Kendo basics are the most important part of kendo. I know many of you want to put kendo gear (bogu) on and start to practicing kendo.
Please take a moment.
If you don't take time to learn the kendo basics thoroughly now, you will find kendo quite unattractive in the future.
It is because you will not be able to learn any new techniques without the thoroughly learned basics.
I would like to introduce basics training outline for beginners.
This outline was used by the Late Juichi Tsurumaru sensei (9th dan) when I was a child.
Use this as an example for your dojo if you are lost. If you need a big picture of how a typical kendo training session goes, you can refer to Normal Training Procedure.
So so-called beginners training goes for 6 months (this varies from dojo to dojo). These phases are the most important in kendo.
If we, adults, mess up the kendo basics at this phase, it is hard for us to get back to the right track.
Fist of all, the beginners all learn basic movements without having a partner. This includes:
This tandoku dosa was practiced 3 days/week x 4 months (About 48 days). The longer the better.
Once the beginners learned the tandoku dosa, they learn pair training.
I think 6 months of the basic training is good. In old days, apparently it was one year or more to learn the basics.
Let's make the basics interesting, so that the beginners are happy to learn the basics so they will improve more quickly in the future.