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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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The Sir Frank Bowden Memorial Taikai will consist of teams of 5 players aged 18 years of age and above, a minimum of 3 persons being registered to the same Dojo or club within the British Kendo Association. To cater for smaller clubs who may not have sufficient registered members to take part, the other two team members can be either BKA dojo members or any other BKA members.

Pool and knock out systems will be decided by the Kendo Bu and IKF/EKF rules will apply. However, the use of Tsuki will not be permitted in mixed male and female matches except a match involving a Jodan or Nito player. Qualifying age is taken from the 1st January of the year of competition. All participants must be fully paid up members of the BKA prior to the date of the Taikai and may be required to supply their BKA membership number at registration.

Team entry fee will be £30 per team and should be booked and paid by a team representative through the BKA online booking system by going through your account at

The ladies attending squad training will be holding a cake sale in an effort to raise funds for next years WKC in Japan. Those of you who were at the Tonbo cup in Bolton last month will know that we’re pretty good bakers, so bring some cash for cakes!

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.

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