Showing posts from 2019

Nittaidai Seminar

Here are the details for the up coming Nittaidai Seminar Sorry I cut and pasted this from a PDF, I couldnt figure out how to import a PDF. If anyone wants the full brochure let me know and I will email it. Early Bird discount ends 31st of December.  Kendo Renmei presents Nittaidai Kendo Seminar 2020 Featuring: Makoto Yagisawa Sensei: 8-dan, kyoshi Nobuaki Furusawa Sensei: 7-dan, renshi Chikano Shinzato Sensei: 7-dan, renshi When: 29 Feb – 1 Mar 2020 9am – 5pm Where: Monash University Recreation Centre (Clayton Campus) Melbourne,  Registration (Individual Registration) Fees: Early Bird (before 31st December 2019): 2-day : $80 1-day : $50 Full Price (from 1st Jan 2020) 2-day : $100 1-day : $60 Benalla/Apollo Bay/Under 16s (2-day): $60 From the Desk of the Secretary

Grading Dates

Dear All here is the full list of grading dates as it currently stands: Kendo Sun. 15th March --- 6th kyu - 3rd kyu kendo Sun. 22nd March --- 2nd kyu - 4th dan kendo (AKC's grading Tuesday, 14th April at MSAC) Sun. 6th Sept. --- 6th kyu - 3rd kyu kendo Sun. 20th Sept. --- 2nd kyu - 4th dan kendo Iaido/Jodo Sat. 28th March Sat. 25th July From The Desk of the Secretary 

Great new koryu videos from Meiji Shrine Autumn Budo Demonstrations

Tatsumi Ryu starts at 11:35    Don't forget to check out our previous post about how to order Tomoko san's beautiful shinai bags.

Tomoko san's bespoke sword bags

click on the image to see an enlarged version Tomoko Fujiie showed us her beautiful sword bags recently at training. If you would like to order one, please follow the link to her order form below. She makes two sizes: one size for katana/bokuto and the other for shinai. The thing I really like about them, apart from the fact that they are beautifully made, is that they have an ingenious toggle-drawstring closure which is simple and secure. I've not see that before an any shinai fukuro . Tomoko san's order form You can email your order to directly to kyohei dot fujiie at mail dot com Payment on delivery.

no training Wednesday 4 December

Apologies to those who were keen to train. There's always suburi! Last Wednesday training for 2019 will be the 11th.

Saturday 14 December: last training for 2019 and Shochugeiko by the beach

Last year's Shochugeiko at Blairgowrie Community Hall photo courtesy Kyohei Fujiie It was so much fun we're doing it again! We're heading down to Blairgowrie for our annual summer training camp or shochugeiko . Here are the details: Where : Blairgowrie Community Hall, 12 William Rd. When : 9.30 to 4.00pm, Saturday 14 December  Meet : at the Heidelberg West Dojo at 7.00am and depart at 7.30am Cost : $20.00 VKR members, $10.00 Nanseikan members Food : BYO. Hall has full kitchen with fridge, stove, microwave, etc. Dinner will be picnic or BBQ on the foreshore. We'll be taking the St Pius PS bus which will fit about 10 people but we'll also need a couple of cars to help transport everyone's bogu. Hopefully the weather will be warm enough for a swim after we finish training for the day, although as last year showed, some people will go for a swim no matter what the temperature. So bring your bathers!

Tashiro sensei seminar 2019

Tashiro sensei will again be visiting Melbourne as the guest of Mumeishi Kendo Club. All VKR members are welcome to attend a seminar and/or several trainings that Sensei will be visiting during the week of his visit. Please see details of the seminar and various trainings below.  Thanks to Mumeishi Kendo Club President Trent Reeve for this info. Other trainings: Mumeishi Kendo Club, Berwick Masonic Hall, 106 Princes Highway (Main street) Berwick: > > November > Wed 27th - 7.30pm - 9.30pm > Fri 29th - 7.30pm - 9.30pm > > December > Sun 1st - 9.30am - 11.30am > Wed 4th - 7.30pm - 9.30pm > Sun 8th - 9.30am - 11.30am > > A $5 visitor fee is applicable at these sessions. Parking is available at the dojo and across the street. > > Sensei will also be visiting the following dojo during his stay. In each case please observe the host dojo's visitor fees. > > Thurs Nov 28th @ Fudoshin Kendo Club 7pm - 8.30pm > Mon Dec 2nd and

Atsushi's "itte rasshai" party

Atsushi is returning to Japan at the end of this month. Most likely he will be back next year when his visa is sorted out, so it is "itte rasshai" (see you soon) rather than "sayonara" (goodbye)! So I will be hosting a small party after training next Wednesday (20/11) at my house, around the corner from the dojo. The forecast is for for 31 degrees! So it will be the perfect night for a couple of beers after training. We can fire up the hibachi and have some yakitori, etc to help the beer go down. Please let me know via email or text if you are thinking of coming. Hopefully we can get all of the usual Wednesday night crowd and perhaps some extras for one night. Kanpai!

New club roles and calendar for 2020

Our demonstration at the 2019 Sakura Picnic Day Thanks to everyone who put their hands up to take on various roles within the club. It's really heartening to know that people are willing to support the club with their expertise. It's also great to have people sharing their ideas with me on how to improve things at the club. It means that you're all thinking deeply about the way things run and are inspired to make things better. These are the people and the projects/roles assigned so far. The nature and the duration of each will be largely defined by the people undertaking them. However I will be in touch with each of you to offer some guidelines on the sort of things to expect, particularly in connection with jobs like Secretary. I imagine the ongoing roles will be for one year unless we decide otherwise. These positions are not exclusive or set-in-stone, so if you want to offer to work jointly on any of these tasks or projects, feel free to speak wit

Future strategy meeting notes and feedback

Thanks everyone for making time for today's meeting. It was a great lunch and discussion. For your reference, the sushi was from Popula in Ivanhoe. Maybe we should make lunches after training a regular event! Below is a summary of our discussion points and precis of your ideas for improvement/innovation: Yvonne described the grants landscape, with focus on local gov't grants from Banyule. Either need to become incorporated or be auspiced by VKR.  $2500 equip't grants come up monthly. Other entry-level grants for community groups available. Support focus on locality and niche-sports/activities.  Ideas for equipment: curtains for changeroom; mirror for dojo Next tier is State Gov't grants accessed through VKR, particularly ones to support increased participation by women and girls, funding for AED (defibrillator) Yvonne believed incorporation shouldn't be onerous. Perhaps one hour per month on avg for committee members. Andrew pointed out various tax breaks

term 4 training starts this Saturday!

And iai at 8.30. See you then!

no training this Wednesday

There will be no training this Wednesday 18th. We will resume training for term four on Saturday 12 October. Make sure you do some suburi every day!

Sakura Picnic Day 2019, Sunday 13 October

We have been asked to do a Kendo demonstration at this year's Sakura Picnic Day. The demo is scheduled for 12 noon so meet at the park by 11.45am in hakama and kendogi. Please let me know via email if you are interested in taking part.

CORRECTION! Grading 6th kyu to 3rd kyu coming up...

Sunday 25 August at the Kenshikan.  Sunday 8 September (Applications due by 25 Aug.) Registration on the day: 12.30 Start 1.00pm Confirm with me your availability via email or at training this Saturday.

New Kendo Documentary - The Path of No Regret

NHK has just released a documentary about All Japan champion Hidehisa Nishimura. Called "The Spirit of Kendo: The Path of No Regret" it's available on NHK World's streaming site until 2 November this year. Enjoy!

Keishi Ryu Iai

 Beginning rei There are videos on this channel for the first four of the five kata and also for the closing rei. The kata are: Mae Goshi, Asayama Ichiden Ryu Muso Gaeshi, Shindo Munen Ryu Migi no Teki, Kyoshin Meichi Ryu Mawarigake, Tamiya Ryu Shiho, Tatsumi Ryu There's no video for "Shiho" for some reason. So here's the previous Tatsumi Ryu Headmaster demonstrating: View this post on Instagram Shiho 四方 (Four Directions), the Tatsumi Ryu kata that is included in the Keishi Ryu iai curriculum. This video is from the Nippon Budokan's "Nihon Kobudo" film series shot in the 1970s. This is Kato Takashi soke, the 21st and previous headmaster, the current Headmaster's father. Graduate of Kokushikan Univ. Studied under Nakayama Hakudo and Mochida Seiji amongst others. He was graded 5th dan in Kendo and 5th dan in Iaido by the Dai Nippon Butokukai before WWII when these were the highest

Wednesday night trainings start tomorrow

7.30 to 9.00pm as usual. See you there.

Term 3: competitions, seminars and gradings.... and Furukawa!

I I hope you're all enjoying the break and avoiding this winter's terrible 'flu. In the meantime, please have a look at Furukawa sensei's old Kendo DVD above. It doesn't matter that it's all in Japanese. You can probably understand the names of each waza as he mentions them ( "Ano ne, ma.... ano sugi wa, debana waza desu ne... debana men, anoo~..." "Ok so, um... er, next we have, um, debana...etc" :)), and he also acts out the wrong way to do them. But just watching how straight and relaxed his posture is, is in itself an education. He really does have some of the most beautiful Kendo I've ever seen. Coming up: VKR Delegates' meeting: this Sunday at 1pm, Kenshikan Okada sensei seminar 26-28 July   If you wish to be part of this, please contact me asap. VKC's 10-11 August.    Mick is now competition secretary so he is handling this and you should have heard from him already via email. Thanks Mick!! Ueyama sensei 26-3

Okada Morimasa sensei Kendo and Iai seminar 2019

Okada sensei from Nittaidai will be in Melbourne this month to run a weekend seminar. Last year was at MSAC, this year will be at Monash University. Due date for registrations is Friday 19th July (the day before we start back at training) so if you're interested in attending, you will have to let me know via email as soon as possible. Chief Instructor:  Okada Morimasa sensei, Kendo Kyoshi 8th Dan Assistant instructors:  Ito Masataka sensei, Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan, Hirokawa Takaki sensei, Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan, Otomo Yoichi sensei, Kendo Renshi 7th Dan, Hashikomi Maiko sensei, Kendo 6th Dan. Prices : Both Days Adults: $70 Students: $50 Per Day Flat Fee: $40 Participants that are 15 or under can attend for free. Content  • Lecture • Bokuto Ni Yoru Kendo Kihon Waza Keiko Ho • Nihon Kendo Kata • Kendo Basic / Advance Practice • Keiko Location and times : 27- 28 July 2019 9:30am ~ 4:30pm Monash University Games Hall Clayton Campus, 42 Scenic Blvd, Clayton VIC 3

"Onna bushido" The women who challenge for hachidan

Thanks to Reuben sensei for letting me know about this video. Made this year, it is the first doco I've seen about women 7th dans in Japan going for 8th dan. It only aired for the first time on NHK about 2 weeks ago. In Japanese without subtitles at this stage. Enjoy!

No training this Wednesday; last training for term 2 this Saturday...

Just a reminder that this Saturday is our last training for term 2.  Traditionally the last training for term 2 is our kangeiko. However due to some planning difficulties, this Saturday's training won't be an all day training as it is usually. It will however go longer than normal, finishing at 1.00pm. Term 3 starts on 20 July, and the next beginners' course on 10 August.

VKR/AKR fees due this week (2020 membership year)

Please note that annual membership renewals are due this week. They must be made in a single payment for the whole club, therefore I need your payment in my account by this Saturday evening at the latest.  BSB 313-140 AC#19235215 Fees are $70.00 for adults and $45.00 for juniors. If you do not pay by Saturday it just means your membership won't be renewed until next month; the VKR has a policy of only processing memberships payments between 1st and 15th of each month.

Training tonight has been cancelled

And remember, no training this Saturday. It's Election Day!

Training at Olympic Village Leisure Centre next Saturday/ Kataidai training regime/

Next Saturday 11 May we will be relocating to Olympic Village Sports Centre ( click to get directions  from the dojo). We won't have iai before-hand. Just meet at 8.30am to get changed for a 9am start. We will be training in the basketball stadium inside the main building. Just go straight ahead past reception and you can't miss it. The week after there will be no training due to the election. The following week training will be on again as usual back at the dojo. As promised here is the video of Kanoya Taiiku Daigaku, or the National Institute of Fitness and Sports (NIFS) in English, known as Kataidai for short. There are two national sports science or PE universities in Japan, one in Tokyo that we know very well (Nittaidai) and one is southern Kyushu. Kanoya is a town about the same size as Ballarat and it is located on the other side of Sakurajima from Kagoshima. It's an odd place for a national university, but that hasn't stopped them from becomi

VKR, AKR and other matters, please read and consider

There are four things coming up that Nanseikan members should consider. VKR First Aid initiative The VKR wants each club to have at least one trained first aider. They are willing to subsidise the cost of the course which will take place on 1 June. Applications were due on 28th this month but the deadline has been extended. Please go to this link for details. AKR Secretary and Treasurer positions The AKR is looking for volunteers to fill these positions. Secretary position description: Treasurer position description: MUKEN 30th anniversary taikai and dinner Melbourne Uni Kendo Club is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with an all-day taikai and dinner afterwards in Ly

Welcome to term two.

Welcome back! This term, please be prompt with dojo fees, paying them on the first day. Also, VKR/AKR membership fees will be due this term by the first week in June. More about that closer to time. Well done to Victoria in the recent AKCs. Both the men's and women's dan teams won this year! Please enjoy this video above. Takachiho High School is in Miyazaki Prefecture, not far from Kagoshima. This video has English captions, so you can read what they have to say about training, especially Noguchi sensei, their kantoku. He has some really nice ideas and a very calm and warm personality by the look of it. I hope watching the video helps inspire you for the term ahead. Speaking of which, we will have two weeks of interruptions this term: Sat 11 May and Sat 18 May. There will definitely be no training on the 18th (election day), but I will consider an alternative venue for the 11th. More info soon. This means that term two is an eight-week term.  We will start Wednesda

term 2 starts this Saturday

I hope everyone has enjoyed some time off over Easter. Below are the results from this year's AKC held in Perth. See you Saturday! MEN’S KYU INDIVIDUALS CHAMPIONSHIP 1st    James OH (NSW) 2nd    James O'NEILL (VIC) Equal 3rd    Ngoc Minh PHAM (NSW), Paolo Inigo USARES (NSW) WOMEN’S KYU INDIVIDUALS CHAMPIONSHIP 1st    Xiaodong ZHAO (ACT) 2nd    Yuk Ting Alice WONG (NSW) Equal 3rd    Iris SOMERA (NSW), Samantha Mi ZHONG (NSW) VETERANS INDIVIDUALS CHAMPIONSHIP 1st    Chiharu FUKUMOTO (WA) 2nd    Toshio NISHIMOTO (NT) Equal 3rd    Brian BRESTOVAC (WA), Noriko MATSUMOTO (VIC) WOMEN’S DAN INDIVIDUALS CHAMPIONSHIP 1st    Yumiko BUNNEY (WA) 2nd    Yue Julie FENG (NSW) Equal 3rd    Susan BONAR (WA), Nobuko FUJITO (NSW) MEN’S DAN INDIVIDUALS CHAMPIONSHIP 1st    Jayson CHAPLIN (NSW) 2nd    Kelvin Trong-Nang TRAN (NSW) Equal 3rd    Takayuki SUZUKI (VIC),    Richard T’EN (VIC) TEAM EVENTS MEN’S KYU TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIP 1st    NEW SOUTH WALES 2nd    WESTERN AUSTRALIA Equal 3rd    NORTHERN

Mariko Yamamoto - NHK Documentary

Mariko Yamamoto is a two-time winner of the All Japan Championship. In 2012 and 2013 she won back to back titles. This video is getting a little old now but someone has done a pretty good job of subtitling it in English. Her story is interesting because these kind of profile docos of elite women kenshi are not so common. In spite of being very quiet and shy, she obviously has amazing determination to win. It also helps that she was a member of the Osaka Police Force Special Training Squad and trained 5 hours a day 5 days a week. Having a dad who is a previous All Japan champion doesn't hurt either! Here she is teaching a Kendo seminar in Japan. Also, an interesting research article in English on Japanese women's elite Kendo can be found here  (download PDF) .

Reminder: grading dates and related info

The 2nd kyu to 4th dan grading will be on Sunday 17th March . The rescheduled 6th kyu to 3rd kyu grading will be on Sunday 24th March . Both gradings will start at 12.30 for registration and the first grading will commence at 1pm. Questions for those going for dan grades are below. Please email me for a copy. You are allowed to complete the answers before the grading but they must be submitted on a hard copy of the official answer sheet. Nidan candidates note well: the phrase 'opportunities for datotsu' is a specific one and should be researched thoroughly. The Japanese is "datotsu no kikai" 打突の機会 . It is related to "mittsu no sen" 三つの先 All the kyu grading requirements are listed here: Questions for Shodan to Yondan Grading  Please answer one of the following questions for the level for which you are grading.  Bring your answers and hand them in to the grad

Nakakura Kiyoshi sensei: his early life

To say Nakakura Kiyoshi sensei was important to Kendo is like saying Don Bradman was important to cricket. Not only was he instrumental in shaping post-War Kendo (he was largely responsible for " the Concept of Kendo "), he was an influential teacher, a swordsman without peer in his generation and at one time the adopted son of the founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei sensei (that's a young Nakakura with Ueshiba sensei above, c.1933).  As you will see from this excellent interview from 1987, Nakakura sensei was such a gifted martial artist that Ueshiba chose him above his own son to be his successor, hence he was adopted into the Ueshiba family and married Ueshiba sensei's daughter. For a while he became "Ueshiba Morihiro", but that didn't work out... The reason he is so important to us is because he was my teacher's teacher. Nagae sensei became

Wednesday night training cancelled this week.

But back again next Wednesday. See you all Saturday.  PS - thanks to Chie for attending the delegates' meeting Sunday.  🙏

Iai supplies

Anyone who is interested in learning some of the basics of Tatsumi Ryu iai will need two extra pieces of equipment, as well as their bokuto. They are: a plastic saya and an obi[xx].htm Oh, and a pair of knee pads might be necessary, depending on how strong your knees are! Volleyballer's kneepads are a good option. We practice from 8.30 to 9.00am Saturdays before regular training. There is no fee for this training.

Upcoming meetings and competitions

The year is well underway and the Kendo calendar is filling up! Here are some events to consider: VKR Delegates' meeting Kenshikan, Sunday 17 Feb from 1pm Nagae Taikai Kenshikan, Saturday 2 March from 1pm (2 dan to 5dan) VKR AGM Kenshikan, Sunday 31 March from 1pm 44th Australian Kendo Championships East Victoria Park WA, 19-24 April If you would like more information about any of these events, please get in touch.

Whip dynamics!

As promised, here is that video on whip dynamics. Watch the whole thing, or start at 5:45 for the gist of it. The speed of sound is indeed (well done Alex and Ben!) 343m/sec or 1,234.8km/h (which for all you old timers, air force or navy people is 667 knots). The similarity with the shinai, as I mentioned at training this morning, is the 'unrolling' of the whip and how this causes the speed of the tip to increase exponentially. Our aim with the shinai is not to interfere with the whip-like potential of the shinai, by having the most rational and efficient cutting action possible. We should try to imitate the kinetic wave of the whip's motion through the way we use our body, recreating this unrolling by starting with the shoulders then continuing through our upper arms, elbows, forearms, wrists, palms and fingers. As you can see in the slow motion video of the whip with the taped segments, the unrolling movement is characterised by each section of the whip coming to re

Wednesday night training starts this week


2019 training starts today!