Who We Are?

The Aberdeen University Kendo club is a well-established club, off shooting from the Aberdeen City Kendo club founded by Kazuo Yamazaki Sensei (6th Dan) in 2004 alongside our annually hosted national competition, the Thistle Cup.

What is Kendo?

Kendo is a Japanese martial art that has its roots in the many schools of traditional samurai swordsmanship, or kenjutsu. It is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines strong budo values with sporting elements. Armed with a bamboo sword, called a shinai, and in protective armour (bogu), a kendo sparring match is like playing chess, a battle of wits, bluffs and double bluffs; a good Kendoka can manipulate their opponent to achieve victory.

Getting Involved.

We host 2 regularly scheduled training sessions per week and can attend an additional 2 sessions at the Aberdeen City club.

Our sessions:


King’s Pavilion, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3FX


Saturday 13:00 – 15:00 (Main Training Session, All Welcome)

Wednesday 17:00 – 18:30 (Experienced Members with bogu only)


City Club sessions:


Ruthrieston West Church, Broomhill Rd, Aberdeen, AB10 7LN


Tuesday 20:00 – 22:00 (All Welcome)

Friday 19:00 – 21:00 (All Welcome)


Do I need to be fit or have experience?

We train in a friendly and positive atmosphere and always welcome beginners. Don’t worry if you’ve never done a martial art before, never liked sport at school or don’t feel very fit. We try to pace the training to suit the people there, though we will try to push you.