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Registration for the June Kendo Beginners Course is OPEN!

Unleash Your Inner Samurai with our 10-Week Beginners Course Starting  June 15th 2024!

The Way of the Japanese Sword

Kendo means "Way of the Sword". It is a traditional Japanese martial art of sword-fighting which was developed as a safe way for Samurai to practice their swordsmanship.

Dublin Kendo Kobukai is offering a 10-week introductory course to kendo, with the aim of kickstarting your kendo journey. The Beginners Course is intended for practitioners with no prior experience in kendo aged 16 and above (participants under 18 years of age require authorisation from a parent or guardian to enroll).

All of the instructors in our Beginners Course have multiple years of kendo coaching experience, and have represented Ireland in multiple international competitions abroad.

What You'll Learn

At the end of our 10-week Kendo Beginners Course, you will be expected to:

  • Understand and demonstrate fundamental aspects of reiho (etiquette)
  • Have learned basic kendo terminology
  • Show good posture and proper kendo footwork
  • Execute some of the most essential attacking techniques (waza) in kendo
  • Be able to complete key kendo training exercises (e.g. kirikaeshi)
  • Be ready to take your first kendo grading examination
  • And to progress to our regular kendo classes!

The 10-week Kendo Beginners Course Starts Saturday, 15th June 2024

The Beginners Course takes place on Saturdays, from June 15th to August 17th 2024. A final grading examination will take place on August 24th, 2024. Please try to arrive early and be ready to start training at the times indicated below.


13:30 - 15:00

The Ballybough Community

Youth & Sports Centre,

49 Ballybough Road,


Dublin 3

Preparation and Equipment

The Beginners Course requires no prior preparation, but we encourage you to read up on kendo in advance of your first class - you can find more information on this website! Please be aware that while this course is directed at beginners, kendo is still a full-contact physical activity, and therefore you should inform yourself of the risks involved (particularly if you have any existing medical conditions).

Dublin Kendo Kobukai will provide you with all the equipment needed for the Beginners Course, and we recommend that you attend practice in comfortable sports clothing. There are changing facilities at all of our training locations.

Registration & Fees

There are limited spaces in our Beginners Course, and registrations will close on June 10th, or earlier if we hit our maximum limit. You can sign-up for the course by submitting the form below and paying the registration fee upfront:

  • Ordinary price: €80
  • Discounted price (students or unwaged): €60

Payment instructions are provided in the registration form. You will receive confirmation of your registration prior to the start of the course, in addition to a complete outline of the course.

Registration for the June Kendo Beginners Course is Now Open!

Check out some our Dojo Videos!

The following are some recent clips from our seminars and public demonstrations. 

Irish Kendo: 20 Years in the Making

Taking a behind the scenes look at the recent Kendo Seminar, part of the 20 year anniversary celebrations. You'll see some great Kendo, great instruction, and even greater friendships. 

A Journey in Irish Women's Kendo. (IMAC documentary)

An inspirational mini-documentary from the Irish Martial Arts Commission on Dublin Kendo Kobukai member Sophie on her journey from beginner to International Team Captain.

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