Welcome to the Gaku Shi Juku Kendo Club “Getting Started Guide”!

Learning is a Life Long Experience.

By the time you read this, you’ve probably attended or observed our practices at the Gaku Shi Juku Kendo Club and are curious as to what Kendo is about. Or perhaps you are already somewhat familiar with Kendo and want to know the expectations and obligations in joining the Gaku Shi Juku Kendo Club. Regardless of your experience, the “Getting Started Guide” that you are about to read will undoubtedly help you gain a better understanding to what Kendo is and what it means to us.

Anyone Can Grow Through Kendo.

One of the beauties of Kendo is that anybody can learn and experience it, whether you are 8 years old, or 88 years old, boy or girl, man or woman. There is something there for everybody to take away and grow as a person. This guide is by no means an exhaustive guide. It will merely help you get acquainted with Kendo but like anything, it is truly a life long journey.

Please take the next few minutes to read more about Kendo, where its historical roots are from, and why you should study Kendo. There are also the wrong reasons for studying Kendo that we will identify as well. We will talk about the rules and etiquette of Kendo, more about the Gaku Shi Juku Kendo Club, what we do inside (and outside) the dojo and some other resources for learning more about Kendo.

So sit back, relax and enjoy!

Alex Coley, 4th Dan Gaku Shi Juku Kendo Club – Sensei (Chief Instructor)

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