Latest MUKC and VKR news (01-07-2018)

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Hey guys,

Here is the latest MUKC and VKR/AKR news. Please see a committee member for more information on any items.


Fwd: Invitation to the Melbourne Budokai – Otsuka Taikai 2018

Dear VKR members,

The Otsuka Taikai commemorates the opening of the Kenshikan Dojo on the 15th of July 1990. The existence of the dojo would not have been possible without the generous donation made by Mr Kenshiro Otsuka and the Otsuka Family.

The taikai will be held on Saturday 14th of July 2018.

The two events, an Iaido Taikai and Kendo Taikai, are teams-based goodwill taikai. There will be an Iaido Taikai as well as a Kendo Taikai. Entry for competitors and spectators is free.

A detailed schedule for the day will be provided at a later date.

The Teams
There will be pools comprised of teams of three. Each team will have two Kyu grades and one Dan grade (numbers permitting). The members of each team will be randomly selected so competitors in a team may not be from the same club.

Iaido Taikai Competitors
As the Iaido Taikai will be held in the morning, to allow for the selection of teams and the determination of the draw, competitors must pre-register their interest to compete prior to the day. Registrations for the Iaido Taikai will close on Friday the 29th of June 2018. Registrations can only be made by replying to this email Please include your current grade and club when replying and do not change the subject of the email.

Kendo Taikai Competitors
This taikai is for ungraded kendoka (in full bogu) up to and including 2nd Dan.

Registrations for the Kendo Taikai will be taken on the day as it will be held after lunch. Therefore, to ensure that there is sufficient time to select the teams and determine the draw, competitors must register before 12:00pm on the day, Saturday, 14th of July 2018.

Shinais will be checked that they’re in good condition when competitors register.

Senior Iaido members are requested to assist with shinpaning the Iaido Taikai. Kendoka 3rd Dan or above will be required to assist with shinpaning the Kendo Taikai. Please let me know by Friday the 6th of July 2018 if you are available to assist with the shinpaning of either taikai.

Kind regards,

Kristine Ventura

Secretary Melbourne Budokai


2019 VKR Coaching Team Announcement

Dear VKR Members,

The VKTC wishes to advise of the appointment of Kenji Sugimoto (5 Dan, MUKEN) as VKR Team Coach for the 2019 Australian Kendo Championships.

Kenji leads a team consisting of himself as head coach, assistant coaches Takayuki Suzuki (5 Dan, MBK) and Kanako Harada (5 Dan, MBK) and Manager Andrea Ngai (1 Dan, MBK).

We congratulate the Coaching Team on their appointment and looks forward to their success.

Yakov Macak
Chairperson VKTC


Jularaj Suthibutr
Victorian Kendo Renmei


MBK Notice: MBK Okada Sensei Seminar

Dear VKR and AKR members,

Visit and Kendo Seminar – 27th July – 30th July, 2018

Melbourne Budokai would like to invite you learn from, and practice with, our visiting Sensei:
OKADA Morimasa Sensei (Kyoshi 8th Dan)

Will also be joined by three other Sensei
ITO Masataka Sensei (Kyoshi 7th Dan)
MATSUO Hironori Sensei (Kyoshi 7th Dan)
MURAOKA Kozo Sensei (Renshi 7th Dan)

The program of events will be as follows

Official Seminar
Saturday 28th July and Sunday 29th July
Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre
30 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park VIC
Arrive by 9:00am Start 9:30am and finishing 4:30pm both days
Lunch: B.Y.O.
Dinner: To be confirmed
Seminar Fee: To be confirmed
Seminar content and schedule: To be confirmed

We also anticipate that there will be a chance for an informal keiko session as follows. As this will be at Kenshikan Dojo, we may limit the number of participants on a first come, first serve basis due to the size of the dojo:

Friday 27th July
Keiko Session for 1 hour
Kenshikan Dojo
Arrive by 5:30pm, Keiko Start 6:00pm Keiko Finish 7:00pm
Dinner: to be arranged

Expression of Interest

As we finalise the details of this exciting seminar, we invite you to express your interest in attending so that we can better accommodate all expected attendees.

Please fill in the attached Survey Monkey form by Friday, 15th June, 2018.

Survey here:

After this date we will send details on the seminar cost, content and schedule.

We hope you can take this great opportunity to train and learn from these high ranking senseis whilst they are here.

Additionally, the dinners afterwards are a great opportunity to build on the connections made on the Dojo floor.

Kind regards,

Kristine Ventura
Secretary Melbourne Budokai


Fwd: Post-WKC Kendo Tour in Korea

Dear VKR Members,

Post-WKC Kendo Tour in Korea

Date: 18/9-23/9/2018 (Tue-Sun)
Program: Kendo training and tour to various cities in South Korea
Open to: all AKR members (both genders). Limited to 10 places for logistics reason.
Cost: AUD 100-150 per day; accommodation, meals, and transport included
Accommodation: Seoung Kyun Kwan University * cheap and quality accommodation.

There will be a 6-day tour Kendo training & sightseeing tour in Korea after the 17th World Kendo Championships. This is a wonderful opportunity to train with high-level Kendo teams in different regions of Korea, to meet new friends in Kendo, and to experience the beauty and culture of the country with an experienced guide and like-minded Kendo mates.

To express your interest, please contact Choi sensei by Sunday 23rd June.

More information, Contact: Hoyoung Choi sensei, (mob) 0401 180 825 or


Jularaj Suthibutr
Victorian Kendo Renmei

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