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02 January 2005 @ 10:56 am
Fencing or Kendo in Seattle  
Some of us have been thinking about getting involved in something like kendo or fencing around here. I did a little research this morning into fencing, dues, and equipment costs...

Fencing ... fewer clubs online
Salle Auriol Dues are $50/month or $500/year, beginning classes are $80 for 1 month, and renting equipment is $5/session. Open fencing Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, plus a ton of other stuff (Aerobics, Pub Night Wednesday). The school is North of downtown on Westlake.

Fluer de Lys Dues are $75 for 11 weeks (classes and open fencing included). Intermediate class or above are expected to have their own kit, but can rent for $30. Everything is Mondays ad Wednesdays, so this would suck forr those of us that do Monday game. They meet in Magnolia.

For all Kendo clubs, we can expect to be paying $20/year for the Pacific Northwest Kendo Foundation and $40/year for the All United States Kendo Foundation. Membership is not required for beginner-level classes.

Seattle Kendo Kai costs $105/quarter, $210 half-yearly, or $385 annually, and initially requires exercise clothes and a shinai (can be purchased for $20). They meet Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at St. Peter's, on King Street just East of Rainier Ave S.

Sno-King kendo club is right by our house, but I didn't see anything on the site stating when classes or open session is held. Cost is $55/quarter, plus equipment ($25 for the first class).

Northwest Kendo Club and costs $40/month for Friday practices. I don't see anything about classes, and they meet in Magnolia.
Thom Marrionxnbach on January 2nd, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
Well, I already have a shinai if you do Kendo. That means I can come over every so often and we can bonk each other on the heads with bamboo.

It's fun :)
Andrew Parkerzaphod42 on February 20th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
Sno-King has practices on Thursday at about 6:00-8:00. I've been there a couple times and it is a pretty good practice. The club is new (started in about the last year or so, I think), but there are some higher level students that are starting to migrate there from other clubs in the region.