Lidstone Memorial Kyusha Taikai

Lidstone 2015

Every year, we celebrate the legacy of R.A. Lidstone who was one of the earliest Kendo teachers in Europe, leader of Nenriki Dojo from its inception in 1966 and a person who took particular interest in nurturing beginners.

The Taikai is specifically aimed at kendoka new to the art. All BKA Kyu grades with less than three years’ experience (not including the two year lockdown period of 2020 and 2021) are eligible to participate in the competition. There will be pools of “training Shiai” (Shiai Geiko) with advice on what to do in a Shiai environment. You will get lots of matches. The Taikai will follow afterwards and the day ends with open jigeiko for all – both participants and guests. Finally, there will be refreshments available in the Rising Sun opposite the school.

As always, Dan grades are also warmly invited to contribute their experience on a day dedicated to beginners. We should be most grateful for your help (instruction, refereeing etc) to make it a special day for the beginners. Please bring your bogu for the general practise at the end.

2023 Lidstone Memorial Kyusha Taikai, Nenriki Kendo Club.

Saturday 14 October 2023

11.00 AM

10.30 am Doors Open
11.00 -11.30 Sign in (Registration is online)
11.30 -11.45 Welcome Speech & orientation etc
11.45 – 13.15 Warm Up and Shiai Geiko
13.30 -17.00 Taikai
17.00-18:00 Jigeiko for Kyu grades and seniors
18.00-18:30 Prize giving/Closing address
18:30 Finish
19:00+ Refreshments in the Rising Sun, Harper Road SE1 6AQ


minimum age 18, Kyu grade with less than 3 years’ experience (not including the 2 year lockdown period of 2020 and 2021)

Entry fee:
£10. Payment instructions are given after registering. Please follow the instructions on the registration page.

Regisration Link:

Registration closes at 3pm 13th October 2023.

We look forward to seeing many of you there!