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MUKEN Taikai 2012 - get ready to enter!
training at MUKEN
Melbourne University Kendo Club, aka MUKEN, will be holding their annual competition. It is open to all VKR members.
Date : Saturday 26th May 2012
Time : 12pm-5pm
Venue : The University of Melbourne
The taikai will be the same as last year, with 4 divisions (individuals) involved:
Beginners (commenced learning Kendo after 1 Jan 2012)
Up to 3rd Kyu
1 & 2 Kyu
1 & 2 Dan
Registrations for the event will open at the end of April, along with more information regarding the event.
This is a great taikai for newer Kenshi because it pits them against people their own level. There is no other kendo taikai in Melbourne that has a division for beginners.
If any of you are good with your hands (or your mum or dad is!), you might like to try making this kendo dummy. I haven't made one but it looks good and the detailed plans are free to download. http://www.bestkendo.com/HowtoDummy.html b
Some more holiday reading, this time about something that I hope everyone will be doing and thinking about regularly while they are not in the dojo – suburi! This research is by a group of researchers from Keio University in Japan, led by two 7-dan kendo sensei. They looked at the best position to swing back to, and also the best position to stop the cut, whilst doing men suburi. Click here to read the article. b *Thanks to www.miamivalleykendo.org for the article