what dan must i be to open my own school for kendo
by tommy baka hanshaw
How can I open my own school for kendo? Because I'm going into the army to have the cash for it.
Thank you for your question. To make a long story short, I don't think there are any official regulations issued by International Kendo Federation or All US Kendo Federation.
This is a very sensitive issue and many people do not think lower ranks should open up a dojo.
I know many people who founded a kendo club all over the world. Main instructors were 1-dan
. They started their own dojo because they wanted to continue their own training. That's how most of the dojos around the world started.
And these instructors strove to learn kendo and share their knowledge with their club members.
And also I know many martial arts places that offer kendō
-like stick fighting by promoting it as Japanese sword fighting. Of course, they are not teaching kendo at all.
So if you have not studied kendo at all in the past, you shouldn't teach kendo until at least you have the good idea of basics. And of course you should learn kendo from a good instructor who can teach not only the movements but also philosophy of kendō
So my advice is to start a kendo club and learn kendo with your members. You've got to go to seminars and learn from higher ranks. And after studying kendo for 10 or 20 years, you can probably start teaching kendō