The Houston Kenshikan is more than just a iaido and Kendo Dojo in Houston. We encourage our members to have an active and healthy lifestyle. Thus, in addition to Kendo and Iaido, we are proud to offer fitness coaching and training off the floor.

Kendo and Iaido alone, even at 2-3 times a week, is not enough to help one stay fit. Maintaining a commitment to proper diet and exercise is very important. Also, supplementing one's practice with strength and conditioning goes a long way to helping one perform in the Dojo.

At the Kenshikan, we have several members who are very active outside of the Dojo. With our combined experiences, we are able to provide workout routines that can be used in conjunction with Kendo and Iaido practice.


Fitocracy: fitness log, game, social network app

Runkeeper: GPS fitness app

Molding Mobility/Starting Stretching: good starting routine to use on a daily basis with an app here.


Warm up routines: AthleanX, Jeremy Ethier, Jeff Nippard, Darek Wos

For those who are new to fitness/have limited fitness experience:

r/fitness Wiki
Daily Yoga

Bodyweight exercise challenges: squats, lunges, pushups, dips, pullups, situps
Couch to 5k
Resistance band exercises

Nerdfitness for beginners

r/bodyweightfitness routine


Newbie lifters:

r/fitness Dumbbell stopgap

Starting Strength


Lifters with at least a few months of experience:

Candiito LP

Ice Cream Fitness

PHUL (Power Hypertrophy Upper Lower)

PHAT (Power Hypertrophy Adaptive Training)

Youtube resources:

Jeff Nippard, Jeremy Ethier, Athlean-X
, FitnessFAQs