'Setsuko Kobayashi Eikoku Fine Ladies Kendo Seminar' with Mayumi Inoue Kyoshi Nanadan & Kazuyo Matsuda Renshi Nanadan 22-24 June 2018

About the Seminar

The 12th Ladies Kendo Seminar organised and hosted by Kodokan. This year we will continue to study the particular issues found in female kendo and learn how to overcome the associated problems following on from last year's seminar lead by Inoue sensei and Matsuda sensei.

The event attracts female kenshi from all over Europe. We focus on the female kendo whilst practising basic and advanced exercises, with the main theme being the Kobayashi Method throughout the seminar.

Kobayashi sensei came to the UK and ran the first Fine Ladies Kendo Seminar in 2012, and we have been practising this 'Kobayashi Method' - a method developed specially for female kenshi - ever since.

We attract females of all ages from teenagers to well into their 60s whereas back in Tokyo where Kobayashi sensei teaches, there are older female kenshi in their 70s training together, proving that the Kobayashi Method works for all age groups. We seem to have regular attendees now, but newcomers are also warmly welcome. Friday is a mixed session, but both Saturday and Sunday will be strictly female only. So if your husband or boyfriend is interested in joining this is the time to join. You will enjoy this special occasion. Saturday evening is a party - female only as well!

It is undoubtedly the most significant female kendo event in the UK for many years.

Mayumi Inoue sensei, had taught kendo at Senshu University for decades and has been Setsuko Kobayashi sensei's assistant teacher for many years and has also previously run this seminar firstly since 2013 following Kobayashi sensei's first visit. She also supports Kazyuyo Matsuda as a strong kendoka who is passionate about female kendo and its development both now and for the future. Kazuyo Matsuda has been entrusted by Kobayashi sensei to represent her method here in the UK and Europe because female kenshi learn kendo differently and for female students, it is essential to have leading examples in ladies kendo. This year the two teachers will jointly run the seminar again, and there will be the further steps from the basic Kobayashi methods that you have learned in previous years.

About Setsuko Kobayashi sensei


Setsuko Kobayashi sensei is one of the pioneers of the female kendo in the history. Being 79 years old she is a full time Kendo teacher in Tokyo, especially popular amongst female kendoka still today.

She was the winner of the first and second All Japan Ladies Kendo Championships (1962 & 63) and is the second female kendoka passing 7th dan in the history. She is the oldest of four daughters of the Yaginuma clan. Her father was also a well-known kendo teacher. She has lived in the kendo world before and after World War II and has practised kendo for 74 years...

Article : Setsuko Kobayashi Sensei by Ozawa sensei.



Friday 22nd June: 19.30- 21:30 : Evening session
Evening session (mixed session with both male and female)

Saturday 23th June: 11:30-18:30 :  All Day Seminar
including Kobayashi method, grading practice and kata

Sunday 24th June: 9:30-14:00 :The 6th Setsuko Kobayashi Cup
(Ladies Kendo Championship) followed by summary of Kobayashi method and Jigeiko

Venue on Friday and Saturday:
Kodokan dojo
Unit 3
Rembrandt House
400 Whippendell Road
WD18 7PG

Venue on Sunday
Westfield Community Sports Centre
Tolpits Lane,
WD18 6NS
Tel: 01923 245529

Seminar open to:

Minimum age 14 years old female (for 17 and younger junior a signed parent's consent form is required)


Bank Transfer

Bank: Barclays. The Chiltern Group. Acc Name: Kodokan Kendo Club. Acc No. 80555525

Sort code: 20-02-06. IBAN GB13 BARC 2002 0680 5555 25. SWIFTBIC BARCGB22

Account: Kodokan Kendo Club.
Email ID: info.kodokan@yahoo.com

All bank charges to be paid by the applicant