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Next Beginners ​Course starting ​20th August 2024

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Kendo is a modern Japanese martial art that focuses on the use of the Japanese sword.

Kendo practitioners engage in sparring, compete in tournaments, and follow a grading system based on skill and experience.

Kendo is both a martial art and a path to self-improvement and is practiced by people of all ages and backgrounds worldwide.

5 reasons to start kendo


Fun and Challenge

Using traditional Japanese weapons and armour we use dynamic drills and sparring to improve technical expertise, precision and strategic thinking. This offers a lifelong journey of self improvement making kendo both rewarding and fun.


Physical Fitness

Kendo is a physically demanding martial art that can improve your strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health. Regular Kendo training can help with weight management and assist in achieving a healthy body.


Mental Health

Kendo promotes mental discipline, concentration, and the ability to remain calm under pressure. Focusing on training can help alleviate daily stress and is great way to reduce anxiety and improve confidence.



Kendo dojos offer more than just a place to practice martial arts; they provide a supportive community that nurtures mentorship, and builds friendships. Aberdeen Kendo Club has frequent socials and attends events across the country providing opportunities for socialising and meeting new people.


Cultural Connections

Kendo is deeply rooted in Japanese culture and history. Learning Kendo provides an opportunity to explore Japanese traditions, etiquette, and philosophy. Aberdeen Kendo Club is proud to have extensive connections in Japan with many members having travelled and trained there.

Beginners Course

The Beginners Course is your first step in learning Kendo, a ​modern Japanese martial art which originated from the ​swordsmanship (kenjutsu) of the samurai. In this 8 weeks ​structured course you will develop basic skills and begin to ​practice with instructors and other students in armour. The ​beginners course is open to everyone aged 15 or older.

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Time and Location

Aberdeen Kendo Club has training three times per week at Cults Sports Complex.

Tuesday - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Friday - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Sunday (Seniors Only) - 10:30 am to 11:30 am


    • One off membership fee: Adults £60/Concession £30
    • Monthly training fee: £30 per month (equivalent to less than £2.50 per session)
    • Concession monthly training fee: £15 per month (equivalent to less than £1.25 per session)
    • Visitors: Visitor’s from other clubs are welcome to train with us - please ensure you have up to date insurance.

Concession membership is available for Under 18s and students.

If fees are a barrier to joining Aberdeen Kendo Club please contact us to discuss payment options and discounts.

BKA Insurance

British Kendo Association (BKA) insurance is required as soon as you start training. As well as insurance for training, seminars and competitions, the insurance will give you eligibility for gradings. Check current prices at the BKA Membership fees page.

CLub History

Aberdeen Kendo Club was founded by Kazuo Yamazaki Sensei (7th Dan) in March of 2004. Yamazaki Sensei currently lives in Tokyo Japan and regularly visits Aberdeen to host the Annual Thistle Cup Competition and conduct seminars.

meet our coaches

Sophie MacLean

Sophie (Kendo 4th ​Dan) has been ​practising kendo with ​Aberdeen Kendo Club ​since 2008.

Andrew MacLean

Andrew (Kendo 3rd ​Dan) has been ​practising kendo with ​Aberdeen Kendo Club ​since 2015.

AKC coaches have completed coaching qualifications from the British Kendo Association and hold first aid and PVG ​(DBS) certificates.


Cults Sports Complex, 4 Quarry Rd, Cults, Aberdeen AB15 9TP

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Training Times

Tuesday and Friday

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Sunday (seniors only)

10:30 am to 11:30 am

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