Ojika NI has been registered with the British Kendo Association and has been hosting Kendo training since February 2012. The dojo has grown well and already has around 20 active members. Kendo is the principle martial art practised at Ojika NI

With the support of members of our sister club Ojika Newcastle (Upon Tyne), kendoka in the Irish Republic and other guest sensei, it can only get better.

Kendo is a full contact martial art. Although practitioners are able to take part from relatively young ages well into their senior years. If you have any concerns regarding this but are interested in participating please do get in touch with us.

Our club is run on a non- profit basis although a small fee would be due per session or per month to cover the costs of running the club. It also allows for events to be  held or attended which are to the benefit of the club as a whole.

If you’re interested in starting Kendo the first session is always on us, so please do come down to try it out. You will be most welcome.

If you live in Northern Ireland and are interested in starting Kendo or even just want to come down to watch, please email us at or

Where we Train:

Church Hall beside Templemore Hall (On the Corner of Langtry Court facing the baths).

Training Times:

Monday Nights: 7.15pm – 9.15pm

Saturday’s 2.45pm-4.45pm Mixed Seniors and Juniors Session

Club Officers:

Dojo Leader and Senior Coach:

John Kelso  (Sandan)

Resident Coaches :

Tristan Hann (Yondan)

Jonathan Potter (Yondan)

Sempai /Club Admin/Treasurer: Jim Toman(Sandan)

Concept Of Kendo

Kendo is a way to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the Katana.


To mold the mind and body.

To cultivate a vigorous spirit,

And through correct and rigid training,

To strive for improvement in the art of Kendo.

To hold in esteem human courtesy and honor.

To associate with others with sincerity.

And to forever pursue the cultivation of oneself.

Thus will one be able:

To love ones country and society.

To contribute to the development of culture

And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples


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