Beginners

and Edinburgh Kendo Club (EKC) is a friendly but serious dojo that practices the art of KENDO.

If you are interested in starting kendo, please read this section carefully, take a look around our website and Facebook page for more information.


Detailed Information

* Beginners are accepted ad-hoc and are expected to attend at least 5 consecutive calendar week sessions.
* Beginners should attend the Tuesday classes, however are encouraged to also attend Friday if they can & at disgression of Dojo leader.
* After the 5 weeks are up, those successfully completing the course may move on to the regular class timetable
* Beginners should expect to wait a few months before Kendo-gi & Bogu (kendo armour) may be worn, and we will offer you a try-out session before moving towards and purchasing your own armor.

*So we can start prompt on your first session, we would appreciate if you could , complete our online membership form.

Duration

5 calendar weeks. If a class in cancelled due to a holiday or unforeseen circumstances then a week will be added in lieu.

Course Content

By the end of the 5 weeks a reasonably diligent student will be competent in:

Reiho (etiquette), Suburi (cutting action); Ashisabaki (footwork); Tenouchi (correct grip), Datotsu (correct cutting),
Kirikaeshi (Basic cutting and blocking practice)

You should expect a typical lesson to be up to 90 minutes. All lessons will include a Mitorigeiko section (watching practise).

Costs

There are two charges totalling £55*:

  • £20 for the 5 week course including all tuition.
  • £35 to cover necessary equipment, namely a shinai (bamboo sword) and carry bag. *If you have your own equipment then you do not need to pay £35, just £20 for the 5 week course is needed only.

Please register as a new member with the BKA (British Kendo Association) to obtain a “Temporary (3 month) membership” to obtain personal  accident insurance. You can register with the BKA with the following link http://membership.kendo.org.uk/html/new_member_register.php

Beginners are welcome to source their own shinai and carry bag if they wish.

We accept cash or cheques but prefer bank account transfer ( for details please get in touch with us to find out the information or you can pay into our paypal account which is Edinburghkendo@gmail.com; fees are payable on the first night prior to practice.

You should wear a loose t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms. we train in bare feet on a clean sprung gym floor.

At the end of the course

Assuming you have attended all 5 weeks, you may wish to become a full member of the club – details and fees can be found HERE. Once you join you are eligible to join the other weekly club practices.

After your 5 weeks beginners course is finished you’ll have to purchase the uniform. Navy blue kendogi (top) and navy blue hakama(bottom). We recommend purchasing from a martial arts company called nine circles https://www.ninecircles.co.uk/Clothing/Kendo_Gi.
They supply kendo items and are based in UK so they are able to deliver quickly. When you click on one of the uniform webpages, the webpage will give guidance on how to select uniform sizes.

 

Please note…

You must contact us in advance either via our Facebook page or email if you wish to attend a session.

Please try come to a class to watch and meet our instructors, prior to starting a beginners course.

Additional resources

If you’re interested to find out what is expected at each level then the following weblink will help (http://www.britishkendoassociation.com/grading-requirements/).
It is the official grading guidelines released by the British Kendo Association (BKA).
If you’d like more resources then the BKA’s webpage on resources has a good variety of information (http://www.britishkendoassociation.com/resources/).
A beginner’s booklet was written and released by the late Terrry Holt 7th dan sensei which would be of great help to you http://oxford-kendo.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/BeginnersBooklet.pdf
If you’re interested in obtaining information about kendo kata please refer to this video. They break down the common mistakes, slows down the kata and also shows the kamae (postures) from different angles.
Aside from reviewing your kata, we highly recommend practising suburi (swings) at home with a mirror in front of you to get direct feedback on what you’re doing vs what you think you’re doing. A good source of information for practising at home can be found on a video by Andy Fisher and ex team GB member who now lives in Japan.
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