Beginners courses

Our spring 2024 beginners course is closed for registration. The next course will take place in the autumn.

Suitable for adults of all shapes and sizes, we run friendly kendo beginners’ courses at our dojos.

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 senior club members in a class of 10 to 20 students.

Our next course

Courses are for adults (18+) only. We regret that we cannot admit juniors.

Our spring 2024 course takes place in our Reading dojo.

It starts on Saturday 20 April and runs twice a week for 8 weeks.

View all session dates.

Health and safety

This is a close contact sport and will require you to be in physical contact with both your classmates and the sensai. 

To take part, you need to have had your COVID-19 vaccinations. We will accept those with a medical exemption.


The course fee is currently £100.

This includes:

  • session fees
  • a shinai (bamboo sword)

Before you begin your beginners course you will need to take out membership of the British Kendo Association. Temporary membership currently costs £10. Details will be sent to you when you sign up to the course.

This course is taking place in our Reading dojo.

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.

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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 beginners course pages: