Announcement

Announcement Module
Collapse
No announcement yet.

Looking for Dojo in Hsinchu or kaohsiung, Taiwan

Page Title Module
Move Remove Collapse
X
Conversation Detail Module
Collapse
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Looking for Dojo in Hsinchu or kaohsiung, Taiwan

    Hey guys,

    I'll be visiting Taiwan for 3 weeks this May, and I was wondering if anyone could help me find a dojo in Hsinchu or Kaohsiung (not sure which I'm going to yet XP). My parents are Chinese but I'm a complete ABC so my chinese is limited X(. Also would it be practical to bring my bogu or should I just find a place to rent one while I'm here?

    I've looked around the forum but it seems that most info on taiwan are a little outdated (around 2005-7). Any info would be great.

    Thank you all very much!

    Vic

  • #2
    I know you said your Chinese is limited, but perhaps you can find a contact through these pages:

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/%E6%96...26993164016776

    http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/hsinchukendo/

    Ah, I found their e-mail address: hsinchukendo [at] yahoo {dot} com (dot) tw

    Give em an e-mail.

    Comment


    • #3
      I also found one in Kaohsiung.

      http://www.facebook.com/pages/%E9%AB...250660?sk=info

      The Taiwanese page it points to seems to be down, but try the g-mail.

      See? You have options!

      If you contact them and/or visit them during your trip to Taiwan, please come back to this thread and tell us about your experience.

      Comment


      • #4
        Hsinchu Kendo

        Originally posted by V.Lee View Post
        Hey guys,

        I'll be visiting Taiwan for 3 weeks this May, and I was wondering if anyone could help me find a dojo in Hsinchu or Kaohsiung (not sure which I'm going to yet XP). My parents are Chinese but I'm a complete ABC so my chinese is limited X(. Also would it be practical to bring my bogu or should I just find a place to rent one while I'm here?

        I've looked around the forum but it seems that most info on taiwan are a little outdated (around 2005-7). Any info would be great.

        Thank you all very much!

        Vic
        I practice with the Hsinchu Kendo club whenever I'm back in Taiwan. Practices are Wednesdays and Fridays and everyone is very friendly. They're in the basement of the Fitness Center by the zoo. Don't know how you'll get on without Mandarin, and there are quite a few Chinese-language calques of Japanese terms. Don't know of any other way to contact them except via email or in person, though. I would usually bring my bogu but buy local shinai.

        Comment


        • #5
          For Kaohsiung, you can also try:

          https://www.facebook.com/groups/115302088533075/

          I've not been there myself, but you get a chance to see Niten Ichi Ryu and practice in a butokuden.

          http://www.butokuten.twmail.org/

          Comment


          • #6
            Thx guys for all the info!

            So it looks like I'll be visiting Hsinchu for sure. I'm somewhat ok with speaking mandarin, but I'm completely illiterate XP...This will be my first kendo practice outside of the US! XP
            If anyone else have any info or advise please let me know . I'll let you guys know how it goes!

            Vic

            Comment


            • #7
              I have personally visited the Kaohsiung Butokuden. It's a beautiful space built during the Japanese colonial era. The kendo shihan is not only a kendo 7dan but also one of three soke of Niten-Ichi-ryu (note there is a succession dispute within HNIR).

              I wrote a bit about the architecture in my blog:
              http://www.dillonlin.net/?p=1925

              When I was there I saw someone with a Purdue zekken. There's also a gentleman from Greece who speaks English and Mandarin. Aside from those two I think you'll either need to speak Mandarin or Taiwanese with everyone (the sensei speaks both plus Japanese).

              The guy this (English) blog belongs to is based in Taipei. I suppose you can try to get a hold of him for ideas (he has posted here in the past but I don't recall seeing any recent posts from him):

              http://shinai.blogspot.jp/

              Taiwan, btw, has a huge share of the remaining butokuden still in existence, though not all are still used for budo. Here is a list from the Japanese wikipedia:

              http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%AD%...BE%B3%E6%AE%BF

              Comment


              • #8
                Hey guys just wanted to give you all an update of my trip in Taiwan. I'm currently training with the Tsin Hua university kendo club on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; Banqiao kendo club on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and a small neighborhood kendo club in Hsinchu on saturday morning.

                Thanks all for the advises.

                Comment

                Working...
                X