NEW TO KENDO
Classes are taught to a set 10 week curriculum with each week consisting of a new unit covering the lesson for that week. The class moves as fast or as slow as the students can manage and class content is adjusted as required. The beginning class is taught by Jeff Marsten Jr, a 5th degree black belt who started kendo at 6 years of age and has trained in Japan for extended periods of time. There are several other 4th and 5th degree black belt instructors who help to team-teach the beginning class.
You do not need to bring any equipment to your first class. Just wear loose fitting clothing appropriate for exercise ( e.g., sweats). At the first class, beginners will need to purchase a wooden practice sword (bokken) and, a few classes later, a bamboo practice sword (shinai). Beginners must also pay additional equipment fees of $20 for a bokken at the first class and $25 for a shinai at the 4th class.
Students progress to the point where they are ready to wear protective armor (bogu) and begin fencing with their instructors and fellow students.