Tips for outdoor weapons training:

What should you wear?
  • Dress for the weather (don't wear your gi).  This means if it's cold and rainy, please wear clothing that will
    prevent you from being cold and wet.  If it's hot and muggy, wear shorts and a t-shirt.
  • Dress in layers.  A wise man once said "You can take it off if you have it on, but you can't put it on if you
    don't have it."
  • Avoid cotton when its cold and/or wet outside.  Cotton is excellent for the summer time because it absorbs
    sweat and makes you feel cooler while the sweat evaporates.  In colder months, it will sap your core temp.  
  • Fleece and synthetic long underwear are excellent and time tested gear that makes outdoor training a
  • Shoes: when it rains it gets muddy where we train, so if you can't stomach an hour of wet feet, get
    something waterproof.  In the summer time, no sandals, because of the toe injury risk.  If you don't have
    waterproof shoes, a good thick synthetic sock will keep your feet warm even if they are wet.
  • A lightweight beenie cap and gloves are nice additions.  If you wear gloves, make them nice and tight and
    form fitting, otherwise sensing the weapon in your hand is difficult.  Try to find a pair with some material on
    the palm and fingers that help grip.  I find that fleece gloves keep my hands tolerably warm even when
    soaking wet.

What should I bring?
  • Essential: a tea cup.  We sit down for a quick cup of hot tea before we train, so show up a little early if you'd
    like some.
  • Luxury: something to sit on like a small pad, towel, etc in case the ground is wet.  Nothing like the sensation
    of freezing wet ground soaking into your behind.
  • In summer: bottled water is nice, to stay hydrated.  Bug spray if you are so inclined.
  • Weapons (if you a beginner, sensei will have weapons for you to borrow until you purchase your own)

Cancellation Policy: We train in all weather except when there is lightning in the area and if the roads
are too icy.
Outdoor Weapons FAQ