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RKC Kendo Beginner's Course (Winter 2024)

Updated: Jan 26

RKC Beginner's Kendo Course Poster

The 3-month RKC month Kendo Beginner's Course will take place from 16 March 2024 to 22 June 2024.

Suitable for ages 13 - 80 years old, irrespective of gender, fitness levels and food preference! Kendo will help you Increase your fitness levels, Improve your mental focus, and Inspire you to develop yourself further!

This will be the first formal beginner's course that the RKC Dojo has conducted since the rebranding of the dojo back in 2021.

Although we gladly accept enthusiastic beginners throughout the year, we feel that having a formal, limited-period beginner's course will allow for a more structured approach to both the teaching and learning Kendo.

The 3-month course will cover the following:
  • Overview of the Kendo journey from beginners with no armour all the way to being in armour (bogu) and beyond;

  • Understanding the dojo etiquette (rules, rituals, behaviour, etc...);

  • Japanese Kendo terminology (what and how to say when doing kendo);

  • Basic Kendo philosophy that will enhance the training experience by cultivating an attitude of personal development;

  • The technical skills of the basics of kendo (kihon), including footwork, body dynamics and control of the bamboo and wooden sword;

  • Application of technical skills against an armoured practitioner;

  • The first 3 forms (kata) of "bokuto ni yoru kendo kihon-waza keiko-ho".

A team of Kendo instructors will be assigned to the beginner's cohort and work on a rotational basis over the duration of the course. The team will have the above material to cover, as well as bring in each of their individual Kendo experience and teaching abilities.

The course will require participants to attend at least 2x 2hrs classes a week at either the RIVONIA and/or OBSERVATORY dojo.

RKC Beginners Kendo Course - Winter 2024

** Please note that the dates are subject to change without notice.

For the most recent regular training schedule and pin locations of the dojo's, please click on this link:

The course will begin on 16 June 2024 at the RIVONIA DOJO (exceptions can be made for those who wish to train exclusively at the OBSERVATORY DOJO, In this case, the course will start n 19 June 2024 at the OBSERVATORY DOJO).

Graduates who had attended at least 75% of the classes in the 3 months, will have an opportunity to take part in a KENDO KYU GRADING on the 22 June 2024 at the Rivonia Dojo. The "grading" will allow the kendo practitioner to progress up the various levels of Kendo.

Finally, members of the Beginner's cohort who wish to continue their Kendo training at the RKC Dojo may do so by becoming a RKC Dojo member!

Breakdown of the course costs:
  • 3 months of training ( valued between R1,905 and R2,235)

  • Bamboo sword called a "Shinai " ( valued at R800)

  • Material shinai carry bag ( valued at R250)

  • RKC Club T-Shirt (valued at (valued at R200)

  • Kendo Training manual (valued at R150)

  • Opportunity to grade and receive a grading certificate (valued at R250)

  • Once-off membership joining fee, should they wish to continue training (valued at R350)

Total value of this course, as detailed above works out to R4,235, however because this is an initiative we want to use to help grow the South African Kendo community, for a LIMITED-TIME, we will offer this course at a discounted fee of R3,000 , which works out to almost a 30% discount! (N.B. This discounted price will only be available until 29 February 2024, and thereafter will revert to the full price of R4,235!)

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Beginner Course Information Presentations

There will be an in-person, 60mins beginner course information presentation on these following dates.:

  • 21 February 2024 (Wednesday), 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the RIVONIA Dojo

  • 27 February 2024 (Tuesday), 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the OBSRVATORY Dojo

  • 2 March 2024 (Saturday), 10 am -11 am at the RIVONIA Dojo

These presentations are free to attend, but space is limited so please RSVP! To reserve your spot, please send your full name and contact details to to:

For any further queries, please use the contact details above.

See you in the dojo soon!


The Ryū Ken Chi (RKC) Dojo train the traditional Japanese martial arts of Kendo and Iaido (sword-based martial arts), as well as Jodo (the art of the short staff), that encourages the cultivation of the human character.

Kendo Kid is also available for children aged 6-12 years old.

RKC DOJO has 2 training venues within Johannesburg - RIVONIA and OBSERVATORY.

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