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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.

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Ozawa sensei Kendo Seminar 27th to 29th March

Book your place on the tenth annual Ozawa seminar by completing the application form at and sending it, along with your cheque, to the address listed.

The schedule will be as follows:

Friday 27th March: 7.30pm-9pm (£10) Saturday 28th March: 10am-4.30pm Sunday 29th March: 10am-4.30pm (£55 for Sat and Sun)

There will also be an optional kata taikai on Sunday afternoon.

We are pleased to announce that the teachers attending this year’s seminar include:

Hiroshi Ozawa (8 dan kyoshi), Tsuneho Takatera (8 dan kyoshi), Itaru Ninomiya (7 dan kyoshi)

Takatera sensei is a former member of the Japanese Imperial Guard, he visited the UK 15 years ago and was involved in coaching the UK squad.

Those of you who are interested in coming to the seminar will be required to attend both weekend days to experience the maximum benefit from the seminar content and Ozawa sensei’s teaching.

This is a popular seminar and places are limited, so please book early

Kendo Keiko Practice

A group of clubs, namely Shinbukan, Tsubaki, Shin Sei and Brighton have joined together to arrange a Keiko practice.

This will be a regular practice and will take place the last Sunday in every month at

The Leisure Centre Anderson Way, Horley RH6 8SP

Start at 4pm finish 5.30pm

The practice will be led by John Howell 7th dan sensei.

The first practice will be Sunday 25 Jan. Then every last Sunday in the month afterwards.

We would welcome anyone to come along and practice, people in armour only I am afraid.

There will be a nominal dojo fee of £3 to cover hall costs.

If any further information is required please ask any of the above dojo leaders

Terry Holt sensei

Terry Holt sensei’s cremation will take place on:

Saturday 31st January 2015 at 11:30 am

South West Middlesex Crematorium, Hounslow Road, Hanworth, Feltham, Middlesex. TW13 5JH

This will be followed by a Celebration of Terry’s life which will be held from 1.00 pm onwards at:

The Concert Hall, Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Middlesex. TW5 9PD

Details can be found at:

The family have asked that instead of flowers, a donation be made to Hammersmith Hospital/Imperial College for continued research using the link below:

Northern kendo seminar and dan examination ikkyu-yondan

Title: Northern seminar and dan examination ikkyu-yondan
Location: Scotstoun Leisure Centre, 72 Danes Drive, Glasgow G14 9HU
Description: The grading and seminar are now confirmed for the 21/22nd March.

The seminar venue is Scotstoun Leisure Centre, 72 Danes Drive, Glasgow G14 9HU and the venue for the Dan examination on 22nd March is at the same venue. and starts at 0900 finish 1200.
25% DISCOUNTED Registration for the seminar is on-line up until the 1st March (cost £25, £15 student and £10 Junior) via the BKA website, as well as booking for the grading on 22nd

Booking for the grading will NOT be available after the 1st March and the seminar cost will not be discounted after this date 

The seminar will be led by Mike Davis sensei 7-dan Kyoshi and assisted by;
John Hepburn sensei 6-dan Renshi
Gary O’Donnell sensei 6-dan Renshi
Gerry Kincaid sensei 6-dan Renshi
Steve Bishop sensei 6-dan.
Malcolm Goodwin sensei 6-dan

For any additional information please contact Gerry Kincaid e. m. 07831182001
Start Date: 2015-3-21
Start Time: 09:00
End Date: 2015-3-22
End Time: 12:00

Terry Holt Sensei

Fellow Kendoka and BKA members,

Sensei Terry Holt has been in hospital for the past few months and it is with great sadness that I have to report his passing this Monday the 12th January.

Sensei Holt has been the leader of Mumeishi dojo since the late 1970s and most of you will have participated in the Mumeishi 3s taikai at some time.

It is too early to get any details of the funeral arrangements at present but I will provide more detail at a later time.

I hope you will join me in sending our condolences to Sensei Terry’s family who will of course be devastated by this tragic event.


John O’Sullivan, BKA Kendo Bucho

Pre & Post Christmas practice – led by Geoff Salmon Sensei 7th Dan Kyoshi

You are invited to a pre & post Christmas bash. Sanshukan will practice from 8.30 to 10.00 on Tuesday 23rd and Tuesday 30th December. Both Geoff Salmon Sensei (7th Dan Kyoshi) & John O’Sullivan Sensei (6th Dan Renshi and Kendo Bucho) will be present. You can prepare for Christmas and recover from Christmas with us in Camberley – all invited, free.

Sanshukan Kendo Club Map