Meeting times and places (Summer Break 2013)
First practice of SS 2013 will be Friday January 12, 2013
Academic year 2012/2013 dues will be $60.00/semester
Beginners: At first all you will need is some exercise clothing (or equivalent). A shinai (bamboo sword) will be provided to you.
Later: You may want to purchase a kendo uniform (gi and hakama) and a bokken (a solid wooden sword). These can be bought online along with other accessories like shinai bags.
All levels are welcome to attend all practices, however Sundays will be used to focus on kihon (basics) which will be the most useful for beginners.
As your basics improve, you will be phased into armor (bogu). Once you wear all the bogu your training will include sparring and, if you want, competition. MSU Kendo club has a limited number of sets of bogu which can be borrowed initially. We encourage all serious kendo practitioners (kenshi) to buy their own bogu. See Kendo Stores in the links page for sources.
Anyone who is part of the MSU communicty1 is welcome to attend as long as they have a strong desire to learn Kendo and to have fun. In addition, we encourage you to join the Midwest Kendo Federation or the All US Kendo Federation. They are the regional governing bodies of Kendo in the United States. Achieving a rank in Kendo requires membership in these federations. More information for either of the groups are available on their websites, along with information on how to join.
1MSU Community members are defined as students, faculty and staf, MSU retirees as well as people who hold degrees from MSU and are therefore eligible for an Alumnus ID