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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

Jodo Kangeiko 2015

Please find attached the flyer for the 2015 Jodo Kangeiko

Jodo Kangeiko 2015

GB Referee!

Congratulations to Geoff Salmon Sensei, who has been chosen to referee at the next 16th World Kendo Championship in Japan. The 16th World Kendo Championships will be held in 2015 at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, Friday 29 May to Sunday 31st May.

Terry Holt Sensei

Kendo Friends,

Holt Sensei has been Critical in Hospital ICU heavily sedated for past 2 weeks and is undergoing a course of treatment to bring his condition under control.

He is making very small steps, but has a very long road ahead.

The family would like to thank everyone for all their continued support and wishes over the past few weeks.

Holt Family

British Open Kendo Taikai 2014

Title: British Open Kendo Taikai 2014
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.

Due to last minute requests the Brintish Open Kendo Taikai will remain open for booking until Thursday 11th
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