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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


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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.

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Japanese Budo Demonstrations and Goodwill Kendo Keiko

You have probably heard of the Nippon Budokan.  This remarkable budo centre is used each year as the venue for the All Japan Kendo Championships and was the venue for the 16th World Kendo Championships, held in 2015 and many other important cultural events.

Each year, the Nippon Budokan Foundation, the foundation that manages the Budokan and surrounds, dispatches a “Budo Delegation” (Japanese martial ways) to a different country to perform demonstrations, hold workshops, and facilitate greater international understanding of the traditional Japanese martial arts. This is an event sponsored by the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Sports Agency.

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the signing of the “Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation” (1976) between Australia and Japan, the 2016 International Budo Delegation consisting of 78 martial arts masters will visit Sydney in November 2016.

This year, nine modern budo disciplines will be demonstrated.  Judo, kendo, karatedo, shorinji kempo, naginata, aikido, sumo, kyudo and jukendo. There will also be three kobudo (classical) traditions at the demonstration: Hozoin-ryu Takada-ha Sojutsu (spear), Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Takuma-kai, and Hokushin Itto-ryu Kenjutsu (swordsmanship).

November 11, 2016 (Fri.) – Mini Budo Seminar and Demonstration
UNSW, Colombo Theatre A; 14:00-16:00. (Details/Poster) (Map)
November 12, 2016 (Sat.) – Goodwill kendo training
10:30am-12:30pm. Sydney University Sports and Recreation Centre, corner of Darlington Rd & Codrington Street, Darlington NSW. (Map)
November 13, 2016 (Sun.) – Main Event – Budo Demonstration 
(Sydney Showgrounds, Exhibition Hall 4; 14:00-17:00. (Details/Poster) (Map)

The Kendo Delegation will include Mr. Tadahiro AJIRO (Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan) Sensei plus 6 x Kyoshi 7 Dan Sensei.  The Goodwill keiko will provide a great opportunity for a high quality kendo training, knowledge and social exchange.budo pic 1

2017 26th Australian Iaido and 17th Australian Jodo Championships, Seminar and Exam


The 2017 Australian Iaido & Jodo Seminar, Championships and grading exams will be held in Melbourne, Victoria on Friday 17 to Tuesday 21 February 2017.

A delegation of excellent Japanese sensei will attend and provide four days of instruction at the Seminar, assist us in other ways and join the examination panel for Dan-grade exams up to Iaido 5 Dan and Jodo 5 Dan.

Training for both arts will be available throughout each day on Friday 17th, Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th and Monday 20th.

The Dan-grade exams up to Iaido 5 Dan and Jodo 5 Dan will be conducted in the AM on Tuesday 21st with the Championships to follow. Note that exam application is separate to the attendance registration.

More details will be on the AKR website here and on the special event website and added to as needed.








New Australian Iaido 6 Dan!

Congratulations to Mr. Russel Lawrence of WA, as he today passed the gruelling exam for Iaido 6 Dan.

The exam was conducted by the All Japan Kendo Federation in Kagawa, Japan on 8 July 2016.


Candidates Pass Pass rate
66 16 24.2%

Unigames is on again in September 2016!  This time – Perth!

Draft Competition timetable*

Friday 23 September: Weigh-in, 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Saturday 24 September: Weigh-in, 7.00am – 9.00am
Saturday 24 September: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 25 September: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Event web page.   Rules.

2017. 26th Australian Iaido Championships and 17th Australian Jodo Championships, Seminar and Dan Exam

The 2017 Australian Iaido & Jodo Seminar, Championships and grading exams will be held in Melbourne, Victoria on Friday 17 to Tuesday 21 February 2017. (Updated 03/08/16)

Mark your diaries now!

More details will be provided in coming months here.

About scoring in kendo (for new players).

Are you starting out in your kendo competition career or have watched a kendo competition and asked yourself why a point was, or was not awarded?

Here are two pieces of very good information for you to use that may assist:

1. Yuko-Datotsu. The Elements:

Ever wondered about Article 12 in the FIK Regulations of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan?

Here is the clause:

Article 12: Yuko-datotsu is defined as an accurate strike or thrust made onto Datotsu-bui of the opponent’ s Kendo-gu with Shinai at its Datotsu-bu in high spirits and correct posture, being followed by Zanshin.

To win a point in kendo shiai, all those criteria must be met.  This is a challenge for both players and for shinpan.  So to assist understanding of the requirements to award and to promote “good” kendo, the All Japan Kendo Federation developed a graphical representation of that rule. Click the image for a full size A4 PDF.Click the image for a full size A4 PDF

2. The First Steps to Becoming a Kendo Referee

The demands on kendo shinpan can be quite high at times.  There is a lot to consider as they work to reward good effective kendo.  The rules are also quite comprehensive and the pronouncements are all in Japanese, just to add to the task!

The late Sensei Terry Holt, from Mumeishi Kendo Club in London compiled a very useful booklet to help you.  Some of you may have met Sensei Holt on one of his numerous visits to Melbourne. His handy booklet is intended to help kendo players who will soon be experienced enough to commence training as kendo shinpan.  This third edition from 2011 is free to download as a PDF.  It was designed to be printed as an A5 booklet on normal A4 paper, then folded and stapled.  Click the image for the PDF. The First Steps to Becoming a Referee. Click the image for the PDF.


Support the AKR Kendo Team for the 2018 17th WKC!


2018 17th WKC and AKR Kendo Team News

Here’s the latest and you can also stay up to date at the Team Web Page, Team facebook page or the AKR facebook page.

The 17th World Kendo Championships will be held in Korea, during 2018. While the final date is yet to be announced, the Australian Kendo Squad is already hard at work.

The AKR Kendo Board has already announced the national coaching team for the 17th World Kendo Championship in 2018 as:
Men’s Coach: Kate Sylvester
Women’s Coach: Daniel Jeong
Manager: Rob Reid
Assistant Manager: YaYa Bonggotgetsakul

In particular, the commitment of the Team members to prepare for and then to attend this important event is a huge task physically, emotionally and financially.

If you would like to show your support for the Australian Kendo Team, you can make a Tax Deductable Donation.

Tax Deductable Donations are an effective and popular way for may companies and peopel to support many causes. AKR has joined with a federal government organisation to facilitate donations to defray some of the Team members travel costs.

For donations to be deductable, they can be made online, or by mailing a cheque accompanied by a Donation Form.

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.

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.


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

Melbourne on May 27-29, 2016. Details.