The Kendo uniform consists of the Keiko-gi (jacket) and the Hakama (skirt like trousers). Beginners should wear a white Keiko-gi and a dark blue or black Hakama. The cost of the Keiko-gi will be around $50+ depending on size. The Hakama will be around $70+ depending on size.
The first piece of equipment you will need is the Shinai (bamboo practice sword). The Shinai is approximately four feet in length and is made of four carefully formed bamboo slats bound together to form hollow cylinder. The Head instructor will determine when you are ready to buy one. These can be purchased from the Dojo, or from a martial arts supply store (see retailers below) for $20-$40+.
Kendo armor, called Bogu, consists of four pieces of equipment: the Men (head gear), Kote (gloves), Do (chest protector), and Tare (hip protector). Kendo Bogu come in a variety of quality and price ranges: machine stitched vs. hand stitched, bamboo Do vs. fiberglass Do, Japan-made vs. Korea-made vs. Taiwan-made. Expect to spend at least $500- $600 for a decent set of armor. A good set will last at least 20 years. You will not need Bogu when you first start Kendo, the Head Instructor will determine when you are ready for armor.
Instructional Videos and Guides
When beginning Kendo study, it is important that you learn how to use and how to take care of your equipment. In our Dojo, your fellow students and your Sensei will help show you the proper way to use and maintain your equipment during your first practice sessions. If you would like to review, below are some guides that can help give you reference:
- How to Wear Kendo Uniform (Hakama and Keikogi) – Taro Ariga (CEO e-bogu.com – Kendo Renshi 7th Dan) explains how to wear a Kendo uniform (Kendogi and Hakama) • VIDEO
- How to fold your Kendo Uniform (Hakama and Keikogi) • VIDEO
- How to wear a Kendo Bogu • VIDEO
- How to assemble the Shinai – Mitsuhashisan • VIDEO
E-bogu – Online retailer
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