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Kinkan Dojo

Traditional Japanese Martial Arts

This is a great club to belong to as Jason is dedicated to helping and improving all his pupils and everyone gets his attention, whether you are a new student or one of his top students. Jason is also very dedicated and passionate about teaching and his loyalty and faith in the martial arts makes you feel the same.

Rod Hunt, 8th Kyu

Genbukan Kinkan Dojo: London’s Premier Traditional Japanese Martial Arts Training Centre

How Do I Become A Student?

If you are interested in becoming a student at the Kinkan Dojo, the first thing to do is contact the dojo using the contacts information on this website. We will answer any questions you may have and talk about the goals you want to achieve within your training.


We will then book you in for a free introductory class. This is an opportunity for you to evaluate our approach and learn some techniques, all without any obligation or pressure to join. At this class you will get a feel for what we do and meet the senior grades at the dojo, who will personally guide you through your first class.


After this initial training session an instructor will sit down with you and answer any queries you may have, and invite you to continue training in our student orientation period. This consists of training for a further 4 lessons to help you understand what we expect from our students and gain further insight into how we can help you achieve your martial arts goals. You pay the regular class fee for these 4 sessions still with no obligation or pressure to join.


If your orientation period is successful you will be invited to join the dojo as a regular student, should you wish to do so.


It is important to recognise that attending these initial classes is the hardest step. You will be putting yourself into unfamiliar territory and probably stepping outside of your comfort zone. It is normal for people to feel nervous or worried about stepping into a martial arts class, especially a traditional Japanese Dojo environment.


Please remember that every student at the dojo has had the same experience, including the most senior students. It is important to give yourself time to adjust to this new environment and not expect too much from yourself. You are beginning an amazing journey of self development that will provide you with many valuable life skills over time. We will do our best to make you comfortable during these initial classes with us, and a senior student will dedicate their time during these classes to help you.


Many new students find it much easier to start with a friend, so please do let us know if you are planning to bring along a friend to your first class.

The techniques demonstrated or described within this web site are to be used for legitimate purposes only, in appropriate self-defence situations. Do not depend on any video, audio or manual for your safety. Your safety depends upon you and your judgement. If you are a beginner seek the guidance of a qualified, experienced and competent instructor. This material is presented for educational purposes only. When you train in any martial art or self defence system you are consenting to participate and therefore there is an assumption of risk. Use this information at your own risk. If you misinterpret or misuse any of the techniques or concepts expressed in this web site somebody could be seriously injured or killed as a result. Therefore the information contained within the web site should only be used as a supplement to competent personal instruction, safe and diligent practice, personal evaluation and balanced with the moral and legal application of any technique or tactic.


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