No Equipment (or experience) Necessary
SIOUX FALLS KUMDO KEEPS A SMALL STOCK OF "SCHOOL EQUIPMENT" FOR BEGINNERS TO USE.
OF COURSE YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO GET YOUR OWN EVENTUALLY, AND WHEN READY, WE CAN HELP YOU FIND THE SWORDS AND ARMOR THAT BEST FIT YOUR STYLE.
SHINAI (BAMBOO SWORD) - AVERAGE COST $40.00
The Shinai is used for practice and competition and was originally developed in the 1700's to reduce injuries due to training with hard wooden swords.
The sword consists of four pieces of bamboo contained by a leather hand grip and two leather ties.
The four independent pieces of bamboo allow the sword to flex when making contact with a target and thus in combination with the use of Bogu (armor), modern practitioners avoid injuries when enjoying this dramatic and fun martial art!
BOKKEN (WOODEN SWORD) - AVERAGE COST OF $30.00
A bokken is a wooden version of a sharp steel sword. Originally used in feudal Japan by the samurai for training to reduce injuries.
Students practice using the bokken when performing the techniques found in Kendo Kata.
KENDO GI & HAKAMA (UNIFORM) - AVERAGE COST OF $110.00
The Kendo Gi (top) and Hakama (bottom) are both long lasting and comfortable.
The uniform consists of a durable and soft top section, well suited to protecting the wearer from any errant blows. The bottom is best described as a set of quite wide pants.
In Japan, the Hakama (bottom) was originally worn by samurai to protect the legs while on horse from brush and similar debris.
The uniform is also quite convenient due to its' long lasting nature. A well cared for set may last for many years. A good example of this being our own instructor who wore his original uniform for nearly a decade before feeling the need for a replacement.
BOGU (ARMOR) - AVERAGE COST OF $450.00
The Bogu consists of four pieces; the head/throat protector, hip/groin protector, wrist/forearm protector, and chest protector.
Constructed from leather, dense cloth, and bamboo, the armor is quite durable and offers excellent protection.
The armor is constructed either by machine stitching (most common) or by hand stitching, which can be quite labor intensive and cost quite a bit more. Practitioners who choose to have a handmade set of armor created usually do not use them for regular practices, instead wearing them for formal occasions.
KATANA (REAL STEEL SWORD) - WIDE RANGE OF COSTS
Suffice to say there are far too many variations of style, quality, and price to review in this setting. Suffice it to say that when it comes to a real Katana, you truly do get what you pay for.
Even handmade swords are not all created equal. We highly recommend speaking with a professional before making a purchase.
On a safety note: Swords that do not have a "full tang" are for decoration only. You often hear these referred to as half or rat tangs, this refers to how far the steel sword extends down the interior of the handle. As the names suggest, the half and rat tang swords are short inside the handle and often held in place with a single pin, making them prone to shearing and coming loose from the handle. As such they are recommended for decoration only, not real practice.
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