Less than an hour
Hello! My name is Mayumi.
I'm a licensed English tour guide and also a Kendo instructor certified by the Japan Kendo Federation.
I used to work for a travel agency for four years and took people from Japan and abroad to a lot of nice Japanese tourist attractions.
As for Kendo, one of traditional martial arts, I am at the 5th grade level called " go-dan" in Japanese. In the world of Kendo, more than a 4th grade level is considered to be the master level. I've been doing Kendo for over 20years .Historically, Kendo is closely related to samurai, so I usually perform just like the real samurai during the practice.
I 'm looking forward to having a good time with you!
Mayumi was absolutely wonderful from the beginning. She ensured our ability to meet her at the training facility, since we drove instead of taking the train. She was outside in the cold, waiting for us and made certain we had a place to park. Upon arrival, we were able to change into our Kendo gear for our lesson. She had her daughter with her and they proceeded to teach us the basics of Kendo and let us know why we were doing things rather than just how. It was great having her daughter there, so she could demonstrate on her while we both watched. Mayumi ensured we developed a basic level of competency, so we could actually do the exercises. In the end my friend and I got to put on the armor and actually spar each other as though we were fighting in a tournament. Before we left Mayumi ensured we had the opportunity to meet the senior Kendo instructor, who made us feel extremely welcome in his school. Both my friend and I are looking forward to returning for more lessons.
Hello Lorelei, Thank you so much for your review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the session. It might be a little complicated for people who do Kendo for the first time, but no problem for you! You and your friend figured out properly what I explained to you about not only the technical things but its spirit, which made things smooth, so we could proceed to next steps quickly. If you continue to practice it regularly, you could develop both physical and mental aspects. I can help you anytime. Mayumi
We have had to postpone our kendo session due to unforeseen illness but Mayumi was extremely sympathetic and accommodating to our request to reschedule. Very much appreciated. We will write a full review once we have the session - we are looking forward to it!
Hi Nina, thank you so much for your review. It can’t be helped your husband got sick, which was unexpected for us. I’m ready to have you on my session anytime. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!
The experience itself is really fantastic and Mayumi-san's English is very fluent. She is really friendly too! I have wonderful time with her. Recommended everyone who want to experience Kendou.
Hello Benz, thank you so much for your review, and for coming all the way to Yokohama from Chiba on your holidays. I’m very happy to see you enjoyed it. Also will be happy to have you on our kendo club!! We all are looking forward to seeing you again. Please don’t hesitate to contact me again. Send me email I showed you on the session. Thank you. Mayumi
This Kendo Experience is brilliant, we can not recommend it enough. Mayumi and her assistant ensured the lesson was insightful, practical and most importantly, a lot of fun. She picked us up from the station and dropped us off, her correspondence before hand was perfect and we were well prepared in advance. The kit you use is of the highest quality, the gymnasium was more than big enough and Mayumi is a fantastic teacher. There's nothing that we would have changed about this experience, it was simply wonderful. If you are in the area, DO IT!
Hello Max, Thank you so much for your review ! I'm really happy to receive it and to know you recommend my session to future guests. As I wrote my blog, I was moved to hear this was a surprise present for your wife, so I hope I fully helped you.Your family were so lovely, of course you and your wife performed kendo very well, so both of us were pleased to give you teaching. Even your father and mother seemed to remember how to pull out samurai swords!! Really enjoyable for us as well. I hope your family will have a wonderful time like polite samurai in your country. Thank you again. Mayumi