Friday, 28 May 2010

Nagayama and Ohara Senseis visit

Nagayama sensei 7th Dan Kyoshi Jodo, 7th Dan Kyoshi Iaido and 7th Dan Renshi Kendo will be visiting Victoria with Ohara Sensei 7th Dan Kyoshi Iaido, 6th Dan Renshi Jodo and Second Dan Kendo to run a series of trainings from Thursday the 3rd of June 2010 to Monday the 7th of June 2010 in Ballarat and Melbourne.

Thursday 3rd June 2010


Location : Ballarat Karate Club - 9 Moyle Street,Ballarat,Victoria 3350

Jodo 2:00pm - 4:00pm (Ballarat Karate Club)

Location : Ballarat Kendo Club - Ballarat Secondry College East Campus Assembly Hall Cnr Fussell st & Victoria st Ballarat

Iaido - 5:30pm - 6:30pm (Ballarat Kendo Club)
Jodo - 6:30pm - 8:30pm - Ohara Sensei (Ballarat Karate Club)
Kendo - 6:30pm - 8:30pm - Nagayama Sensei (Ballarat Kendo Club)

Cost $10

Meal with Sensei aftwards - Location TBA

Friday 4th June 2010 - Dan Grade Only Training


Location : TJK Training Hall, Coburg North Primary School hall, 148 Ohea St, Coburg North

Jodo - 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Iaido - 7:45pm - 9:00pm

Cost $20 for the evening

Meal with Sensei aftwards - Location TBA

Saturday 5th June 2010 - Open Training to all VKR Members


Location : Chikushinkai Training Hall. The Ajani Centre, 284 Thompsons Road, Lower Templestowe Vic 3107

Jodo - 8:30am - 12:00pm
Iaido - 12:30pm - 4:00pm

Cost $50 for the day.

Dinner with all members - Location TBA

Sunday 6th June 2010 - Open Training to all VKR Members


Location : TJK Training Hall, Coburg North Primary School hall, 148 Ohea St, Coburg North

Jodo - 9:00am - 12:30pm
Iaido - 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Cost $50 for the day.

Private Dinner with Nagayama Sensei's Personal students and Senior VKR Members

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Graded Individual Kendo Competition

To All VKR Members:


Please note that the Melbourne University Kendo Club will host a Graded Individual Kendo Competition at the Melbourne University Sports Union, on Saturday 26 June.

Depending on the number of entrants, Registration will start at 11:00am and the Competition will run from 12:00 noon to about 4:00pm.  A final jigeiko session will be scheduled, time permitting.

The format will be similar to last years 20th Anniversary Taikai, with the following features:

4 Divisions:


  • Up to 3rd Kyu
  • 1 & 2 Kyu
  • 1 & 2 Dan
  • 3 & 4 Dan

Each Division played out to find a winner, a runner-up and 2 equal 3rds.

The final 2 in each division will go up into the next division.

Open to all AKR Members.

Numbers will be limited due to time constraints; selection of competitors and the draw will be at the discretion of the UMKC Committee.  However earlier entries will receive preference.

Dan competitors will be expected to make themselves available to shinpan the Kyu divisions.  Hakama and keikogi to be worn for this. Senior members not competing will be asked to assist as shinpan for the senior divisions.

Further details of rules and format to be finalised once the number of entries is known.

Entries close Friday 11 June, entry fee $10 per head, details of how to enter will be circulated soon.

Please ensure all Club members are aware of this opportunity for shiai against competitors of their own standard.

Regards to all,

Yakov Macak
Instructor,
Melbourne University Kendo Club

Ballarat Kendo 2010 Taikai

Our thanks to Gary, Jason and Ryan (& Celeste) for shimpaning on the night. Also to Helen and Catherine for time keeping and score keeping.

A special thanks to Piero from Mumeishi who entered from another officially recognised Kendo Club.

Our results


Yudansha Competition


  • 1st David Tannard
  • 2nd Carl Ruff

Graded Kyu


  • 1st Chris Hope
  • 2nd Shaun Hearn

Ungraded Kyu


  • 1st Steve Zhun
  • 2nd Thomas Winkelman
  • 3rd Michael Milley

Fighting Spirit


  • Ole Kalderman

Next Taikai – 26th June at Melbourne University beginning 11 a.m.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Katsumi Kuramochi Sensei visit

Former Ballarat Club member, Katsumi Kuramochi Sensei visited Ballarat in the last week of April. Katsumi was our resident Sensei for a number of years from 1992. He was instrumental during that time in lifting our skills in Kendo and iaido as well as introducing Seitei jodo to Ballarat (a first in Australia).

During the week Sensei taught jodo to members of the Ballarat Karate club, held an inspiring training on the Tuesday and was interviewed by WIN TV and ABC Radio on the Wednesday.

The visit was short but hopefully we can get him down for a longer visit in the near future.
Katsumi Kuramochi Sensei visit


WinTV Interview


The Ballarat Courier Interview

Online article here