Beginner II

Beginner II

Class Instructors: 
Daniel Kim sensei (5th Dan)  
Hyuk Kyu Seoh sensei(4th Dan)
Danny Kim sensei (4th Dan)
Paul Lee
Pop Kitthajaroenchai
Greg Lewis

Down with the basics? Then you are ready for beginner II class, picking up where beginner I class left off. Practices are held on Saturdays from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Lifetime Fitness Johns Creek.

Beginner Registration Form (.pdf)

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This class continues the instruction from beginner I class, combining the footwork and basic strikes.  The basic strikes will develop further to different target locations.

In addition to the footwork and strike, the class also emphasizes on basic stances (kamae), footwork (ashi-sabaki), proper form to hold and swing the bamboo sword (shinai), and proper strike posture and focus (fumikomi).

Students usually get a recommendation from instructors for advancement to higher level class after completion of beginner I and II.


Aside from being physically fit to practice martial arts, you are required to bring the following equipments:

  1. Shinai (bamboo sword) with guard, size 39 for adult males and size 38 for adult females of average stature. Size for minors varies depending on height. Length of the handle (tsuka) should be approximately the same length as your forearm, measured from an end of the closed fist to the tip of the elbow. For more information on the length of the shinai, please refer to this link.
  2. Exercise clothing, such as shorts, sweatpants, and a t-shirt. Kendogi (kendo training uniform), consisting of hakama (pant/skirt) and kendo keikoki (shirt), are optional.
    Note: do not wear any jewelry or watches. Bare feet only in the practice area!

NOTE: Kendo bogu (armor), composed of men (helmet), kote (gloves), do (torso protector), and tare (hip protector), will be used during Intermediate/Advanced classes and are not required for beginner classes.

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The cost of the two-month Beginner's class is $80 for both adults and minors.
A completed and signed registration form and fee payment check made out to “GKA” must be submitted at the first class.