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The beginners course is aimed at introducing kendo, its etiquette and basic skills to individuals from 13 years old and up – male or female – who have an interest in starting Japanese fencing.
It includes how to behave during classes, equipment care, target areas and specific points regarding striking and receiving strikes, as well as other topics. Part of the kendo study involves predetermined exercises – kendo kihon waza keiko ho – teaching some basic kendo techniques (waza), so a selection from this will also be taught.

To join the beginners course, simply register your interest via email. The course runs for 1 hour on a Sunday morning, and will also give you the chance to watch other students practice and engage in full fencing.

The course lasts for 8 weeks and costs £80.
The fee includes a three month temporary membership to the British Kendo Association (BKA), weekly revision sheets and a kendo grade.

From ages 13 - 17 and adults up to 70 years.
(12's and under are accepted directly into the main class, but please visit the childrens kendo page for place availability).

Please let us know your age when you register your interest.

You will also be sent some additional forms which will need to be filled in before you attend the class 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.

the COURSE FOR 2020 IS NOW FULL.

If you wish to be considered for future courses please send us an email.

The course has a limit to the number of people we can receive, so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.


If you have a child who is 12 and under, please email us for details, as we can't always guarantee an immediate start. Visit the childrens kendo page.

If you already have over 6 months kendo experience, there is no need to take a beginners course.

All levels and grades are welcome.

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