23 May 2014

MUKEN Taikai tomorrow — updated schedule for competition



Thank you to all who have registered to compete or assist with shinpan duties. Due to changes in the venue booking, we will have to alter the starting time for the MUKEN 25th Anniversary Taikai.
The event will now be from 1:00pm-6:00pm. Shiasha should arrive at 1:00pm for registrations and shinai weigh-in, and shinpan no later than 1:30pm.
Please refer to the schedule below. Any further questions should be directed to enquiries@muken.com.au


MUKEN 25th Anniversary Taikai Schedule:

 
1:00    Dojo Open - Registrations and Shinai Check
1:45    Opening Ceremony
2:00    Beginners
            Junior Kyu - Up to 4 Kyu
            Senior Kyu - 3 - 1 Kyu
            Children's Exhibition Shiai
            1st & 2nd Dan
            3rd & 4th Dan
            Closing Ceremony
            Jigeiko
5:30    Close


Regards,
Jularaj Suthibutr
President
Melbourne University Kendo Club

15 May 2014

Saturday 17 May - training plan

As you know I will be away this Saturday. So I'm writing this plan as a bit of a guide as to what to do:


  • usual cleaning and warm-up routine. Suburi
  • after mokuso and rei, do some more suburi, focusing on:
  1. both arms straight at the end of the cut; bring elbows together by wringing hands inwards
  2. left heel off the ground at all times, especially when going backwards
  • then men tsuke and 'NSK Kirikaeshi" (this will be first half of training): 
  1. men following through twice; a third men and motodachi retreats, kakarite cuts 4 sayu-men forward, 5 back, then follow through with men. Rotate and repeat this sequence three times with different partners
  2. kote following through twice; a third kote and motodachi retreats, kakarite cuts 4 sayu-men forward, 5 back, then follow through with kote. Rotate and repeat this sequence three times with different partners
  3. kote-men following through twice; on third kote-men motodachi retreats, kakarite cuts 4 sayu-men forward, 5 back, then follow through with kote-men. Rotate and repeat this sequence three times with different partners
  4. do following through twice; on third time cut men and motodachi retreats, kakarite cuts 4 do (starting on the right side) forward, 5 back, then follow through with do. Rotate and repeat this sequence three times with different partners
  • men tore and have a break
  • then men tsuke once more and working on whatever you want to practice against partners in rotation. do 10 repetitions with each partner for plenty of practice.
  • in the last 10 minutes finish with some light jigeiko, rotating after about 2 minute each.
  • finish

5 May 2014

Bogu and kogusoku display at Brunswick Secondary College






Here is a display that we have created in the school library at BSC. The aim of the display is to encourage and inspire our Kendo students by showing the connection between bogu and kogusoku. I've added extra bits and pieces such as a BSC tenugui, a Japanese sensu (fan), an imitation sword in shirasaya (storage mounting; unfortunately not historically accurate but it was the only 'spare' and 'safe' sword available!), images of close-combat armoured fighting from the Yagyu Shingan Ryu, and sundry books on or by samurai (pick the famous front covers!).

A beautiful coincidence is that all our year 8 students will be commencing their study of Shogunate Japan in Humanities class from this week and for the rest of term!

The display has really created quite a buzz at school, among kenshi and non-kenshi alike.

Click on the photo to see it by itself. Click on it again after that to make it full size once more.

History and making of a Japanese sword



Came across this excellent doco from the "Beginning Japanology" series by NHK.

Keep an eye out in the first 10 mins for footage of iaido from the annual 8th dan Taikai in Hakone. Simply awesome. The kata they are demonstrating is, I think, from the Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu.

 























3 May 2014

6th MUKEN Taikai


members of MUKEN at a recent Nanseikan Kangeiko, performing the dreaded 'Shibashi' pose.


This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the University of Melbourne Kendo Club (MUKEN).

Here are details of the invitation to take part:



To all members of the VKR,

The Sixth Annual MUKEN Taikai will be held on Saturday, May 24th, at the University of Melbourne.
The date also marks the club's 25th year, and as such a celebratory dinner will be held after the tournament.

MUKEN would like to invite all members of the VKR to compete in the Taikai, and also attend the dinner following.

Entry is $10 per head.
The dojo will be open from 12:00pm.

Please find details of the day on the attached flyer.
Please note that the details for the dinner are yet to be confirmed; these will be released as soon as possible. There will not be a set menu - everyone will order their own meals. Mains will be in the $20 - $30 range.

If  you would like to compete, please inform your club secretary and provide them with your 
Surname, 
First Name, 
Grade, 
Club,
whether you are a beginner (starting 2013 or later),
whether you would like to attend the dinner,
and your payment.

The deadline for entries is Friday 11th May.

Dinner arrangements have been finalised:

Cafe Italia
56-66 University Street, Carlton
(Close to the corner of Faraday and Lygon)

Saturday 24th May
6:30pm

$30 for MUKEN members and alumni ($45 for non-members)
MUKEN members and alumni can enjoy a significant subsidy. Beginners are welcome to attend too.

Dinner will consist of
Entrée:
Calamari (every second person)
Grilled Chicken (every other person)
and Mains:
Steak (every second person)
Fish (every other person)
with Salads and Sides.
There are vegetarian options too so please let us know if you require this.

There will be speeches and presentations to commemorate the event.

If you would like to attend please email the committee by Sunday 11th May.


We look forward to having you.


Kind Regards,
Viet Hoang
Outgoing President
Melbourne University Kendo Club