WHAT IS KENDO
Kendo is the Japanese art of fencing and was how the samurai improved and maintained their fighting skills during 250 years of peace. The study develops one's spirit, fencing skills, discipline, manners, social values, etiquette, confidence and fair play – as well as developing a competitive and considerate attitude towards others and society.
Recognising this cultural heritage, we teach Kendo using traditional and modern methods.
KENDO STARTS WITH RESPECT, AND ENDS WITH RESPECT
Tsubaki Kendo Club teaches kendo as governed by the British Kendo Association –
part of the International and European Kendo Fedration (FIK/EKF) and overseen by the parent organisation,
the Zen Nihon Kendo Remnei of Japan (ZNKR/AJKF).
Sunday: The main class for all members and visitors at all levels.
Wednesday: An evening class for those using armour and over 18.
Club instructors are at 4th, 5th and 7th Dan levels with many years training in Japan, UK and Europe.
We benefit from a resident Shihan, Kyoshi 7th Dan, who is internationally recognised and a former
Great Britain National Team coach and player.
The Junior Academy is for under 18s. Juniors receive specific classes targeting their ability levels and have dedicated coaches. The Academy is where we prepare juniors to be the leading Kendo players of the future.
An 8 Week Beginners Course runs once a year and is the ONLY way we accept new inexperienced members into the club from 13 years old upwards.
If you are interested in kendo, please get in touch.
Those under 13 are automatically accepted into the Junior Academy class, so please visit the page.
WHEN & WHERE
SUNDAYS – 10:30-12:30
WEDNESDAYS – 20:30-21:30
Carshalton High School for Girls (CHSG), West Street, Carshalton SM5 2QX
FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN
FROM 6 TO 60+ YEARS OLD –
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO START KENDO
UK and Overseas experienced Kendo players are always welcome.
If it is your first time to visit us, please contact us before coming.
JOINING & COSTS
Tsubaki fees are paid in advance monthly by members, or by class for non-members only.
On joining, you'll be asked to setup a Standing Order.
You must also join the British Kendo Association (BKA) via their online membership page. They are the governing body,
part of the EKF/FIK and the main All Japan Kendo Federation – Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei (ZNKR/AJKF).
Club member gradings: Free of charge and start from 7th Kyu up to 2nd Kyu.
National BKA gradings: These have a fee and are taken on specified days throughout the country – 1st Kyu and all Dan grades.
International gradings (ZNKR and EKF/FIK): To grade overseas, permission must be sought from the BKA.
You will eventually need to buy your own shinai, bokuto (bokken), a dark blue Kendo-gi (jacket) and hakama (bottoms).
In time and at the discretion of the instructors, you will be asked to purchase and use Kendo armour (Bogu).
Please wait until you are asked to do so.
BKA and Tsubaki membership fees must always be up-to-date.
SORRY, NO INSURANCE, NO PRACTICE.