Latest COVID news regarding VKR events - VKC, gradings, etc 2021-22

 from the VKR President:

Victorian Kendo Championships 2021

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, lockdown uncertainty and other events scheduled for the end of the year, the VKR State Council agreed that it would not be viable to hold a Victorian Kendo Championships in 2021 (even in a reduced or alternative format). Accordingly, the event has been cancelled for 2021 and refunds will be issued to all clubs and participants. Please allow 5 to 10 business days for this to be reflected in your accounts.

Planning for the 2022 Event will commence in due course.


Kendo Grading Update


As previously advised, Kendo gradings for September were postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. At the State Council meeting on the weekend, the VKTC presented two contingency plans for potentially conducting Kendo gradings in October or November this year depending on when COVID restrictions are eased.


The first option (Kyu and Dan gradings to be held in October 2021), relied on indoor Kendo training resuming by 20 September 2021. Based on the recent Victorian Government COVID announcements, this is almost certainly not going to be possible. Therefore it is highly unlikely Kendo gradings will be held in October.


The second option (Kyu-only gradings to be held in November 2021), relied on indoor Kendo training resuming by 18 October. The VKR/VKTC will continue to consider this as a possibility subject to restrictions lifting. Under this option, even if training resumed by 18 October, all Dan gradings would be cancelled for 2021.  


The VKR/VKTC will continue to keep clubs and members updated as the situation evolves.


Masters Games Postponed to April 2022

The organisers of the Australian Masters Games have announced that the 2021 Australian Masters Games which were due to be held from 9-16 October 2021 will be postponed until 23-30 April 2022. Announcement available here:


First Aid Program


Places are still open for the First Aid Program which provides VKR members up to $200 towards First Aid. Limit of 2 people per club, up to a maximum of 10 places. If there is sufficient demand, the VKR may consider funding more places.


Please email Victor the VKR Secretary if you have interested members.


Hoping everyone stays safe and healthy,


Michael Dunn


Victorian Kendo Renmei 


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