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Welcome to the website of Kaigan Dojo,  a traditional Japanese Sword School based in Broadstairs, Kent.

Sword Arts

We study and practice a number of traditional Sword Arts including:

  • Musō Jikiden Eishin-ryū
  • ZNKR Iaido Seitei Kata
  • Eishin Ryu Batto Ho
  • Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryū
  • Ono Ha Itto-ryū

Simply turn up in clothing that is easy to move in – a tracksuit or other martial arts uniform if you have one.  A Bokken (Wooden Practice Sword) will be provided for you to begin with.  Once you decide to take part you can purchase a bokken at low cost. If you practicewit us for a while you may think about getting a sword.  You will know when you are ready and we will make appropriate suggestions.  All blades are either wooden or blunt and need to be approved for use.  Please do not think a £20 wall hanger bought at a boot fair will do the job.  It won’t.


Unlike other Martial Arts, Iaido and Iaijutsu sword arts can be taken up by anyone at any age. In the main, it is a solo practice so this is not Kendo or fencing and you do not have to be super fit to take part.  It is suitable men, women, and children (at our discretion) or all ages.  There is alot of kneeling and movement from a kneeling positon but if this is an issue we do have standing variants that you can use.

We do have sessions for paired kata practice and also we do offer Test cutting practice after grading events.

Come and try us for free!

Simply turn up on thursday night and get your first session for free.

If you decide to stay weekly practice is £5


We belong to two martial arts organisations, the KNBK and the DNBK, who  provide the structure and syllabus for our sword studies.

Insured and Qualified

Our Instructors are fully insured and experienced to teach.