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Posted 3/25/08
well i live in AUstralia and i dunt think deres kendo. I'm thinkin of going to Japan wen im older and go to a kendo club :]
looks fun.. cause the clubs r in skool and in like australia. We dunt hav clubs like dat so yeh :(

i like kendo alot but lol cant do anything T_T
i only cna play basketball , table tennis and I do a lil of martial arts.. NOOB BUT
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Posted 3/31/08
Well kendo is expensive if you buy all the equipment at the same time. Probably around $400-$500. But if you buy it separately during periods of time its not that bad. To start off you need the shinai (bamboo sword) which is roughly $30. Maybe a month or 2 later you can purchase the keiko-gi and hakama (uniform robe) for roughly $125. And 5-6 months later you can get the helmet, chest plate, and gloves for $300. These are all the lowest prices available. We purchase our items from a company called e-Bogu. And one thing I don't recommend is buying shinais from non-kendo stores (i.e. Suncoast). Because if you compare a non-kendo store shinai to a kendo store shinai, there is a vast difference in length and form.

My kendo dojo is under the Central California Kendo Federation (CCKF) and I'm a pupil under Otani-sensei. For people living in Cali there should be plenty of kendo dojos since Cali does have a history of having the largest Japanese population in the US due to immigration during the 1900s. But yes, kendo is still rare in a sense of exposure so you gotta look hard to find one maybe.

Any kendokas care to state their federation and sensei? Oh and yes, are there any kendokas out there participating in the upcoming tournament? Forgot what it was called but I think it was a all US one. (>_<)
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Posted 4/1/08

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Any kendokas care to state their federation and sensei? Oh and yes, are there any kendokas out there participating in the upcoming tournament? Forgot what it was called but I think it was a all US one. (>_<)


I'm BKA (Brititish Kendo Association)
obviousely i cant enter USA only compertions but I was in a european compertion a few months back, and want to try to enter the world kendo chapionships one day but i think i need a lot more practice.

What grade are you?

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Posted 4/1/08

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SEfob wrote:

Any kendokas care to state their federation and sensei? Oh and yes, are there any kendokas out there participating in the upcoming tournament? Forgot what it was called but I think it was a all US one. (>_<)


I'm BKA (Brititish Kendo Association)
obviousely i cant enter USA only compertions but I was in a european compertion a few months back, and want to try to enter the world kendo chapionships one day but i think i need a lot more practice.

Waht grade are you?



Oh I'm a high school junior, 11th grader. I just recently started kendo so I'm not tournament material yet. (>_<) Though I would like to participate in one for the sheer experience and thrill (?).
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Posted 4/2/08

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cnidocyte wrote:

I'm BKA (Brititish Kendo Association)
obviousely i cant enter USA only compertions but I was in a european compertion a few months back, and want to try to enter the world kendo chapionships one day but i think i need a lot more practice.

Waht grade are you?



Oh I'm a high school junior, 11th grader. I just recently started kendo so I'm not tournament material yet. (>_<) Though I would like to participate in one for the sheer experience and thrill (?).


sorry i meant kendo grade not school grade
but any way, the compertition i mentioned was the first i've been to so i was completly out matched but it was still realy fun so i defently recomend going along to one if you get the chance.
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Posted 4/3/08

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SEfob wrote:


cnidocyte wrote:

I'm BKA (Brititish Kendo Association)
obviousely i cant enter USA only compertions but I was in a european compertion a few months back, and want to try to enter the world kendo chapionships one day but i think i need a lot more practice.

Waht grade are you?



Oh I'm a high school junior, 11th grader. I just recently started kendo so I'm not tournament material yet. (>_<) Though I would like to participate in one for the sheer experience and thrill (?).


sorry i meant kendo grade not school grade
but any way, the compertition i mentioned was the first i've been to so i was completly out matched but it was still realy fun so i defently recomend going along to one if you get the chance.



Oh my bad. lol. I usually associate grade with school and rank with martial arts. lol. Anyways, I have no idea what rank I am. I haven't even learned the ranking system yet. Thats something I should ask my sensei then. lol.

And yep, our fed is still kinda young so theres like only 4 other females that I know of. This year is a golden year for us since we could actually have a girls team. lol.
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Posted 4/7/08

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Oh my bad. lol. I usually associate grade with school and rank with martial arts. lol. Anyways, I have no idea what rank I am. I haven't even learned the ranking system yet. Thats something I should ask my sensei then. lol.

And yep, our fed is still kinda young so theres like only 4 other females that I know of. This year is a golden year for us since we could actually have a girls team. lol.

Yeah, i've noticed that there aren't many female kendoka, we've only have one elderly woman and one junior girl at the club.
but i guess its understandable considering we're in one of the most secluded parts of the UK and only had about three members up until we got some beginners recently.
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Posted 4/7/08

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Oh my bad. lol. I usually associate grade with school and rank with martial arts. lol. Anyways, I have no idea what rank I am. I haven't even learned the ranking system yet. Thats something I should ask my sensei then. lol.

And yep, our fed is still kinda young so theres like only 4 other females that I know of. This year is a golden year for us since we could actually have a girls team. lol.

Yeah, i've noticed that there aren't many female kendoka, we've only have one elderly woman and one junior girl at the club.
but i guess its understandable considering we're in one of the most secluded parts of the UK and only had about three members up until we got some beginners recently.


We need more female kendoka. So that I can actually spar with someone. lol.

But anyways, I'm kinda scared since I'll be getting my bogu when summer comes. *gasp* Some people's kiyai (?) or spirit yell is kinda scary. lol.
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Posted 4/8/08

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We need more female kendoka. So that I can actually spar with someone. lol.

But anyways, I'm kinda scared since I'll be getting my bogu when summer comes. *gasp* Some people's kiyai (?) or spirit yell is kinda scary. lol.

I know what you mean, apart from beginers that have joined recently all of are members are adults so it rare that i get to spar people my age.

It definatly gets more difficult when you get into armour but its alot more fun as well.
and yeah Kia has always been my weak point, but i'm starting to manage to make people flinch using it, its kind of fun when it works.
Never heard it called spirit yell though, thats a kind of cool name a might have to remember it.
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Posted 4/8/08

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SEfob wrote:
We need more female kendoka. So that I can actually spar with someone. lol.

But anyways, I'm kinda scared since I'll be getting my bogu when summer comes. *gasp* Some people's kiyai (?) or spirit yell is kinda scary. lol.

I know what you mean, apart from beginers that have joined recently all of are members are adults so it rare that i get to spar people my age.

It definatly gets more difficult when you get into armour but its alot more fun as well.
and yeah Kia has always been my weak point, but i'm starting to manage to make people flinch using it, its kind of fun when it works.
Never heard it called spirit yell though, thats a kind of cool name a might have to remember it.


Like one time I accidentally missed the dou and hit the guy and I said sorry, and the guy yelled at me with his kiyai. That scared the shiet out of me. lol. And I totally need to get into shape before I get my bogu or else I'm gonna die due to their vigorous drills and trainings. I need stamina!! lol.
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Posted 4/12/08

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Like one time I accidentally missed the dou and hit the guy and I said sorry, and the guy yelled at me with his kiyai. That scared the shiet out of me. lol. And I totally need to get into shape before I get my bogu or else I'm gonna die due to their vigorous drills and trainings. I need stamina!! lol.


Sounds like the guy was just being mean, enless you hit him realy hard it shouldnt of hurt that much.
It sounds like your training is a lot tougher than ours, that or our club is too laid back
but either way staminas always good I should proberly start thinking about that kind of thing as well since i've got a grading in two weeks.
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Posted 4/12/08

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SEfob wrote:

Like one time I accidentally missed the dou and hit the guy and I said sorry, and the guy yelled at me with his kiyai. That scared the shiet out of me. lol. And I totally need to get into shape before I get my bogu or else I'm gonna die due to their vigorous drills and trainings. I need stamina!! lol.


Sounds like the guy was just being mean, enless you hit him realy hard it shouldnt of hurt that much.
It sounds like your training is a lot tougher than ours, that or our club is too laid back
but either way staminas always good I should proberly start thinking about that kind of thing as well since i've got a grading in two weeks.


Well our senseis learned the traditional way in Japan and then brought it to the US when they immigrated. So the training techniques that they teach us are as vigorous as the ones in Japan. The only difference is that we don't have as much practice time as Japanese practitioners, since in Japan most kendoka practice everyday since they have their own dojo while we have to rent/share gyms and only do like 3 days max.

But yea, we always do drills via partner or entire class. Lots of running back and forth hitting. No breaks. lol.
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Posted 4/18/08
In a lot of martial arts, especially Japanese martial arts, it is not common to say sorry during training/spars.
If you think you really hit him bad, just take a step back and bow, then take ur stance again..
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Posted 4/19/08

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Sounds like the guy was just being mean, enless you hit him realy hard it shouldnt of hurt that much.
It sounds like your training is a lot tougher than ours, that or our club is too laid back
but either way staminas always good I should proberly start thinking about that kind of thing as well since i've got a grading in two weeks.


Well our senseis learned the traditional way in Japan and then brought it to the US when they immigrated. So the training techniques that they teach us are as vigorous as the ones in Japan. The only difference is that we don't have as much practice time as Japanese practitioners, since in Japan most kendoka practice everyday since they have their own dojo while we have to rent/share gyms and only do like 3 days max.

But yea, we always do drills via partner or entire class. Lots of running back and forth hitting. No breaks. lol.


It definatly seems that the japanese take there training a lot more seriusly. I realy want to go over there for a few weeks to see what thier dojo's are like but i think i might have to wait until my 2nd or 3rd year of university before i get the chance.

apart from seminars and squad practices we only get to practice 2 days, but i know what you mean about not getting breaks we've done a few practices when our sensei's feeling cruel that i've bearly been able to lift my arms to cut by the end of.
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