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.
VKR membership fees due for year 2015-16
It is membership renewal time again. Until such time as the VKR devises an user-operated online membership portal, I have to submit all memberships manually.
So, if you not currently not training, but you:
imagine you will return to training soon, or
have no specific return date for training but wish to maintain membership for other reasons (e.g. retaining your grade, supporting the organisation, etc)
...you need to email me a.s.a.p. to let me know your intentions.
I will only renew your membership if you are currently training, or if you get in touch with me before 27 June.
NOTE 1: it is not necessary to send any money at this stage. The VKR will invoice me for the total amount when they process the application.
Above is the schedule of fees and how they break down for each art in the VKR (Kendo, Iaido, Jodo). The way it works is: AKR fee + VKR fee + discipline fee + insurance = total due. For example 20 + 29 + 10 + 11 = $70. This is the amount payable for a full year, adult membership of someone who practices only one of the three disciplines. An adult who practices Kendo and Iaido will pay $80 and so on.
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
Here are some interesting tenugui designs. Not all of these are kendo tenugui, some were souvneirs of a particular place like we have souvenir tea-towels. This is definitely a kendo tenugui. It reads from right to left and says "sword heart/mind, bright way" meaning, I think that to develop a sharp mind like a sword makes your path in life clear and bright. I think this is beautiful shuji (calligraphy). This one was a souvenir from the famous Buddhist temple "Ryoanji" in Kyoto. The design depicts the reason the temple is so famous, its stone garden. This is the club tenugui of the Ryujokan dojo in Kumamoto. It was produced as a limited edition for the 1992 Australian Kendo Championships in Melbourne. It is based on the Ryujokan joseki, the character "ken" with a long 'tail'. Here it is sideways. This tenugui is a souvenir of Kagoshima in southern Kyushu. It has two of Kagoshima's most famous sons: Okubo Toshimichi and Takamori Saigo. Bo