Can I Join?
We welcome anyone ages 8 and above who is interested in learning Kendo and is willing to accept the direction of the club’s instructors in matters of etiquette and safety. Completion of a Membership Form containing a waiver clause is required.
When Can I Join?
Please contact the club if you are interested in joining! Beginner classes normally commence in September, January and May; however, joining mid-term can be done. We welcome fellow kendoka and those with previous experience to join us at any time.
Do I need anything Special to Start?
Nope! When you are just starting kendo, all you need is to wear some clothes you don’t mind working out in. A t-shirt and shorts/sweats are best. We focus on footwork at the start, and so it is helpful to wear something that does not hide your feet (i.e. long, baggy pants). If you have yoga pants, these work as long as you can roll them up so we can see your feet easily. No jeans please! Most senior students have an extra shinai to lend out for the first little while, so never fear! Come ready to practice and we’re happy to have you join us!
The club coordinates with local equipment suppliers (KendoYu and Kenshindo) for beginner equipment deals, usually once a term. So come as you are!
The Mississauga Kendo Club collects fees on a per term (4 month) basis, and are due in January, May and September. This is mainly based on the typical 4-month University term – as we practice at UTM, it is a convenient process. Current term fees are:
|Youth (Under 18):||$130|
Families wishing to practice with us receive a discount on their term fees. With 2 family members practicing, a 10% discount will be applied to the total amount. For families of 3 or more a 15% discount will be applied.
Parents, please know that Kendo qualifies for the Children’s Activity Tax Credit. We are happy to provide a receipts upon request.
Annual CKF Membership Dues
The Mississauga Kendo Club is a proud member of the Canadian Kendo Federation (CKF) and Ontario Kendo Federation (OKF). All members must be registered with the CKF for insurance purposes as well as participation in tournaments and gradings. Payment of CKF membership dues are done yearly and it is up to each member to maintain their own account. The Club pays the annual dojo fees to the CKF and OKF.
So How Do I Join?
Visit the club during any practice and see what we’re all about. When you start, please bring a completed Membership Form and practice fees. You must enroll in person. Please print and complete the form and bring with you.
Want to Be the Best Kendoka? Join Us Now!
Being a member of Mississauga Kendo Club is easy. All you need is a pair of comfortable clothes, water and the willpower to learn the basics of kendo. The question is, are you ready?
Kendo helps you discover and challenge yourself against any walls that you are facing, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Can you handle the truth, reality and responsibility that lies within ‘the way of the sword’?
Kendo is a martial art that is hard when you try it the first time you try it, and harder while you master it. Athletes that have tried other martial arts like Judo and Iaido are the hardest to train with. They exhibit an aura where they think they can easily master this sport due to the experience that they gained from their past sport. But the truth is you don’t.
Kendo is about etiquette, courtesy and characteristics. The moment you act arrogant and brag about the experience you had, you have already failed the first exam on the road of kendo. It is about the mastery of focus and knowledge concerning yourself. The moment you block everything from yourself, you reject the first lesson that kendo does.
Kendo is about the number of times you swing your shinai endlessly and the voiceless kiai that you endlessly shout to exhibit your fighting spirit. You know that you have practised diligently when you feel your arms falling off and your mouth doesn’t produce any more voices.
Kendo is quick and tiring, you don’t practise it for the whole day, rather you compress your training to a couple of hours. You need to be fast and quick without rushing. You need to be calm and focused while listening. Every practitioner in the dojo has a big responsibility. Don’t wait for the moment that your teacher would see how well you improved. There would always be a moment for showing off, and that is during your exams.
Kendo is competed individually and through teams. Each person has their own style and strengths that’s why coaches match up a team that perfectly fits each other. You will cover each other’s weaknesses. With the proper match up and endless training, your team could be the best there is.
Everyone in the dojo is your teammate and at the same time rival. These people would help you grow and achieve whatever your goal is. Seek their knowledge, ask their routine at home or in the dojo. From their wisdom, you will learn and become a better version of yourself. Remember, no one was an expert when they first started.
Kendo should not be only applied when you’re inside the dojo, but it should also show how you treat yourself and the people around you. Remember that skills can be trained through hard work, but your heart is one thing you need to learn by yourself. You are part of the team inside and outside, so never forget the lessons that we will teach you wherever you are.