Gizmotech wrote:I'd like to add three things to this.
a) Be prepared for your school to flat out say NO. The clubs are for the kids primarily, and some schools take their clubs VERY SERIOUSLY. They will view (especially at the SHS level) a total beginner as a rather spectacular waste of time regardless how Genki stupid you are/pretend to be.
I don't really know much about either, actually, but all my English-speaking teachers refer to Kendo as "Japanese fencing," so I figured that there exists some congruity somewhere.Patryn wrote:I wouldn't necessarily liken fencing and kendo... they are pretty different IMO (though I don't know much about fencing), but I would say that kendo would hurt a bunch more! xD
hysan wrote:Actual JET here who was a former fencer so I guess I should chime in. There are some schools with fencing, but as mentioned, it is not as widespread. The closest ALT to me actually helps out with his school's fencing club so I know it is possible to join (not definite but possible). I even have an open invitation to join them, which I would if I wasn't helping with the basketball club at my ES all week (Literally. I get home at 7:30pm Tues-Fri and sometimes practice or have games on Sat or Sun).
Edit - One other thing I'd like to mention. Fencing had a small popularity surge after Yuki Ota's performance in the '08 Olympics so there are some small communities where it is well known. Those two townspeople I mentioned each had a son who fenced and saw me mention it in the local newspaper. That's why they approached me. Of course, it will be down to luck whether or not you end up in one of the fencing areas.
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