Kendo is the Japanese art of fencing and is a very lively and physical activity, promoting discipline, etiquette, confidence, fair play and good posture; as well as fostering a considerate, yet serious, attitude towards others.
Kendo is a full contact practice, and is deeply rooted in Japanese culture and tradition. We recognise this cultural heritage and teach kendo using traditional methods. This means that all students must follow a particular etiquette and set of rules.
Kendo starts with respect and ends with respect, therefore the discipline in kendo is of great importance, encouraging the development of emotional and social skills, as well as technical development in kendo through drills and exercises.
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 Zen Nihon Kendo Remnei in Japan (ZNKR/AJKF).
The club was formed in Surrey in January 2012 in order to offer traditional Japanese fencing to the local area aimed principally at children and young adults. As the club developed we attracted numerous adults, both beginners and experienced players, so it was around this mix of skill levels and range of ages that Tsubaki Kendo Club grew (we currently have a membership of over 60 individuals).
Today we have a strong youth and adult membership, with numerous families practicing together, so the environment is very much one of learning and nurturing through the study of kendo.
The Wednesday evening class is for those with kendo armour and over 18, offering more opportunity for individuals to advance their kendo further.
The instructors vary in experience – from many years training in Japan, to many years training in the UK. We also benefit from a resident kyoshi 7th dan at the club who is internationally recognised.
Most of the seniors supplement their training by practicing at other clubs in order to maintain and develop their own levels, and they benefit from high-level instruction which is passed on to the club as a whole.
Tsubaki also benefits from visiting 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Dan sensei from the UK, Korea and Japan, which inspires and develops Tsubaki's club members.
Members also practice at Minami Kenyukai, giving the club a competitive edge, but also a serious side for those who do not want to compete in tournaments.
We also run an internal taikai (competition) to give all members the experience of competing and performing in front of others to develop confidence in daily life as well as for competition and gradings.
Members are split into 8 teams that they stay in for the year, and a trophy is given out at the end of the year to the winners. The taikai is officiated by senior members and guest teachers from both the UK and Japan.
A beginners 8 week course is run once a year for those who have a desire to learn.
The course is the only way we accept new inexperienced members from 13 years old and up, so If you are interested, please get in-touch. Details can be found here.
(12 year olds and under are accepted into the main class, but please check here first for spaces).
You are never too old, or too young, to start kendo –
as long as you are 7 and over!
Tsubaki Kendo Club caters for ages from 7 years up to 70 years. The environment is friendly, lively, but with a serious emphasis on learning traditional Japanese fencing.
Tsubaki places specific emphasis on the basics and is therefore very suitable for all beginners and juniors under 18. Advanced students are welcome to join us at any time, and can benefit from experienced instruction, and join us for our keiko session.
Tsubaki has it’s own grading syllabus for members under 1st kyu which we award certificates for through-out the year. From 1st kyu, members attend national gradings, one of which we host each autumn, and we are fortunate to have students at various levels of dan-grade.
We also welcome various guest instructors that visit the club from time-to-time, ranging from 4th dan up to 7th dan from the UK, Korea and Japan.
The instructors are a fully paid up members of the BKA, CRB/DBS checked and insured to instruct, and holding a BKA coaching qualification.
If you have any concerns, questions or interest in kendo for kids – or yourselves – please contact us.
ALL children and adults, must join the BKA. This is not included in any fees payable to Tsubaki.
We request that parents remain while children under 13 years of age participate in kendo practice, and ask that non-practicing siblings are kept with a parent, or preferably, not brought to the club sessions.
We run regular Health & Safety checks on the area of practice. A basic medical kit is kept at the dojo.
Please inform us of any medical conditions that may be aggrevated by strenuous exercise.
Please note, we can NOT administer medication of any kind.
You will find the BKA's policies on various issues, as well as the BKA child protection policy and H&S within their Resources section.
Joining a kendo class is very simple,
but there are fees to pay
Tsubaki fees are paid monthly for members, or by session for non-members.
Tsubaki member fees:
First class for prospective members only: FREE
Tsubaki Joining fee: £20.
Monthly practice fee for Members only: Over 17s - £35; Under 17s - £25
Fees are payable by standing order only. In a 4 week month = 8 sessions; 5 week month = 9/10 sessions.
Beginners 8 week course (13 years old and over): £75 payable by PayPal in advance – ask for details.
Club member gradings: These are 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.
International gradings (ZNKR and EKF/FIK): To grade overseas, permission must be sought from the BKA.
On joining, you will receive the clubs bank details in order to setup the standing order.
In addition there is a one-off joining fee to the Tsubaki Kendo Club.
Seperately, you must join the BKA via their online membership page (link below), which is the insurance and governing body, part of the EKF/FIK and the main Japanese kendo organisation – Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei (ZNKR/AJKF).
You will eventually need to buy your own shinai and a blue kendo-gi (jacket) and hakama (bottoms).
In time, and at the discretion of the instructors, you will be asked to purchase and use armour.
If we have spare kits, these are rentable, or buy your own, but wait until you are asked to do so.
BKA membership fees must be up-to-date. See below for the link. Sorry, but NO insurance, NO practice.
Non-member or visitor fees: Sunday £8; and Wednesday £5.
5th Dan and above – No charge.
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