Clothing & Weapons
Here are helpful links for ordering do-gi (gi tops), hakama (pleated “trousers”), kaku obi (belts) and training weapons.
Option 1: Kendo Light Weight Gi and Hakama Set* from e-bogu.com
Option 2: Iaido Gi top and Hakama Set from e-bogu.com
Option 3: Shiromusashi Jacket (blue or white) or Modified Kimono Top from Bugei Trading Co.
* NOTE: If ordering kendo gi-top from e-bogu.com, we suggest ordering it using the sizing charts on their website as long as you are of thin build. If you are not thin, it’s safer to order the next size up! Secondly, all hakama should be ordered with longer himo (ties) and the length should end above the ankles.
We wear a sword-bearing “kaku obi. A kaku obi is different from belts typically worn in iaido or other non-samurai arts. You may choose any color:
Kaku obi from e-bogu
Kaku obi on eBay (search “kaku obi” for additional options):
Bokken (wooden training sword):
Nami ryu bokken are specific to our ryuha (school). Any bokken or training weapons other than the ones listed below will need to be cleared by the instructor for use in class.
Our dojo keeps extra training weapons of various types on-hand. This will also let you try out different weapon lengths and woods to discover the one you like best.
Hickory Bokken or Ipe Bokken (Brazilian Hardwood)
Be sure to order a plastic sword guard (tsuba) with your bokken: Plastic Tsuba
Order the 30″ blade + 15″ handle if you are 5’10” or taller. Otherwise, order the 28″ version.
Bo-Tanto (wooden knife)
Hickory bo-tanto or Ipe bo-tanto
As practitioners of a samurai art, we always carry multiple weapons. The tanto is a mainstay of Nami ryu, and we carry a bo-tanto in addition to a bokken. Custom-made bo-tanto are also available for around $40 (please inquire)
Bo-Wakizashi (wooden short sword)
A wakizashi is optional for beginners.
Hickory bo-wakizashi or Ipe bo-wakisashi
Real Weapons / Live Blades
The use of real weapons throughout our training is a major factor that sets us apart from many other martial studies. Senior and intermediate students are permitted – and encouraged – to carry real weapons in addition to wooden training weapons.
However, we are very cautious with the use of “live” weapons and thus beginners are not allowed to use them. Sharp weapons may be carries after much diligent study, and only with the head instructor’s approval.