan Masahiro Ono sensei. Thank you for visiting us, sensei and see you soon. °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

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Davao Kendo ClubSaturday, August 5th, 2017 at 12:31pm

3rd Dan Yuriko Yamamoto from Japan! Thank you for joining us today. (*•̀ᴗ•́*)و ̑̑

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Davao Kendo ClubSaturday, July 29th, 2017 at 1:22pm

Thank you for your guidance today, Sugiyama sensei! See you soon.
゚・:,。★\(^-^ )♪ありがと♪( ^-^)/★,。・:・゚

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Davao Kendo ClubWednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 10:54am

Everyone is encouraged to join regardless of your rank or proficiency. We hope to see you soon!

Further details on fees, materials/ incidentals required for the seminar, feel free to email manilakendo@gmail.com

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Davao Kendo ClubSaturday, June 17th, 2017 at 3:24pm

Saturday keiko with our guest, Filipino kendoka from Japan, 3rd Dan Raymart Bayanin. Thank you for visiting Davao Kendo Club!

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