Kendo Basics: Kendo Beginners Guide
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.
Training Outline for Kendo 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 VIDEO
The Training Outline for the Beginners
Two Phases Tandoku Dosa (Training along): 3 days/week x 4 months (About 48 days) Sohtai Dosa (Pair Training): 3 days/week x 2 months (about 24 days) *Gradually putting on armour (bogu).
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 Tandoku Dōsa (Training Along)
Fist of all, the beginners all learn basic movements without having a partner. This includes:
Reigi-Saho: etiquette/manners Shizentai: Shizentai is a posture we all have to learn at the beginning. Taito: to wear your sword How to Sit in Seiza , Chudan: how to take chudan how to put your sword back Footwork: suri ashi, okuri ashi, hiraki ashi, ayumi ashi, tsugi ashi Suburi: joge buri, naname (sayu) joge buri Men Uchi: san-kyodo, ni-kyodo, ikkyodo Kote Uchi: san-kyodo, ni-kyodo, ikkyodo (only the right do strike) Do Uchi: san-kyodo, ni-kyodo, ikkyodo Ni Dan Uchi: , zenshin kotai shomen uchi , niho zenshin niho kotai shomen uchi , kote-and-men kote-and-do Sayu Men Uchi Fumikomi: Learning Fumikomi for the First Time Chohyaku Shomen Uchi (a.k.a. Haya Suburi)
This tandoku dosa was practiced 3 days/week x 4 months (About 48 days). The longer the better.
All Tandoku Dosa is in this Book
Kendo Guide for Beginners Available at Your Amazon
A Kendo Instruction Book Written By A Japanese For Non-Japanese Speakers Who Are Enthusiastic to Learn Kendo.
All the instructions of the basics on this site is in this book with
New Photos (taken for this book!) and Newly Edited Contents Corresponding Videos
Kindle version is available too. Click here to learn more about the book. Sōtai Dōsa (Pair Training)
Once the beginners learned the tandoku dosa, they learn pair training.
Changing Directions Shomen Uchi Kote Uchi Do Uchi Ni Dan Uchi: kote-and-men, kote-and-do, men-taiatari, men-taiatari-men, men-taiatari-kote, men-taiatari-do Uchikomi Kirikaeshi Uchikomi Geiko Kakari Geiko
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.