Nope! We welcome absolute beginners who are interested in kendo. We will teach you starting from the very basics. We accept beginners at the start of every school term in September and January and hold trial practices the week after Clubs Day (usually the second week of classes).
As a beginner, you do not need to buy bogu (the protective gear), however you will be required to buy a shinai and shinai bag (50$). Eventually, as you get more advanced, you might start thinking of investing in a bogu set of your own; however, initially you can borrow from the club.
Membership fee is 40$ per term, and the shinai and shinai bag costs 50$. For everything together the cost is 90$.
As a University of Waterloo Club, it is required that you are a student or faculty member in order to join. If you are still interested in practicing kendo, we encourage you to take a look at the Cambridge Kendo Club.
Yes, you may drop in to view a class. If you are interested in joining and are a beginner, we accept new people at the start of each term.