Safety Proceedures

The Hall

Safety firstThe floor should be swept at the beginning of training, and once sweeping has commenced, shoes must not be worn in the training area. The floor should be checked for nails, holes, floor fittings or other protuberances that may cause injury. These should be flattened or taped over as the situation requires.

Equipment

Faulty armour can be the cause of injury. It is the responsibility of the individual to make sure that any club armour (or their own) they are using is not faulty. Problems with faulty armour should be reported immediately to the club armourer, or a member of the club's executive.

During training, the armour may become loose, or some of the himo become untied. This can make it less effective or even present a risk to yourself and other people. If this is the case, you should stop training and adjust your armour.

Faulty shinai are dangerous. It is the responsibility of the individual to check and maintain their shinai. Before training, check that your shinai is not splintered, the leather parts do not have any holes or about to wear through, and the tsuru (string) is tight so that the shinai doesn't fall apart during use. It is important that the shinai is also checked at regular intervals throughout training. If a problem arises, stop immediately.

If any item in the club first aid kit is used up or about to finish, it should be reported to the club armourer, or a member of the club's executive. The first aid kit is only there for emergencies. If you have previous injuries (e.g. blisters), please tend to them before training.

Individual

In the event of any injury, you should stop immediately until the seriousness (or lack of) the problem has been ascertained. People should be aware that over extending themselves by training on a serious injury will only make matters worse.

People training must ensure that their toenails and fingernails are short. Long nails can get torn, or result in other people training getting cut.

An adequate warm up is crucial. Any questions about this should be addressed to the instructor, and people arriving late should not start until the instructor grants permission.

Any open cuts must be bandaged immediately. Any blood which has split on the floor or equipment must be cleaned up immediately. While cuts are fairly rare in kendo, it is worth considering being vaccinated against Hepatitis-B. Students can arrange this through Student health for a small cost. In the event of any injury, you should stop immediately until the seriousness (or lack of) the problem has been ascertained. People should be aware that over extending themselves by training on a serious injury will only make matters worse.