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About Us

Established in 1994, Nine Circles has proudly grown to become Europe’s leading supplier of traditional Japanese Budo equipment.  Our mission is to supply top quality Budogu at competitive prices, delivered through an outstanding customer experience.

We cater primarily to Iaido, Kendo and Aikido customers, however our extensive product ranges also provide for the needs of Jodo, Ninpo and Koryu Bujutsu practitioners the world over.

Nine Circles are the sole European distributors for a number of the world’s leading Budogu manufacturers and we continue to invest in the development of an ever improving product range.

Based in Gloucester in the west of England, our 8000sq’ headquarters form the central hub for administration and distribution around the globe.  Visitation is by appointment only, so please contact us in advance if you wish to book in a consultation.

Our experienced team offer an unrivalled sales and advisory service.  If you require advice or assistance on any aspect of our products ranges or service, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Key Staff Profiles:

Quentin Ball – Founder & Managing Director

In 1994 Quentin returned to the UK after spending four years in Japan, studying the Gendai and Koryu Budo arts at their origin. Soon after, Nine Circles was conceived with the aim of fulfilling the demand for high quality Budo equipment directly from Japan. A respected practitioner and teacher, Quentin has been involved in classical Budo for over 35 years and regularly visits the Far East to both further his practice and to source equipment capable of satisfying the high standard’s expected by our clients.

Wendy Davis – Financial Director

Involved in the accounting side of Nine Circles since it’s inception, Wendy has now assumed a direct role in the business, managing all financial and budgetary responsibilities. With her immense experience, accumulated over a long career working with corporate clients and SME’s, Wendy’s input is invaluable to the future growth of Nine Circles as we develop and diversify to best serve our customers present and future needs.

Martyn Reeves – Sales Manager

Joining the company in 2001, Martyn’s role has evolved naturally as Nine Circles has grown into the mature business seen today. With over 19 years of combined study of Koryu Japanese and Taoist internal martial arts, Martyn’s intimate knowledge of the Nine Circles range enables him to offer expert advice and guidance to beginners and experts alike. Client relationships and an outstanding customer experience are a top priority for us at Nine Circles and Martyn is available as your first point of contact for any assistance required.

Stephen Davies –Warehousing & Distribution Manager

Responsible for all aspects of warehouse management and stock distribution, Stephen joined the team in 2006. At one end of the process, good stock management is an essential element to ensure our complete range of goods is available for purchase, whilst fast, securely packaged shipments to our clients form the final stage. Stephen is an efficient and central facilitator in guaranteeing our continuing fast delivery times and the availability of our ever expanding range.

Saho Sasaki – Embroidery & Translation

A talented linguist, originally from Tokyo, Saho joined us in 2014, to manage our embroidery and translation services, and has grown into her role with great success. A vital member of the team, Saho’s skill in translating proves essential in communication with our Japanese suppliers and is crucial in the embroidery process, where she can effectively supply and check translations for artwork to be stitched.