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Are you completely new to Kendo? If so, you will need to take a beginners course to get you started training with us. In that case, please continue reading below. On the other hand, if you already have some Kendo experience, do read the subsequent section on joining the club.

Beginners’ Courses

If you want to start kendo, we offer an 8-week beginners’ course every term. We supply all the equipment necessary to start, except clothing. You only need to bring a track-suit or loose fitting light-weight clothing, soap and towel. Please email start@kendo.co.uk to enquire. Courses will be at least 8 weeks, on Tuesdays from 6:40pm.

We will be running a beginners course over eight Tuesday evenings 7-9pm starting 24 January 2017. Please email to indicate interest. Registration for this course is now closed, but we will be running two further courses this year.

Courses fill quickly and enrolment is strictly on a first-come-first-served basis (on receipt of application form and fees), so book early. The application form can be completed here.

Remember that Kendo is a full contact physical activity and you should carefully read the section on risks. Any beginners with a special medical condition must follow the procedure outlined in the British Kendo Association’s Significant Medical Issues Policy, and provide a signed copy of the following notification and authorisation form.

The Beginners Course costs £150, which includes club membership fees for the duration of the course, British Kendo Association Temporary Membership (incl. insurance), instruction from experienced and fully qualified coaches, use of club equipment and a free shinai (bamboo sword) in week 4 of the course.

Those completing the course are welcome to join the club and participate in our regular practices. Kendo armour will be provided for the course, and new members can use club armour until they are ready to buy their own.

If you confirm your interest by email we will send you an information sheet and guidance notes. More information on courses can be found here.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Register for a Course

Joining Nenriki Kendo Club

Nenriki is a member’s club with an annual membership fee of £60 and charges for practice (Dojo fees) of £5 per session (visitors and members). Fees can be paid in many ways but standing orders are preferred as they reduce administration and consequently big discounts are given for payment in this way. A typical membership cost for twice per week is £25 per month including annual fee.

Nenriki does not have a separate Juniors section and we normally only accept Juniors aged 15 or above who are capable of joining practice with adults. We have many DBS (CRB) checked instructors but our child protection policy requires Juniors (aged 18 years or less) to be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

The club membership application form can be completed online here. Nenriki membership entitles you to train and use club equipment at the Dojo, and register with the BKA as a Nenriki member.

Membership of the British Kendo Association (the controlling body for Kendo in Britain) should be arranged separately. The current cost is about £45 p.a. or £30 for students/concessions. This will provide you insurance and permit you entry to a range of Kendo events (e.g. training camps, gradings and competitions).

More information on club membership can be found here.

Apply for a Membership