Ben Zahler, left, a freshman from Centuria, Wis., studying computer engineering, practices an attack
on Sam Sudkamp, a freshman from Sigel studying geology, Monday at the Recreation Center as trainer
Johnathan Flowers, a doctoral student in philosophy from Oak Park watches. The two learned the
basics of Shinkendo, the art of Samurai swordsmanship. Shinkendo students begin their training with
a wooden sword called a Bokuto and gradually work their way up to a Shinken or “live blade”. The
Shinkendo class meets Monday and Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m.
in the martial arts room at the Recreation Center.

Martial arts empower students

Discipline, strength and confidence are some of the traits taught to students participating in the four different martial arts clubs at the Student Recreation Center. Aikido, kali escrima, kendo and shinkendo may not be the most well known clubs on campus, ... Continue Reading →
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