Beginners’ Course

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    Semester 2 2020Semester 1 2021

    Schedule

    During these weeks you will learn the basics of Kendo, be offered the opportunity of purchasing your own gear and compete in minor competitions. This Beginners’ Course is open to all, including non-students.

    Start Date: 31/08/2020

    Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm 

    Venue: Murdoch University Sports & Recreation Centre

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

    Instructors: TBC

    Cost: $100 for 12 weeks

    About the Beginner’s Course

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

    Provide an introduction to the sport, and a little background to the martial art.

    Provide each student with a basic understanding of some of the basic moves (such as footwork, strikes, exercises, etc).

    Prepare each student to join the main training with the rest of the club.

    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 $100*).

    Your own shinai – the bamboo sword for practice (budgeted around $40*).

    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.

    * Due to an ever-changing exchange rate cost of quiptment may vary.

    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 $500, 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 $40-50 each (usually get through 1-2 a year).

    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.

    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.

    Competitions and grading

    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).