New Season has started (Second half 2019)

On 31st August, our famous buffet party gave a special atmosphere for the new start as well as the farewell of Inokuchi-sensei.

We thank for Inokuchi-sensei’s commitment to Renshinjuku for last 4 years and promised him to continue Kendo to see him again.

A new season has started at Renshinjuku with a different Keiko style!  There are always many challenges at the beginning but let’s work together for further evolvement of Renshinjuku. Your commitment and cooperation are always precious and welcome!

26th Kojika cup

3 kids from Renshinjuku joined 26th Kojika cup. Each did their best and they are very much motivated to win in the next tournament.

Thank you for your support, Machi sensei, Inokuchi sensei and Marikosensei. Also we appreciate so much all members of Renshinjuku for your warm and kind support during Keiko. Without you, they even could not join the tournament!

9th Godo Keikokai 2018

On 20th and 21th January 2018, Renshinjuku kids together with Machi sensei and Machiko-san joined the 9th Godo Keikokai 2018!


Many kids from many countries joined this keiko and trained together for 2 days. They enjoyed the Kihon geiko in different ways. With many sensei’s they were fortunate to get a lot of advice.

Throughout the training, they were asked to make a pair with kids from different dojo which helped them to get to know other Kendo Kids.
It is not so often to have such opportunity for the children, but we will try to find and attend this kind of European (or Dutch) training actively.  See you in Keiko again!

The new season starts!

Dear excellent kendoka,

Welcome to the new kendo season!

RSJ-dojo Amstelveen starts Tuesday, September 5th, and Saturday, September 9th.

Verify all kendo activities and the training days/hours the agenda on our Internet site:

Progress and appointments:

The Yudansha of our dojo must be reinforced! By giving much/more attention to kendoka with bogu it must be possible to raise the kendo-quality of our kendoka considerably. This I will realize by, among other things, focusing the trainings on traditional training forms. To achieve this a number of requirements must be met. Among others a committment to regular kendo training is necessary, in training forms as well as participation. Of members it is now expected that you train at least three weeks per month!! If you cannot satisfy this requirement, you must discuss this matter with me. The initiative for consultation lies with you!

There must be more respect towards teachers. Latecomers are not allowed to join training, unless dispensated by sensei. Members who didn’t pay contribution to the dojo cannot train!

We will keep attendance.

Renshinjuku is a kendo dojo where kendoka are offered the ability to train and to develop themselves. I want to do this with active members, not with sponsors; i.e.: members who only pay contribution, but do not train. If that leads to a small number of devoted attendants then so be it.

We will also give more attention to training forms for Yudansha.

For this I already have a program ready.

Think for yourself what your personal aim in kendo is this coming season and give note of it during training. For myself I have planned to teach more intensively, among other things by training more and to interfere less with the organization of our club. Therefore a number of tasks of the organization is delegated to members.

Inform yourself of our activities through the agenda on our website and decide in which you want to take part.

Anyway, I am completely ready for the coming season; my shinai have been sharpened and oiled; my hakama & keigogi washed and ironed and my bogu polished. I’m now ready to meet you at the other part of my shinai. GAMBATE!!!


With kind regards,


Bert Heeren sensei

Kendo 6 Dan Renshi

Start of the New Season

Dear members,

As the dojo has begun the summer break as of July 22nd I will inform you on certain things to look forward to:

  • Kendo summer seminar: During the first weekend of August the 4th through 6th the summer seminar will be held at the Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. This is a highly recommended event for all levels of kendo practitioners. The sensei attending are Vitalis-sensei, Kanda-sensei, Iijima-sensei, and Nabeyama-sensei, as well as several students from the University of Tsukuba where Nabeyama-sensei is the head coach. Please make sure to attend!
  • Training at Museido: This dojo in Amsterdam is one that does not have a summer break, so many practitioners from across the country choose to attend training here during the summer. If you are in bogu, this will be a great way to experience a different kind of kendo compared to what we do at Renshinjuku.
  • Start of the new season: Finally on Tuesday the 5th of September and Saturday the 9th of September training of the new season will commence.
  • Buffet party: This tradition to festively open the new year will be held a week later on the 16th of September. For this party you should bring a main course dish for approximately the same number of people as you wish to bring to the party. After the training we will set up a table where all dishes are placed and then we can enjoy each other’s self-prepared food together. Drinks will be taken care of, please make sure to contribute a few coins for this.

Finally, as the weather can occasionally be quite hot, please take care of yourself well. If you practice make sure to hydrate yourself adequately, and to warm up properly. The weather might be hot, but your muscles still require preparation for training!

And if you will go on vacation, please enjoy them thoroughly!

14/01 New Year’s buffet

Hello everyone!

The new year’s underway and we’ve had our first training of 2017. The mochi has been eaten and we’re training hard, as we should. The only thing that remains for a good start to the year, is our traditional new year’s buffet.

Next Saturday, January 14th, we’ll have a pot luck dinner. If your new to the idea: all guests bring some food to share with the others. Drinks will be arranged by dojo staff. Please join us for dinner, right after Saturday’s training!


Hi everyone!

We will hold our traditional “pot luck” buffet party on Saturday the 10th of September. Please join in and bring some nice food to share!

Classes resume TODAY

Hi everyone! I assume you were already aware of it, but tonight our classes for the 2016-2017 season start!

Give your shinai one more inspection, clean and iron your keikogi and make sure your bogu’s completely safe. Then let’s get cracking tonight!

Goodbye tachikiri keiko

Saturday the 11th of June is going to be a special class! Our dear friend Haruki Yokota will soon be leaving the Netherlands, to return to Japan, and we would like to wish him farewell with a great training! So please do join us!