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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 Seminar With Iwanami Sensei

Iwanami-sensei, kyoshi 7-dan of the Kanagawa Police, will be joined by Abe Koki (6-dan) and Komori Motohiko (6-dan).


Saturday 16th March, 9am to 4:30pm at Headington Girls School, Headington Road, Oxford OX3 7TD.

Sunday 17th March, 12:30pm to 6:30 pm, Q3 Academy, Wilderness Lane, Birmingham B43 7SD.

The registration link is being hosted on the website of Oxford Dojo (

Seminar and open keiko information and pricing is set out below:

Thursday 12th March: Open practice at West Oxford Community Centre. 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Saturday 14th March: SEMINAR DAY 1 at Headington Girls’ School, Oxford. 9:00AM – 4:30PM

Sunday 15th March: SEMINAR DAY 2 at Q3 Academy, Birmingham. 12:30PM – 18:30PM

Monday 16th March: Open practice with Shozankan dojo. Oakenshaw Community Centre, Castleditch Lane, Redditch, B98 7YB. 7pm to 9pm.

Prices for seminar:

Saturday ONLY (Oxford): £25 (on-the-door price £30)

Sunday ONLY (Shozankan, Birmingham): £25 (on-the-door price £30)

Saturday AND Sunday: £40

Price for Juniors Sunday Seminar (12:30PM-2:00PM). JUNIORS PRACTICE IS FREE

Prices for open practice:

Thursday (Oxford): £6 (Students), £8 (Non-Students)

Monday (Shozankan, Birmingham): £6 (Students), £8 (Non-Students)

Best regards,

Nigel Collins
Shozankan Dojo

BKA Jodo Spring Seminar & Grading – 7th & 8th March 2015

Dear members,
We would like to invite you to the Spring Jodo Seminar and Grading to be held on 7th & 8th March 2015 at

Biddenham International School and Sports College
Biddenham Turn
Bedford MK40 4AZ

Booking is now open.

Please see the attached information packs below for seminar details:

BKA Spring Jodo Seminar & Grading 2015 (DOC)

BKA Spring Jodo Seminar & Grading 2015 (PDF)

BKA Iaido Kyoshi results

The BKA is very pleased to announce that the following nanadan sensei have passed the Iaido Kyoshi examination and have therefore been awarded the rank of Kyoshi:

Victor Cook

Chris Mansfield

Leonard Bean

Fay Goodman

Chris Buxton

Peter West

Jock Hopson sensei (who already holds the rank of Iaido Kyoshi) also sat the exam to help with the evaluation process of the BKA’s first Kyoshi exam.

The BKA would like to thank those involved in setting up the Shogo policy and Iaido Kyoshi exam, the invigilators, markers and the Shogo sub-committee for all their hard work.

Congratulations to 2 new GB 7th Dan kendoka

Congratulations to O’Sullivan sensei and Hiyama sensei at having achieved 7th dan grade in Brussels today, 1st February 2015!

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