Thank you for your interest in our club.
For beginners, all you need is comfortable clothes (t-shirt/shorts or sweats) and a shinai. For your first practice, we may be able to rent out a shinai if you don't have your own. From your second practice, you would need your own shinai - we can provide a shinai of appropriate length and weight together with the shinai bag and tsuba with $50 (zelle to firstname.lastname@example.org). Eventually you would need extra shinais and we can provide with $30 each (shinai only, no extra tsuba, no extra bag). You can also purchase shinai, shinai bag, tsuba etc from suppliers such as e-bogu.com or maruyamakendosupply.com or tozandoshop.com with appropriate length and weight [shinai regulation chart]. They are all quality shinai on these sites listed, so an inexpensive complete one is fine - be careful they also sell the bamboo only, you will need a complete one, unless you are familiar with how to assemble one with separate parts by yourself.
Please don't hesitate to ask questions about joining, shinas and equipments by contacting us.
We don't have any explicit age restrictions and wholeheartedly welcome young kids in our classes. At the moment, members of our youth group are between 6 and 13 years of age.
$10/month for children and college students
$20/month for adults
This is a monthly fee which each member should pay to the Bledsoe Miller Community Center (cash, personal check payable to the city of Waco, or credit card).
Apart from regular shinais discussed above, after ten practices, you can purchase a keiko-gi (cotton top) and hakama (pleated trousers) from various suppliers (~$100). We stress basics, so shinais are all you will need for the first several months.
As your skill & commitment progresses, the sensei(s) will indicate when you can start to wear/acquire bogu (armor for kendo). These can be purchased through suppliers such as e-bogu.com or maruyamakendosupply.com or tozandoshop.com with about $300-$800+.
Annual Kendo Federation Dues
All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF) and Southern United States Kendo and Iaido Federation (SUSKIF) memberships are required for members to participate in regional/national seminar, tournament, and testing events. All Waco Kendo Dojo members are encouraged to join.
National and regional membership drive for renewing and new members typically start on March, but remain open all year round to accept new members that did not make it for the membership drive.