Learning kendo from home.

by Anthony Stokes
(Marietta Georgia USA)

I am wondering if it is a good idea to begin my kendo training from home or if it is a bad idea to train without instruction.

Unfortunately where I live the only available classes are non-profit and on days that I am unavailable because of work.

I have to work full time to support my family (wife and kids) I have contacted the dojo and they are not flexible with their schedule so I’m just wondering what I should do. I am eager to begin but don’t want to form bad habits. Also there is a lack of a training partner. I don’t want this to mean that I cannot learn kendo. What do you think?

Answer: Thank you for your message. You are so eager to learn! Please don’t give up. It is possible to learn the basic movements without a partner. We call it “tandoku-dōsa”. Everyone starts from there.

I have something that I can help you with. I have a service to check your kendo once a month for platinum members of patreon.com. You will get a physical copy of “Kendo Guide for Beginners” mailed to you, if you want to. You must go through my instruction videos and learn the movements. And You send me your video. I will check it and give you feedback. You can try that.

I just want to point out that non-profit classes are not bad because they are non-profit. You just have to make sure that they belong to a federation/association that belong to International Kendo Federation. This is more important.

Let’s say the club is under International Kendo Federation. Do you think you can go and see them once a month? Or you cannot go there at all? It is always good to have physical appearance of an instructor.

Did you check this page? This will give you dōjō in GA. You can contact them to see if there are more dōjō unlisted on that page. They might have some info that is not available on the website.

I will help you to the best of my ability if you are out of options. But the best way is to get instructions at the dōjō.

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