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The Australian Kendo Renmei Inc., (AKR) is the internationally recognised, governing body for Kendo, Iaido and Jodo in Australia.

The Australian Sports Commission recognises the Australian Kendo Renmei as the National Sporting Organisation to develop kendo, iaido and jodo in Australia.

The Australian Kendo Renmei (Inc.) and our affiliated  member dojos, clubs and associations are also affiliated with the International Kendo Federation (FIK). The FIK is the world-wide federation of national Kendo, Iaido and Jodo organisations.  The FIK is affiliated with SportAccord (formerly GAISF) a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency drugs in sport policy and is recognised as the international governing federation for Kendo, Iaido and Jodo.

Whether you are near Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney, for activities and dojo or clubs near you, please check our Directory of clubs and dojo and our Calendar pages.

Latest News

All Japan Kendo Federation kendo sensei to visit

Happy to advise that the All Japan Kendo Federation have announced that the Delegation members to support the 41st Australian Kendo Championships, Seminar and Dan Exam next month are –
  • Yasuo SUZUKI sensei, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan.
  • Shigehiko FUKUMOTO, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan.
Suzuki Sensei and Fukumoto Sensei both visited us for the AKC in 2014 and again in 2015, so they will be well placed to provide a good perspective on our kendo progress.
41st Australian Kendo Championships, Seminar and Kendo Dan Exam. Friday 25 March 2016 to Wednesday 30 March 2016.  More details here.

How kendo influenced Star Wars

“The Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel” reveals true extent of kendo’s influence on Star Wars movies”


From the action scenes to the dialogue and spirit of the characters, this new short documentary hosted by Mark Hamill confirms the heavy influence of kendo on the entire Star Wars franchise.

We’ve heard a lot about Star Wars director George Lucas’ admiration for Akira Kurosawa movies and the samurai inspiration that spawned Darth Vader’s costume and helmet for the series. Now there’s a new short documentary that shifts the focus towards the Japanese martial art of kendo, revealing some surprising facts about how much the sport influenced the many lightsaber duels throughout the series.

▼ Called “Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel”, the 2015 documentary is hosted by Mark Hamill, AKA Luke Skywalker, who once lived in Japan, attending Yokohama High School in the late 60s.

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The documentary begins with two eye-opening statements that really drive home the importance of kendo in the world of Star Wars.

“It’s honour, it’s balance, it’s justice; kendo is everything that Jedi are”.

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And: “There’s a saying in kendo: ‘One thousand days training for one moment of reckoning’”.

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The first part of the documentary traces the origins of kendo, which came about at the end of the civil war period, at the turn of the 17th Century, when samurai warriors no longer needed to fight but were worried about losing their combat skills.

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So the warriors began training with bamboo swords called shinai, giving birth to the martial art of kendo. The shinai bears a striking resemblance to the lightsaber, the weapon of the Jedi Knight.

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To see the first half of the documentary, take a look at the video below.

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The second part of the documentary journeys to the 2015 World Kendo Championships in Japan and takes a look at the modern-day sport and its development in the more recent Star Wars instalments.

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While the first Star Wars movie borrowed a lot from both western and samurai sword-fighting styles, later movies called for more exciting, fast-paced lightsaber duels. Stunt coordinators decided to concentrate primarily on using the kendo fighting style, training actors in the sport as the speed and agility inherent in kendo allowed for more hits and more action.

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While some kendo moves were embellished for fights on film, there are other moments when actors employ classic kendo stances and strikes.

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The final half of the story, including some comments from Star Wars:The Force Awakensactor, John Boyega, can be seen below.

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The 4th Oceania Women’s Kendo Seminar and Taikai, 2016.

Melbourne on May 27-29, 2016. Details.

Announcement of the National Team Coach for the 17th World Kendo Championships

The Kendo Board is delighted to announce the national coaching team for the 17th World Kendo Championship in 2018 are:
Men’s Coach: Kate Sylvester
Women’s Coach: Daniel Jeong
Manager: Rob Reid
Assistant Manager: YaYa Bonggotgetsakul

The Kendo Board congratulates the coaching team and wishes them all the very best for the preparation of our national team.

Brian Brestovac
Chairman of the AKR Kendo Board

Coming events

FIK Asian Zone Shinpan Seminar
Friday 11 March to 13 March, Taipei, Taiwan.

4th Oceania Women’s Kendo Seminar & Taikai 2016
Friday May 27-29, 2016.  Location: Victoria University, Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria.

41st Kendo Summer Seminar for Foreign Kendo Leaders
Friday July 22 to July 29 2016 at Gedatsukai Kenshu Center in Kitamoto City, Saitama Prefecture.

More details on the Calendar page.



The Australian Kendo Renmei affiliations

The Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission recognises the Australian Kendo Renmei as the National Sporting Organisation to develop kendo, iaido and jodo in Australia


The International Kendo Federation

The international federation of national kendo associations.
International Kendo Federation


The federation of international national sporting associations.
SportAccordAustralian University Sport
Australian University Sport

Official results of the Kendo Competition at the 2015 Australian University Games.

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The Kendo Competition was the first major event of the UniGames on Saturday and Sunday 26 and 27 September 2015 and the results are here.


New AKR Kendo 7 dan and Kendo 6 dan members

The Australian Kendo Renmei  is very happy to advise that Mr. Toshiaki Tsukadaira, from Nerang in Queensland, successfully met the challenge of a recent kendo exam and was graded to Kendo 7 Dan in  Nagoya, Aichi-ken, Japan on 16 May 2015.

Mr. Tsukadaira is now both Kendo and Iaido 7 Dan, having received Iaido 7 Dan on on 11 July 2014.

On 17 May, the day after, his wife, Mrs. Hiroko Tsukadaira also successfully met the challenge of Kendo 6 Dan.

Congratulations to both Tsukadaira sensei from all AKR members on your achievements!

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Australian Team, Delegation and Team Supporter events in Tokyo, prior to 16WKC.

Continue reading Australian Team, Delegation and Team Supporter events in Tokyo, prior to 16WKC.

Support the Australian Kendo Team, heading for Tokyo!

Continue reading Support the Australian Kendo Team, heading for Tokyo!