Beginner’s Course

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Kendo is fun for life and any one can start, juniors from the age of 7,both boys and girls, and teenagers / adults of any age . Any thing is possible and through Kendo training one will learn to be assertive as Kendo offers a lot of benefits which are helpful in our daily lives as long as one is willing to commit to regular practice.

Beginner’s course run regularly, following a safe and internationally recognised syllabus, by qualified coaches in different venues and at different times. 

On registration with the MKF the student will receive a member’s booklet, which includes the full program, grading card and syllabus.

The clubs of the Maltese Kendo Federation all follow the same syllabus which will in time prepare the kendoka to take the International Grades. The grading structure in Kendo is refferred to kyusha starting from 7th to 1st and then becoming Yudansha grades from shodan (1st dan or black belt) to Hachi dan (8th dan). However do note that in kendo we do not wear belts, but a certificate is given.

Following is the outline syllabus for beginner to be graded at a national level by the Maltese Kendo Federation from 7th Kyu to 2nd kyu.

7th Kyu
1. How to stand: Shizen-tai
2. How to bow: Ritsu-rei and courtesy in kendo: Rei-ho
3. How to sit: Sei-za
4. How to bow: Za-rei
5. How to compose yourself: Mokuso
6. How to squat: sonkyo
7. How to make stance and posture: chudan-no-kamae
8. How to move forward, back, right and left: in kamae using Suri-ashi
9. Kihon Ichi with osamae kata and cutting men kote do tski as kakarite and motodatchi

6th Kyu
1. Kihon Ich to Kihon San with osamae kata and as kakarite and motodatchi
2. How to cut set forms of kihon-keiko-ho with shinai using Fumikomiashi on Yudansha Motodatchi
3. Kirikaeshi: Cutting as Kakarite

5th Kyu
1. Kihon Ichi to Kihon Go both sides
2. Kiri-kaeshi: as Kakarite and Motodachi
3. Uchikomi Keiko as kakarite on Yudansha Motodatchi.

4th Kyu
1. Kihon Ichi to Kihon Nana both sides
2. Kiri-kaeshi: with good kiai and correct cutting distance
3. Uchikomi Keiko as kakarite on Yudansha Motodatchi.

3rd Kyu
1. Kihon Ichi to Kihon Kyo both sides
2. Kiri-kaeshi: left hand remains in centre with smooth, effective movements
3. Uchikomi Keiko as kakrite on Yudansha Motodatchi.
4. Gakari Keiko as kakarite on Yudansha Motodatchi.

2nd Kyu
1. Kiri-kaeshi: with a full rich kiai and proper breathing
2. Uchikomi keiko
3. Gakari Keiko
4. Ipponme & Nihhonme

1st Kyu
1. Kiri-kaeshi: with a full rich kiai, fluid movement and proper breathing, both sides
2. Jigeiko 2 mins
3. Ipponme to Sanbonme