Training with Bogu
by Michael Weeks
(Glenview Illinois )
Traditionally, is Kendo/Kumdo training done wearing the do and tare? Obviously, the men and kote are used for sparring. I've just started training this last January and recently promoted.
Thank you for your question. Once you become certain level, I would let you wear dō
. And when you become more advanced, I will let you wear kote
so you will get used to it. Kote
and men make a big difference. You will feel like a beginner again.
So I let my students wear dō
after they learned all the basics and then go over the basics again until they get used to the dō
. Then after that I will have them to wear kote
to get used to it.
Not sure if this approach is "traditional" but it makes sense to me so I apply this at the dojo I instruct.
Hope this helps.