FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):
1. Do I need the kendo clothing and armour as a beginner?
No, you will need just to wear some gym / exercise suitable clothing that’s not restrictive to your movements (tight jeans, etc.). There is no footwear required in kendo.

2. What do I need to start?
A bamboo shinai appropriate to your height and age that we will recommend, bokuto/bokken wooden sword and a weapons bag. There are some suppliers offering beginners sets that include the clothing as well with more discounting.

3. When do I get the kendo clothing (hakama and kendogi)?
After about 3-4 weeks when you have learned the basic footwork, we recommend buying the kendo clothing (hakama, kendogi). It’s important in the beginning to be able to see and correct your footwork.

4. When do I get to go into kendo bogu (armour)?
Depending on your progress, this typically takes anywhere from 3-6 months on average before beginners get into bogu armour equipment.

5. Is there a free trial?
If you are interested in learning more about kendo and seeing if it is something you would like to take up, please just come join us on Sundays, though please contact us beforehand and let us know so we can prepare some equipment in advance.

WEEKLY PRACTICE TIMES:

The weekly kendo schedule is subject to changes frequently and sometimes at a late notice. Please refer to the website calendar for updated practice times, cancellations, changes and location (scroll to bottom for some mobile phones) or add it to your device:

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0?cid=b3hmb3Jka2VuZG9AZ21haWwuY29t

Sundays:
Time: 10:15–11:30
General Practice
Location: Cheney School,  Main Gym Hall, Cheney Lane, Oxford OX3 7QH

Mondays:
Time: 12:00-15:00
General Practice
Location: Oxford Brookes University Sports Centre, Headington

Tuesdays:
Time: 19:30-21:00
General Practice
Location: Oxford University Sports Centre, Iffley Road

Wednesdays:
Time: 19:30-21:30
Kendo Kata Practice & General Practice
Location: St. Matthews Church, 63 Marlborough Rd, Oxford OX1 4LW

Thursdays:
Time: 19:30-21:00
General Practice
Location: Oxford University Sports Centre, Iffley Road

Fridays:
Time: 19:30 – 21:30 DOOR ENTRY FEE: £4 per session
Bogu/armour only practice for adults and juniors
Location: Longford Park Community Association, Community Centre, Banbury OX15 4GJ

Saturdays:
Time: 15:00-16:30
General Practice
Location: Oxford Brookes University Sports Centre, Headington

For the latest announcements about practice sessions, please email us at oxfordkendo (at) gmail (dot) com