CLASSES

BEGINNER I

 Introductory class for students interested in Kendo

People of all ages are welcome!

Class Instructors:

Hyuk Kyu Seoh sensei (4th Dan)

Hongsoon Kim sensei (4th Dan)
Paul Lee (3rd Dan)
Pop Kitthajaroenchai (3rd Dan)
Greg Lewis (2nd Dan)

Session Length:

2 Months

 Curriculum:


The class emphasizes on basic sitting positions:

sit down on the floor (seiza)

knee-bent squat (sonkyo)

basic stances (kamae)

footwork (ashi-sabaki)

proper form to hold and swing the sword (shinai)

Kendo philosophy also emphasized.

Equipment:

Aside from being physically fit to practice martial arts, you are required to bring the following equipment:

  1. Shinai (bamboo sword) with guard, size 39 for adult males and size 38 for adult females of average stature. Size for minors varies depending on height. Length of the handle (tsuka) should be approximately the same length as your forearm, measured from an end of the closed fist to the tip of the elbow. For more information on the length of the shinai, please refer to this link.

  1. Exercise clothing, such as shorts, sweatpants, and a t-shirt. Kendogi (kendo training uniform) consisting of hakama (pant/skirt) and kendo keikoki (shirt) are optional.
    Note: do not wear any jewelry or watches. Bare feet only in the practice area!

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BEGINNER II

This class continues the instruction from Beginner I class, combining the footwork and basic strikes. 

Class Instructors:

Arata Tamura sensei (5th Dan)

Hyuk Kyu Seoh sensei (4th Dan)

Hongsoon Kim sensei (4th Dan)
Paul Lee 
(3rd Dan)
Pop Kitthajaroenchai (3rd Dan)
Greg Lewis (2nd Dan)

Session Length:

2 Months +

 Curriculum:

In addition to the footwork and strikes,

the class also emphasizes on: 

basic stances (kamae)

footwork (ashi-sabaki)

proper form to hold and swing the sword (shinai)

proper strike posture and focus (fumikomi)

Students usually get a recommendation from instructors for advancement to higher level class after completion of beginner I and II.

Equipment:

Kendo bogu (armor), composed of:

men (helmet)

kote (gloves) 

do (torso protector)

tare (hip protector) 

will be used during Intermediate/Advanced classes but are not required for beginner classes.

  

INTERMEDIATE

This is our regular class for students who have completed beginner I and II classes and are ready to move on to the next level. 

Class Instructors:

Kunitoshi Arai sensei (Renshi, 7th Dan)
Ken Tamura sensei (6th Dan)
Sang Su Lee sensei (5th Dan)
Daniel C. Kim sensei (5th Dan)

Chiaki Tamura sensei (5th Dan)
Victor Robinson sensei (4th Dan)

Wonsuk Jung sensei (4th Dan)
Danny Kim sensei (4th Dan)
Diana Kitthajaroenchai (3rd Dan)

 Curriculum:

This is our regular class for students who have completed beginner I and II classes and are ready to move on to the next level. Practices are held on Saturdays from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Bogu is required for intermediate class

Class emphasis is on the following:

kata + bokuto waza

big and small strikes

 complete strike timing (kikentaichi)

introductory waza (degashira, etc.)

sparring (keiko)

  

ADVANCED

This class is recommended for any Kyu-Dan level students wearing bogu.

Class Instructors:

Kunitoshi Arai sensei (Renshi, 7th Dan)
Ken Tamura sensei (6th Dan)
Sang Su Lee sensei (5th Dan)
Arata Tamura sensei (5th Dan)
Daniel C. Kim sensei (5th Dan)

Chiaki Tamura sensei (5th Dan)


 

 Curriculum:

This is our regular class for students who have started to master the basics and are ready to move on to the next level. Practices are held on Wednesdays from 8:15 PM to 9:45 PM and on Saturdays from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

  

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