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Beginners courses

If you would like to try kendo, please book onto one of our 8 week beginners courses using eventbrite

Beginners will initially be taught the following topics:

After completing the beginners course, students will continue learning more advanced techniques and learn the nihon kendo kata (traditional sword forms). Once sufficiently experienced, students will be encouraged to wear bogu to allow for full-contact technique practice and sparring. 


The beginners course costs £20 for 8 weeks and includes the cost of joining the British Kendo Association with a temporary membership (£10). Temporary membership of the BKA provides insurance cover for 3 months while you try out kendo. If you decide to upgrade to a full BKA membership after completing the beginners course then you will be asked to pay for the remainder of the year’s fees (less the joining fee)

Once the beginners course is complete you will be asked to pay the normal 'club members' rates of £20 a month or £7 a session.


If you would like to sign up, click here to register or use the embedded eventbrite booking form below.

Age requirements

Salisbury kendo club does not have a separate juniors class. However, we do welcome juniors aged 14 and over who are happy to practice with adults. If you are under the age of 18 and would like to attend one of our beginners courses, you will need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian for the first two sessions. This is to ensure both the junior and their parent/guardian have had an introduction to kendo, understand what it entails and are content for the junior to continue with the course. Our lead instructor and assisstant coaches hold enhanced DBS (CRB) checks in line with the British Kendo Association's child protection policy.

There is no maximum age limit!


Please wear loose, comfortable clothing such as a T-shirt and tracksuit bottoms or shorts. Kendo is practiced barefoot, so please ensure your toenails are not excessively long/sharp. The club will provide a shinai for you to use for the duration of the course. There is no need for beginners to buy a shinai or kendo uniform (kendogi and hakama) until after the course has finished.