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Fudokan Kendo and Iaido

Fudokan provides expert instruction in the Japanese martial arts of kendo and iaido for adults and youth in the Washington DC metropolitan area. We practice in Washington DC (Monday & Wednesday) as well as in Bethesda Maryland (Thursday & Saturday).

Fudokan is a Shidogakuin member dojo. Our head instructor is Rod Faghani (kendo 6 Dan, iaido 4 Dan) who has dedicated more than half a century to the practice and education of martial arts. The original Shidogakuin dojo was established in 1984 by Shozo Kato and Tsuyoshi Inoshita. Shidogakuin has since grown from a single dojo in Manhattan into an organization that includes many affiliated dojo along the East Coast, including New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, the Washington DC Metropolitan Area and Florida.

Rod Faghani Sensei's martial arts journey began with Karate in his youth, a journey that led him to study Shotokan karate in Japan and raise to prominence at the National level in the years 1972–1977. Faghani Sensei continued karate until January 1997 when, in his 40s, he started kendo and iaido. He achieved the rank of kendo 6th Dan in April of 2015. As the founder of Fudokan, his mission is to continue training and to enable people of all ages to learn about the way of the sword and its many mind-body benefits.

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Fudokan Kendo and Iaido location Map
The Dance Loft on 14
4618 14th Street NW
Loft Level
Washington, DC 20011
United States
Phone: 240-406-5363

Martial Art Styles

The following Martial Arts Styles are offered at Fudokan Kendo and Iaido:

  • Iaido
  • Kendo

Programs & Class Schedule

We welcome new members who want to learn kendo or iaido throughout the year. Classes are held at the following two locations:


​Monday, Thursday (7–9 pm) and Saturday (1–3 pm)
Sidwell Friends School: 5100 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814

Wednesday (7–8:30 pm)
The Dance Loft on 14: 4618 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011 (Loft Level)

No prior experience is required. For kendo, students must be at least 7 years of age to practice. For iaido, students must be at least 13 years of age. Equipment may be borrowed for the first few classes.

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