Kendo classes are conducted in a traditional manner. Terminology is usually in Japanese, although instruction is in English or by demonstration. Beginners are instructed separately until they have learned enough of the basics to train with the advanced students. Although there is special clothing and equipment involved with kendo, beginners need not worry about that initially. Wear some comfortable clothing you don't mind sweating into - we will provide the rest. Beginners can expect to spend most of their early classes practising basic footwork, posture and strokes. After a few months (six is about average) the student is ready to start practising in armour.
Qualified instruction in Kendo in Saskatoon has been provided since 1981 by the Saskatoon Kendo Club. The head instructor, Ken Miyaoka, is a 7th degree black belt with over 40 years of experience. The other instructors include Neil Gendzwill, 6th degree, Takako Matisz, Lance Wall and Juhachi Asai, all 5th degree. The club is a member of the Canadian Kendo Federation. The club is non-profit and instruction is on a volunteer basis.
Saskatoon Kendo Club is no longer running a separate program for kids. All students will now be taught in the same class. Minimum age to join kendo is 12.
We will next be accepting new students in September 2013. We start with an open house class where new students can try out kendo at no cost or obligation. We will supply all equipment needed. Check back here in August for the class dates and schedule.
You will be expected to purchase a shinai (practise sword) for $40.00. After a month or so, you will be expected to purchase a uniform for about $100. You will begin to wear armour sometime in the first year. The armour is available for rent from the club at a rate of $20/term.