No experience in martial arts is required, but it is strongly recommended that you do some “homework” into classical Japanese martial arts. It will be beneficial in your learning progress if you do so.
- Reading Materials
First, students need familiarity or at least an understanding of what koryū is. Students need to make sure that they understand what they are getting themselves into, commitment-wise and to make sure that they understand the cultural and historical aspects.
Here is a list of books that will help with understanding koryū.
- Required Equipment
Clothing : A keikogi (Kendogi or iaigi will suffice), a kakuobi, hakama and a pair of tabi for the Winter months. Beginners can use a t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms for the first few months, until a keikogi, kakuobi and hakama are procured.
Weapons: At first, a decent bokuto will suffice. Later on, you will be required to purchase your own iaitō (training sword for iai) and eventually a shinken (live blade).
Most training equipment can be purchased via the keikokai or from Nine Circles Ltd. online store.
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