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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.

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British Open Kendo Taikai 2014 (And Provisional Kata Taikai)

Title: British Open Kendo Taikai 2014 (And Provisional Kata Taikai)
Location: Q3 Academy, Wilderness Lane, Great Barr, West Midlands B43 7SD
Description: The event will take place at Q3 Academy

Wilderness Lane
Great Barr
West Midlands
B43 7SD

Registration 9.30
Keiko at 10.00
Competition start at 11.00.

1. Ladies event (all dan grades)
2. Junior event ages 14 to under 18 (all dan grades, but must be under 18 years on the day, 14/12/2013)
3. British Open Championship (all grades)

The Ladies event will commence at 10:00 followed by the juniors. The British Open Championship will take place after lunch at approximately 13:00.

Registration for BKA must be via the BKA electronic booking service ( before 7th December so that the draw can be taken in good time. Entry fees are £10 for Ladies event and British Open and £5 for Juniors. It will also be possible for Ladies and Juniors to enter the Open and their own competitions, in this case please choose an Open ticket and then add either Ladies or Junior option

Squad and squad potential members should be aware that this event takes place on a designated squad training day. Both BKA Squad Manager and Trainer will be in attendance and will critically appraise performance of all fighters on the day since they must select the squad in December.

Details on Kata Taikai still to be confirmed
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2015-12-13
End Time: 17:00

L1 Coaching Course (Jodo & Iaido)

The BKA is pleased to announce a Level 1 coaching course for both Jodo and Iaido. The course is also open to Kendo members to attend.

The course will be led by

Anna Stone – Iaido Regional Coach

Martin Clark – Coaching Development Officer


The course will run from 10:00 – 17:00.


Oakfield community primary school, Dartford, Kent, DA1 2SW


Step 1. You will need to register for the course on the online booking system. Please see the “BKA Members” box below for how to register. The application system will close 2 weeks before the course as you will probably need this time to prepare.

Step 2. You will need to contact the Coaching Development Officer to get your pre-course notes as there is pre-course work that you will need to do. Contact Martin Clark at

Step 3. You will need to have completed the pre-course work by the time of the course.


Tea and coffee facilities will be available but please bring lunch.

The Day involves a teaching session so it is advisable to wear loose clothing.


Hakama may be worn but is not essential. Please bring Bokken/Jo as appropriate for the teaching session.

The Course.

The L1 course is aimed at those wishing to step up to the role of assistant coach and Dojo Leader. It focuses on the Roles and Qualities these persons play in the Dojo It reinforces the ideals of correct practice, Health and Safety and duty of care. It also lays out the minimum requirements for you to fulfil these positions with a view to Risk assessment, must haves for Coaches, Dojo Administration and begins to focus on the importance of how teaching happens and how you go about teaching others, including warming up and cooling down

BKA Members

Please book onto this event through the online booking system by going through your account at

1. Log on using your username and password.

2. Click on “Book Events” in the links on the left of the page.

3. Find the event that you wish to book onto.

4. Click on the drop-down menu for booking details and select the appropriate option.

5. Select Gradings and Options if you need to.

6. Click on “Book”

7. You will be taken to the payment page where you can process your payment.

Please make sure that you have booked:

1. The right seminar booking.

2. The correct grading if you are grading.

If you have any problems with the online booking system, please contact Rob Sidoli at

Darlington Seminar – Sayonara party

Can all members who are attending the Iaido and Jodo seminar please note that there is a Sayonara party on Saturday 22nd starting at 7.30 at the Farmhouse in Darlington.

The restaurant has been used before and Morita Sensei noted it served the best food he has eaten in England.

Anyone who is interested in attending needs to go to the following webpage and select their meal options beforeWednesday 19.11.14 so that the restaurant can ensure that everyone eats at the same time.

The menu can be accessed via this link;   and select the second Adobe link down for Main menu.

When you know what you would like please send a text to Lee Mountain on 07887 756488 with the following details

Name; meal choices.

It would be appreciated if one person from each dojo can collate choices from their dojo members and text Lee in one go.

He will then submit the order direct to the venue and ensure we all eat together in the same place at the same time

Lee Mountain

Northern Seminar event organiser




Please answer the following questions as required for your grade. You may use illustrations to emphasise your point. Please however try to restrict your response to no more than four sides of A4. To be returned by email to Dave Fanning at: arriving no later than Sunday 9th November.

Please put your name, grade you are attempting and seminar in the subject heading of your email to help me file answers as they arrive.

Thank you

Shodan and Nidan

These questions should be answerable from the Seitei Iaido Manual or from asking one’s Sempai/Sensei.

1) Draw a plan illustrating a traditional Japanese dojo, naming the important areas/sides.

2) How is the direction of a cut (hasuji) established when drawing the sword?

3) What is meant by “hiki nuki”?

4) What is meant by “shu ha ri”, with particular relevance to studying iaido?

5) What is the minimum recommended distance between yourself and your nearest neighbour when training?

Sandan and Yondan

These questions should be answerable from research from the Seitei Iaido Manual, one’s own sensei and

other external sources such as books, the internet, other senior teachers.

1) Using diagrams, illustrate the various foot positions occurring in Seiteigata 8, Ganmen Ate.

2) Explain what is meant by Ma and Maai.

3) Explain the meaning of the following terms when used in an iaido competition: aka; shiai jo; shiro; shobu ari.

4) What are the four grading points for Seiteigata 9, Soete Tsuki?

5) Explain the difference between saya biki and saya banare.

2014 Northern Seminar Jodo Grading Questions

Please find attached the grading questions for the 2014 Northern Seminar:

Jodo Grading Questions Northern 2014 (DOC)

Obituary – Mike Kellet

Mike Kellet passed away peacefully on Saturday 10th October 2014 after a brief illness.

Mike had been a student of Iaido for many years and he was a highly esteemed colleague and dojo leader of Taigakai Chelmsford. He achieved the rank of godan and was working for his rokudan when he fell ill. Mike’s patience and his dry sense of humour, inside and outside the dojo, will be remembered by all who knew him and had the privilege to work with him. His passing leaves a hole which will not be easy to fill and we will remember him with fondness and gratitude. Mike was a hard worker and always ready to assist others despite his illness.Mike was a fighter and even when he knew his time was drawing to an end he came to one last summer seminar to say his goodbyes.

Mike’s funeral will be held on Wednesday 29th October at 12.15pm, at the Parndon Wood Crematorium, Parndon Wood Road, Harlow, Essex CM19 4SF. This will be followed by a celebration of his life at the Lion and Lamb Public House, Stortford Rd, Little Canfield, Dunmow, Essex CM6 1SR. All are very welcome to join us as this is not just for his family but for everyone who knew and loved him.

Flowers or donations to St Clare’s Hospice are very welcome, and should be sent to the undertakers, Daniel Robinson, at 79-81 South St, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 3AL. Alternatively cheques can be collected on the day.