You MUST contact us via email to
enquire and join the 2024 waiting list.
Our annual Beginners Course introduces Kendo, its etiquette and basic skills, to individuals from
13 years old and up who have an interest in learning Japanese fencing.
Beginners learn cutting basics, ettiquette, footwork, equipment care, target areas and specific points regarding giving and receiving strikes, as well as other aspects. Kendo study also involves predetermined exercises – some of the basic Kendo techniques – so a selection of these are also taught.
To join the beginners course, simply register your interest via email.
The course runs for 1 hour on a Sunday morning.
The Beginners Course lasts for 6 weeks and costs £70
The fee includes:
1. A three month temporary membership to the British Kendo Association (BKA).
2. Weekly revision sheets.
3. A starting Kendo Kyu grade and certificate (Menjo).
£70 is payable by PayPal in advance – ask for details.
From age 13 years old to adults
Under 13s are accepted directly into the Junior Academy – but please email us for details, as we can't always guarantee an immediate start. Please visit the Junior Academy page.
Please let us know your age and gender for equipment sizing when you register your interest.
You will be sent some registration forms closer to the course date which will need to be filled in before you attend and handed in on the first day.
On completion of the course, you will be equipped with the necessary skills to join the main class and therefore progress into full armour – at the descretion of the instructors – and engage in full contact fencing with other established members.
As part of our ongoing Covid requirements, all attendees on the course will need to be wearing a face mask, and perform a Lateral Flow Test before arriving at the venue. Please show proof of the test on arrival via your mobile phone. Failure to do so will mean you will not be able to take part in the course for that week.
Watch this space for the next annual course
Due to the popularity of Kendo, we will be focussing on our existing members
until 2024 when we plan to hold the next Beginners Course.
If you wish to join the course please send us a message.
We will then send a return email and give you details of the date when known.
Courses are limited to a set number of people, so early booking is recommended to
If you already have over 6 months Kendo experience, there is no need to take a beginners course.
All levels and grades are welcome.