Kaifukan Rules & Regulations 

Purpose:

The purpose of Kaifukan is to learn the Japanese swordsmanship, its physical techniques and spirit, through the practice of kendo and iaido.

The practice of kendo and iaido is instructed and conducted solely by Sensei, the instructor, Mr. Kunio Maeda, and students must trust and respect him, and heed his teachings and instructions no matter what.

Students must respect each other and must not cause any personal discord.

Students must not bring disgrace to Kaifukan or to its fellow members. Any one who goes against the above mentioned rules would be the subject of suspension and expulsion from the dojo.

Kaifukan Student:

One becomes a Kaifukan student when his/her application to join is accepted by the kancho, the head of Kaifukan, Mr. Kunio Maeda.

Tuition:

Monthly tuition must be submitted in advance. A full month’s tuition for the next month should be submitted by the end of the month.
Those who fail to pay tuition on time will be suspended and those who don’t will be removed from the Kaifukan member list.

We are aiming for 12 kendo sessions and 4 iaido sessions each month; however, the number of sessions may differ from month to month for some unavoidable reasons. Although a student may not be able to make it to every session conducted during the month, the tuition stays the same irrespective of the number of sessions the classes are scheduled and/or the number of times the student attends class. 

Assiduous Attendance:

From the point of view that kendo/iaido is an austere training to develop self-discipline throughout our lives, it is, indeed, a ceaseless challenge and tireless commitment that you make it to every session every time. It sounds hard, but in fact, it isn't. It is like meals you take every day for nourishment that you don't get tired of. Kendo/iaido practice is for your health of body and mind, and it should be practiced diligently on the same daily basis as well. This is why we call it ' -do' and we don't call it a hobby that people engage in once a week or even less. You don't practice kendo/iaido when you have time rather you practice it by making time. Practicing it because you don't have anything else to do is out of the question.

Report of Absence:

Students must report their absence each time to Sensei, beforehand.
But when things happen at the last moment, and if this is the case, the students must make their report immediately afterward. Common sense dictates that it should be within a day, and not some days later.

Dojo is the place for the students to learn and practice etiquette, manners, and politeness to polish their spirit as well as the techniques of the sword. Being absent without reporting to Sensei, who awaits students at the dojo to give them the joy of kendo and/or iaido, is most rude and intolerable.
Any student who repeatedly fails to report his/her absence, therefore, will be a subject of suspension and eventual expulsion.

The fact is nobody, including Sensei, can spend all his/her time for kendo and/or iaido practice. It is, indeed, not realistic. Everybody must take some days off from kendo and/or iaido sometimes in order to fulfill other important social and family duties and obligations or otherwise. But this doesn't mean that students can disregard one of the most basic social etiquette, which is to have courtesy to inform their Sensei of their absence and excuse themselves. Those who cannot practice this common etiquette in our Kaifukan will be taken to mean that they are uninterested in keeping their Kaifukan membership.

Loss of Student Status: "Taikan," "Hohkan" & "Hamon"

Taikan: Students leave the dojo on their own accord by properly giving notice with the reason to Sensei for his understanding.

Hohkan: Sensei removes the student from the membership roster as a compulsory measure for the following two reasons: 1) students cannot make it to class indefinitely, for some unavoidable reasons in spite of their desire to continue practicing; 2) students' desertion and their repeated suspensions.

Taikan & Hohkan, in the case with the former reason, students may reapply for enrollment in the future after taking care of the situations that hinder them from kendo/iaido practice.

Hamon is an expulsion: It is the ultimate sanction. Those who violate any of the rules will be the subject of Hokan. Those who are given Hamon by kancho have no longer anything to do with Kaifukan from that moment on, and would not be re-admitted to Kaifukan.