Kendo (剣道), the way of the sword, is a mix of traditional Japanese martial art and modern sport. We invite you to join our upcoming Beginners' Course as part of Stage 1 of our 2021/2022 Seven Swords Training Programme! For more information, see the About page: What is Kendo?
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The Seven Swords Training Programme is a 9-month training programme designed to bring complete Beginners with no prior experience through a journey of learning Kendo fundamentals, to the point where Beginners can become Seniors and practise free-sparring Kendo.
The Seven Swords Training Programme consists of:
Beginners will only need to commit to one Stage at a time.
Stages of the Seven Swords Training Programme.
The Beginners' Course will run twice a week. Beginners are encouraged to attend both sessions.
The curriculum for the Beginners' Course include:
The topics will be covered on a weekly basis, i.e. Sunday will always be a repeat of Wednesday.
The course fee is set to $250.00, and this covers:
Beginners will be provided club equipment to borrow during practice until the equipment are ordered and have arrived.
After the end of Stage 1 in mid-December, members are invited to attend free training sessions during the Christmas / New Years break, before commencement of Stage 2 in mid-January.
Darwin Kendo Club has a COVID-19 Safety Plan. In summary:
The origin of the term "Seven Swords" refers to one of the primary goals of the programme - to select a team of 7 men and 7 women to represent Northern Territory at the annual Australian Kendo Championships (AKC). Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 situation, AKC is currently postponed.
The first Seven Swords Training Programme was held in 2018 to great success, breathing a new life to the club. Nine months of hard training paid off when we stormed the Australian Kendo Championships 2019 in Perth, WA - 14 members attended to represent NT, consisting of 10 fresh Beginners and 4 Senior competitors - securing third place in the Men's Kyu Teams and Women's Kyu Teams.
The journey of the 2018 Seven Swords Training Programme was documented here: