We ask that all beginners visit the CSJCC any Tuesday or Thursday to watch one practice before beginning. To get an idea of the martial art, please look below, at our Practice and section. Upon deciding to practice, you are invited to a first practice no charge.
What you need to know before practicing:
You must pay the monthly dues to the CSJCC at the beginning of every month.
This Dojo is non-profit, meaning no money that you pay for monthly fees goes to a member of Shin Sou Fu Kan, but into the CSJCC. We do, however, accept donations that support the website, new equipment for the dojo, traveling fees and events held by Shin Sou Fu Kan.
How Does Ranking Work?
Kendo practitioners do not wear any rank identification. Ranks are based on a system from the Japanese chess game "Go."
There are a total of 14 ranks in kendo; 6"kyu"ranks (lower level) and 8 "dan"ranks (higher level).
All ranks are attained through nationally sanctioned examinations conducted by a panel of instructors appointed by the AUSKF (All United States Kendo Federation).
DOJO PRACTICE TIMES
TUE & THURS
Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center
2021 E 71ST ST, Tulsa, OK 74136
12 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION:
$38.33 / month single adult
= $459.96 per year
$52.83 / month family
=$633.96 per year
Practice begins according to the schedule, and participants should always endeavor to make it to practice on time.
1. Class begins with tai-so (exercises) members undergo a series of dynamic stretches before commencing practice.
2. Following tai-so, members undergo ashi-sabaki (footwork) that uses the entire length of the dojo floor.
3. Following ashi-sabaki, members learn basic suburi (practice swing) an individual technique, that involves a number of exercises and attacks using the bokuto (wooden practice sword).
4. After suburi, we preform rei-ho (etiquette). Kendo places a large emphasis on proper attitude in the dojo, and respect should be maintained throughout the practice.
5. Once bowed in,students engage in keiko (practice) involving the use of bogu (protective equipment) and shinai (bamboo sword). This practice is very loud, and intensely physically demanding.
6. After keiko, students again perform the rei-ho to close practice. Senior students present will offer individual advice to every participant for personal reflection and improvement outside of class.
REMEMBER: THIS IS YOUR PRACTICE! You will only ever get back what you put in, so do your best every time!
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