We will help you acquire proper gear when the time comes (Shobukan does not sell any equipment), which includes:

  1. a Jo/Staff and a Tachi/bokuto (wooden long & short swords). Swords will need a sword-guard
  2. A bag to carry your weapons and uniform
  3. An Obi/wide belt, black is fine
  4. A uniform top (uwagi – gi top) and traditional pants (hakama – split pants). The standard Kendo-style, dark blue cotton uwagi and hakama are the norm. Everyone, students and teachers, all wear the same kind/color of uniform.
  5. A pair of light-weight pants or shorts under your hakama
  6. knee pads