12 week Kendo program

Program – 12 weeks
month 1: basic movements
month 2: basic techniques
month 3: applications

Objectives:
– Learn basic posture & footwork necessary for further study of Kendo
– Learn basic cuts and apply them during simulated combat
– Learn all aspects of Kirikaeshi exercise
– Be exposed to all basic aspects of Kendo (Kihon, Keiko, Kata)
– Develop stamina & spirit while maintaining good posture & technique

Successful outcome
– Successfully passes 5 kyu exam
– Demonstrate Kirikaeshi
– Demonstrate Kihon
– Demonstrate Kata Ippon me

Notes
– Students can attend any number of advanced classes at no additional cost
– Any student finishing the program can join advanced classes
– Students are allowed to purchase their own shinai/bokken

Week 1: Introduction
– What is kendo
– Rules of behaviour
– Basic equipment
– Warmup
– Posture
– Footwork
– Swing
– Ki-Ken-Tai

Week 2: Basics
With Bokken
– Footwork (faster)
– Ki-Ken-Tai ichi
– Men, Kote
– Follow through

Week 3: Reinforcing the basics
Same as week 2 but faster and more energy
With Bokken
– Footwork (faster)
– Ki-Ken-Tai ichi
– Men, Kote
– Sayu-men (sideways), preparing for kirikaeshi
– Follow through

Week 4: In Pairs
With Shinai
– Review of basics
– Application of Kime
– Partner up and hit target

Week 5: Kata – Ippon-me
Practice of standard forms

Week 6: Applications of basic techniques
– Review of basics
– Basics of Kirikaeshi
– Basics of Uchikomi keiko on motodachi (senior student)

Week 7: Kirikaeshi
Series of coordinated and planned hits on predetermined targets
– Review of basics
– Kirikaeshi

Week 8: Uchikomi
Series of unplanned attacks on openings

Week 9: Kata – Ippon-me, Nihon-me
Practice of standard forms

Week 10: Kirikaeshi & Uchikomi
– Review
– Use of Kote

Week 11: Kirikaeshi & Uchikomi
– Review
– Use of Kote, Do, Tare

Week 12-13: Preparation

Week 14: Exam –
Details to be provided in advance