Friday, 14 December 2007

2007 Victorian Junior Kendo Taikai

An outstanding result for Ballarat at today's Victorian Junior Kendo Championships! We entered three members in the two events with a clean sweep resulting; Chris Brown won first place (2 years in a row!) in the under 16 taikai with Andre Bricknell second. In the under 14 event Sean Hearn came 1st in his first State Tournament. Well done lads and well done everyone in the Ballarat Kendo club for nurturing these three fine Kendo Ka!

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Mumeishi Kendo Club's Visit

It was an honour for us to host an end of the year joint training with Berwick's Mumeishi Kendo Club last night. Sensei Gazanigga and his group showed their expected total commitment to training and some great battles were fought. Our thanks to Ann Marie, Morgan and Erica for catering for the after battle festivities. Its been a great year! We look forward to visiting mumeishi early in 2008.

Friday, 30 November 2007

2007 Victorian Iaido Championships

Congratulations David Tannard and Walter Butler on achieving fighting Spirit awards at today's inaugural Victorian Iaido Championships.

Saturday, 24 November 2007

2007 Victorian Kendo Taikai

Congratulations Tarl O'Mara on preparing the Ballarat Team for today's State Taikai. No placings (just) but excellent performances from Celeste and Cassie in their first Taikai together with Ruffy, Trent and Corbo. In the Dan competition it was again good Kendo from Sachiko, Tarl, Gary, Jason and Dabido.

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Gary Visits Cairns

Gary Oliver is currently training with Kuramochi Sensei in Cairns. A great Club up there training at the moment in hot and humid conditions. We thoroughly recommend this dedicated group to anyone visiting Far North Queensland. They train next to the Cairns Showgrounds - just look for the sign.

Thursday, 30 August 2007

Dojo moved

We are moving - as of the 6th of September will be training at the Ballarat Secondry College East campus - Assembly Hall. See Dojo page for details on location at the cnr Fussell and Victoria St. This is going to be great as it is bigger and better see you all there.

Thursday, 23 August 2007

Inagawa students visit

What an exceptional week! It was great to have Ryan Oliver visit from Inagawa, Japan for a few days. With him were three young Kendo students who put in extra hard at tonight's training which was conducted by Ryan. The shiai at the end left a number of scores to be settled so let's work towards sending a team to Japan next year. Thankyou Ayane, Miku and Rina! We look forward to seeing you in 2008.

Monday, 20 August 2007

Budokai Club's visit

A special training was held in Ballarat tonight with members of the Melbourne Budokai Club. Special guest was Sensei Jamie Fennessy 7th Dan. Thanks guys, it was a great and inspirational night.

Saturday, 28 July 2007

The History of the Victorian Kendo Renmei

At the Yakatori BBQ tonight Gary Oliver launched his interactive Cd Rom; "The History of the Victorian Kendo Renmei". The Cd has nine chapters covering the Renmei's first 30 years from the Little Bourke Street Dojo to the recent Australian Championships held in Melbourne. Hundreds of Photographs are included plus testimonies from more than 20 of our highest ranked members. The Cd is free to all present VKR members and will soon be on the VKR website.

2007 Otsuka Memorial Taikai

Well done Ballarat at the Otsuka Memorial Taikai in Melbourne today. Adam Corbett was in the winning team and Sachiko Sakai and Carl Ruff in the second placed team. In addition, Carl Ruff and Chris Brown received the only two Fighting Spirit awards given on the night.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007


Congratulations Tarl O'Mara and Gary Oliver on making the Victorian contingent for the 32nd Australian Kendo Championships held over the long weekend of June 9th - 10th in Melbourne. Tarl fought well in the Open Dan Individuals, eventually being defeated by Kirby Smith, 4 times Australian Champion. Gary came 3rd in the Senior Division, the second time in the last three years.

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Welcome Sachiko Sakai

The Ballarat Club is pleased to welcome back Sachiko Sakai 3rd Dan. Sachiko will be training with us over the next 12 months

Saturday, 17 March 2007

VKR President

Gary Oliver returned as President of the VKR for the 8th consecutive year.

Saturday, 17 February 2007

Tatsuya San

The Ballarat Kendo club has been priviledged to have Tatsuya San from Inagawa Cho train with us for the the past two weeks. A great Kendo Ka with a sense of humour!

Thursday, 1 February 2007

Congratulations Tony

Congratulations Tony Pickering on achieving 5th Dan in Iaido at the National Taikai in Hobart.