Murdoch University Kendo Club

Beginners' Course


Start Date : Wednesday, 30 August 2017
Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm (come at 7:00pm for registration and briefing)
Venue : Murdoch University Sports & Recreation Centre
Instructor: Anupa Kritmanorote ( 0405 074 534 / mintanupa @ )
Cost: $100 over 12 weeks. There will also be the option to pay an additional $100 for kendo gear, which includes a set of keiko-gi and hakama (uniform), shinai (bamboo sword), and shinai bag (see details below).

This Beginners' Course is open to all, including non-students.

About Kendo

Kendo is a Japanese martial art based on traditional swordsmanship that dates back hundreds of years back. Modern Kendo however is more than just a martial art – it is also a sport, which is widely practised internationally, with 53 countries currently under the banner of the international federation.

Ken (剣) means sword, and (道) means way or path – they literally translate to “the way of the sword”. For many of us, that means not only training for competition, but also as a means of personal development. At Murdoch University Kendo Club, we regularly practice the different moves and techniques together, however each individual takes responsibility for their own personal development.

About the Beginner's Course

This beginner’s course will start on Wednesday 30 August 2017, from 7:30pm to 8:30pm, at Murdoch University Sports and Recreation Centre (Carpark 4), 90 South St, Murdoch, WA 6150.

Registration will take place from 7.00pm – please come early so we can start the course promptly at 7:30pm. Your instructor will be Mitch Fenn (Kendo 3dan).

Attire: Loose fitting clothes is a good idea (something you are comfortable moving around in), and please note that we train in bare feet.

Our beginner’s course is designed to do several things:

  1. Provide an introduction to the sport, and a little background to the martial art.
  2. Provide each student with a basic understanding of some of the basic moves (such as footwork, strikes, exercises, etc).
  3. Prepare each student to join the main training with the rest of the club.
  4. Prepare each student by providing some basic tools they can use for their own personal development.

The basic cost for the 12-week course is $100. During the course, you have the option of purchasing several equipment:

  • Your own keiko-gi and hakama – the blue uniform that sits under your armour (budgeted around $50).
  • Your own shinai – the bamboo sword for practice (budgeted around $30).
  • Your own shinai bag (budgeted around $20).

For those interested in continuing beyond the beginner’s course, in week 10 you will be able to order complementary equipment to help transition to joining the main training. This will cost $100, and will cover:

  • Your own club zekken – a name tag to wear with the armour, with the club emblem on it (budgeted around $60).
  • Your own bokken – a wooden sword used for kata practice (budgeted $30).
  • Your club tenugui – the head towel worn under the helmet, with the club emblem on it (budgeted around $10).

Beyond the Course

After the beginner’s course, the next step in the journey will involve:

  • Getting your own equipment: A bogu set will cost upwards of $300, depending on the quality (entry level bogu is usually still very good and can last 2-4 years). You may also need more shinai, which costs around $30-40 each (usually get through 1-2 a year).
  • Membership fees: There is an annual club fee, as well as an annual West Australian Kendo Renmei (WAKR) fee – totalling $280 for the year. Paying these fees means you will be covered for insurance, grants you access to train at other Kendo clubs in Australia for free, and enables you to enter official events such as competitions and grading.
  • Attending more training sessions: Aside from Wednesday 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Murdoch also trains on Mondays 8:30pm – 9:30pm. As a WAKR member, you may also visit and train at other clubs on other days.
  • Competitions and grading: As mentioned, one of the perks of becoming a WAKR member is your eligibility to compete, and attend grading. The journey from the kyu ranks (under black belt) through to shodan (1st level black belt) usually takes between 3 to 5 years. There are many local competitions in WA, catering both beginners and experienced, as well as two national competitions (the Australian Kendo Championships and the Australian University Games).


If you require any further information, please contact me:

Mitch Fenn
mitchorm @

P.S. We can also cater for a large group at the sports hall – so if you want to bring a friend on the day – no problem!

Thank you, and look forward to meeting you all in person.

Mitch Fenn