Membership

Thank you for your interest in our club. We always welcome new members joining our organization.

Monthly Club Dues
Monthly dues cover all classes and your participation in: kendo, iaido, jodo, or all 3! Dues vary according to age. Please note new membership dues below, starting September 2019


Membership dues may be paid via cash, check, or Paypal.
– Online Payments via Paypal are subject to minimal convenience fees.
– Cash and check payments can be handed over at the dojo to the club treasurer.
– Make all checks payable to DFWKIK Inc.

On top of the monthly dues, new members are required a one-time $30.00 initiation fee.
 

Annual Kendo Federation Dues
All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF) and South West Kendo and Iaido Federation (SWKIF) memberships are required for members to participate in regional/national seminar, tournament, and testing events. All DFWKIK members are encouraged to join.

National and regional membership drive for renewing and new members typically start on March, but remain open all year round to accept new members that did not make it for the membership drive. Non-members who are planning to participate in any AUSKF-membership required events (ex. promotion exams) need to register 30 days prior to the event

Payments are managed online: https://www.unitedstateskendo.com/
– New members need to created an account in order to manage their payments online.
– Please click here for payment instructions.
 

Visitation
We highly recommend visiting and watching a practice before you make your decision to join. Chairs are always available inside the dojo door for our guests. Our practice times and locations are listed on the Class Times & Locations page.

When visiting, be sure to introduce yourself to one of the senior students or sensei after class and pick up a member information packet (or download it from this site.) The packet includes information regarding the club’s philosophy, student responsibilities, an overview of the common commands used in practice, listing of dues & fees, and a copy of the DFWKIK Member Form.

 
First Day
After your initial visit, all you will need to get started is:
1) sweat pants
2) nondescript t-shirt
3) knee pads (if participating in iaido)
4) completed DFWKIK Member Form and check
5) A bokuto and a shinai are also needed but can be purchased directly from the club – look for the club sergeant of arms.

After a few practices, you can purchase a keiko-gi (cotton top) and hakama (pleated trousers) from various locations. We like to stress basics, so items 1-5 are all you will need for the first several months.

As your skill & commitment progresses, the sensei will indicate when you can start to wear/acquire bogu (armor for kendo) and/or an iaito (practice sword for iaido.) These can be purchased through suppliers we know. The club also generally has several iaito and basic sets of bogu to rent.

If you have any further questions, feel free to click the Board of Directors link and follow up with one of the officers listed. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you at practice.