Kendo is a martial art originating from Japan, descended from the traditional kenjutsu (swordmanship) techniques of the samurai. It involves striking various targets on an armoured opponent with a bamboo sword, without letting them do the same to you. It's a dynamic, full-contact martial art with emphasis upon speed, skill and technique; not purely strength. This allows men and women of any age to practice together on an equal footing. The UCL Kendo Club welcomes complete beginners along with experienced practitioners. We are a social and competitive club who frequent tournaments both nationally and internationally. If bashing people with bamboo sounds like your cup of tea, then sign up and join our sessions!

Details for our taster sessions will be posted in our Facebook group ( in the lead up to freshers' week.

Our training sessions during the term take place on:


Wednesdays 13:30-15:00 and Sundays 14:00-16:00: Mandela Studio in Bloomsbury fitness. 


Fridays 19:30-21:30: Pancras Square Leisure Centre

You can reach us at, or on our Facebook page linked below.

You can also check out our Instagram page,@uclkendoclub, for highlights from competitions, socials and other fun stuff.

This year the club is offering three membership tiers:

1. Taster (Free) - This membership tier adds you to our mailing list and allows access to taster sessions to give kendo a go. 

2. Beginner (£25) - This membership tier gives you all benefits of the free membership, plus access to beginners practice (Wednesdays/Sundays) at £3 per session, and in-person socials throughout the whole academic year. 

3. Experienced (£30) - This membership tier gives you access to in-person practice (Fridays) at £4 per session for students and £7 for alumni, and in-person socials throughout the whole academic year. You can also represent UCL at various kendo taikai. 

This Club is Pride in Sport Accredited


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