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well,I'm planning to join the only Kendo school in the phillipines(officially knowned)but I must fix my schedules.
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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. (>_<)


I belong to the Southern California Kendo Federation (SCKF) and train under Yamamoto Sensei. I think kendo would be more popular if it were promoted like japan, where they start kendo clubs since middle school. I think that kendo should be promoted from the high school level. Im sure I can make it work out, I just gotta think of something...........
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SEfob wrote:

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. (>_<)


I belong to the Southern California Kendo Federation (SCKF) and train under Yamamoto Sensei. I think kendo would be more popular if it were promoted like japan, where they start kendo clubs since middle school. I think that kendo should be promoted from the high school level. Im sure I can make it work out, I just gotta think of something...........


The only problem about having kendo as school activities is if the students are willing to pay for the equipment. And another problem about having it in US schools is that we as American students have grown accustom to a free education and are reluctant to pay for things since we are so used to the school buying everything for us. And even with karate and tae kwon do already in schools, many students don't buy the uniform. And comparing prices between kendo with karate or tae kwon do, if students aren't even willing to buy a karate uniform for like $40, then how are they going to be willing to pay for a $125 kendo uniform?

But yea, it would be nice if kendo received more promotion. That way then perhaps we could actually get our own dojos with which we could go to any day of the week.
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you bring up a good point, but there are such things as club discounts. so with that, im sure theres a place like E-bogu who would love to supply a school district with kendo supplies. Then all Id have to do is get some donations, do a couple carwashes with cheerleaders and some more donations and well be set to buy all of the equiptment. We could keep it all in the school so that people only borrow it the semester they do kendo and if they want to buy their own, the supplier who supplied the district might give them a discount. I know that this sounds incredibly flawed and not as detailed, but someting along these lines would work.


SEfob wrote:


NeoEnix wrote:


SEfob wrote:

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. (>_<)


I belong to the Southern California Kendo Federation (SCKF) and train under Yamamoto Sensei. I think kendo would be more popular if it were promoted like japan, where they start kendo clubs since middle school. I think that kendo should be promoted from the high school level. Im sure I can make it work out, I just gotta think of something...........


The only problem about having kendo as school activities is if the students are willing to pay for the equipment. And another problem about having it in US schools is that we as American students have grown accustom to a free education and are reluctant to pay for things since we are so used to the school buying everything for us. And even with karate and tae kwon do already in schools, many students don't buy the uniform. And comparing prices between kendo with karate or tae kwon do, if students aren't even willing to buy a karate uniform for like $40, then how are they going to be willing to pay for a $125 kendo uniform?

But yea, it would be nice if kendo received more promotion. That way then perhaps we could actually get our own dojos with which we could go to any day of the week.


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NeoEnix wrote:

you bring up a good point, but there are such things as club discounts. so with that, im sure theres a place like E-bogu who would love to supply a school district with kendo supplies. Then all Id have to do is get some donations, do a couple carwashes with cheerleaders and some more donations and well be set to buy all of the equiptment. We could keep it all in the school so that people only borrow it the semester they do kendo and if they want to buy their own, the supplier who supplied the district might give them a discount. I know that this sounds incredibly flawed and not as detailed, but someting along these lines would work.


SEfob wrote:


NeoEnix wrote:


SEfob wrote:

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. (>_<)


I belong to the Southern California Kendo Federation (SCKF) and train under Yamamoto Sensei. I think kendo would be more popular if it were promoted like japan, where they start kendo clubs since middle school. I think that kendo should be promoted from the high school level. Im sure I can make it work out, I just gotta think of something...........


The only problem about having kendo as school activities is if the students are willing to pay for the equipment. And another problem about having it in US schools is that we as American students have grown accustom to a free education and are reluctant to pay for things since we are so used to the school buying everything for us. And even with karate and tae kwon do already in schools, many students don't buy the uniform. And comparing prices between kendo with karate or tae kwon do, if students aren't even willing to buy a karate uniform for like $40, then how are they going to be willing to pay for a $125 kendo uniform?

But yea, it would be nice if kendo received more promotion. That way then perhaps we could actually get our own dojos with which we could go to any day of the week.




Yea hopefully they'll give some sort of educational discount. That would be nice. lol. But somehow I highly doubt it since I'm in tae kwon do at my high school and we don't get any discount on the uniforms even though the class is an after school program activity.
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are you serious? have your sensei call the provider (if its Golden tiger, I know for sure they offer club discounts) and see if he can get a discount. Sometimes the instructors try to make money by selling them to you for a little higher or even priced to what the internet has them on, and he doesnt really pass on the savings to you, so your instructor might be making money off of you belive it or not. My instructor bought me a blue TKD uniform which is like 27 online, but I got it for 20 from him because he orders for the club and so they send it to him with the discount. If your instructor orders in bulk (say 40 uniforms) then theyll give him a huge discount, but then everyone has to buy them from him or else hes really gonna loose money.


SEfob wrote:


NeoEnix wrote:

you bring up a good point, but there are such things as club discounts. so with that, im sure theres a place like E-bogu who would love to supply a school district with kendo supplies. Then all Id have to do is get some donations, do a couple carwashes with cheerleaders and some more donations and well be set to buy all of the equiptment. We could keep it all in the school so that people only borrow it the semester they do kendo and if they want to buy their own, the supplier who supplied the district might give them a discount. I know that this sounds incredibly flawed and not as detailed, but someting along these lines would work.


SEfob wrote:


NeoEnix wrote:


SEfob wrote:

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. (>_<)


I belong to the Southern California Kendo Federation (SCKF) and train under Yamamoto Sensei. I think kendo would be more popular if it were promoted like japan, where they start kendo clubs since middle school. I think that kendo should be promoted from the high school level. Im sure I can make it work out, I just gotta think of something...........


The only problem about having kendo as school activities is if the students are willing to pay for the equipment. And another problem about having it in US schools is that we as American students have grown accustom to a free education and are reluctant to pay for things since we are so used to the school buying everything for us. And even with karate and tae kwon do already in schools, many students don't buy the uniform. And comparing prices between kendo with karate or tae kwon do, if students aren't even willing to buy a karate uniform for like $40, then how are they going to be willing to pay for a $125 kendo uniform?

But yea, it would be nice if kendo received more promotion. That way then perhaps we could actually get our own dojos with which we could go to any day of the week.




Yea hopefully they'll give some sort of educational discount. That would be nice. lol. But somehow I highly doubt it since I'm in tae kwon do at my high school and we don't get any discount on the uniforms even though the class is an after school program activity.


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are you serious? have your sensei call the provider (if its Golden tiger, I know for sure they offer club discounts) and see if he can get a discount. Sometimes the instructors try to make money by selling them to you for a little higher or even priced to what the internet has them on, and he doesnt really pass on the savings to you, so your instructor might be making money off of you belive it or not. My instructor bought me a blue TKD uniform which is like 27 online, but I got it for 20 from him because he orders for the club and so they send it to him with the discount. If your instructor orders in bulk (say 40 uniforms) then theyll give him a huge discount, but then everyone has to buy them from him or else hes really gonna loose money.



I think we're going off topic with TKD uniforms. lol. But anyways, it just started a couple months ago so no one is buying the uniform yet. Including me. If its still there next year I'll consider buying one.

And did you go to a kendo tournament that was in LA this Sunday, like yesterdy? And are you going to the US championships in Las Vegas? I'm not going cuz I got no bogu. lol. *noob*
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nope. I cant compete cuz my left leg has a torn ligament and meniscus (the later collateral ligament to be exact) so im not in competition shape. Im looking forward for when my freakin knee gets all better cuz I also do TKD and there are alot of tournaments in the summer, so im trying to get back into shape for them. and as for kendo, there was one this weekend, think it was the same one but im in SD, so it could be diffrent and I was gonna go, but agian, knee problems prevented my highly possible first place trophy! (lol). and just to keep it kendo related, check out E-kendo.com, they actually sell really nice bogu (I own a 2.5 machine stiched bogu, black mengane, all deer leather kote (think the whole bogu is out of deer) for just 550 with shipping). so I suggest anyone interested in buying bogu go look at that site. and also, if you live in the states and you want to avoid shipping charges and get good wquality bogu, go to Ebogu.com and check them out. They offer free shipping if you buy anything over 100 bucks, and bogu is well over 100, so check em out. Theyr 5 mm bogu and 4 mm bogu are actually good, sure they are higher priced than e-kendo.com but they come to about the same since e-kendo.com charges shipping, as opposed to e bogu.com who does not. so check and compare. E-kendo is really great with customer service, so is e bogu, but I find e kendo a little more better. but thats my opinion, so there. hope its ok to post this........


SEfob wrote:


NeoEnix wrote:

are you serious? have your sensei call the provider (if its Golden tiger, I know for sure they offer club discounts) and see if he can get a discount. Sometimes the instructors try to make money by selling them to you for a little higher or even priced to what the internet has them on, and he doesnt really pass on the savings to you, so your instructor might be making money off of you belive it or not. My instructor bought me a blue TKD uniform which is like 27 online, but I got it for 20 from him because he orders for the club and so they send it to him with the discount. If your instructor orders in bulk (say 40 uniforms) then theyll give him a huge discount, but then everyone has to buy them from him or else hes really gonna loose money.



I think we're going off topic with TKD uniforms. lol. But anyways, it just started a couple months ago so no one is buying the uniform yet. Including me. If its still there next year I'll consider buying one.

And did you go to a kendo tournament that was in LA this Sunday, like yesterdy? And are you going to the US championships in Las Vegas? I'm not going cuz I got no bogu. lol. *noob*


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nope. I cant compete cuz my left leg has a torn ligament and meniscus (the later collateral ligament to be exact) so im not in competition shape. Im looking forward for when my freakin knee gets all better cuz I also do TKD and there are alot of tournaments in the summer, so im trying to get back into shape for them. and as for kendo, there was one this weekend, think it was the same one but im in SD, so it could be diffrent and I was gonna go, but agian, knee problems prevented my highly possible first place trophy! (lol). and just to keep it kendo related, check out E-kendo.com, they actually sell really nice bogu (I own a 2.5 machine stiched bogu, black mengane, all deer leather kote (think the whole bogu is out of deer) for just 550 with shipping). so I suggest anyone interested in buying bogu go look at that site. and also, if you live in the states and you want to avoid shipping charges and get good wquality bogu, go to Ebogu.com and check them out. They offer free shipping if you buy anything over 100 bucks, and bogu is well over 100, so check em out. Theyr 5 mm bogu and 4 mm bogu are actually good, sure they are higher priced than e-kendo.com but they come to about the same since e-kendo.com charges shipping, as opposed to e bogu.com who does not. so check and compare. E-kendo is really great with customer service, so is e bogu, but I find e kendo a little more better. but thats my opinion, so there. hope its ok to post this........



I never got an injury before so I don't know the feeling. (-_-) ... And I hope I don't get one ever. The pain~! (>_<) But to fear death is to limit life so ... ehh. What happens, happens.

And yea there was a tourny in LA this weekend on Sunday.

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is there kendo in the philippines? where?
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Well i started kendo some weeks ago. The beginning is a bit hard coz I'm not sporty xD but its fun
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Well... as i remembered there are 7 millions kendoka in Japan,1 million in Korea and 1 million in other countries (mostly in Europa and USA...hmm may be Taiwan i think). They are spreading it...

And about anime... I still remember my chats with my senseis (They are Japanese). They talked about the things which I also saw in anime too...i.e. a regular kendoka's grade is accepted as twice of any other Budo (martial art) or my sensei always say 'Make kendo with fun' after keiko... Like those...

Bamboo Blade shows new face -21th century face- of Kendo to us. It showschange and tells about old and new...past and future of kendo... May be just because of these i advice all kendokas to watch it...hehe...i know there are cute anime girls there!!!! :)) youngsters!!!.... :D

Well in truth i know many kendoka watched ...and still watching... Bamboo Blade...those includes higher rankings (dan holders) too.... ...how do i know...hehehe ... ;)

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