Practices and classes are held three times per week.
6pm to 8pm
- Beginners’ class and advanced practice (in bogu)
- Children (5 - 12 years old) class (6pm to 7:15pm)
6pm to 8pm
Classes and advanced practice (in bogu)
6pm to 8pm
Advanced practice only (in bogu)
September 10, 2021 - January 01, 1970
The introduction to kendo, or beginner's, class teaches the basics of kendo. The course covers basic strikes, footwork and etiquette. It is a mixed class of both adults and teenagers and the students do not wear the bogu (armor) . You do not need any special equipment, only normal exercise clothes. A shinai, (bamboo sword), will be provided with your course’s fee.
The courses are given twice a year, in January and in September and typically last 12 to 16 weeks. The class is mandatory for individuals with no prior experience in kendo.
The course fee is $230 and includes a shinai . Registration is made on the first day of class. People below the age of 18 will need the signature of a parent or guardian to join the class. Exact date of the first day of class is posted on this web site a month before the class.
For more information see the Contact Us page.
We are glad to offer a special kendo class and practice for children under 12. This class is held every Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm and focuses on the very basic kendo movements and etiquette. The class is not always available, depending on the availability of the sensei and the amount of children registered. Please contact us for more information and class fees.
Membership to the Montreal Kendo Club give you access to all the practices. Here is our fee structure
Annual membership : $360
Session membership : $150 (4 months session)
Students : $300 annual membership (with student ID)
- Fall : September - December
- Winter : January - April
- Spring/summer : May- Aujust
All you need to wear are sweats and a t-shirt. You can buy a bamboo sword (shinai) from our club and start learning the basics of kendo.
It all depends on your abilities. Normally, it takes at least 4-6 months before you are allowed to wear the complete armour (bogu).
Our club does have some spare sets to loan out but normally members purchase their own. We will be happy to help you get your bogu.
Depending on its quality and whether the bogu is new or used, the price for the equipment can range from $500 to several thousand dollars. The better the quality the longer your bogu will last.
In a word, no! However, the more often you train, the faster your command of kendo will develop. You may come to all of the practices or you can miss a practice or two due to a hectic schedule.
Please see the section above for our courses and membership fees.
In an hour and a half of practice you will get a good work out. The Montreal Kendo Club is primarily an adult club (although we do have a wide range of ages) so our goal is to help you learn the basics of kendo and have a good work out, not send you home so exhausted that you cannot walk the next day. In the beginning, however, you may be stiff if you are physically active.
The Montreal Kendo Club is a member of the Canadian Kendo Federation (CKF). The club pays for the dojo registration but the members are expected to pay the annual $35 for membership in the CKF ($15/year for age 15 and under). For more information about the CKF please visit their website at www.kendo-canada.com
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