Beginners courses

Suitable for adults of all shapes and sizes, we run friendly kendo beginners’ courses at Kendrick School in central Reading.

Our courses are designed to start you out in kendo, taking you to the point where you can wear armour and take part in regular sessions. You shouldn’t expect to become a kendo expert from this course. It’s about working towards key fundamentals so you are able to join the main class and continue your learning.

During the course we will cover:

  • kendo etiquette
  • basic strikes
  • basic footwork
  • getting your arms and feet working together

You will be taught by Andrew Dean (4th Dan) and Philip Cox (4th Dan) in a class of around 10 students.

Our next course

Our next course will start on 29 February 2020. It will run on Tuesdays and Saturdays:

  • Tuesdays, 8pm to 10pm
  • Saturdays, midday to 3pm

View a full list of dates for this course.

Courses are for adults (18+) only. We regret that we do not have the capacity to admit juniors.


The course fee is currently £90 (£60 for students).

This includes:

  • session fees
  • a shinai (bamboo sword)
  • 3-month membership of the British Kendo Association

Sign up and reserve your place

To reserve a place, please use our online forms to sign up and make payment.

You can either pay a non-refundable deposit, and the balance before starting the class, or pay the full amount upfront. 

Paying the remainder

You can pay the remainder of your balance on the day in cash or use our forms.

Arrange a visit

If you are not sure you are ready to reserve your place, why not get in touch to arrange a visit to the dojo to find out more.

Email us at

You can also watch our beginners course video to see the kind of thing we get up to on the course!

You might also like to look at our other beginner course pages: