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Getting Started in Kendo

If you are serious about studying kendo, the following information is essential for getting started. The Manitoba Kendo Club is a registered ‘Not for profit organization’ and thus, all its members and instructors pay full yearly fees. Instructors teach on a volunteer bases solely for the benefit, growth, and improvement of Kendo.

The Manitoba Kendo Club opens its doors to new members in September and again in March.  There are no prerequisites for beginning kendo provided you are in sound health and injury free. The official start to to the kendo year begins in September until June. Kendo does continue through July and August although the training schedule is reduced.

Kendo Fees

Kendo fees are paid in 6 month terms. They are paid in September, then again in March.

  • Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Membership- $20 *MJCCC membership is only paid once per year.
  • Adults (17 years and older) – $180
  • Youths (16 years or younger) – $135
  • New first time members also pay a 1 time registration fee – $40.00

Example:  A new first year adult joining kendo in September will pay $240.00 which will cover training until February. At which time members a $180.00 will again be due covering until August. Every following year dues will be $200.00 in September and $180.00 in March.

Additional Costs

Because Kendo has equipment involved and is full contact in nature, there are expenses that students can expect to encounter in the first year of training.

  • 2nd month- Shinai/bamboo sword (group purchase) $35. This item can be purchased at the dojo.
  • 3rd month – Bokuto/wooden sword (group purchase) $50. This item can be purchased at the dojo.
  • 3rd month – Keikogi and Hakama/top and bottom of uniform approx. $100-125. The club seniors can help you in obtaining proper measurements. These items are ordered online through such suppliers as E-Bogu Aoi Budogu or All Japan Budogu
  • 5-6 months – bogu/armour approx $500-625. Again the club seniors can assist in this.

Dedication and Determination

Kendo takes commitment to learn and skill does not comes easy. The students that flourish in kendo are those who endure long hours of practice and follow the examples of their sempai (seniors) and sensei (teachers). The birthplace of kendo is Japan, and students of kendo will observe Japanese culture and etiquette as part of their kendo culture.

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