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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