How to Join

How to Join

Through hard training and diligence, we develop our Kendo skills. As a beginner we expect you to try your best. We have students with no martial arts background and we have students with many years in other martial arts alike. We start everyone off with basics - etiquette, balance, coordination, footwork, and cuts. These basics are the foundation of Kendo and they are reinforced throughout your Kendo experience.

The kendo armor is very intimidating and scary to some. It is for protection and we have club armor as your skills develop to the point of wearing it. Kendo is practiced and enjoyed by men and women alike. Please take the time to contact us and we can get you started (or continue) in Kendo. Starting in September 2009, we will be reorganizing our Saturday practice schedule in order to better serve our members, from the beginner to the advanced practitioner.

Ken Strawn


Ken Strawn, Charlotte Kendo Club
(704) 399-0774


  • Beginner I Class (8 Week Session)
    Saturday 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Class Description: The class emphasis is on Principles and Basics of Kendo including- Reigi-saho (manners and ettiquette), Warm Up exercises, Basic stances and postures (kamae), ashi-sabaki (footwork), Basic Swings (suburi), a basic strike (men) and Kirikaeshi.
  • Beginner II/Intermediate Class*
    Saturday 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Class Description: The class emphasis is on Basics of Kendo including- Kendo Kata, Warm Up exercises, ashi-sabaki (footwork), Fumikomi-Ashi (stamping), a variety of swings (suburi), Basics strikes (men, kote, kote-men and do), Kirikaeshi and Ji-Keiko (free sparring).
    *Beginner II Class students must have completed the Beginner I class.
  • Intermediate/Advanced Class*
    Tuesday 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Class Description: The class emphasis is on Basics and advanced Kendo techniques including- Basic strikes, advanced technique drills and Ji-Keiko (free sparring).
    *Intermediate Class students must obtain permission from the instructors to attend this class. Intermediate Class students MUST attend Beginner II class, but are encouraged to attend this class as well. Advanced Class students are recommended to attend Beginners II class.