Current club status

Current members – Regular Training. Usual time and venue. 
New 2017 membership registrations: CLOSED

If you are not a member of our club, but you are an experienced Kendo player and want to join our training, please come along and chat with us. 

If you do not have Kendo experience but are interested in learning more, please feel free to come along and watch us during our training. Unfortunately we are no longer accepting new students this year. Our next intake will be in early 2018.

Upcoming MUKC trainings

Wed 11/10 – Normal training
Mon 16/10 – Normal training
Wed 18/10 – Normal training (+ AGM afterwards)
Mon 23/10 – Normal training
Wed 25/10 – Normal training
Mon 30/10 – ** Shiai practise **
Wed 1/11 – Kata training

All trainings in the Games Hall unless otherwise specified 😊

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Upcoming Events VKR Calendar

Friday 6 October, 2017
VKR Friday night Kendo keiko (more info)

Saturday 14 October, 2017
22nd DHMDK Kumdo Tournament Invitation 
(more info, more)

Wednesday 18 October, 2017
MUKC Annual General Meeting 2017 (more info)

Saturday 21 October, 2017
MUKC Night 
(more info)

Friday 20 October – Sunday 22 October, 2017
Melbourne Kendo Cup 2017 (more info)

Saturday 11 November, 2017
Ballarat Kendo Club 30th Anniversary Takai and Demonstration (more info, more, more)

Saturday 18 November, 2017
Mumeishi 3’s Taikai 
(more info)

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The quickest way to get the latest news

The quickest way to get the latest news –
Club news – Join our Facebook Group. Members are highly encouraged to join us here. Some last-minute news is posted here occasionally!
VKR news – Sign up with “TeamApp” and subscribe to ‘VKR Australia’. You can also download the app for your smart phone. 

We will still be posting news on the website as usual, roughly once per week!

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Latest MUKC and VKR news (30-09-2017)

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News items – 
+ MUKC night
+ AUG updates
+ AUG on 7 News video
+ Ballarat Taikai
+ Mumeishi 3’s Taikai


Hey guys, 

Here is the latest MUKC and VKR news –


MUKC Night (by Emily, from Facebook)

MUKC Night is coming up! We are holding a dinner to celebrate our club and give everyone a chance to wind down and socialise after a great year. This event is open to all current members, by email invitation only.

Date: Saturday 21st October
Time: 7pm-12am
Location: Monash Hotel (2077 Dandenong Rd, Clayton VIC 3168)
Dress: Casual
RSVP: ASAP, but officially due by Friday 6th October as we need to confirm numbers with the venue. Invitations have been sent by email, in which there is a google form to complete to register attendance.
Cost: Paid MUKC members (and Sensei, of course) are FREE! Plus ones (details in the email) are $15 each.
We look forward to seeing you all there! (^^)


Club and VKR updates (by Emily, from Facebook)

Emily Coady
September 28 at 8:42am

Some announcements:

– Those who went to AUG this past weekend did very well and achieved 2nd place in the Kyu Teams competition! Genevieve Borley also achieved 2nd place in the Women’s Kyu Individual competition 😀
– Shiai training has been postponed to next Monday (2/10)
– MUKC Night is quickly approaching! I will make a separate post about this but it’s coming up on Saturday 21st October. Current members should receive an email with a link to the google form to register attendance.
– Ballarat Taikai is coming up on Saturday the 11th of November, please let either Dalton or myself know if you are interested in competing! Registration deadlines are 4/11 for dinner held after the comp, and 8/11 for the comp itself.
– Mumeishi 3’s will be held on Saturday the 18th of November, again please let Dalton or myself know if you are interested in competing. For the uninitiated, the M3’s are a competition comprised of teams of three, of which at least one member is a kyu grade. We can submit two teams per dojo, so if you’re interested please submit your name and we’ll get back to everyone with who’s going later on!


Aus Uni Games 2017 – We made the local news! (from Facebook)

Video link (Facebook)

We made the local news! Starting at 0:33 is a quick feature on kendo, featuring an (extremely short) interview with Emily Coady and Genevieve Borley mid-shiai 😀

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Latest MUKC and VKR news (24-09-2017)

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Hey guys,

Here is the latest MUKC and VKR news –


MUKC Annual General Meeting AGM 2017 (from Facebook)

Somehow another year has rolled around and it’s time for our Annual General Meeting! For the uninitiated, this means we’ll be electing our 2018 committee, as well as hearing from our president (and treasurer) about our achievements as a club this past year.

FREE FOOD will be provided 

Please note: this is an official club event and thus it is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED for EVERYONE to attend the AGM. Also, if you will be a student in 2018 and would like to be involved in the new committee, please consider nominating! You can talk to the current committee for more information regarding running for a position, just message us or find us at training.

WHAT: Annual General Meeting (new committee election, 2017 summary, FREE FOOD) 
WHERE: Monash Sport, BBQ area
WHEN: Wednesday 18th October (after training)

** If you cannot attend, please speak to the committee ASAP **


MUKC new photo galleries uploaded

Hey guys,

New photo galleries have been uploaded!

Photo Gallery


Australian Team Fundraising (by Dalton, From Facebook)

Hi everyone, here are the details for the Australian Team fundraising that was mentioned last night. Orders are due October 31st, so let me know if you would like to purchase something.

T Shirt Tenugui Vic


Fundraising for Melinda and Arya

Dear VKR members,

Please find below a message from Melbourne Budokai:


It’s been just over 6 months since MBK decided to raise funds to assist Melinda and Arya after the tragic loss of Matthew Si (see below if you don’t know who he is and about the fundraising for them).

A couple of weeks ago, Melinda was presented with a cheque for $9500 being the funds raised so far. Melinda didn’t want the presentation to be a public event so the committee agreed. She also wanted time to personally word a thank you message to everyone who made a donation. Below is her message of thanks:

Dear Kendo/Iaido/Jodo & Naginata Community

I am greatly humbled and grateful for the generosity that you have shown towards Arya and I. Your donations will go a long way in relieving the stress of supporting Arya’s future. The past 7 months have been the most challenging period of our lives as we try to adjust to a new life that will never be the same again. I want to thank everyone, even those whom I have not met, for thinking of us in our difficult time. The one thing that has sort of kept me sane throughout this episode is the mental strength that kendo has instilled in me. Melbourne Budokai members are like my extended family since I do not have any immediate family here in Melbourne. I would like to thank them for keeping me company and organising the fundraising event.

For those who had the pleasure of knowing Matt over the many kendo events we’ve had over the years, may he live on in your memories…….

Melinda + Arya


On behalf of the MBK committee, I too would like to thank everyone who has made a donation or spoken to Melinda and given words of support, etc.

Melinda and Arya will require support, etc., for a long time. Therefore it’s important that we continue to support them in any way we can.

If you want to make a donation you still can – the MBK committee is still open to accepting donations for them. The details are in the email below. I encourage you to do so if you haven’t already. Every bit will help them.

And when you see them, say ‘hi’ as they are part of the Melbourne Budokai (and Victorian Kendo, etc.) family!!

Cheers and thanks in advance.

Paul Bserani
Vice President Melbourne Budokai


Original e-mail-

Greetings MBK Member!!

It’s been just over a month since I informed you of the tragic loss of Matthew Si, Melinda Tan’s husband, during the Bourke St Mall incident back on Friday 20th of January 2017. He was one of many victims of the tragedy that has affected so many lives.

Soon after the tragedy, the Federal and State governments started a fund to raise money for all of the victims’ families to help with costs, counselling, support services, etc. Also, there have been other fundraising initiatives by family and friends specifically for the people they know and loved.

Although all of these benefit the families of the victims, myself and other Melbourne Budokai members who know Melinda, Matthew and their beautiful daughter Arya also wanted to do something. We wanted to do some fundraising where Melinda and Arya will benefit 100% from what is raised – this isn’t the case with other fundraising initiatives. I raised this with the MBK committee and it was agreed that MBK’s fundraising account can be used to raise funds where 100% of the donations will go to Melinda and Arya.

To help with the kick starting of this initiative, the committee has also agreed to make a donation of $5k.

If you would like to make a donation the bank details are as follows:

Bank: National Australia Bank
Account Name: Kenshikan Trust
BSB No: 083-054
Account No: 16 198 9825

Donations can be made anonymously or not so anonymously if you wish – it is up to you. Feel free to put a transaction reference of Mel_Arya if you want to be anonymous.

The loss of Matthew will have a huge impact on Melinda and Arya. Not only have they lost a wonderful and loving husband and father, but they have also lost a bread winner – all of which are ongoing losses. They will require assistance for a long time, not just in the initial few months, etc.

Melinda is a long standing member of the MBK family, so the MBK committee hopes you can make a donation, no matter how small.
No target has been set nor has a time limit/deadline.
It is hoped that other fundraising initiatives/events will be done in the future. So please keep an eye out for these.

Also, if you have any ideas with regards to fundraising initiatives/events for Melinda….or the club…., the committee is happy to hear them.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Cheers and all the best.

Paul Bserani
Secretary Melbourne Budokai


Jularaj Suthibutr
Victorian Kendo Renmei

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Latest MUKC and VKR news (08-09-2017)

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News Items – 
+ MUKC Grading 6 Kyu – 3 Kyu results
+ AKR Announcement of Team Members for the 2018 17th WKC
+ Ballarat Kendo Club Taikai 2017
+ 22nd DHMDK Kumdo Tournament, Sydney 2017


Hey guys,

Here is the latest MUKC and VKR news. If you would like more information about any items, please see a committee member.


MUKC Grading 6 Kyu – 3 Kyu results (from Facebook group, posted 04/09/17)

A huge congratulations to all who graded yesterday! Everyone did extremely well, with a 100% pass rate 😀
Special mentions to Josh, Emily and Towa who all double graded! Well done! 🎉🎉🎉
As usual we are extremely proud of all our members, particularly of our beginners for whom it was their first grading. Well done to all our kids and adults alike! Keep up the great work 💪 #monashfaito!



AKR Announcement of Team Members for the 2018 17th WKC

Dear VKR delegates,
For distribution:

AKR Announcement of Team Members for the 2018 17th WKC, to be held in South Korea.

In mid 2016 the Australian Kendo Renmei (AKR) called for applications from interested members to be considered for selection as Australian Kendo Team members, to compete at the 18th World Kendo Championships, in South Korea, September 2018.

From the applicants, a national squad was established along with the development of a schedule of national squad training sessions, which were augmented by local, squad specific training sessions.

The schedule of the major sessions and locations were –

23-24 July 2016, in NSW; 1–3 October 2016, in ACT; 28–29 January 2017, in SA; 15– 16 April 2017, in ACT; 10– 11 June 2017, in WA.

The training sessions were supported by the Team Coach, Ms Kate Sylvester; Assistant Coach Mr Daniel Jeong; Manager, Mr Rob Reid and Assistant Manager, Ms Yaya Bonggotgetsakul.

From the national squad, thirteen women and fifteen men kendo players were invited to attend the final session and Team selection, which was held on 2-3 September 2017 in Melbourne.

For that occasion, members travelled from Darwin, Sydney, Cairns, Adelaide, Perth and Kumamoto in Japan!

The final session and selection was supported by a large number of local Victorian based kendo sensei. They were two groups – shinpan (referees) and selectors. Other selectors from WA, SA also formed the selection panel. The selection panel members were all previous Australian Kendo Champions in different categories and five of the seven have also represented Australia at previous World Kendo Championships. Additionally, a team of volunteers assisted with logistics, hall management and score keeping. All of whom contributed to the two-day selection event and it couldn’t have happened without their help! Thank you all!

Whilst all squad members attending showed a very high level of commitment, enthusiasm and skill, only seven women and seven men could be selected.

At the conclusion of the event, Dr Brian Brestovac, The AKR Kendo Board Chairman announced the selection of the Australian Kendo Teams.

The Australian Kendo Team for the 17th World Kendo Championships are –

Vivian Yung (NSW), Captain
Daseul Chun (NSW), Vice Captain
Julie Feng (NSW)
Jenny Song (NSW)
Alexandra Kanbara (QLD)
Bonnie Lai (NSW)
Dale Padoin (QLD)

Taek Yang (NSW), Captain
Dwight Park (NSW), Vice Captain
Duy Pham (NSW)
Luke Lee (NSW)
Kelvin Tran (NSW)
Trent Reeve (VIC)
Richard T’en (VIC)

Congratulations to all of the members selected and best wishes for the road ahead.

You and your friends can support the Australian Kendo Team by making tax a deductable donation via the Australian Government supervised Australian Sports Foundation here. Or. follow the Team on facebook, twitter or instagram / @akrkendoteam and check the Team web page here often!


Jularaj Suthibutr
Victorian Kendo Renmei


Ballarat Kendo Club Taikai 2017 (11 November, 2017)

Dear VKR delegates,

Please find attached information on the upcoming inaugural Ballarat Kendo Club Taikai to be held on Nov. 11.


Jularaj Suthibutr
Victorian Kendo Renmei


More info – BKC Taikai 2017.pdf


22nd DHMDK Kumdo Tournament, Sydney 2017 (14 October, 2017)
(Mony – if anyone from MUKC is interested in competing, please see a committee member first)

Dear VKR delegates,

Please pass on the information below to your members.


Dear AKR Kendoka/Kumdoin Members,

On behalf of Dae Han Moo Do Kwan Kumdo Club, we would like to invite you and your club to attend our 22nd Dae Han Moo Do Kwan Kumdo Tournament to be held on Saturday 14th October 2017 at Auburn PCYC, Wyatt Park, Church Street, Lidcombe NSW 2141.

Like previous years, the tournament will consist of the following events:

· Junior Tournament (under 16’s)
· Women’s Kyu Individual
· Men’s Kyu Individual
· Women’s Dan Individual
· Men’s Dan Individual
· Women’s Open Team
· Kyu Team
· Dan Team

We will also like to request all 3rd Dan and above for assistance to shinpan on the day.

We have also attached the tournament information and registration form. If you have any further queries, please contact Daseul Chun at or 0421 996 385.

Please note that registration deadline is Sunday 1st October 2017.

As always, we thank you in advance for your support as we would not be able to have this tournament without you.

Yours Sincerely,

Master B.K. Song


Jularaj Suthibutr
Victorian Kendo Renmei


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Latest MUKC and VKR news (20-08-2017)

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Here is the latest MUKC and VKR news – 


Upcoming MUKC Trainings (by Emily, from Facebook)

Mon 21/8 – Normal training
Wed 23/8 – Normal training
Sun 27/8 – Vic Squad training (in place of AUG training, ie no AUG training at Monash this week)
Mon 28/8 – ** Shiai practise **
Wed 30/8 – Normal training
Sun 3/9 – AUG training (MUKC members only, held at Clayton)
Mon 4/9 – Normal training
Wed 6/9 – ** Kata training **
Sun 10/9 – AUG training (MUKC members only, held at Clayton)
Mon 11/9 – Normal training
Wed 13/9 – Normal training
Sun 17/9 – AUG training (MUKC members only, held at Clayton)
Mon 18/9 – Normal training
Wed 20/9 – Normal training
Mon 25/9 – ** Shiai practise **
Wed 27/9 – Normal training
All trainings in the Games Hall 😊


Interhigh Gasshuku – call for volunteers

Dear VKR delegates,

Please pass on the message below to your members:


This year will be the fifth annual Interhigh Gasshuku. As with the VKC, a successful gasshuku relies on volunteers to run.

We are looking for people with a current Working With Children Card, who are willing to help out with various background duties (cleaning, gophering, food prep). There is no minimum grade for volunteers, and they will be welcome to take part in the gasshuku, free of charge.

We particularly need a woman with WWCC who is willing to stay overnight and support the female students.

If you are able to help out, please let me know at <>

Thanks in advance for your support.

Ben Sheppard


Jularaj Suthibutr
Victorian Kendo Renmei


3rd Inter-University Taikai

Dear VKR members,

Please pass on the message below to your members:

Hi VKR members,

MUKEN will be hosting the 3rd Inter-University Taikai on 9th September, Saturday. This taikai is open to ALL university students from any Kendo club. The purpose of this taikai is to prepare students competing at the Australian University Games (AUG) in September and also to encourage a healthy competitiveness between uni-aged kendoka in Victoria – providing practice not only to shiaisa but also young shimpans.

When: 9th Sept, Saturday 11:30-5pm
Venue: West Stadium, Melbourne University Sports Centre
Cost: $5pp

Registration can be done via this form and payment should be made to our club’s bank account BY 1st September. Please include your name and ‘IUT’ in the transfer description (e.g.; Jeff H IUT).

Commonwealth Bank
Acct name: University of Melbourne Kendo Club
BSB No: 063238
Acct No: 00903203

Those who would like to volunteer for shimpan duty can register here BY 4th September. Shimpans must be shodan and above, and have attended at least one shimpan seminar.

A schedule and format will be sent out closer to the date. However, interested participants should expect to compete in both an individual and team division, similar to the AUG format. Divisions in the AUG are separated by gender and Kyu/Dan grades.

Once again, ANY student of ANY university from ANY club can compete. You will be representing your university instead of club for this taikai.

See you there!

Cheryl Low
Melbourne University Kendo Club


Jularaj Suthibutr
Victorian Kendo Renmei

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VKC 2017 Draws

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Hey guys,

The VKC 2017 draws are below! The first link is the original excel sheet that has all draws for all events. The links following that are to the seperate events as pdf documents. Please note that this draw is the latest version as at Friday 11 August midnight. Any changes after this time that are not relayed to me (Mony) will not be reflected here, although any updates that I do receive will be noted at the top of this post and corresponding files and links updated. Of course, if you are at the event, please refer to the draws on the walls for the latest draw information. Good luck all !


All draws, original excel (.xlsx) sheet – 

VKC 2017 Final Draws.xlsx


Draws by event (pdf) – 


1. Men’s Kyu Individuals
2. Women’s Kyu Individuals
3. Women’s Dan Individuals
4. Men’s Dan Individuals

5. Men’s Kyu Teams
6. Women’s Kyu Teams
7. Veteran’s Individuals
8. Kata Pairs
9. Women’s Open Teams
10. Men’s Open Teams

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Latest VKR news (04-08-2017)

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Hey guys,

Here is the latest VKR news. It’s going to be a busy weekend so please double check the schedule (also available on homepage) should you wish you attend any of the events –


VKR Monthly Keiko

Date: August 4, 2017
Time: 7:30 – 8:30pm (own warm ups before start)
Location: Kenshikan Dojo, 91 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne, 3003 Vic

Cost: $5

Victorian Kendo Renmei 2017 Interhigh Gasshuku

Dear VKR Members,

Please find through the link below information on the upcoming 2017 Interhigh Gasshuku that will be held on September 2-3 at the Kenshikan:

Please remember to RSVP your intention to attend by Sunday 27 August at the latest.
You do not need to pay at this time. RSVPs should be emailed to

Please include how many people will be attending, whether you will be staying the night, and what dietary requirements, if any, you may have.
A hard copy of the permission form overleaf should be completed, signed
and brought to day one of the Gasshuku, along with your payment.

Any questions regarding the event should be directed to Ben Sheppard Sensei at


Update Re VKC Trophies

Dear fellow kendokas,

The new trophies are ready for the upcoming VKC.

The VKR has received many offers and suggestions of names for the trophies. After consulting with long-time members and senior senseis, we have decided to leave the trophies unnamed for this year.

The main reason is: We need to consider the people who have made significant contributions to Victorian Kendo. This requires careful consideration and consultation with long-time senior members within the organisation.

The VKR thank everyone who has offered to sponsor a trophy. We are putting sponsorship on hold until we receive more name nominations and the review panel can reach a decision.

We will send out a new call for sponsor giving first preference to the current sponsor offers.

Again, the VKR sincerely thank all sponsors and appreciate the feedback and suggestions provided by the VKTC, senior senseis and reviewers.

Yours sincerely,

Cyntheia Lim
Victorian Kendo Renmei


Appointment Of Victorian State Coaching Team 2017-2018

The VKTC is pleased to announce the appointment of William Wright, 5 Dan, from Melbourne Budokai as Victorian Team Coach for the 2018 Australian Kendo Championships.

William leads a team consisting of Kenji Sugimoto, 5 Dan, MUKEN as Assistant Coach and Stephen Flahavin, 3 Dan, MBK as Manager.

The VKTC congratulates William, Kenji and Stephen and looks forward to continued Victorian success as both individuals and teams .

Yakov Macak Chairperson, VKTC


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Latest MUKC and VKR news (28-07-2017)

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Hey guys,

Here is the latest MUKC and VKR news –

MUKC Beginners Course Graduation! (by Emily, from Facebook)

YOU’VE DONE IT. Through literal blood, sweat, and tears, you’ve made it through the beginners’ course. This event is to celebrate and commemorate this achievement, and what better way to do that than with FREE FOOD!

After training on Wednesday 9th August, we will have a short presentation followed by free pizza and soft drinks in the sports centre to celebrate the occasion. All MUKC members are welcome!

BEGINNERS: If you think you may not be able to attend for some reason (eg. transport difficulties, assignments) PLEASE do your best to sort this out in advance as we really want everyone to attend, for the presentation at the very least. If you only stay for a single slice of pizza and you dash off at 8.40, we’d much prefer that to you not coming at all!

Well done on coming this far and we’ll see you at training! FAITO!


VKC Call for Volunteers

(Mony – this is a general call for volunteers from Dalton. If you can help out, please contact him directly at Thanks!)

Hi everyone,

As you all may know, VKC is coming up soon. As the hosting club this year, Monash University Kendo Club are looking for volunteers to help out on both days of VKC. 

The roles include, but are not limited to;

  • Registrations
  • Shinai check/weigh in
  • Time keeper
  • Score keeper
  • Score board
  • Ribbons people

There will also be a short seminar held at Kenshikan on Friday August 4th from 8:30pm (after monthly VKR keiko). Please note that the time and place may change. If that is to happen I’ll send out an update email.

Please fill in the attached registration form and send it back to by Thursday August 3.

Thank you!

Kind regards,
Dalton Reuss

Monash University Kendo Club


Election Of The Victorian Kendo Technical Committee

Dear VKR members,

Following the 3rd Dan and Above meeting held on July 23 2017, we would like to congratulate the following members who have been elected to serve on the Victorian Kendo Technical Committee for 2017-2020

Yakov Macak 6D (MUKEN) – Chairperson
Peter Szwarcbord 7D (MBK)
Brett Smith 6D (FUD)
Ben Sheppard 6D (NSK)
Noriko Matsumoto 5D (MBK)

We would also like to thank Yano Sensei and Sugimoto Sensei, who declined to be renominated, for all their hard work in the past three years.

The minutes of the meeting can be accessed on:

Jularaj Suthibutr
VKR Secretary

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Latest MUKC and VKR news (21-07-2017)

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Hey guys,

Here is the latest MUKC and VKR news. As usual, please see a committee member if you have any queries.


Upcoming MUKC Trainings (by Emily, from Facebook)

Mon 17/7 – Normal training
Wed 19/7 – Normal training
Sun 23/7 – AUG training (MUKC members only, held at Clayton)
Mon 24/7 – Normal training
Wed 26/7 – Normal training
Sun 30/7 – AUG training (MUKC members only, held at Clayton)
Mon 31/7 – ** Shiai practise **
Wed 3/8 – ** Kata training **
All trainings in the Games Hall 😊


VKR Delegates Meeting
(This is for MUKC committee members only)

Dear VKR Club Delegates,

The next delegates meeting will be held on Sunday August 6 at the Kenshikan from 1pm-3pm. Due to the importance of the agenda items being it is MANDATORY that ALL CLUBS send at least one delegate to attend the meeting. Please be aware that the meeting will be held simultaneously with the Pre-Victorian Kendo Championship Shinpan Seminar so please ensure that the delegates are not intending to attend the seminar.

If you have any items you wish to put on the agenda please let me know.

Current Agenda Items
1 – Draft Budget Proposal
2 – Revised Application for Funding Process
3 – Payment Arrears and Consequences
4 – Junior Instruction in Victoria
5 – First Aid Course
6 – Affiliation to VicSports
7 – Trophies
8 – Website Development


Pre-VKC Shinpan Briefing

To all VKR Kendo Members:

Pre-VKC Shinpan Briefing

The 2017 Pre-VKC Shinpan Briefing will be conducted by Yano Sensei on Sunday 6 August 1:00-3:00pm at the Kenshikan.

This briefing is aimed at those who will shinpan at the VKC – potentially all VKR Kendo Members 3 Dan and above.

Shinpan rules and procedures will be reviewed, plus discussion of some new competition guidelines, including how the Kata competition is judged.

Hakama and keikogi to be worn.

As this will be basically a briefing and Q & A session, only 2 or 3 shiaisha will be required. This will also be an opportunity for those people to listen to the shinpan instructions.

Could attending shinpan and potential shiaisha please send their names to me at

I look forward to seeing you all there.


Yakov Macak
Chairperson, VKTC

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Otsuka Taikai 2017 Schedule

Hey guys,

Below is the schedule for tomorrow’s Otsuka Taikai. Good luck everyone! 

Otsuka Taikai Schedule

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Latest VKR news (13-07-2017)

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News Items –
+ 2017 Otsuka Taikai – Details For Volunteers/Shinpan (THIS weekend)
+ VKR 3rd Dan and Above Meeting + Call for Nominations for Victorian Kendo Technical Committee Members (Reminder)
+ Victorian Kendo Championships (VKC) 2017
+ The Ballarat Kendo Club Inc 30th Anniversary Demonstration & Taikai (11 November, 2017)
+ FW: Invitation for Kendo event in Malaysia (2-3 September, 2017)
+ FW: FY2017 Asian Zone Kendo Referee Seminar – October / S Korea (27-29 October, 2017


Hey guys,

Here is the latest VKR news – 

2017 Otsuka Taikai – Details For Volunteers/Shinpan

From: Paul Bserani
Sent: Monday, 10 July 2017 8:59 PM
Subject: 2017 Otsuka Taikai – Details For Volunteers/Shinpans

Greetings MBK Member!!

As you know, the 2017 Otsuka Taikai will be held this coming Saturday, 15th of July. It is a very important event in the MBK calendar as it commemorates the opening of the Kenshikan Dojo in June 1990.

As per every year, volunteers will be required to help with the running of the event. It’s a big day and the more volunteers there are, the better.

Help will be required this coming Friday, starting at 6:00pm, to help prepare the dojo. This will require cleaning the dojo, organising of tables, chairs, score boards, tatami mats, etc. Your help will be greatly welcomed and appreciated. And of course, afterwards we can go out and have a bite to eat….

On the big day, the dojo will be open from 8:00am. There will be two taikais – an Iaido Taikai and a Kendo Taikai. Volunteers will be required for the following responsibilities (not necessarily for both taikais):

1. Competitor Registrations,
2. Time Keeping,
3. Scoring,
4. Announcing,
5. Ribboning,
6. Shinpaning,
7. Photography/Videoing, and
8. General helping.

Again, if you’re able to do so, your help will be greatly welcomed and appreciated. No prior experience is required to volunteer so it’s a great opportunity to learn. It doesn’t matter what art you practise – Iaido, Kendo or Naginata – the event is a club event. And of course, people from other clubs are also welcomed to help – so pass this on if you know any who would like to help.

The dress code for volunteers is as follows:

1. A plain white shirt,
2. A plain black/dark pants/skirt,
3. A plain black/dark pair of socks/stockings, and
4. A plain tie – preferably blue.

Shinpans for the Kendo Taikai, 3rd Dan and above, will be required to wear the standard shinpan uniform (taken from the FIK shinpan regulations):

1. A plain, dark blue jacket,
2. A plain, grey pair of pants/skirt,
3. A plain, white shirt,
4. A plain, deep red necktie,
5. A plain, dark blue pair of socks/stockings.

The schedule for the day is being finalised and will be sent out once it has been.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

I look forward to sharing this big day with you.

Cheers and all the best.

Paul Bserani
Vice President Melbourne Budokai


VKR 3rd Dan and Above Meeting + Call for Nominations for Victorian Kendo Technical Committee Members (Reminder)

23 Jul 2017, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Dear Club Delegates,

A meeting for VKR Kendo 3rd Dan and Above members will be held on Sunday July 23 1-3 PM at the Kenshikan.

Please notify your members who hold 3rd Dan and above in Kendo and inform me via email at or TeamApp as to who will be attending the meeting from your club.

In this meeting, a new VKTC will be elected to serve for the next 3 years. Nominations for the 5 Committee positions are now called for.

For information on the election, please see the election file found at:

The important dates are:
Friday July 14: deadline for submission of nominations
Sunday July 23: Election Date

Thank you for your attention.


Victorian Kendo Championships (VKC) 2017

8:00am 12 Aug – 5:00pm 13 Aug

The 2017 Victorian Kendo Championships will be held over the weekend of August 12-13 2017 at Victoria University Footscray Park Campus.

Details on how to register will be sent out to the club secretaries shortly.

VKC Information Pack Download:


The Ballarat Kendo Club Inc 30th Anniversary Demonstration & Taikai (Saturday 11 November, 2017)

2017 marks the 30th year of the Ballarat Kendo club Inc. This non for profit club began officially in February of that year following a beginners course held the previous November.

In the ensuing years the clubs has introduced Kendo, Iaido and Jodo to many enthusiastic and curious people from Ballarat and its surrounding areas. Some have gone on to achieve success at State, National and International levels and for this we as a club are very proud.

Importantly Kendo is an activity that you do not do on your own and we appreciate that Ballarat has been helped along the way by individuals and other clubs over these 30 years.

It is our turn to put back something of p Hi significance to the Victorian Kendo Renmei.

To celebrate and thank the many sensei, colleagues and friends that we have met during our journey we introduce the Ballarat Kendo Taikai.

This is our inaugural tournament and is in this first year an individual competition. It is an opportunity to test our shiai skills in good competition as well as celebrate our friendships and what we share together.

We look forward to seeing you all on this special day not just for the Ballarat Kendo Club but for all members of our our Renmei.

There will be two competitions on the day, Kyu individual and Dan individual with no other restrictions.

Entry will be $15 per competitor

Registrations to

Please also register if you wish to join the Sayonara party, more details on this to follow.

Eastwood Leisure Complex 20 Eastwood Street Ballarat


FW: Invitation for Kendo event in Malaysia (2-3 September, 2017)

Dear AKR Members,

On behalf of the Malaysia Kendo Association, I would like to invite you to the Malaysia and Korea Friendly Exchange Program.

2nd-3rd September 2017
The Japanese School of Kuala Lumpur.
Saujana Resort Seksyen U2, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
40150 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Chang Won City Kumdo team will bring their players including two of Korean National Team members for 1 1/2 day training session.

Please see the link below for more detailed information and electronic registration ticket:

Please note: Australian Natonal Team selection is on the the same weekend.


Peter Jiwon Jeong
on behalf of Malaysia Kendo Association


FY2017 Asian Zone Kendo Referee Seminar – October / S Korea (27-29 October, 2017)

Dear Club Delegates,

Please inform your members that the next FY2017 Asian Zone Kendo Referee Seminar will be held in Incheon, South Korea in October, 2017.
Period: from Friday 27th October 2017 to Sunday 29th October, 2017 inclusive.

Deadline for applications is midnight July 28.
If you are interested in applying, please fill in the attached application form and send it along with a plan detailing shinpan tuition sessions to by the deadline above. Late applications and incomplete or incorrect applications may not be considered.

The AKR wishes to encourage senior Australian Kendoka to attend this Seminar with a view to improving the standard of Kendo shinpan in Australia. To that end the Kendo Board of the AKR will offer subsidies to those attending, as follows:

* An amount of $6,000 has been set aside for this purpose.
* A minimum subsidy of $1000 per participant will be offered if there are 6 attendees from the AKR.
* The applicant has submitted a plan detailing shinpan tuition sessions, locally, after their return.

Of course there is no limit in the numbers who can attend from Australia, but the Kendo Board will award only a maximum of 6 subsidies, and reserves the right not to offer a subsidy to an applicant considered unsuitable.

The following selection criteria will apply:
* 5 Dan and above in principle (up to 5 Dan will be considered on a case by case basis).
* Priority for those who have not attended previously.
* Practises Kendo regularly.
* A history of volunteering for shinpan duties at State and National Championships.
* Attends shinpan seminars at State or National level.
* Has sufficient experience and is of a suitable standard to benefit from the Seminar.
* Applicants must submit a plan detailing shinpan tuition sessions that the applicant will conduct or contribute to locally, if selected to attend the seminar. The plan must be included with the application.

* If selected to attend, Applicants must also arrange, obtain and wear a nafuda at the seminar that includes the word AUSTRALIA at the top and their surname in ENGLISH characters at the bottom.

Important: once the final list is confirmed, all applicants on that list must be fully committed to attend the event except in the most exceptional circumstances, and must advise the AKR/Kendo Board immediately if circumstances do require that they must withdraw. Applicants should also keep their contact details up to date, and advise the AKR Secretary if any changes do occur.

Applicants must arrange their own travel and overseas medical insurance cover and provide the policy details to the AKR Secretary, prior to travel and prior to any financial subsidy being provided from the AKR.

All enquiries regarding the event should be directed to the AKR Secretary at <>.

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Latest VKR news (23-06-2017)

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Hey guys, 

Here is the latest VKR news – 

Nanseikan Kangeiko 2017

This year we will be doing something different. We will be training at Nanseikan in the morning, then travelling to Tora Dojo to join in their training in the afternoon.

All VKR members are welcome to join! There will be car pooling to go between dojos, and a meeting point for lunch.

All details are at


2017 Otsuka Taikai Reminder

Just a reminder regarding the up-coming Otsuka Taikai on Saturday 15th of July.

Attached is a great looking poster to promote the taikai. Please send it to family and friends to spread awareness about this very important event for Melbourne Budokai.

If you practice Iaido and would like to compete, the deadline to let me know is fast approaching – Friday the 30th of June 2017.

If you practice Kendo, are graded 2nd Dan or below and would like to compete, please register on the day during the morning….you should be there regardless to help and watch the Iaido Taikai and the demonstrations. Kendoka who are ungraded and wearing full bogu, i.e. beginners, are encouraged to compete as it’s a great opportunity to do so. Please let me know if you can help with the running of the event – we’ll require people to assist with both the Iaido and Kendo Taikais.

Finally, details of the dinner have almost been finalised. Please let me know if you have any questions. Cheers and thanks in advance. Paul Bserani

Vice President Melbourne Budokai

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