Queen Mary Kendo Club, established in 2007, is open to everyone aged 18 and above.

We are based in the QMotion Sports Hall (432 Bancroft Rd, London E1 4DH) at Queen Mary, University of London.

Our goal as a club is to take people who are complete beginners to kendo and give them the skills to be able to practice kendo anywhere in the world safely and confidently.

We aim to teach a balanced view of the martial art, encouraging not only its sporting and competitive aspects but also a deeper, more introspective way of challenging your own mental and physical habits.

Practices are all free with an annual membership fee of only £50 for students and jobseekers, and £60 if you are currently employed full-time. Single term memberships are also available with £30 for students and jobseekers and £40 if you're employed full-time.

Beginners are welcome at any point of the academic year.

Training/Taster Session

  • Training sessions take place on Saturdays 4 - 6pm in Qmotion
  • Every person’s first practice is their free trial session
  • A brief verbal introduction to Kendo and the basic commands and expectations with a club member and then join in with the group practice
  • They should bring loose fitting clothes to train in and ID for the gym
  • After the trial session they should pay membership to continue practicing


  • Loose clothing, preferably hakama and gi and a Shinai
  • Shinais (bamboo swords) are provided but personal one preferred

Commitment levels required:

  • Attendance at all sessions is not required but is in the interest of the member. Competition participation is entirely voluntary


University Taikai, London Cup, Lidstone Taikai

Competition dates are available on the BKA website and change are updated as competitions come up.

How do new members join?

  1. Like the Facebook page and/or get in contact with the club committee members.
  2. Attend the taster session - this first session is free!
  3. Purchase your subs - at the Hub (Mile End), BLSA reception (Whitechapel) or online.
  4. Enjoy! Take part in the sessions, and compete in the matches.

Personal Fitness

QMSU offers a gym on the Mile End campus, Qmotion, as well as a sister-gym in Charterhouse Square, Fitness to Practice, both with competitive student membership rates. This is ideal for students who want to purchase a gym membership - which is separate from a Club Sport subs - to improve and maintain peak physical fitness.

With every gym membership, you get a free 60 minute one-to-one session with trained instructors which includes:

  • A personalised gym programme tailored to your own fitness goals;
  • A full demonstration of exercise and techniques, and guidance on resistance machines;
  • Information and advice on nutrition;
  • A 60 minute review session every 6-8 weeks to re-evaluate and re-customise a new programme to avoid plateaus.

Contact Details

President - Marvin Urban

Captain- Samson Liu

Treasurer- Eleanor Maynard

Welfare Officer- Ka Young Choi

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