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 achieved at least the ranking of 5th Dan in kendo, have multiple years of kendo coaching experience, and have represented Ireland in multiple international competitions abroad.
At the end of our 10-week Kendo Beginners Course, you will be expected to:
Wednesday and Saturdays classes will follow the same curriculum. You can choose to attend once or twice a week (but we strongly encourage you to attend as much as possible). Please try to arrive early and be ready to start training at the times indicated below.
20:15 - 21:45
Marino Institute of Education,
13:30 - 15:00
The Ballybough Community
Youth & Sports Centre,
49 Ballybough Road,
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.
There are limited spaces in our Beginners Course. Registration is closed and we are fully booked.
You can sign-up for the course by submitting the form below and paying the registration fee upfront: 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.
The following are some recent clips from our seminars and public demonstrations.
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.
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.