Shiraoka Kendo Kai


Shiraoka Kendo Kai is a kendo dojo currently based in Bellshill and the only dojo practising kendo in the Lanarkshire area.

Founded in 2008 and led by Gareth Spiers 5th Dan Certified BKA Coach, we are committed to the practice and promotion of kendo locally and nationwide. The name Shiraoka Kendo Kai (白丘剣道会: Whitehill Kendo Association) comes from the Whitehill area of Hamilton where the club was initially founded.

We welcome those who wish to start kendo with Beginner’s Courses. Click for more info!

We meet every Wedensday at 8:00pm at the Sir Matt Busby Leisure Centre in Bellshill. Directions and e-mail details can be found at the Contact & Location page for those who have any enquiries.

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Legacyfest 2015 Demonstration


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!