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: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10CXLn705EJoX-7wnewwHGTJGUJP614zp6e3lu1QqORY/edit?usp=sharing

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 Lygon St. The taikai is expected to start around 10.30am. More info below.

Dear VKR/AKR members,

2019 marks the Melbourne University Kendo Club's 30th year anniversary. Since starting out in 1989, our club has come a long way since thanks to the incredible contributions of all sensei and members - both within the club and from the wider Kendo community. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us in celebrating this accomplishment, and the hard work of many who have helped us grow over the years.

We will be holding our annual Muken Taikai on 25th May 2019, followed by a dinner in the evening. For those who have participated in previous years, we have decided to change the format and divisions this year to mark our anniversary event. Please note that the organisers may have to make some changes post-registration depending on numbers.

Individual Events
Junior Kyu Division (UG - 4K; beginners from 2018 will compete in this bracket instead of having a separate division)
Senior Kyu Division (3K - 1K)
Junior Dan Division (1D - 2D)
Senior Dan Division (3D - 5D; 5th Dan will be able to compete in this division this year)
*Champion and runner-up of each division will move on to the next division like in previous years

Team Event
There will be a team division this year amongst different clubs, including the appearance of the ol' UMKC team! Teams will be sorted after registration, depending on club entries. Please register for individual events first.

A final schedule will be sent out closer to the date, but do expect shinai check-in to start around 10:30am, and run till 5:30pm. There will be a $15 entry fee for each competitor. 

The anniversary dinner will be held after the taikai. The following are the details of the dinner;
La Spaghetteria Ristorante
132 Lygon St, Carlton
$40pp which includes pizzas, pasta, dessert & drinks

We would also appreciate if any non-competing members can kindly volunteer their time for shimpan (3D and above) or volunteer duties. Please let your club secretaries know if you would like to compete, volunteer and/or join the dinner. 

We look forward to having you at this event!

Cheryl Low

Application form: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3XdlKF9ZuDYcEZjdl9UU0hEZHViQzhzQnlacWFvMUFMS1Rr

Follow up Kendo and mental health questionnaire from Kyoto University

Some of you will remember Fujiwara sensei who visited us and you may even have completed the first round of the questionnaire he set up as part of a world-wide study into Budo (and specifically Kendo) and its positive effect on well-being. For those who did the first one, he is asking for your participation in the follow up.

Essentially the first study showed there was a strong correlation between Kendo/Budo practice and resilience. This study is trying to answer the question of causality. Fujiwara sensei's introduction below.

Study link:

Facebook: https://goo.gl/pVQJVX

Dear All

Thank you very much for your kind cooperation regarding the questionnaire about physical exercise, Budo, life habits and mental well-being. 

If you cannot log in using your ID and password at baseline (Time 1), or you fogot them, it would be the best/ most straightforward to log in creating both new ID and password.

Ideally, it is helpful for us to use the same e-mail address you used at baseline for identification of the subjects.
As well, the new ID would be the same username at baseline plus "_2", that is, if your ID at base line is "apple", "apple_2" is the best as Time 2 ID. 

I would like to ask you to participate to the online questionnaire  [regarding the relationship between life habits (physical exercise, Budo including Kendo etc,.) and mental well-being] once again as a follow-up (time 2) survey.  Your kind cooperation once again should lead to getting the precious data in terms of investigating longitudinal changes of psychological/ mental status influenced by your life habits.   

I hope that, by the publication and presentation of the results of this research in scientific journals and medical and sports-science communities, we are able to discover the optimal qualitative and quantitative physical workout habits that contribute to the promotion of mental health. 

I would be very happy if you would kindly participate in it by answering an online questionnaire below. First, you can login by created ID and password;

While taking the questionnaire, if you do not wish to complete it in it's entirety at one time, the progress  will be saved when closed and can be completed at your convenience. The questionnaire will require about 40 minutes to complete.

English version for follow-up survey (for people who kindly participate it for the 2nd time):  

Facebook page: 
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Best wishes,

Hironobu Fujiwara M.D., Ph.D.
Kyoto University Hospital
Department of Neuropsychiatry
RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project 
Artificial Intelligence Ethics and Society Team 
Visiting Researcher
54 Shogoinkawaracho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
6068507, JPN. 


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