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Founded in 1973 by Sam McKay Sensei, Kensaki is Scotland’s oldest school of the Japanese sword and specialises in the Japanese sword school of “Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu” . Thomas Peebles Sensei (3rd dan Iaido) took over from Sam and maintained the club until passing its management to Donald Gordon (4th dan Iaido, 3rd dan Kendo) in 2014, The dojo is now run by Robert Boyd (3rd Dan Iaido) who took over as Sensei in late 2017. Kensaki is now viewed throughout the BKA and further afield to be an active and progressive dojo who have had 3 members represent the UK at the European Iaido Championships and much success at the UK national championships.
The Scottish and UK governments acknowledge Kensaki through membership of the British Kendo Association.
Our Patron is His Excellency, The Japanese Ambassador.
Our instructors are experienced, fun to work with completely professional and offer their services without payment. We understand it takes time to learn new skills. We also accept that you will not be able to attend every training session and understand that family and work activities come first.
Training starts slowly with advice and guidance focusing upon correct form and technique. Later as you progress you can consider entering competitions and taking a grading, however this is not compulsory. Age for training starts from 13 years old as long as a parent is in attendance onwards equipment is provided for beginners, and classes are £15 per month to be sure to allow all to take part in our art without breaking the bank. Be sure to view our contact page for addresses and times.
“With the cold, mirror-like glimmer of the blade facing you, you cannot but be serious.” — Nakayama Hakudō, Founder. 20th Century, Japan.
“Just as one man can beat ten, so a hundred men can beat a thousand, and a thousand can beat ten thousand.” — Miyamoto Musashi , Master Swordsman, 17th Century, Japan.