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Patrick Stewart

Raymond Sosnowski

William Reid

Dave Drawdy

Dan Pearson

New Student Enrollment

 January 2020 BEGINNER CLASS
Sunday, March 8, 2020
  • The NoVA Budokai kendo club will accept new students during the first or second week of JANUARY, MARCH, MAY, JULY, and SEPTEMBER. See the "Events" page for specific dates.  
  • There will be a 7 week training program for new students, taking place on Fridays from 7:30-8:30 pm and Sundays from 1:00-2:00 pm except during certian holidays.  After week 4, the class is 30 minutes longer. 
  • Students will pay a flat $80 up front fee for the introductory course. Payment is by check or paypal via this website.  This covers the duration of the 7 week course.  After that, our standard membership schedule applies.
  • The first class of each new student session will be on the the first Friday or Sunday of the listed weeks/months, unless noted otherwise.
  • New students are also be encouraged to watch the advanced class after beginner class has ended.
  • New students will study a curriculum to include: basic kamae, ashi-sabaki (footwork), kiai, kihon waza, kirikaeshi, etc.
  • Upon successful completion of the introductory course, new students will be allowed to wear keikogi and hakama and continue in the regular basic class.
  • Students should wear loose athletic clothing with pants or shorts that do not go below the ankle.
  • Students should obtain a shinai (bamboo sword) for the class. We recommend or . Standard sizes are 39 for men and 38 for women.  There may be a very limited number available to purchase at the dojo upon arrival.  This may save you the cost of S&H but is subject to availability.  We make this available as a convenience to new students and all transactions are final.  You're basically just reimbursing us for the approximate original cost.  
  • Students with prior kendo experience may join the club without enrolling in the beginner's course, subject to instructor approval.
  • There is no prior sign-up, just show up at the first class with your forms and fee!  However, we would appreciate a quick notification by email so we will be prepared for you. 
  • We do not offer private lessons.  

For more information on studying kendo, please contact Patrick Stewart at