I've started on a Kendo beginners course at ANU. 14 weeks. I had my first lesson Tuesday. A mate of mine, Mr C. did the beginners last year, and graded to 5 kyu over Christmas.
The course was bigger than I thought, with 35 people. It will be interesting to see how many stay.
I am terrible at languages, so one of my hurdles will be training my quite resistant brain into memorizing new words.
Things we started on:
Men - "Men" - Head.
Kote - "Co. - Tay" - Gauntlet
Do - "Homers 'DOH" - Breastplate.
Kiri-kaeshi: Striking the left and right men target points in succession, practicing centering, distance, and correct technique, while building spirit and stamina.
Amusing moment - we were all pretty new, and the instructor yelled a few calls in Japanese. Japanese doesn't mean anything to us, yet, good teacher :)
The only things that hurt - there was some strain repeating the sword strikes, and my throat was sore from over doing the shouts, or Kiai
Japanese Kendo Dictionary