Welcome to the website of Shiraoka Kendo Kai, a kendo dojo based in Bellshill and the only dojo practising kendo in the Lanarkshire area. Shiraoka is affiliated with the British Kendo Association, the recognised national governing body for kendo in the UK.

The dojo meets every Wednesday at 8:00pm at the Sir Matt Busby Leisure Centre and is run by Gareth Spiers Fourth Dan Certified BKA Coach.

You can also check out our Facebook and Twitter @Shiraoka.
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If you would like to start Kendo then please enrol here

If you are a practising kendoka interested in coming along please first e-mail Gareth by clicking here.

Beginners Course Week 1

Well done to all the guys and girls who bravely stepped into the Dojo for the first time last night. I was very pleased with everyone’s progress.

Starting any martial art is a daunting task but you all rose to the challenge. Now you need to make sure you come back for session 2. Progress is made through attendance and hard work. With these I’m sure you can all do well.


Legacyfest 2015 Demonstration

Kendo demonstration at Legacyfest 2015

Legacyfest this year saw Shiraoka came along and put on a demonstration for the public. We also had a stall with a display of the bogu (armour) used in kendo as well as information for our beginners class starting shortly. Interested? Click on the link on the top of the page to register!

Matsumoto Sensei Visit


Recently we had the great honour of having Matsumoto Sensei 7th Dan Kyoshi practise with the club. A very prominent and highly respected kendoka with decades of experience, Matsumoto Sensei was on hand to instruct and advise everyone on all aspects of their kendo – from presentation and fundamentals to cutting technique and waza. Matsumoto Sensei’s visit was a great pleasure and one that we hope to repeat in the future!