Category: Martial Arts


Kendo is a Japanese martial art that teaches traditional swordsmanship using bamboo swords and body armour. We are a beginner-friendly club so come along and try it for yourself!

This ancient martial art was passed down through centuries of civil strife between the ruling Samurai classes of medieval Japan. Kendo players wear tough body armour and use bamboo swords in lieu of the steel blades used in ancient times.

Imperial College Kendo Club is now in its 25th year with a glorious history. As a member, you will get the chance to compete in official British Kendo Association tournaments and attend various Japanese cultural events during the year.

There is even an opportunity of joining a kendo trip to Japan with club members together. To see our recent Japan Trip 2023 video, click here !

Session Time 2023-2024

Beginner session : Wednesday 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Union Dining Hall)
Experienced session : Thursday 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Activity Space 2)
Mixed session (Student-led) : Saturday 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Activity Space 2)

The session time might sometimes be changed due to room booking or other similar issues. Therefore, please join our mailing list for weekly update on our practice arrangement.

ATTENTION : If you are a complete beginner (which refers to those who never came to our previous sessions before or have missed most of them), you will be asked to attend our Saturday Session first to catch up on our progress before you come to the later beginner sessions!

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Only available to members of Imperial College Union and Imperial Athletes.


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