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 several 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 autumn 2022 course starts on Saturday 17 September and will run for 8 weeks. Classes take place twice a week, alongside our regular practices. You should aim to attend as many sessions as possible during the course.

Classes are twice weekly on:

  • Tuesdays, 8pm to 10pm
  • Saturdays, 12pm to 3pm

Health and safety during the pandemic

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 both your COVID-19 vaccinations. We will accept those with a medical exemption.

Please read and familiarise yourself with our health and safety guidelines.


The course fee is currently £100 (£70 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.

Pay the remainder

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: