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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


The International Kendo Federation

International Kendo Federation

The international federation of national kendo associations.


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UniSport Australia

Australian University Sport

WELCOME to the Australian Kendo Renmei website

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

2020 UniSport Nationals Div 1 – Perth cancelled

UniSport Australia – Statement regarding The Nationals Div 1 and Div 2 – Perth

The 2020 Nationals will not take place due to COVID-19. In 2021, Kendo will be contested in both men’s and women’s team and individual competitions at the UniSport Nationals Div 1 and Div 2 event.

For more information visit

AKR Anti-Doping Policy amendment


Australian Kendo Renmei Anti-Doping Policy has been amended and is effective 10 August 2020.

The changes bring our sport in line with the establishment of Sport Integrity Australia which will replace the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) as the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) in Australia from 1 July 2020.

The changes which come into effect on 10 August 2020 are:

  • Replacing the words Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) with Sport Integrity Australia (SIA);
  • Replacing CAS with the National Sports Tribunal (NST) as the first-instance hearing body for all athletes and the Appeals Division of the NST for appeals for ‘non-international level’ athletes.
  • Amending the definition of ‘National Level Athlete’ to introduce the Lower-Level Athlete category to allow greater flexibility in dealing with and sanctioning athletes below International or National level; and
  • Removing the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel.

For more details on the changes, please click here

You can stay educated about Anti-Doping by downloading the ASADA Clean Sport App, available through the Apple App Store and Google Play.

The App is a one stop shop for Anti-Doping which includes tools to find low risk supplements, check if a medication is banned in sport, complete a virtual reality testing mission, give ASADA feedback, report doping and more.

VALE: ODA, Katsuo sensei (1942-2020)

ODA, Katsuo sensei

Iaido Hanshi 8-Dan/Kendo Kyoshi 7-Dan

 7 January 1942 ~ 19 April 2020

It is with great sadness that the Australian Kendo Renmei (AKR) announces the passing of Oda Katsuo sensei on Sunday 19 April 2020.

Oda sensei’s first connection with Australia was in 1999 when he visited Australia with Nakanishi sensei as part of a team to run seminars around Australia in Kendo, Iaido and Jodo. The following year he visited Australia again, this time to assist Haga sensei in the running of the Iaido seminar at the AKR National Iaido and Jodo Seminar and Championships (AIJSC). At the National Council Conference of that same year (October 2000), Oda sensei was appointed as the Australian Iaido Technical Advisor. He attended all AIJSC events during this time and, despite retiring from this position in 2015, he continued to assist senior Iaido members with advanced training and advice for their examination attempts in Japan. Although he was in Australia specifically for the development of Iaido, he was also an accomplished Kendo practitioner who would also run Kendo trainings in Australia during his ‘time off’ from his Iaido commitments.

Oda sensei’s continuing influence, guidance and support for Australian Iaido and Kendo was profound and will never be forgotten. We are all very grateful for his dedicated help and great friendship and deeply saddened by his departure.

Rest in peace.

29th Iaido and 20th Jodo Seminar and Championships 2020 CANCELLED

Announcement made: 15th March 2020

In light of the most recent announcement by the Prime Minister of Australia regarding mandatory quarantine for international travellers to Australia, and the increasing number of infections of COVID-19 within our national borders, the Australian Iaido Jodo Seminar and Championships (AIJSC) 2020 scheduled for late May have been cancelled. As with the previous announcement regarding the cancellation of the 45th Australian Kendo Championships, the Australian Kendo Renmei’s (AKR) considerations are the same, the health and safety of its members and society at large.

Any registration and/or grading monies paid to the AKR by individuals will be fully refunded. Members will be informed of the mechanics and timeline which will be worked out between the AKR and the relevant boards.

It is envisaged that the next AIJSC will be held next year again in Queensland in 2021. This is under discussion at present and may change. Members will be informed once a decision is made.

The AKR apologises for any inconvenience caused by this decision, but it has been taken with due consideration of the health and safety of its members, their families, friends and close associates.

Stay safe.



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Australian Kendo Renmei Inc.

45th Australian Kendo Championships 2020 CANCELLATION

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the upcoming 45th Australian Kendo Championships, seminar and grading has been cancelled. Australian Kendo Renmei’s primary considerations are the health, safety and well-being of our members. 100% of the individual registration fees for 45th Australian Kendo Championships will be refunded. The refund will be processed within 2 weeks by the VKR. We apologise for any inconveniences that this decision has caused you however we have obligation to our members and broader society to make every attempt to contain the spread of the infection.

The next Australian Kendo Championships – the 45th Australian Kendo Championships in 2021, will be in Melbourne hosted by the VKR.

AKR Life Membership Awards

The AKR has announced that Ms Vivian Yung, Dr Kate Sylvester and Dr Brian Brestovac have been awarded AKR Life Membership.

Continue reading AKR Life Membership Awards

Shogo Awards 2019

AKR congratulates the following members for passing their Renshi Examination on 27th November 2019.

Continue reading Shogo Awards 2019

Exam News from Japan

Congratulations to Mr. Joachim Semmler (ACT) and Mr Songwon Chang (NSW) for achieving Kendo 6th Dan in Aichi, Japan (17th November 2019).

RESULTS – XVII Australian Masters Games Kendo Competition

XVII Australian Masters Games Kendo Competition was held in Adelaide on Saturday and Sunday, 5 – 6 October 2019.

For full results see HERE.

RESULTS – 2019 UniSport Nationals Division 1 Kendo Competition

2019 UniSport Nationals Div1 Kendo Competition, was held at Somerset College, Gold Coast on Saturday and Sunday, 28 – 29 September 2019.

Overall competition winner for both men’s and Women’s evens was University of Sydney. For full results see HERE.