Starting Kendo at Hizen Dojo

This page answers frequently asked questions about starting kendo at Hizen Dojo.

Please see if your question is answered here before contacting us.

How do I start kendo at Hizen?

First visit the dojo and watch a practice.

We ask that everyone visits the dojo the week before starting so that you can see how lessons are conducted and ask any questions you may have.

It is best to come and watch on Thursday night so that you can see the type of general class you will be working towards. You will be given membership forms, and once you have returned the completed forms with a photo of yourself, you may start the following week.

Do I need to arrange my visit?

No, please just turn up!

There is no fee for watching a class and you will be made welcome. You do not have to contact us to ask if you can visit, or to tell us you are coming (unless you have special needs).

When are beginners’ classes?

We are not limited to school terms like some clubs, so beginners may start at any time throughout the year. Please check the website homepage for any time changes before you come.

How much does it cost?

Membership costs are set on a sliding scale over the year and range from £20–£150, depending on which month you start. Then there is a £10 practice charge each time you come. These costs cover hall rental and the use of club equipment. The only additional cost is membership to the B.K.A. for insurance. There are 50% reductions for those who are in full-time education or unemployed.

Thursdays are not convenient for me – may I have private lessons?

No. Practising in the dojo as a group is an important aspect of learning kendo.

Tuesdays are not convenient for me – may I just practice at the Thursday lesson?

Yes you may, but it would be better to attend on Tuesday as more direct time will be given to you.

At what age can I join Hizen?

You have to be at least 18 years old to practise at Hizen Kendo Club.

What equipment do I need to start kendo?

None. When you start kendo at Hizen, we will lend you a bokken (wooden sword) and shinai (bamboo sword) when required. All you need is to wear a plain white t-shirt and loose black jogging pants/leggings or black shorts.

When can I start wearing armour?

It will take several weeks learning the basics before you are ready to wear armour, and the Chief Instructor will tell you when you are ready. At this time, you will be able to borrow club armour until you are ready to buy your own.

Can I buy my own equipment now anyway?

It is a good idea that you seek advice from the Chief Instructor or a senior member before investing in your own armour.

I have another question – can I email you?

Please look at the FAQ page and the rest of the website first to see if your question is answered there. If not, we will be happy to answer any question you may have either at the dojo or by email.