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Find an Art

Firstly, are you looking for Kendo, Iaido or jodo?  Not sure?  You can read a full explanation about what each art is by clicking the links below, but, in brief:

  • Kendo meaning “Way of the Sword“, is a modern Japanese martial art of sword-fighting based on traditional Japanese swordsmanship, or Kenjutsu. Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines strong martial arts values with sport-like physical elements
  • Iaido is a Japanese martial art associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard, striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard.
  • Jodo meaning “the way of the jo“, is a Japanese martial art using short staffs called jo. The art is similar to bujutsu, and is strongly focused upon defense against the Japanese sword. The jo is a short staff, usually about 3 to 5 feet (0.9 to 1.5 m) long.

Find a Club

Right, now you’re in the picture about the three arts, have a look for a club near you.  Contact details for clubs can be found on the BKA’s dojo (club) listings:

If you have any questions, or you cannot contact a club, please ask on the forum and someone will help you.  Alternatively, see our contact page here.

Once you have joined a local club, you will need to join the British Kendo Association (BKA).  We provide insurance cover and other benefits, such as events and national seminars, competitions and gradings.

You might also like to use the graphic maps below to help you locate a club…

BKA Kendo MapBKA Iaido MapBKA Jodo Map