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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.


The Global Association of International Sporting Federations

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

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.

The announcement was made at the Meeting of AKR National Council, held in Sydney on 20 October 2019.

All three members have made significant contribution to the Australian Kendo Renmei over many years and the AKR would like to thank them for their contribution and leadership.

AKR Life Membership 2019
Vivian Yung
AKR Life Membership 2019
Kate Sylvester
AKR Life Membership 2019
Brian Brestovac

Shogo Awards 2019

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

Kwangyul Jeong (VIC) Kendo Renshi.

Noriko Matsumoto (VIC) Kendo Renshi.

Katsuyuki Okamoto (QLD) Kendo Renshi.

Peter Szwarcbord (VIC) Iaido Renshi.

Benjamin James (WA) Iaido Renshi.

Ramon Lawrence (WA) Jodo Renshi.

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.

Announcement of Australian WKC Coaching Team for 18th WKC 2021

The Kendo Board would like to announce the Australian WKC Coaching Team for the 18th World Kendo Championships 2021 in Paris, France:

  • Head Coach: Yoichi Yano, Kyoshi 7th Dan
  • Men’s Coach: Daniel (Kwangyul) Jeong, 6th Dan
  • Women’s Coach: Duy Pham, 5th Dan
  • Manager: Rob Reid, 3rd Dan
  • Assistant Manager: Yaya (Nutchapurida) Bonggotgetsakul, 3rd Dan

Exam News from Japan

Congratulations to Mr. Yoonsu Kim (NSW) for achieving Kendo 6 Dan in Nagoya, Japan today (12 May 2019).

Exam News from Japan

Congratulations to the following AKR members for their recent grading achievements in Japan last month.


  • Ms. Hyun Hong Wright, (VIC), Kendo 7 Dan (Kyoto, 30 April 2019)
  • Mr. John Isaacs, (QLD), Kendo 7 Dan (Kyoto, 30 April 2019)
  • Mr. Ryuta Hikima, (VIC), Kendo 6 Dan (Kyoto, 29 April 2019)

Gold Coast Sports Festival 2019


International Kendo Federation will be participating in the SportAccord Convention to be held in Gold Coast in May 2019.

SportAccord is the world sport and business summit. It is focused on driving positive change internationally and dedicated to engaging and connecting; international federations, rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and media, businesses and other organisations involved in the development of sport.

SportAccord is a not-for-profit organisation which annually brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations affiliated with the below umbrella organisations that host their Annual General Assemblies at SportAccord. The event is an international sport convention hosted over a week, combining an exhibition area, a themed conference programme and a multitude of networking events.

AKR members have been invited to participate in Kendo, Iaido and Jodo demonstration on Thu 9 May (3-5pm) & Fri 10 May (9-11am).

Location: Kurrawa Park (Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach)

Please support us if you are in Gold Coast at the time.

AJKF Delegation to 44AKC

AJKF has advised the choice of sensei for this year’s 44th Australian Kendo Championships and Seminar to be held in Perth, 19 to 24 April. 
1)    Yasuo SUZUKI sensei, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan.
2)    Shigehiro IIDA sensei, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan

Suzuki sensei has visited us four times previously, while Iida Sensei has visited us at the 42AKC in Canberra, 2017.