Welcome to Shozankan, the home of traditional kendo in the West Midlands founded by Nigel Collins and Brian Ricketts.

Kendo, meaning “Way of The Sword”, is a Japanese martial art, descended from traditional swordsmanship.

The purpose of Kendo is to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the Katana (sword):

  • To mold the mind and body,
  • To cultivate a vigorous spirit,
  • And through correct and rigid training,
  • To strive for improvement in the art of Kendo,
  • To hold in esteem human courtesy and honor,
  • To associate with others with sincerity,
  • And to forever pursue the cultivation of oneself.

This will make one be able:

  • To love his/her country and society,
  • To contribute to the development of culture
  • And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.

Beginners and Kendoka of all levels are welcome to practice with us.