Welcome to the British Kendo Association

The British Kendo Association (BKA) is the official governing body for Kendo, Iaido and Jodo in the UK. The BKA was founded in 1964 as a non-profit making organisation to foster and develop the practice and spirit of Kendo, Iaido, and Jodo along traditional lines. For more information on the BKA, please read the ‘About us‘ section.

If you are interested in beginning Kendo, Iaido or Jodo please see the ‘Getting Started‘ section for more information and then look in Clubs for somewhere to practice near you.

RIP Geoffery Noel Salmon, Nanadan Kyoshi

Fellow Kendoka,

It is with deep sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Geoffery Noel Salmon, Nanadan Kyoshi. Geoff passed away peacefully, after a long illness, this afternoon, accompanied by his family. I know he will be sorely missed by members of the British Kendo Association and his many friends throughout the world. We will post more information when it becomes available.

Rest in peace Geoff, an outstanding Kendoka and my best friend.

John O’Sullivan

Referee Seminar

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Chris Buxton

It is with great sadness that we heard that Chris Buxton sensei passed away yesterday morning.

Though most of us were aware of his battle against pancreatic cancer it has come as an awful shock to realise how quickly the illness had developed.

After his initial interests in Karate and Kendo, Chris concentrated his energy on Iaido and Jodo. His gritty determination and hard work gained him Nanadan Kyoshi in both disciplines.

From the very beginnings of Eishinkan Dojo in North London, Chris was the backbone of the club where his special ability to reach beginners in a gentle, humorous, but effective manner was really appreciated by everyone who studied under him.

Chris’s scrupulous attention to detail and his absolute honesty and integrity made the Eishinkan Taikai the great highlight of the BKA year for many of us.

Our deepest condolences go out to his partner Margaret, and to his children Sam and Sophy.

Chris will be deeply missed, I’m sure, by everyone who knew him.

Jock Hopson

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