Hi Everyone Here is an update on up comming gradings (Covid willing) September Grading Examinations Please note the proposed schedule for the September Grading Examinations: Date/Time Location Event Wed 1 Sep. – Sat 11 Sep. Various Club Based Grading Examinations for 6th, 5th & 4th Kyu Sun 12 Sep 8:00 am – 12 noon Monash AKR 5th Dan Grading Examination, VKR 3rd & 4th Dan Grading Examination Sun 12 Sep 1:00 pm Kenshikan Alternative time/venue for VKR 3rd & 4th Dan Examination Sun 19 Sep 1:00 pm Kenshikan VKR 3rd Kyu – 2nd Dan Grading Examination. (6th, 5th & 4th Kyu Examinations could also be held at this time if required) All Kendo members 4th Dan and above are requested to make themselves available as Grading Panellists, Tachiai or Motodachi for the Dan Grade examinations as required. 3rd Dan members with some experience as Grading Panellists may be called upon for the Kyu Grade Examinations. Lower Grades may be called upon as Motodachi for t

Extension of lockdown no. 5

  So we won't be training in person tomorrow night or this Saturday either.  We will have a Zoom training from 5.30 to 6pm tomorrow night.  And we'll have another Zoom next Saturday from 10 to 11am.  After that we'll see what happens! Please keep checking back to this website for updates in case things change. Stay safe and warm! In the meantime check out this video from Kamei sensei. It has English subtitles. He talks about some important aspects of kamae and seme. Fortunately it's much the same as what I always tell you all!

Zoom training this Saturday 17 July (first class for term 3) 10am to 11 am

Due to the current snap lockdown (no. 5...?) we will have a Zoom training this Saturday. Same Zoom meeting room as previously. Email me if you don't remember details. Hopefully we will be back next week to have our first in-person training on Wednesday 21 July. If you are a prospective student/beginner and were coming to watch training, please keep an eye on this website for information about when training in person will recommence. This Saturday at the end of training I'd like to discuss details of the possible grading situation in September. This is the start of club-based gradings where individual clubs run gradings for 6kyu to 4kyu in their home dojos during their normal training times. There are some requirements around that in terms of training people to manage the admin and paperwork involved, as well as training up grading panel members. More details on Saturday.

Term 3 news | VKC | first aid | second Nittaidai seminar

  Term 3 This term we will be looking at shiai (matches). We will be doing lots of practice shiai and also giving people a chance to learn and practice their shinpan (refereeing) skills. There are some temporary rule changes due to COVID so we will be going through those carefully so those competing in VKC will be ready. Victorian Kendo Championships Applications for this year's VKC are now open. VKC is the weekend of 14-15 August.  There have been some changes to the rules which we can go in detail. Some are to do with COVID, others are to do with tightening up expectations around attire (e.g. correct zekken, no himo colour other than dark blue, no black mengane, etc). The closing date for applications is 23 July, so we will be discussing and finalising our entries after training on 17 July. First aid training The VKR is again sponsoring one person from each club to do first aid training. These are the criteria: The 2021 VKR  First   Aid  Program will be run as follows:  Up to 10

How to order a Zekken - 2021

Image If you haven't ordered your own club zekken yet, you should do so as soon as possible. Zekken are the special bag-shaped garment? device? tag? that goes over the centre flap on your tare. It's a one-time cost because you can remove them easily and swap them to different bogu as necessary. Above is a screen-shot of the new ordering page which Zen-Sankei has made easier for us at my request. Previously you could only order one zekken at a time and only using the account holder's name. But when I pointed out to them that we have families training with us, they made the change. Thanks Zen-Sankei!  The main part of the zekken -- the Nanseikan name at the top and the logo in the middle -- are set up at the factory in Japan already. All you need to do is: Choose your size -  choose large if you are using an adult sized bogu. All our new members (apart from Amelia) are weari
Hi All The VKR Kendo championships are to be held 14th to the 15th of Augest. Registrations are now open and must be in by the 23rd of July. We should be back and training before then and so we can discuss in the Dojo Its open to everyone. I have attached the link below but it may not work Andrew D

STOP PRESS! Training this Saturday returns to the dojo. Please read...

The results of our email poll were in favour of a return to the dojo, but I think we can accommodate everyone.  Yes , training as normal this Saturday, in the dojo , for our last Saturday training of term. Start and finish times 10am to 12noon as usual. Yes , we will also have our very last training of term next Wednesday night 23rd June, also in the dojo . 6.30 to 8pm as usual. Yes , we will also have a Zoom training this Saturday for those who can't make it to the dojo. No, there will be no Zoom training next Wednesday night however. Zoom training this Saturday will be the usual meeting ID and it will be the first hour only, from 10am to 11am. Although there is a limit to 10 people inside at the moment, if we have more than ten we will have an overflow group training outside and we will rotate the two groups so that everyone gets to train inside equally. Our usual COVID measures apply: scan QR code masks at all times inside don't come to training if you feel unwell - get

2nd half of 2021 training dates | Tomoko's new bags

Thank you for your assistance in helping Sean compile the membership renewal application to the VKR. Next Saturday is our last Saturday training for the term and it will be on Zoom. As we move forward please check back in to this site and also TeamApp for updates on return to in-dojo training. I hope we will be able to start term 3 back face-to-face. Term 3 : 17 Jul to 11 Sep (9 weeks) Semester 2 Beginners' Course   : 7 Aug to 11 Sep (6 weeks) Victorian Kendo Championships weekend of   14-15 Aug (to be confirmed early July) Term 4:  9 Oct to 11 Dec (10 weeks)  Shochugeiko  11 or 18 Dec (date to be confirmed) The Training Dates page for 2021 been updated to show these dates. Tomoko's new bags Here is a new range of bags that Tomoko has designed for your consideration. She has also told me that she has completed the previous order and will bring them to training once we return to the dojo.

Zoom trainings Saturday 10.30 to 11.30am and Wednesday 5.30 to 6.00pm until further notice


Wed night (9/6) training cancelled | New restrictions easing: Saturday training to stay on Zoom this week | memberships reminder

It's late notice but I am cancelling tonight's online training due to weather, insufficient space in my home to run training and eye strain from too much screen time for me! Training this weekend (12/6) will stay online. Although schools are back, the Gov't is wary about gyms and indoor training. Outside groups are a maximum of ten so I think we can stay online for one more week. :fingerscrossedemoji: Sean will be sending out reminders about membership. Please respond if you haven't already. Recent beginners will have their names added to the club's nafudakake . (above)  

High school Kendo in Japan: To-o-gijuku High School

The Japanese experience of Kendo in school and university has always fascinated me. These four videos from Let'sKendo are really interesting. Probably only for the die-hard Kendo otaku amongst you all! The first three videos shows the regular training at To-O-Gijuku High School (東奧義塾高等学校) in Aomori Prefecture. It's fascinating to me to see their training space: the huge banners, trophies, soft arm chairs and heaters (probably for visiting old 8-dans in the colder months!), photos and calligraphy. From the amount of framed photos and certificates, I'm guessing this stadium doesn't get used for basketball all that much! What else is interesting to watch is their unique training routines. I've mentioned this in training recently, how many dojos have their own versions of kiri-kaeshi and so on. Their warm-ups are as much to do with fostering a unique identity as a club and as a team, as they are a physical preparation.  Note also how quickly and in unison the whole club

Extension of lockdown | memberships due | kirikaeshi | 20th anniversary

Lockdown We will be having another Zoom training this Saturday as a result of the lockdown extension. The time will be half and hour longer: 10.00 to 11.30am, using the same Zoom meeting room as usual. We will also be training next Wednesday via Zoom also. Let's hope that lockdown eases next week and doesn't get further extended! Memberships Sean will be in touch with members soon about process for joining or renewing with the VKR and AKR. Please keep an eye out for his email from "membership.nanseikan@gmail". Kirikaeshi As our newest members learned two weeks ago in the dojo, kirikaeshi is a universal warm-up drill in dojo everywhere. The standard format is 2 sets of sayu-men (diagonal men strikes) moving forward and backwards intersperse with three straight men strikes against your partner who either receives on their men or blocks with their sword.  As we learned the format is most commonly nine sayu-men: four forwards and five backwards. But sometimes different do

Training cancelled tomorrow - Zoom training instead

Of course tomorrow's training has to be cancelled due to the snap lockdown no. 4. I'm confident that this will be only a one-week hiatus. So for tomorrow only we will go back to a Zoom training format. The meeting ID is the same as last year. I will TeamApp the meeting ID to club members again. If you do not have TeamApp please email me directly. Training will go from 10.30 to 11.30am. Wednesday night training will be from 6.30 to 7pm. See you then and remember, we've done this before, we'll get through it! ____________________________________________________________________________ Below please find a message from VKR President Michael Dunn to all clubs Dear all,    As you are no doubt aware, the Victorian Government has announced a 7 day lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic effective 11.59pm tonight. In line with Government restrictions, all Clubs should cease in-person training until the lockdown has been lifted and guidelines permit a return to training.    The VKR

Kendo training tonight cancelled - Wed 25 May

Training tonight has been cancelled due to the increase in numbers today, particularly in the northern suburbs. It seems sensible to take a break at this early stage when infections seem to be on the rise. Hopefully numbers will peak soon.  I'm hopeful training will go ahead Saturday but it will depend on the next couple of days.

Response to 25 May 2021 COVID restrictions - Kendo training to continue - please take care

  Training will continue at Nanseikan using masks as we have been, but we will be taking more care than in recent weeks until the restrictions are lifted. As well as the points in the poster above, please note the following instructions: Training will be limited to 30 people inside the dojo. If you feel unwell, get tested and don't come to training until you receive a negative result. If you are eligible, get vaccinated. If you have visited one of the recent exposure sites, check what the instructions are for that site and follow them. Masks must be worn properly (over nose and mouth) at all times. Bring more than one mask to training and change to a fresh mask halfway through. Come dressed in hakama and kendogi to the dojo. There will be no using the toilets or other parts of the hall. Don't share or touch equipment other than that of members of your own household.  Sanitise hands before and after touching any objects or fittings in the dojo. Training will move to a lower imp

What I've learned from Nishimura sensei's HIIT routine

  In the last week we've had a look at Nishimura's HIIT session  during our in-dojo training sessions. I've also trialled it at home. The app I've been using is Eugene Sharafan's Tabata Timer app . It is simple and works well. It has 'work' and 'rest' sessions which you can adjust. When you open it, it has the Tabata format of 20s work followed by 10s rest. It also has the Tabata standard of 8 'cycles', i.e. how many different drills in the session. Nishimura s. has designed his with 9 drills or cycles., so you should change that to 9.  Then it lets you specify how many 'sets'. So how many times do you want to repeat the session of drills, and then how much rest do you want to have in between?  After a bit more research, here are some extra things I've learned that you might like to keep in mind when you try it. It is an excellent home training tool. Be well hydrated in the hours before you do this workout, it will make it easier.

Nittaidai seminar 5 June

  The National Sports Science University Tokyo (Nittaidai) has had a long association with Kendo in Australia and especially Victoria. This year because travel is restricted, there will be an online seminar run by these three illustrious sensei (l to r): ·    Furusawa Nobuaki ,  Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan, Director and Men’s Manager of the Nippon Sport Science University Kendo Club. ·    Yagisawa Makoto ,  Kendo Kyoshi 8th Dan, head instructor of the Nippon Sport Science University Kendo Club, Vice President of the Nippon Sport Science University. ·    Shinzato Chikano,  Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan, coach of the Nippon Sport Science University Kendo Club women’s team (l-r. Furusawa sensei, Yagisawa sensei and Shinzato sensei) who all teach at Nittaidai. All of them have visited Australia for seminars on multiple occasions in the past. The seminar will be via Zoom on Saturday 5 June from 10am to 11.30am. We will take part in the seminar at our dojo as if it was a normal training.   The following inf
Hi Everyone This one is for young and old. I am sure Sensei will discuss this on saturday The 2021 Victorian Kendo Championships will be held on 14-15 August at Victoria University, Footscray Campus. To support VKR planning for this event, the VKR requests that each club complete the following Expression of Interest Survey by 17 May 2021: Kind regards, Michael Dunn President Victorian Kendo Renmei
Hi Everyone For all of us older folk the Masters games are on in Perth Please find attached a poster for the promotion of the Kendo Event at Australian Masters Games 2021 and a draft schedule. Please note that at this point since the organisers do not know how many people will be coming to the AMG, the schedule remains a draft and may be modified closer to the date. Masters Games Kendo Competition Schedule DRAFT Saturday 9th of October Time Event 8.00 - 9.00am Shinai check, competitor warm-up, Shinpan and volunteer meeting 9.00 - 9.30am Opening Ceremony 9.30 - 10.00am Women's 30-39 Individual event 10.00 - 10.30am Men's 30-39 Individual event 10.30 - 11.30am Women's 40-49 Individual event 11.30 - 12.00 Men's 40-49 Individual event 12.00 - 1.00pm Lunch 1.00 - 1.30pm Women's 50-59 Individual event 1.30 - 2.00pm Men's 50-59 Individual event 2.00 - 2.30pm Women's 60+ Individual event 2.30 - 3.00pm Men's 60+ Individual even

handmade shinai bags

This is Tomoko san's "Great waves" bag in two sizes. Now that the beginners' course has finished and many of you have got your own shinai, you'll be wanting a bag to transport it in. Tomoko Fujiie is a kendoka who lives in Benalla and she makes beautiful cloth bags that are functional and strong. She uses traditional Japanese designs in her choice of fabric and each bag can fit two shinai and a bokuto. There is also a separate pocket for the tsuba (sword guard).  She also makes great general purpose bags in the same way. I own several and they're great. This is a link to her ebay page where you can see all her designs. The best way to order is to decide as a group and I can submit a single order. Tomoko-san will then deliver the bags to the dojo when they are finished (about 8 weeks). You can then pay her on delivery. Please have a look at her eBay page and let me know.