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Welcome to the British Kendo Association

The British Kendo Association (BKA) is the official governing body for Kendo, Iaido and Jodo in the UK.

The BKA was founded in 1964 as a non-profit making organisation to foster and develop the practice and spirit of Kendo, Iaido, and Jodo along traditional lines.

For more information on the BKA, please read the About Us section.

If you are interested in beginning Kendo, Iaido or Jodo please see the Starting section for more information and then look in Clubs for somewhere to practice near you.

Latest News

Kendo Beginner’s Guide (revised)

The 2nd edition of the Kendo Beginner’s Guide by Terry Holt, Sensei, Nanadan Renshi is available in the resources section. Here.



Jodo Summer Seminar Grading Questions

Please find attached the grading questions for the Jodo Summer Seminar.

Please be aware that answers should be received no later than 8th August 2014.

Jodo Grading Questions Summer 2014 (PDF)


Will be held on Saturday 9 August 2014 near Euston. Please email me at to book a place. The course is free to BKA members (up to 2 members from the same dojo can book on the course)

Refund Announcement

Attention Dojo Leaders!

The Central Services fund of the BKA pays for our insurance, central administration costs etc. We have more money that we need in this fund and we want to return it to you.  We can’t give it back to members directly and we have already reduced the CS element of the membership fee, so we want to pass about £25k back via dojos.  This works out at £14 for each art that a member practices at your dojo  Dojo leaders and secretaries will receive an email telling them how to claim the money in the next few days.

We will also be changing the process for dojo membership.  It will now be somewhat simpler and handled electronically rather than by mail.  We are also moving the renewal date to June, which means we will also be giving dojos a six-month payment holiday.  This is worth an additional £20 per dojo.

BKA Post-AGM Iaido and Jodo Koryu Seminar – 12th & 13th July 2014

Dear members,

We would like to invite you to the post-AGM Iaido and Jodo Koryu Seminar to be held on 12th & 13th July 2014.

Booking is now open for Sunday (no need to book for Saturday).

Please see the attached information pack below for seminar details:

BKA Post-AGM Iaido and Jodo Koryu Seminar 2014

Premier Cup Results 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM and congratulations to James Ogle who won the Premier Cup.

Premier Cup 2014