I just noticed you train at the Toyoda Center, is this the Toyoda Center in Grand Rapids MI? From what I've seen of their weapons work you may want to forego the red oak weapons and get at least a japanese white oak one.
The same place has one for $16.00 a little further down the page. It's not the best but it's enough to start and you can get a nicer one later.
p.s. If you're ever down in Kalamazoo or Battle Creek stop in and train...assuming you're in Michigan