First Weds each month: 8p-9p
Beginners Course Overview
At Choyokan Chicago (Ravenswood), beginning classes are the first Wednesdays of each month at 8P. The cost is $60/month. After 4-6 weeks, or depending on class progression, you can join regular practices - Wed, Fri 8P, and Sun 12:30P (South Loop) for the same $60/mo. The goal of the Wednesday beginners class is to get students up to speed so they can move into practice with the regular class without disrupting it or without having to separate out instructors from regular class.. All you need is comfortable clothes (t-shirt/shorts or sweats) and a shinai - you can buy one from www.e-bogu.com, order size 37 for pre-teens, 38 for teens and women and 39 for adult men. They are all quality shinai on that site, so an inexpensive complete one is fine - be careful they also just sell the bamboo, you will need a complete one - or you can buy one from us ($20). Please bring a shinai (if you need one) to the first session.
Classes are sequential, so if you know you cannot attend all of the first few classes, wait and join during a month when you can.
After 4-8 months of regular practice we will help you choose bogu (armor) to buy - usually from a online retailer ($600-$800+). There are cheaper sets available, but they are not very durable or protective and are not recommended.
Ashi sabaki (footwork)
Review and refine lessons from Week 1
Review and refine past lessons
Week 4 - 6
Review of kirikaeshi
Main class participation with a Sensei “shepherd” assisting
Weds/Fri: 8p - 10p
Every Wednesday and Friday. The EXCEPTION is there is no practice the third Friday of each month. New beginners are welcome on the first Wednesday of the month
Adult and Children Practice
Sat: 4:30p - 7p
Des Plains Location
Includes both Adult and Children. Focus more on basics and drills.
Sun: 12:30p - 2p
South Loop Location
Adult Practice with Bogu (Armor)