The dojo has a number of experienced members who regularly attend practice and support the sensei in teaching others.

Sensei Phill Whitfied, 3-Dan (Level 1 BKA Coach)

“I started kendo in 1991 under the late Trevor Chapman, 6-Dan Renshi, and have held the rank of 3-Dan since 2003. I first saw kendo on Blue Peter when I was 15 years old; 20 years later I saw an advertisment for Kashi No Ki and my kendo journey started.

When practising kendo you have the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds, and learn something from all of them, no matter how much experience they have.

I firmly believe kendo can be started from age 12 upwards. The foundation of kendo is one of respect for the dojo, kendoka and society at large.”

Daniel Laverick, 4-Dan (Level 1 BKA Coach)

“I started learning kendo in 2005. After trying a few other martial arts I found kendo to be the most suitable for me and my goals. Kendo is a constant challenge and tests me both physically and mentally – this is what keeps me coming back week after week; it’s a never ending challenge that gets harder the longer you practice.

I like to take part in competitive kendo every now and then to meet other kendoka from across the country, but many others don’t – you can choose what kendo means to you which is part of the attraction.

The kendo community in the UK is small but thriving, friendly and very welcoming to beginners.”

Rob Parrington, 4-Dan

“I first started practicing kendo in the late 1980s in Nottingham, where I trained alongside Trevor Chapman. I managed to attain shodan(1-Dan) before circumstances meant I gave it up.

In 2004 I moved to New Zealand and in 2006 I joined the Waikato Kendo Club and started my kendo journey again. Under the guidance of senseis Sam Tsai and Marleen Charng I attained yondan (4-Dan).

In 2017 I returned to the UK and became a member of Kashi No Ki.

I occasionally take part in competitions to test myself and it also helps me get to meet and know other kendoka. For me, one of the best things about kendo is that it is a martial art that can be practiced by boys, girls, men and women of almost any age, and we can all train and learn together. What keeps me practicing? I just want to improve something, anything, from the last session.”

Alan Pickering, 3-Dan

Ian Trotter, 3-Dan

Tony Browne, 2-Dan

Ken Pepper, 1-Dan