Membership of the Club is open to everyone regardless of age, gender, race and religion.
Members are asked to pay an annual or weekly subscription. Members and visitors must accept the authority of the officials of the Club, in order to practise at the Club or at any of its functions.
Because of the special risks involved in the practice of Kendo, the Club reserves the right to refuse membership/visitor status to any person whom it considers might be at risk to his/her physical/mental health as a consequence of practising Kendo.
All adult members, parent/guardian of juniors (aged less than 16 years) and, where practicable, all visitors must complete and sign the Club Registration Form.
Signing the Club Registration Form signifies acceptance of the following:
Special concern for the safety of children
The Club will make every effort to conduct training safely. However, the parents/guardians who consent to their child practising Kendo at the Club should be especially aware of the risks detailed above, before signing the Club Registration Form. Children aged less than 16 years MUST be registered with the Club by their parent/guardian.
The Nenriki Dojo (Kendo Club) was established in 1966 with the aim of fostering the practice of Kendo. The Club is non-profit making and is administered according to traditional Kendo principles of mutual respect and discipline.
RISKS INVOLVED IN PRACTISING KENDO
Kendo is a full contact Japanese martial art, which involves the study of the “Way of the Sword”. Protective clothing (armour) is worn to reduce the risk of injury and to provide target areas for strikes with a bamboo sword. Consequently, there may be some risk to you and to others, during normal training sessions. There have, however, been NO MAJOR INJURIES during the Club’s history (over 50 years), due to careful instruction and discipline in training.
A wooden sword or a bamboo sword substitute is used (instead of a real sword) for general practice. The bamboo sword is used to strike at the opponent’s protected target areas. This requires skill, rather than force, and the development of this skill is one of the objectives of training. The training may be physically and mentally demanding. Beginners tend to use more force than is necessary or desirable and thus there is a risk of injury.
Beginners of Kendo do NOT receive strikes and do NOT wear protective armour. Beginners of Kendo can strike more experienced members, but the reverse is NOT true.
Since Kendo is a full contact martial art there may be some risk to you and to others, during normal training sessions and you should bear this in mind before to consent to start Kendo at the Club or consent to your child practising Kendo at the Club.
Despite the fact that there have been no major injuries during Kendo sessions in the Club’s history, if you practise Kendo you must acknowledge that there is potentially some risk to your physical/mental health. The main injuries potential in the practice of Kendo include:
Thank you for expressing an interest in beginning kendo at Nenriki Kendo Club.
The Nenriki Dojo (Kendo Club) was established in 1966 with the aim of fostering the practice of Kendo along traditional lines. The Club intends to continue to be a centre of excellence for the traditional study of Kendo. All practice will be managed in the context of the All Japan Kendo Federation definition of the concept of Kendo i.e. ‘To discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the Katana (sword)’. The Club is non-profit making and is administered according to traditional kendo principles of mutual respect and discipline. No Nenriki instructors are paid.
We believe that beginners should undertake a structured introduction to kendo before joining regular practices. We pride ourselves in providing a high quality of teaching based on small groups. We endeavour to keep the student/instructor ratio down well below 10:1 by using as many seniors as possible to assist the main teacher. There are many experienced teachers in the Club who will make themselves available to help out as required.
If you wish to join the Nenriki Kendo Club beginners course please read all of this letter, print out and sign the declaration and registration forms below on pages 6 & 7, and bring them with you to the first session.
The course fee is £150. The first session is an introductory lesson costing £10, payable in advance.
Payment should be made to:
a/c name: Nenriki Kendo Club
a/c no: 45173281
sort code: 60-60-04
The balance of £140 is payable before the second session.
The course fees cover only running costs and a contribution towards hall hire.
Note: a concession fee is also available where required. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
We look forward to welcoming you to the world of Kendo. Kendo offers many benefits to the development of the individual – on both physical and philosophical levels.
Physically – it is a very demanding discipline that will push you to your known limits. However, you do not have to be a “superman” or “super fit”. What this means is that we expect you to do your best and reach YOUR limit. Different people have different physical limits, but as long as you do your BEST, then this is the same as the next man’s BEST. One can ask for no more.
Philosophically – it is demanding because the process of learning kendo addresses your understanding of yourself and of others. This understanding develops as your kendo develops.
What appears to be overtly intensely physical is actually intensely philosophical.
The beginners course is stage 1 of a process for learning Kendo. It’s an 8 weeks structured course starting with basic movements and leading to practice with instructors and other students in armour. Each week has specific things that should be covered (syllabus) but there is plenty of scope for flexibility depending on the tutor and the students. One dan grade (group tutor) is assigned to lead the course and other seniors will support the group tutor.
The objects of this course are:
• To get the student moving with good posture whilst holding the bokken/shinai.
• To get the student to make large cuts along the centre-line with movement and good posture
• To develop their spirit, strength and stamina, whilst maintaining movement and good posture during cutting.
• To teach the student kirikaeshi.
• To bring the student to the stage of wearing and practising in armour.
• To introduce basic dojo etiquette.
Beginners can join the group in weeks 1 and 2 of the course. Thereafter they must wait until the start of the next course.
Weeks 7 & 8
We hope that you will want to continue to practice after the 8 week course. You would be welcome to attend regular Tuesday and Friday practices.
The Club membership entitles you to use the Club armour and we currently have over 15 sets of Club armour, which are shared amongst the members. Normally members buy their own armour within 1-2 years of starting Kendo.
Please note that three months from the start of the course, you will need to extend your temporary BKA membership.