28th February 2017

How to Start

Please come along to any of our sessions as outlined below;

Tuesday 2030-2200 Kelvinhall International Sports Arena
Thursday 2100-2200 Kelvinhall International Sports Arena
Sunday 1100-1230 Glasgow Club Drumoyne

All sessions cost £5. Track suit bottoms and a T shirt or equivalent. Once in full armour it is a requirement that you join the British Kendo Association (about £20pa) as is provides insurance cover and initiates your grading profile.

This is some information from our website on “How to start Kendo”
Martial arts can look deceptively easy to do as the initial contact with the relative art is usually via a demonstration by an expert or a feature in television or film. In common with most things, experts tend to make the difficult look easy. In Kendo the beginner must learn the basic stances or kamae associated with the use of the sword, the mechanics of the cut itself and basic attack and defence techniques prior to going into armour and taking part in actual contests. This process usually takes about three months assuming training three times per week. This can be longer or shorter depending on the individual.

Frustration about lack of progress or lack of initial coordination is common and is the first obstacle to be overcome by the kendoka (kendo practitioner). From attaining this initial coordination progress is rapid and a reasonable standard of swordsmanship can be attained. Kendo as with all other martial forms utilises the Kyu / Dan system of grading where beginners progress from kyu grade through to shodan (first degree or black belt ) and beyond. Taiseidokai is a member of the British Kendo Association which is affiliated to the ZNKR (All Japan Kendo Federation). The BKA administers the grading process and grades obtained are recognised worldwide by all individual country Kendo Associations.

Kendo is a zero sum game – you will get out exactly what you put in.

Perseverance is everything and a Japanese view on the learning process can be had by reading the Noma Hisashi document on our website.

We are also on Facebook under the groupname Taiseidokai – If you request membership a group admin will deal with it. Up to date information on events etc is posted here.

Best wishes on your training….

Gerry Kincaid,

Kendo 6-Dan Renshi
BKA National Coach
TSDK/GU head coach
Det Norske Landslagget Trenner (Norwegian National Team Coach.)