Getting Started in Kendo

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Matsu Kai Kendo is open to everyone and no previous experience is required. Children and adults practice together so youngsters must be mature enough to participate in the open class – usually around 8 or 9 years old. There is no maximum age limit.

To begin practicing Kendo please visit and watch the whole class. Afterwards, we can answer your questions and get you ready to start practicing at the next class. If you have questions that you would like answered before visiting then feel free to telephone or email the head instructor Campbell-Sensei. Contact information is in the here in the home page.

To begin kendo practice all you need is a shinai (bamboo sword) and comfortable exercising clothes that allow you to move freely and that do not drag on the floor. We are always barefoot in the dojo.

In kendo we wear traditional practice clothing. The top piece is called a kendo-gi and bottoms are called hakama. You may wish to purchase this equipment right away but we suggest that you wait until you have practiced for one or two months or until Sensei recommends it.  To purchase any equipment, please visit one of the vendors listed here.

The time it takes to be ready to wear full armor depends on how regularly you practice and how readily you learn the physical skills. Typically this varies from 2 to 4 months. Once you begin wearing armor there is no limit to how long you can keep practicing Kendo. Many people continue to practice well over the age of 80.
But the first step is to visit the dojo for the first time. After that it is simply a matter of practice.