VKR, AKR and other matters, please read and 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.
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.
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.LecturerKyoto University HospitalDepartment of NeuropsychiatryRIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence ProjectArtificial Intelligence Ethics and Society TeamVisiting Researcher54 Shogoinkawaracho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto6068507, JPN.