As Victoria comes out of lockdown, in-person training will resume with some changes. 6 February is the tentative start date for regular training in 2021, with 27 February as the start of the next beginners' course. Please check in with this website regularly for updates.
Special Iaido training for Kenshi
The VKR is having a special try-out training for all kenshi who would like to try the sister art to Kendo — Iaido.
Learn how to draw, cut and sheathe the katana in one quick, smooth action, just like our awesome iaido colleagues!
For sometime now, many kendoka in Victoria have expressed interest in trying iaido, but never got around to it due to other commitments (including kendo!). Now here's your chance to try; the VKR and its Iaido members are inviting all VKR kendoka to a one-off introductory course to iai;
Date/Time: Saturday 4th August, 2:00pm ~ 4:00pm
Fee: $10 (paid individually on the day)
What to bring: kendo-gi, hakama, bokuto, obi (if you have one)
RSVP: Sunday 29th July (email: secretaryATkendovictoria.asn.au or vicepresidentATkendovictoria.asn.au)
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