Kodokan – Joining
The cost is £70 for seven introductory sessions (student rate: £60 for the course), including:
- NAKMAS membership/insurance cover.
- Shinai (Bamboo Sword).
- Carrying bag.
Please bring payment in cash as we we do not have the facilities to accept card / cheque payments.
Should you have previous experience or wish to join from another club, then there is an annual registration fee of £10 which applies to all members, juniors & adults alike.
If you decide to join after the induction course, then the Adult monthly membership fee is £44. This enables you to practice 15 times in a 5 week month or 12 times in a 4 week month. A Student membership is £34 per month. A Family membership with 1 Adult and 1 Junior member or more is £60. A Junior membership with 2 Junior’s or more is £44. Joint Adult membership where members are from the same family is £38 for each person. Standard junior membership is £27 per month.
Please note that if you only practice once a month or less, then the monthly membership fees remain the same.
Visitors are always welcome, but please notify us in advance of your intended visit. The visitors fee is £5 per session, if however you attend for 3 consecutive sessions and intend to practice further, then you will be required to join the club as a regular member.
Monthly membership payments are accepted by bank direct debit or standing order only.
Private tuition can also be arranged, prices are available on application.
The club pays for entry into competitions. Introductory booklet, club tenugui, do kamon (badge), usage of club armour are also provided and there are no charges for club gradings.
At Kodokan we operate a kyu grade system at club level: beginners and intermediary, Adults from 7th Kyu to 2nd Kyu and Juniors 12th kyu to 2nd kyu. This consists of learning the fundamentals of shinai and bokuto, practicing kata, uchikomi-geiko and Bokuto Ni Yoru Kendo Kihon-waza Keiko-ho, a method for teaching basics developed in Japan utilising a bokuto in shinai techniques. There is an explanation here on the website of: Mushinkan Kendo Dojo of Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
To take part in BKA events - seminars, competitions and grading - examinations 1st kyu to 5th Dan, Kodokan members are required also to be registered members of the BKA (details on how to join are available on request).
The BKA National grading level applies from 1st Kyu and above (Dan grades) the syllabus for all BKA gradings can be found here
A booklet written by Holt sensei of the Mumeishi Kendo Club is of valuable assistance to 'Beginners' and is available here: Beginners Guide
If you would like to register an interest in starting Kendo, Joining the club, just want to ask a question or to arrange a visit to Kodokan, then please fill in the form below and we will be happy to respond.