Oxford Kendo membership entitles members to participate in all appropriate practices at Oxford University, Oxford Brookes and Oxford Kendo.
FREE TRIALS FOR BEGINNERS
Free trials are offered at our Sunday practices for those who have never practiced kendo. We currently have open enrolment on Sundays for beginners.
REQUIRED REGISTRATIONS – ALL MEMBERS
We require all members to register as a member of the Oxford Kendo Club so we can receive your emergency contact information. We also require all members to register with the British Kendo Association for insurance policy coverage. We cannot permit anyone to practice beyond the trial period without registration to both organisations. Details on the two registrations are provided below:
1. Oxford Kendo Registration:
All members are required to register after the first trial so we have your contact details and emergency contact information. We will also send you emails regarding any changes, policies, etc. on practices.
Oxford Kendo Registration: https://oxfordkendo.club/index.php/membership-registration/
2. BKA Registration:
It will be your responsibility to enrol with the BKA annually. This is strictly required for insurance reasons and covers both you and your practicing partner in the event of any injuries suffered in the dojo practicing venue. Membership to the BKA is mandatory and participation will not be otherwise allowed.
BKA Registration: http://kendo.org.uk/membership-fees/
We require anyone participating in events such as seminars, competitions or grading examinations who are registered with Oxford Kendo to be current with their membership fees. You will be required to pay the membership fees regardless of the number of practices attended. If you plan to leave practice for a specific period of time, please let us know in advance.
OXFORD BROOKES AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS:
Oxford Brookes University and Oxford University members pay termly fees to their respective clubs. All members of Oxford Kendo Club, Oxford University Kendo Club and Oxford Brookes Kendo Club are free to practice at the different venues from each clubs for free after paying their respective fees. We encourage students attending Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University to attend Oxford Kendo practices and vice versa. This joined arrangement between the three clubs in Oxford provides more opportunities than normally offered in other cities and clubs. We require anyone attending any practices at Oxford Kendo practices to register in the section above.
OXFORD KENDO MONTHLY MEMBERSHIPS:
Monthly Membership fees are collected monthly by direct debit using the GoCardless service. We have memberships for adults and juniors, and a discounted rate for families. Please select the appropriate membership below, and press the button to be redirected to payment via GoCardless
We are not currently running a beginners course at the moment while returning to more normal scheduling. Instead, we offer new beginners the opportunity to come for free trials on Sundays and have an open enrolment as we ease back into normal scheduling. Beginners courses run approximately 6-8 weeks depending on the level and rate of progress for each group. Beginners courses are held every Sunday and run concurrently to our normal practice. The course will emphasize footwork, posture, kendo and dojo etiquette, basic kendo strikes and other fundamental aspects of kendo with the goal of the beginner being confident by the end of the course to join the main practice group and our other practices as well. The beginners course also includes basic equipment to get you started with a kendo shinai, bokken and a bag for both.
We welcome visitors to Oxford Kendo to come practice with us anytime. If you require bogu/shinai, please let us know ahead and perhaps we have something we can loan you. If you are a visitor and are going to be with us for more than a month, there is a fee of £7.50 per session or a monthly membership. If you are decide to start attending practice more regularly in Oxford, we will require that you register as an Oxford Kendo member and submit the appropriate fees and applications.
Juniors can attend practices for free with adult members.
Minimum age for junior members is 8 years old, although we make exceptions depending on individual’s maturity.
Parents / guardians have the primary responsibility for the care and welfare of their children. We also ask that parents are present at the dojo during the practice until the member has settled into kendo. We take all precautions in maintaining the highest safety and child protection standards. However, instructors and coaches at Oxford Kendo Club can only look after the children inside the practice halls during the practice hours. We require children to be with parents in the changing rooms or away from the main practice hall. Please ensure if your child is attending practices on their own that they come dressed ahead of practice.
It is the sole responsibility of the parents/guardians to be on time with drop-off and collection.
By allowing your child to participate in a kendo practice at Oxford Kendo Club, it is assumed that you are giving consent for your child to:
– Receive first aid or medical treatment following injury or illness.
– Be photographed as part of the normal record of activities and achievements of students at the club. Please note that occasionally pictures are also used for promotion purposes, such as the club website.
– Receive assistance in the donning, removal or adjustment of armour/protective clothing, if necessary.