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 . Anything 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 recognized syllabus, by qualified coaches in different venues and at different times. 

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 referred to kyusha starting from 7th Kyu to 1st Kyu 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 1st 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  – men kote do tski

6th Kyu
1. Kirikaeshi: (Kakarite side only)
2. How to cut set forms of kihon-keiko-ho with shinai (Kakarite side only)
3. Kihon Kata: Kihon Ich and Kihon Ni with osamae kata (Once only as either Kakarite or Motodatchi)

5th Kyu
1. Kiri-kaeshi: (Kakarite side only)
2. Uchikomi Keiko – 5 strikes (Kakarite side only)
3. Kihon Kata: Kihon Ichi to Kihon San (Once only as either Kakarite or Motodatchi)

4th Kyu
1. Kiri-kaeshi with good kiai and correct cutting distance (Kakarite side only)
2. Uchikomi Keiko – 5 strikes (Kakarite side only)
3. Kihon Kata: Kihon Ichi to Kihon Shi (Once only as either Kakarite or Motodatchi)

3rd Kyu
1. Kiri-kaeshi: left hand remains in centre with smooth, effective movements (Kakarite side only)
2. Uchikomi Keiko – 5 strikes (Kakarite side only)
3. Kakari Keiko – 7 strikes (Kakarite side only)
4. Kihon Kata: Kihon Ichi to Kihon Kyo (Once only as either Kakarite or Motodatchi)

2nd Kyu
1. Kiri-kaeshi: with a full rich kiai and proper breathing (Kakarite side only)
2. Uchikomi Keiko – 5 strikes (Kakarite side only)
3. Kakari Keiko – 7 strikes (Kakarite side only)
4. Kendo no Kata: Ippon-me to Sanbon-me (Once only as either Kakarite or Motodatchi)

1st Kyu
1. Kiri-kaeshi: with a full rich kiai, fluid movement and proper breathing (Both Sides)
2. Jigeiko (2 mins)
3. Kendo no Kata: Ippon-me to Gohon-me (Once only as either Kakarite or Motodatchi)