Kendo Senior Grades

There are currently nine seventh dan kendoka who are members of the BKA. They are:

John Howell 7th Dan Kyoshi
Jock Hopson 7th Dan Kyoshi
Mike Davis 7th Dan Kyoshi
Geoff Salmon 7th Dan Kyoshi
Jeff Humm 7th Dan Kyoshi
John O’Sullivan 7th Dan Kyoshi
Gary O’Donnell 7th Dan Renshi
Kazuyo Matsuda 7th Dan Renshi
Yasuyuki Hiyama 7th Dan Renshi

Kendo Bu Management Team

Kendo Bucho (Head of Bu/Faculty): Gary O’Donnell
Email: kendobucho@britishkendoassociation.com
Practices at: Do Shin Ken Yu Kai – West Yorkshire
Art and Grade: Kendo 7th dan Renshi, Iaido 2nd dan, Jodo 3rd dan
Outside Budo: tba
A bit about me: tba

Kendo Grading Officer: John Gale
Email: kendograding@britishkendoassociation.com
Practices at: Shinsei Dojo, Crawley
Art and Grade: Kendo 3rd dan, Jodo 1st dan
Outside Budo: tba
A bit about me: tba

Kendo Events Officer: Kristian Dela Cour
Email: kendoevents@britishkendoassociation.com
Practices at: Yugenkai, Dunfermline, Scotland
Art and Grade: Kendo 4th Dan
Outside Budo: tba
A bit about me: Kendo, Running, Laughing

Kendo Cashier: Malcolm Smalley
Email: kendocashier@britishkendoassociation.com
Practices at: Portsmouth Kendo Club
Art and Grade: Kendo 3rd Dan
Outside Budo: tba
A bit about me: tba

National Kendo Coach: Yasuyuki Hiyama sensei
Email: coach@britishkendoassociation.com
Practices at: Oxford Kendo
Art and Grade: Kendo 7th dan
Outside Budo: tba
A bit about me: tba

Kendo Squad Manager: Nigel Collins
Email: kendo.manager@britishkendoassociation.com
Practices at: Shozankan Dojo
Art and Grade: Kendo 4th Dan
Outside Budo: tba
A bit about me: tba

Kendo Dojo Representatives Committee Chair: John O’Sullivan
Email: kendodrc@britishkendoassociation.com
Practices at: Reading Kendo Club

Art and Grade: I have practiced Kendo, Iaido and Jodo over the year’s achieving grades in all three. I particularly enjoy Kata training. I also practice Kenjutsu: Mizoguchi Ha Itto Ryu, Niten Ichi Ryu, Shinto Ryu and even a little Ona Ha Itto ryu on occasions.

Outside Budo: In my spare time I am a school teacher: Design & Technology with ICT

A bit about me: I started my Kendo training in 1980 and have been involved on and off (Mostly off) with the national squad on several occasions over the years. I have lost track of the numerous competitions and events that I have taken part in over the years (I have a draw full of medals and cups of all shapes and sizes).

More recently I have focused mainly but not exclusively on refereeing and am currently the chair of the DRC.