I'm a new student, how do I start?
When and where is practice?
Children's and Beginner Practice
Children's and Beginners practice is every other Saturday during the year. Classes will begin at 5pm and run until 6:30pm.
Our children’s/beginner practice space is located at 9301 Gross Point Road, Skokie, Illinois 60076.
What do I wear?
For beginners just starting, you will need to purchase a shinai (bamboo sword); no uniform or special attire is necessary—comfortable exercise clothes (sweatpants, t-shirt/sweatshirt) are fine. Once a beginner has participated in an appropriate number of practices, you will be given permission to purchase and wear the keikogi (uniform top), hakama (uniform bottom), and then after some time eventually bogu (protective armor).
What usually happens during
Generally, Tuesday and Friday practice is organized as follows:
7:30pm - Beginners should arrive
8:00pm - Warm-up
8:30pm - Beginner and kata practice
9:00pm - Fundamental "uchi-komi" practice
9:30pm - Ji-geiko