Latest MUKC and VKR news (10-02-2018)

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Hey guys,

Here is the latest MUKC and VKR news. If you have any queries regarding any items, please contact a committee member.


VKR Team Selection

To all VKR Kendo Clubs:

Following the Selection Session last Sunday afternoon, the Teams to represent Victoria at the 2018 Australian Kendo Championships are:

Kata Pairs
Reuben Barnett
Jeffrey Khor

Women’s Kyu
Genevieve Borley (Captain)
Nicky Lieu
Jaslyn Gray
Risa Watanabe

Women’s Dan
Liliana Bray
Hoey Goh
Yuko Mayumi (Captain)
Andrea Ngai
Junko Nomura
Julie Tran

Men’s Kyu
Enoch Chan (Captain)
Trevor Law
James O’Neill
Marc Veenstra
Josh Wildey

Men’s Dan
Reuben Barnett
Jeffrey Khor
Thomas Mendelovits
Trent Reeve
Jamie Shen
Suzuki Takayuki (Captain)
Richard T’en

Congratulations to all Team Members on their selection, and for the work they and Will and the Coaching Team have put in so far. I am sure they will all work even harder in the few weeks remaining leading up to the Championships.

Please join me in wishing them all the best in Sydney.

Yakov Macak

Chairperson, VKTC


Jularaj Suthibutr
Victorian Kendo Renmei


AJKF Sensei for 43rd Australian Kendo Championships & Seminar

Dear Kendo members,

AJKF have just advised the choice of sensei for this year’s 43rd Australian Kendo Championships to be held Sydney 30 March to 4 April.

1) Katsuo ENDO sensei (Mr.), Kendo Hanshi 8 dan.
2) Yasuo SUZUKI sensei, (Mr.), Kendo Hanshi 8 dan.

Suzuki sensei has visited us three times previously. Both sensei are highly regarded and also conduct seminars all over the world for the FIK and for more junior 8th dan sensei in Japan!

The AJKF look after us very well indeed.

Kind regards,

Vivian Yung

Australian Kendo Renmei


Overseas Exam Application

FILE – letter (pdf)

Dear VKR Club Delegates,

Please ensure that your club committee and instructors are aware of the issues highlighted below:

Dear State Presidents,

Would you please assist, by again cascading the attached letter to all club/dojo sensei and presidents?

Unfortunately, it seems that members, who provide the initial permission to be examined, remain unaware that the AKR has a policy on handling overseas grade examination applications A policy as decided by you or your predecessors, on AKR National Council.

Just in 2018 so far, much unnecessary additional work has been created from four out of six (so far), overseas exam applications.

As we process fifty plus of such applications a year and it’s increasing, this is becoming a burden.

Some of you are aware of recent issues, when members have not followed the established procedures.

We have seen in the recent past that there is a consequence following an exam application where it was later found that either AKR or the examining organisations procedures or both, weren’t followed.

Some examples are –

1. A successful Dan exam result was later cancelled by the All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF). A rebuke was also sent from the AJKF to the Japan based dojo sensei, dojo administrators, the Japanese prefectural kendo organisation and to the AKR.

2. Two members were recently successfully examined overseas and later found to be ineligible. After enquiries by the members club sand states, the members voluntarily reverted to their prior lower grades, avoiding the mess of a formal Dan grade exam result cancellation.

3. Consideration by the AJKF for the cancellation of results of Dan exams for other AKR members, who were examined in Japan.

The downside can simply be avoided.

To meet the requirements of FIK affiliates, the stated desires of AKR dojo leaders, the desires of state associations; our written procedures provide the simplest pathway, for all, to meet the objective to be examined.

I add that the AKR Executive Committee is committed to doing all that we can to assist our and your members, to assist with their applications to be examined overseas.

If there are any questions on this, please feel free to contact me.

Best regards,

Richard Ward
Australian Kendo Renmei
Post: PO Box 353
Carlton North VIC 3054


Updated Information on the VKR Kendo Seminar (Nittaidai)

Dear VKR Club Delegates,

The VKR would like to remind and encourage all members of the opportunity to attend the upcoming VKR Kendo Seminar featuring three instructors from the Nippon Sports Science University: Yagisawa Makoto 8 Dan Kyoshi, Furusawa Nobuaki 6 Dan Renshi, and Shinzato Chikano 6 Dan Renshi.

While the early bird deadline has passed, registrations are still open up until February 17. Please contact your club secretary for information, or register online at

An updated information pack can be found attached, which includes the seminar schedule and contents, and details for the Saturday night dinner which will be from 6:30pm at the Imperial Chinese Seafood Restaurant 546 Waverley Road, Glen Waverley.

We can assist with transport to/from the venue and restaurant – please let us know on the day if you need assistance.

In addition, there will be training held on Friday night February 23 from 6:30pm at the Kenshikan 91 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne which will be attended by the visiting instructors. Everyone is welcome to attend – however, due to the limited space in the dojo, participation will be restricted to a first come first served basis. Once capacity is reached we unfortunately would have to disallow additional participants.

After training, we will be heading to the Royal Standard Hotel at 333, William St Melbourne for food and drinks.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at


Jularaj Suthibutr
Victorian Kendo Renmei


2018 Nagae Taikai

Dear VKR Club Delegates,

Please pass on the notice below to your members:

The Nagae Taikai was established in June 2008 in memory of Nagae Sensei who passed away in November 2011.

Mr Sumitaka Nagae, Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan, was an important figure in Australian Kendo for many years. His hard work and dedication has helped to promote Kendo and Japanese Culture throughout Australia. He was the head Kendo sensei at Melbourne Budokai since it first came into life in June 1990 until he and Mrs Nagae returned to Japan in 2008.

The 2018 Nagae Taikai will be held on Saturday the 3rd of March 2018 at the Kenshikan Dojo. As this is just before the upcoming Australian Kendo Championships in Easter, this is a great opportunity for senior Kendoka to use as a warm up taikai prior to the championships.

As usual, this is an individuals based taikai for senior Kendoka. Kendoka who are 2nd Dan up to 5th Dan and are a current AKR member are invited to register. Registrations for the taikai must be made prior to the taikai and are to be made by replying to this email – No other method will be accepted. If you qualify and would like to compete, please include your current grade when registering. The deadline for registrations is strictly Monday the 19th of February 2018. No entries after this deadline will be accepted and numbers may be limited. Kendoka 5th Dan (including those who will compete) or above will be required to assist with shinpaning.

Entry to the taikai is free.

Further detailed information will be sent out prior to the taikai.

Call For Volunteers

As usual, a taikai can’t happen by itself. It requires dedicated people to ensure it happens. Therefore, we will be requiring volunteers to help with all aspects of the running of the Nagae Taikai.

6:00pm on Friday the 2nd of March

It is planned that the setting up of the dojo for the taikai will be done at this time. This will require cleaning the dojo, organising of chairs, tables, score boards, tatami mats, etc. Your help will be greatly welcomed and appreciated. The more members that are able to help with this the better.

AM on Saturday the 3rd of March

During the day, help will be required with the running of the taikai. 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.

Some of the areas that volunteers will be required are with:

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

The Nagae Taikai and the Otsuka Taikai (later in July – see the 2018 MBK Calendar) are very important events for Melbourne Budokai, so it’s very important to have as many members as possible helping….after all, they’re your events!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers and I look forward to seeing you at the dojo.

Paul Bserani

Vice President Melbourne Budokai

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