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Welcome to Seattle Kendo Kai

Seattle Kendo Kai (SKK) is a non-profit martial arts organization dedicated to perpetuating and teaching traditional Japanese kendo and seitei iaido.


Our Covid Policy

Seattle Kendo Kai has updated its COVID policies effective November 1, 2022. Until further notice, please respect the following:

  • Masks are optional, but a protective face guard inside the men is strongly recommended.

  • Attendees over the age of 5 are required to be fully vaccinated unless they have a medical exception.

  • Attendees must follow SKK and St. Peter's Parish guidelines at all times including self-screening prior to each practice and electronic check-in. Please stay home if you have any symptoms of sickness, even if just observing and not participating in practice.

Thank you for your continued caution and cooperation to keep everyone at practices safe.

About our Dojo 

SKK was founded in the 1920s, with its first permanent dojo established around 1924. It is one of the oldest dojo in the Pacific Northwest and the only pre-war dojo to have resumed after WWII. Seattle Kendo Kai is a member of the the Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation (PNKF) and the All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF). The club operates with the support of a volunteer community of instructors, students, and family.

Information for visitors and kenshi

Whether you are new to kendo, visiting the Seattle area, or would just like to watch, we ask that you please contact us so that we can be prepared for your visit and also confirm that there are no special events or closures that day.

There is a seating area available should you be accompanied by family or friends. Visiting kenshi who are already in bogu and current members of AUSKF or FIK federation dojo are welcome to join any regularly scheduled practice. If it is your first time practicing at Seattle Kendo Kai, we ask that you arrive at least 20 minutes early to provide ample time to get dressed, introduce yourself to sensei, and sign the visitor waiver forms.

Book to observe a class

The first step for new members on your kendo journey starts with observing a class. Whether you are interested in joining or would like to know more about kendo or iaido, book below to reserve a spot.
  • Kendo (剣道, Kendō, lit. 'sword way', 'sword path' or 'way of the sword'...

    Tue, Sun

    Duration Varies

  • Iaidō (居合道), abbreviated iai (居合)


    1 hr 30 min

Membership and Fees

Enrollment for new beginners occurs in the Spring (March) and Fall (September) of each year. Experienced kenshi with bogu may join sooner after visiting and speaking with our head instructor.

* SKK Family Discount 10% off SKK dues for each additional family member.
** A discount is applied when paying for the full calendar year in advance. Discount available in January.


AUSKF New Member initiation fee requires a one-time payment of $10.


“Whoever holds a shinai is my friend”

Doug Imanishi

7 Dan Kyoshi

Head Instructor

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Location and times

The dojo is located near Seattle's International District and practice is held in the St. Peter's gym on King Street. There is a small parking lot at the rear of the building, accessed from the alley on South Jackson Pl. Please park only on the South side of the alley facing the church in designated parking spots, otherwise please park on adjacent streets.


St. Peter's Episcopal Gym
1610 S. King St., Seattle WA 98144


All members
Sunday: 3:00 - 5:30PM
Tuesday: 7:00 - 8:30PM


Advanced only (wearing bogu)
Thursday: 8:15 - 9:30PM


All members
Thursday: 6:30 - 8:00PM

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