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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 September, 2023. Until further notice, please respect the following:

  • Masks, signing in upon entry, and proof of vaccination are no longer required to attend SKK practice.

  • For those who have been exposed or display symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness, we ask you to stay home and follow CDC guidelines for exposure

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.

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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