Beginners info

Beginners info

This page contains all the information you will need for the course and should answer any questions you may have. If you do have further questions please feel free to email and I will do my best to answer them.

On the admin front you will need to buy a ticket before the course starts!

To remind you, the £20 cost covers the course and temporary BKA membership (including insurance).

The course is 8 weeks. Practice and the course starts at 8pm, but I would ask that you try and arrive for 7.45pm so that we can get any admin sorted out so we can start promptly at 8pm.

Where do we practice?

Redbridge Community School
Cuckmere Lane
Southampton
SO16 9RJ

What should you wear?

We practice kendo in bare feet and you should wear loose fitting clothing, so tracksuit bottoms or shorts are fine. Generally we ask that you remove jewellery, watches or anything that could get caught up during training. Obviously wedding rings or any item of religious nature can be worn at your own risk. As we practice in bare feet, toe nails should be trimmed and not have any sharp edges. We also suggest you bring some water with you.

What should you expect from the course?

After we have sorted out the admin, the session will start with a formal line up. Just follow as best you can (no one will expect you to know what to do). We will then have a guided warm up. The main class will then start their session as normal and one of the instructors will take you for the course. There will be an introduction to kendo, health and safety information, a brief history of kendo, weapons, armour and an overview of the course. You will then start working on how the hold the sword, how the stand and how to move and swing the sword. The first couple of weeks will be fairly gentle but the physical activity will start to ramp up, but you won’t be expected to do anything you physically can’t cope with. On completion of the course you will then, if you wish to continue with kendo, be able to join the main class and begin to work towards wearing armour.

Please ensure that your course instructor is informed of any medical conditions that might affect you in the course of the session; this information should also be noted on your BKA form.

The BKA’s website has lots of useful information on kendo in general, and you may also want to join our Facebook group. We use this mostly as a forum for general discussion and for club announcements. Don’t worry if you aren’t a Facebook type person as we make announcements at the session and do group emails as well.

We look forward to seeing you on at our next beginners course. Again, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to email and I will do my best to help.