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training equipment


For kenjutsu practice, we wear samue for general keiko (practice).  However when you are starting out, loose comfortable clothing like tracksuit bottoms / t-shirt will be fine.  If you have practised a Japanese martial art in the past and have a gi, this is also fine initially.  We usually practise bare foot (unless there is a medical reason for not doing so).


Clothing required:


  • Samue – loose Japanese casual clothing – ideal for keiko.


  • Obi – wide belt to support sword – not coloured like karate/judo.


  • Zori/Tabi – zori are outdoor footwear and tabi (Japanese socks with a separate big toe) are optional.


For embu (formal demonstrations) of Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu kenjutsu at public events, we wear black montsuki, striped hakama and white tabi.


The only weapons we use in kenjutsu in kumitachi practise are;


  • Bokken/Bokuto (wooden swords) Odachi (long sword) & Kodachi (short sword)


They are usually purchased as a pair as both the odachi (long sword) & kodachi (short sword) are used in general practise.

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