A bokken/bokuto (wooden sword) is required for basic practice. The dojo will supply a bokken for use in class, but it is recommended to purchase your own. To purchase a bokken approved for Shinkendo, please contact the instructor. Other Shinkendo approved equipment for purchase will be explained in class.
PLEASE DO NOT BUY A REAL SWORD WITHOUT SPEAKING TO A SENSEI FIRST.
The Shinkendo textbook is required and available from on-line bookstores for about $20. All other books written by Toshishiro Obata-kaiso are not required but recommended.
You may wear any martial arts uniform that you now have for your first few classes. Otherwise, wear suitable exercise clothing such as T-shirt and sweat pants. The required uniform is a basic white martial art uniform with a black hakama. After joining the International Shinkendo Federation, a proper dogi and hakama will be required for class.
While any martial arts equipment that meets these requirements is acceptable, Here are a few examples of what would be good.
Membership in International Shinkendo Federation (ISF)
All students are required to pay the International Shinkendo Federation membership fee at the beginning of the new year. The annual fee for the ISF membership is $50 and for all members.
No martial arts experience or training is required to be a Shinkendo student. If you have any existing health problem or other disability, please consult with instructor in advance of registration for classes. We accept students below the age of 18 with signed consent from their parent or guardian. The minimum age is 16, but depending upon the maturity of the student, we may accept younger. Parent must interview with the instructor.
Anthony DiCristofano Blade