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    Kendo advice - new student

    I'm looking at joining a Kendo club I stumbled across in a few months, does anyone have any advice for a new student?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vigilus View Post
    I'm looking at joining a Kendo club I stumbled across in a few months, does anyone have any advice for a new student?
    Just do as you are told, and you will be fine.
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    Are you actually in Iraq? There's no FIK-affiliated kendo there that I'm aware of. Can you point me to a website for the club? First thing to do is check whether you are going to learn kendo or something else.

    After that, my only advice is to approach kendo with an open mind. The stances and way of movement are different from any other martial art you may have tried. So the best thing is to not compare, just try to do what you are instructed to the best of your knowledge. Reading books or watching videos is nice but won't really make much difference. Most instructors would prefer you come in raw, they will teach you the etiquette, terminology and technique you need.

    Good cardio fitness is the biggest thing you can add outside the dojo, although you won't need it in the early going. If you're out of shape, consider adding some sort of regular cardio workout. Run, bike, swim, whatever floats your boat. It's easier to concentrate on your technique when you're not fighting the urge to hurl through your helmet.

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    I am but the club is back home not here, I'm looking to join it when I get back. Stumbled across them right before leaving.

    I appreciate the advice thanks. If I can remember the name of the club I'll fire off a PM to you and make you can check them out and get a feel for them? I think they're on FB. It looked really interesting and something different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vigilus View Post
    I am but the club is back home not here, I'm looking to join it when I get back.
    Get home safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vigilus View Post
    I am but the club is back home not here, I'm looking to join it when I get back. Stumbled across them right before leaving.

    I appreciate the advice thanks. If I can remember the name of the club I'll fire off a PM to you and make you can check them out and get a feel for them? I think they're on FB. It looked really interesting and something different.
    No problem, get home safe. If you're on active military duty I doubt fitness will be any issue for you as a kendo beginner, btw. Kind of the opposite, you will have to learn to use technique properly and not over-muscle it. Like most martial arts.

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