Nanto Bukan Kendo

Welcome to East Georgia Kendo Club
Athens, Georgia


Kendo(剣道) "sword way" or “the way of the sword" is the art of Japanese fencing.

East Georgia Kendo Club has been in the Athens area since 2004.

Our dojo is part of the South East U.S. Kendo Federation (SEUSKF) and we participate regularly in seminars and tournaments throughout the area.


Benefits of Kendo practice

  • Physical conditioning
  • Strengthens your focus and concentration
  • Foster discipline
  • Learn respect and courtesy
  • Stress relief
  • Develop an understanding of strategy and tactics in martial arts



Shigeru Koyama

Shigeru Koyama has practiced kendo for 50 years, and he received the rank of 5th Dan in Kagoshima, Japan in 1992. A successful competitor from 1993-2005, Koyama sensei is licensed as an instructor, examiner and judge.

He has taught kendo for nearly 30 years in both Europe and the United States, and he was the founder of the Louisiana Kendo Association. He has lived in the US since 1989 with his wife and son, using the ancient art of the samurai as a tool to mold the mind while also cultivating character.


Craig Rugh

Craig Rugh has studied kendo for 23 years, and he holds the rank of 4th Dan. He moved to Athens in 2008 after spending 15 years in Seoul, South Korea, where he taught at an international school.

Mr. Rugh is married and has 2 daughters. He currently teaches mathematics for the Clarke County School District.

Location and Practice Times:


We practice at the Athens Memorial Park Recreation Hall

293 Gran Ellen Dr.
Athens, GA 30606

Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am - 11:00 am.

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Athens Kendo
293 Gran Ellen Dr.
Athens, GA 30606
293 Gran Ellen Dr.
Athens, GA 30606

Kendo Federations

All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF)

Southeastern United States Kendo Federation (SEUSKF)

Kendo Equipment

Kendo Kata

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