Sturgeon Kendo provides a shinai as part of the startup fee. We also offer Bogu rentals for both the Kid's Kendo and Junior Kendo programs for an initial deposit and monthly fee. Adults will be responsible for providing their own equipment, although nothing beyond a shinai is required for the first month of the intake period (and our instructors will happily help you with everything required to purchase your own equipment when the time is right). We have a list of recommended suppliers below, and would strongly advise against making purchases through Amazon or non-recommended sources, as the quality and safety of equipment from unknown sources can vary wildly.
Bamboo sword made for sparring in Kendo
Wooden sword used for Kata & demonstrations
GI & HAKAMA
The "shirt" and "pants" worn for Kendo
The protective gear worn for Kendo
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BUDOGU ZEN - Official Sponsor of Alberta Kendo & Official Equipment Supplier of Sturgeon Kendo
Located in Richmond BC, Budogu Zen is an official technical partner of Tozando International of Japan. They are able to offer high quality kendo equipment from beginner sets to fully customized bogu sets, as well as an excellent selection of uniforms, shinai, and high quality accessories. Budogu Zen also specializes in the repair and refurbishing of old or damaged equipment locally, as Unzei is a shokunin, trained in Japan at Tozando.
Based out of Southern California and run by former Team Canada member Taro Ariga, E-Bogu is one of the largest bogu suppliers in the world.
Another Canadian supplier known for high quality, hand crafted bogu. Located in Burlington Ontario, Kenshindo has been a sponsor of Alberta Kendo.
Kendogu for the World. Delivering the ultimate experience in acquiring top-quality equipment to Kendoka across the globe from the UK.
ZEN NIHON BUDOGU
Zen Nihon Budogu delivers Kendogu made in a traditional japanese way with long-experience craftsmen for Kendoka of the whole world.