Monday, 21 December 2009

2009 Battlefield Winner

Congratulations to Ryan Oliver, this year's BATTLEFIELD winner. Runner up was David Tannard.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

4th Dan for Tarl

This is late in reporting, but a big well done for Tarl O'mara who reached his 4th Dan in Belgium.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Last Training of the Year 2009

Tonight is the penultimate training for the year. Please make a special effort to attend both tonight and next week, as it will be the last for a little while.

Next week will be all the usual festivites that you have grown to love over the years, the Battlefield, the Jumping Castle, the Ferris Wheel, the Roller Coaster and the Clowns. Due to lack of funds the only items will be there next week will be the Clowns (as they are every night), and the Battlefield.


Monday, 14 December 2009

2009 Nanseikan Summer Update

Date: Monday 21st December

Location: Nanseikan Dojo, St Pius X Primary School Hall, Waterdale Road, Heidelberg West (300m north of Bell St intersection).

Start time: 9.00am

Lunch: 1.00pm Please note, lunch is now BYO.

Finish time: 5.00pm


All day under 16 $15.00 (half day -$10.00)
All day senior $20.00 (half day - $15.00)

Requirements for attendance: VKR member, shinai and bokuto, kendogi and hakama, bogu (if wearing bogu), own lunch

Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch. Note, there is a kitchen with fridge, microwave, toaster, etc available at the dojo.
Please advise of any health or dietary issues beforehand.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

2009 Nanseikan Gasshuku

Nanseikan will again be hosting an all day Gasshuku (Training Camp)  on Monday 21 December from 9.00am until 5.00pm. Lunch will be provided. The cost will be $20 for junior VKR members and $30 for senior VKR members.

This is the first Monday of the school holidays so it is envisaged that the gasshuku will be more convenient for students. However any VKR member who is available is welcome to attend. Half day (or less) attendance is $10.00.

Practice will include in-depth looks at kata, bokuto kihon, waza and shiai (including basic shinpaning).

Hope to see lots of you there.

Ben Sheppard

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Mumeishi 3's 2009 Results

Congratulations to the Ballarat Team in this years Mumeishi 3's.

Although not winning past their pool of 3 teams. Carl Ruff and Jason Widdy (Ballarat only had two members for a three member team event) won the Team Spirit Fighting Award.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Mumeishi 3s 2009

The Mumeishi 3s will be played out on Sunday the 8th of November. It is always a great event and it should be attended by all Kendoka.

There will be at least 1 car going down so transport will be covered. Try to go down and be apart of a very good competion.


Thursday, 16 April 2009

How to make a Kendo Dummy

While lurking around the net I came across this very interesting site. It has detailed instructions on how to build your own Kendo Dummy.

This would be handy for people like myself (Jason) for becouse of work, I sometimes don't get to do any Kendo for months at a time.

Saturday, 28 February 2009

Cas & Tarl's last training session

Ballarat Farewells Tarl and Cass

It was a sad, yet very proud moment for the Ballarat Kendo Club last Thursday when we all said a kendo farewell to two of our most competetive and skilled kendo-ka.

Tarl O'Mara has been training at the BKC for over 14 years and will embark on a three year working holiday to Europe via Japan next week. Over the years Tarl has represented Ballarat at local, state, national and international levels, with excellent achievements in all areas. He has also been a very proactive training partner and coach to everyone who has ever stepped through the BKC doors.

Cass has trained with the BKC for a much shorter time than Tarl, however her strength, tenacity and overall attitude to Kendo and life is something to inspire both young and old.

Cass and Tarl's ever inspiring training sessions and skilled guidance will be missed by all as they fulfill their dream of international work and travel. Best of luck guys and we will see you soon!