THE JAPANESE martial art form of Kendo is making a return to Suffolk after more than a decade with a new dojo opening at The Academy Health and Fitness Centre in Barrow.
The discipline, which derives from the sword fighting art of the Samurai and uses body armour and bamboo swords, used to take place at the Shitennoji Japanese School in Herringwell but was closed down.
However, it is now set to return with the newly-formed club holding an open evening at the Academy on Saturday, February 7, at 7pm, where the public can watch demonstrations, ask questions and even try the sport out for themselves.
Following the open evening, a six-week beginners’ course will commence on February 21 and coach Matt Jackson is hopeful a large amount of interest will give the sport a welcome return.
“Hopefully we can get a large number of people involved locally and all over Suffolk,” he said.
“It is not a very well known sport but it is very popular worldwide so hopefully we can bring that here.
“Anyone can do it. It is a physical activity but anyone over the age of 16 can get involved.
“All of the armour and swords make the sport a very dynamic spectacle that we hope will create a lot of interest.
“It is more than just a way of keeping fit, it helps the mind and body and we are hoping it proves to be very successful.”
If you are interested in finding out more information about the Suffolk Kendo club then visit www.suffolkkendo.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org