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Patrick Stewart

Raymond Sosnowski

William Reid

Dave Drawdy

Dan Pearson

New Student Enrollment

 January 2020 BEGINNER CLASS
After the COVID-19 Lockdown --Hopefully in May or June.
  • We are currently closed at the order of the Governor of Virginia to ensure the safety of our students, members and the public.  This is very unfortunate but necessary.  We will resume or Beginners class as soon as we are able to reopen.  If you already registered for our last class, your registration will automatically transfer to the next session.  If you are waiting to register, please watch this page and follow us on Facebook @NorthVAKendo for important updates.
  • The NoVA Budokai kendo club will accept new students during the first or second week of JANUARY, MARCH, MAY, JULY, and SEPTEMBER. See the "Events" page for specific dates.  
  • There will be a 7 week training program for new students, taking place on Fridays from 7:30-8:30 pm and Sundays from 1:00-2:00 pm except during certian holidays.  After week 4, the class is 30 minutes longer. 
  • Students will pay a flat $80 up front fee for the introductory course. Payment is by check or paypal via this website.  This covers the duration of the 7 week course.  After that, our standard membership schedule applies.
  • The first class of each new student session will be on the the first Friday or Sunday of the listed weeks/months, unless noted otherwise.
  • New students are also be encouraged to watch the advanced class after beginner class has ended.
  • New students will study a curriculum to include: basic kamae, ashi-sabaki (footwork), kiai, kihon waza, kirikaeshi, etc.
  • Upon successful completion of the introductory course, new students will be allowed to wear keikogi and hakama and continue in the regular basic class.
  • Students should wear loose athletic clothing with pants or shorts that do not go below the ankle.
  • Students should obtain a shinai (bamboo sword) for the class. We recommend or . Standard sizes are 39 for men and 38 for women.  There may be a very limited number available to purchase at the dojo upon arrival.  This may save you the cost of S&H but is subject to availability.  We make this available as a convenience to new students and all transactions are final.  You're basically just reimbursing us for the approximate original cost.  
  • Students with prior kendo experience may join the club without enrolling in the beginner's course, subject to instructor approval.
  • There is no prior sign-up, just show up at the first class with your forms and fee!  However, we would appreciate a quick notification by email so we will be prepared for you. 
  • We do not offer private lessons.  

For more information on studying kendo, please contact Patrick Stewart at