Becoming a Member


The following below details how to become a member at Chikushin Martial & Cultural Training Group.


Classes are designed for adults 18 years and older, for both men and women. No prior experience in martial arts is necessary.


For indoor training sessions, we wear a standard keikogi, which conforms well with the martial arts training. Although regular loose-fitting exercise/training wear is welcomed, it is highly recommended to purchase a keikogi at some point. The standard keikogi consists of an uwagi (jacket), hakama (pants), and tabi (split-toe footwear). A kaku obi (wide belt) is also used, but not mandatory.

For outdoor training sessions, regular clothing is used, especially those designed for physical activities. Sneakers, t-shirt, and jeans or sweat pants are highly recommended. Depending on the weather/season, extra layers may be needed (i.e. a sweat shirt or jacket).


When starting out, it is recommended to purchase a bokutō/bokken (wooden training sword), fukuro shinai (padded bamboo sword)*, and rokushaku bō (6-foot staff) at some point. These will prove useful in the beginning, for these will provide a good foundation necessary for much of the lessons we learn from the different ryuha being studied here. Other training weapons that are curriculum-specific will be addressed later as the training progresses.

*This is a custom-made training tool done in-house that can be purchased. Will be made upon request.


A small notebook and writing instrument is advised for note-taking during training breaks, as well as for cultural studies (i.e. Japanese language).


There are monthly fees required to participate. Two types of monthly fee plans are offered:

  1. Martial Arts Training = $65
    This package includes all the regular class days, as well as special training sessions under the martial arts training schedule.
  2. Martial Arts Training + Cultural Studies = $95**
    This includes the same deal under Martial Arts Training package above, as well as covers the cultural studies schedule plus study materials.

**Cultural Studies will not be conducted as a separate option.

Take note that some annual events may require an additional fees depending on location used, etc. Members will be informed in advance.

There is also free Trial Classes, which is a great option for those who want to get a hands-on experience with our training here in Chikushin Martial & Cultural Training group before making a commitment. More info on this in our Location & Schedule page.

For the items mentioned above other than the fukuro shinai, Each member will have to acquire on their own. A list of suggested retailers will be provided for those who need assistance.

For all questions and inquiries, please feel free to send all inquiries through the Contact page.