I'm a new student, how do I start?
When and where is practice?
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, 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