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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 yearly and cover training between September 2015 until August 2016. Students joining kendo in March will have their fees prorated for the remainder of the year.

  • Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Membership- $20
  • Adults (17 years and older) – $300
  • Youths (16 years or younger) – $150

Example:  An adult joining kendo in September will pay $320.00 which will cover training until August of the following year.

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) $30. This item can be purchased at the dojo.
  • 3rd month – Bokuto/wooden sword (group purchase) $50. This item can be purchased at the dojo.
  • 4th month – Keikogi and Hakama/top and bottom of uniform approx. $100. These items are ordered through the dojo
  • 6-8 months – Bogu/Armour Approx $500. This a major purchase and is made through the dojo to one of our suppliers such as  E-Bogu Aoi Budogu or All Japan Budogu

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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