Shiraoka Kendo Kai

Welcome

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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Bye Bye Shu

Tonight was the last practice at Shiraoka for Shu Yao Man before moving away down south. Shu has been an invaluable member of the club over the last year and has bought a new level of energy and enthusiasm to our practice. I’m sure Shu will become a valued member of his next club and will be sorely missed at Shiraoka. Good good for all you future endeavors Shu.

Matsumoto Sensei 2017

This week Matsumoto Sensei visited us again. This is the 3rd year he has visited and the club continues to grow in size. Hopefully we can learn from Sensei’s clear enthusiasm for kendo and continue to grow and improve both as a club and as individuals.

Edinburgh Kendo Club “Raid”

Members of Shiraoka travelled over to Edinburgh Kendo Club to cross swords with our friends at the opposite side of the coast. Training outside your “home” dojo and broadening your horizons is important to the overall development of your kendo.

Edinburgh were brilliant hosts and having keiko with them was as fun as it was exhausting, here’s to the next time! Many thanks to Dez Whitson and everyone else at Edinburgh Kendo Club for a great evening of kendo.

Thistle Cup 2017

Members of Shiraoka visited and competed in the 13th Thistle Cup, the only taikai exclusive to Scotland and hosted every year by Aberdeen Kendo Club.

With four seperate tournaments in the form of a Kyu cup, a ladies taikai, a 3rd and 4th Dan taikai and the Thistle Cup itself (1st and 2nd Dan) – the Thistle Cup offers many their first shiai experience as well as allowing more seasoned kendoka another chance to test themselves in the shiaijo. The founder of Aberdeen Kendo Club Kazuo Yamazaki-Sensei also travels from Japan every year for the event, and this year saw his wife Etsuko Yamazaki competing in the ladies taikai and 3rd and 4th Dan taikai.

Congratulations to our very own Gareth for winning silver in the 3rd and 4th Dan taikai, and many thanks again to Aberdeen Kendo Club whose efforts make the Thistle Cup possible year after year.

Well done Adam

Well done to our newest member in bogu (armour) Adam Henderson.

Farewell 2016

Balloon Geiko 2016

The last keiko of the year involved the traditional end of year ritual of balloon geiko. With balloons attached to the top of the men kendoka utilize all their training and skill to pop their opponents balloons.

Jan Mendoza, a third dan from Canada came along and was kind enough to join us in balloon geiko, as well as the more serious elements of kendo.

Here’s hoping that 2017 is an eventful year for Shiraoka!

Sir Frank Bowden Memorial Taikai 2016

Shiraoka Bowden 2016 Team

Shiraoka sent a team to the Sir Frank Bowden Memorial Taikai taking place in Birmingham this year. The event started with a five-kendoka team competition on the Saturday and ended with the conclusion of an individuals tournament on the Sunday.

To make our team to five, Fides Desacada from Nenriki Kendo Club (the oldest dojo in the UK!) lent her fighting skills to Shiraoka. It was a pleasure to have her fighting alongside us and hopefully not for the last time.

Bye Bye Danny

Danny and Gareth

Awesome last session with Danny before he moves. This what kendo is about; hard work and good friends.

Matsumoto Visit

Matsumoto Sensei Visit 2016

This week saw the return of Matsumoto Sensei, Nanadan Kyoshi. As always it was a great pleasure to train with Sensei and as always, he was a wonderful example of what our kendo should be like.

Beginners Course Week 1

Fumikomi-ashi

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.

-Gareth