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), tabi (split-toe footwear), and kaku obi (wide belt).
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), and rokushaku bō (6-foot staff) at some point. These will prove useful especially during solo training. Other training weapons that are curriculum-specific will be addressed later as the training progresses.
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. There are 2 types of monthly fee plans:
1) Martial arts training
2) Martial arts training + Cultural studies
Note that cultural studies will not be conducted as a separate option.
Please use the Contact page to send an inquiry for more information.
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