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    Hello All!

    I'm conducting a quick and dirty survey of all the folks here. I'm trying to understand the monetary costs of doing kendo, and I need at least 100 respondents (althoug more is better as a sample size). My question is two-fold:
    1. How much did it cost you initially to begin kendo? This would include your cost for your first few shinai, your keikogi and hakama, your bogu, tenugui, various pads and supporters, bogu stands and bags.
    2. What is your annual cost of kendo? This includes club fees, shiai fees, various meds and physio (if applicable), replacement shinai, cleaning products, camp, seminars, etc.
    Please respond indicating the currency of payment that you use(d) for these items. I would like to thank you all very much in advance for your responses. Domo arigato gozaimasu!

  • #2
    As a beginner 25 USD for Shinai. I've busted 10 since beginning. so 250
    At 6 months 200 USD for hakama and Gi
    At the same time I ordered a custom Bogu 1500 USD
    25 USD bucks per month for facility fees
    15 USD per yr for club dues
    25 for testing twice in 2 years
    200 USD for carbon shinai
    20 for a tournament.

    All that in 2 years.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ChaShu
      1. How much did it cost you initially to begin kendo? This would include your cost for your first few shinai, your keikogi and hakama, your bogu, tenugui, various pads and supporters, bogu stands and bags.
      2. What is your annual cost of kendo? This includes club fees, shiai fees, various meds and physio (if applicable), replacement shinai, cleaning products, camp, seminars, etc.
      You might want to break that down into 3 costs - initial cost for a beginner, cost to switch to bogu practice, then annual cost. I'll reply for a typical person from my dojo because my own numbers aren't relevant to the average person. All figures in Canadian dollars.

      1. Initial cost - $200 (40 each for shinai/bokken, 120 for uniform)
      2. Bogu-owner cost - people in our club have spent anywhere from $550-1400
      3. Annual cost - $410 (270 in fees, 60 for the annual seminar, assume 2 shinai/year)

      People in our dojo who rent bogu skip cost 2, but add $40 to annual costs for rentals. Out of town seminars are optional, personally I probably spend $500/year or more on seminars. Nobody in our club travels much to tournaments.

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      • #4
        Ok, the figures I am going to put forward are in $AUS, which I think at the current exchange rate is worth around 0.75 $US

        Beginner's cost: $200 (50 for shinai+bag, 20 for beginner's course, 130 for uniform)

        Bogu-owner cost: $700-ish for a 2mm e-kendo bogu, including shipping/bag/tengui/himo, and another 30 if you include the trolley I use to wheel it around

        Annual cost: $310 (80 for two semesters of dojo fees, 70 NSWKR annual fee, assuming two gradings a year 60, assuming two competitions a year 40, assuming two shinai a year 60). Although, if you include the University of Sydney Union fees, which technically can be considered as a cost, then add another $470.

        I think once you hit the dan grades these costs will start to vary. I know for me, when I achieve dan level I will buy more expensive bogu, and maybe a carbon shinai or two. Also, here in the NSWKR/AKR, the higher grade you attempt, the more expensive the cost. I suppose medical costs might also be a factor in the rare cases that someone has been injured significantly, or has some kind of disability that requires additional support.
        Last edited by Rouisu; 27th November 2005, 02:07 AM.

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        • #5
          Beginner's cost: 100 (45 for bokken, shinai+bag, 40 for kendo gi and hakama, 15 monthly dojo fee)

          Bogu-owner cost: I use club armour at the moment, but will cost around 240 for the whole set when I get my own

          Annual cost: 195 - 12 X monthly dojo fees, 15 BKA membership (pretty cheap cause I'm 15)

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          • #6
            The cost of kendo

            It didn't really cost me much to start kendo.
            * Initial fees (including shinai) were $35 including club membership which was quite good I think.
            * I just use the club bogu, and that's included in the yearly fees.
            * I think I paying around $85 for hakama and gi though I really don't know yet....
            * I pay $8.50 a year for club membership

            I think that's it

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            • #7
              Haaaah!..I don't want to know...this year, far too much!!
              As long as you enjoy it, who cares!

              Jakob

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              • #8
                All quotes are in USD, 800 for Bogu
                120 kendo gi
                60 shinai
                12 bokuto
                fighting to the death: priceless

                Since instruction in my school is free, I've spent about 1000 dollars on kendo in the last year. I also bought a PPK for about 250 but that has nothing to do with kendo. A small price for such great knowlege, future training in Japan with prove costly however.

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                • #9
                  A lot... I don't want to think about it. -_-;

                  400..? but I'm still renting bogu.

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                  • #10
                    Initial cost - $40 AUSKF annual dues
                    $25 ECUSKF annual dues
                    $25 per month dojo dues X 8 = $200
                    $265 total dues

                    Shinai - $25

                    Hakama/keikogi - $125

                    $415 for start-up.

                    Bogu - $850
                    Carbon Shinai - $300

                    Dues since acquiring bogu - $25 X 12 = $300
                    $40 AUSKF
                    $25 ECUSKF
                    $365

                    Total (not counting tournament, promotion, seminar fees) $1930.00

                    What I've learned since starting kendo - PRICELESS!

                    For everything else, there's something...I don't know what...but something...at least, it has to be, or should be, shouldn't it?

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                    • #11
                      Club dues = 55 dollars a month
                      MWKF dues = 25 dollars a year (Cheap enough)
                      AUSKF Dues = 40 dollars a year
                      Shinai's = 170 dollars (Roughly)
                      Gi and Hakama's = 300 dollars (Roughly)
                      Bogu = 850 dollars
                      Tournaments = 80 per night for hotel
                      80 for gas
                      25 for banquette
                      10 for lunch (Tournement Sponsored)
                      15 for real food
                      25 for entering tournement
                      Flowers for upset wife = 50 dollars

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                      • #12
                        Costs

                        All in GBP

                        Starter Fee = 40 including Shinai and 2 months training
                        Ongoing costs = 15 / month club membership (after first 2 months)
                        Kendo-gi = 30
                        Bokken = 10

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JSchmidt
                          Haaaah!..I don't want to know...this year, far too much!!
                          As long as you enjoy it, who cares!

                          Jakob
                          I agree with Jakob, I have just try to work out how much I've spent and it makes me cry hahahahaha

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                          • #14
                            Initial cost was $30 for shinai and $30+ monthly dues plus federation costs.
                            Later, I got a uniform.
                            Later, I got bokken and another shinai.
                            Later, I got bogu.


                            It's relatively inexpensive compared to other martial arts until you get into buying a uniform and bogu... and how much of a show-off you want to be.

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                            • #15
                              its also guaranteed to be cheaper than any other hobby, especially golf. Until you start going to Japan.
                              My first bogu cost me about $150 about thirty years ago, but the relative cost seems to be lower nowadays. My last outlay was for some new kote two years ago at around the same price, but these were bought in Saga at the local kendo shop and were hand made ones. Hyaku knows the owner so I got a good discount. I reckon I could rekit at our local MA shop for around the $250 mark, bearing in mind UK prices are hit hard with tax.

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