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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.
UPDATE with a complete set of results.
In Japan, during the month of November, many kendo, iaido and jodo grading exams are conducted by the All Japan Kendo Federation and prefecture affiliates.
This month many senior graded Australian Kendo Renmei (AKR) members faced the challenge to be tested for their next dan level or for the Shogo levlels of Renshi and Kyoshi.
Happily, many were successful and the AKR has had a most unusual and exciting week!
Warm congratulations to all applicants, whether successful or not for never giving up and working extremely hard to meet the the challenge.
We congratulate all the successful members on their achievement.
EXAM RESULTS – KENDO
Mr. Peter Szwarcbord, Kendo 7 Dan (Vic). Awarded Kendo Kyoshi in Tokyo on 23 November.
Mr. Takashi Itakura (Qld) was awarded Kendo 7 Dan in Tokyo on 24 November.
Mr. Stuart Burke, Formerly of NSW., was awarded Kendo 7 Dan in Tokyo on 24 November.
Mr. Ben Sheppard (Vic), was awarded Kendo 6 Dan in Tokyo on 25 November.
Ms. Hayami Aboutaleb, Kendo 6 Dan (SA) was awarded Kendo Renshi in Tokyo on 23 November.
Mrs. Hiroko Tsukadaira (QLD), Kendo 6 Dan was awarded Kendo Renshi in Tokyo on 23 November.
Mr. Andrew van Hamond (NSW) was awarded Kendo 5 Dan in Tokyo on 19 November.
EXAM RESULTS – IAIDO
Mr. Ramon Lawrence (WA) was awarded Iaido 7 Dan in Tokyo on 19 November 2016.
Ms. Claire Chan, Iaido 6 Dan (Vic) was awarded Iaido Renshi in Tokyo on 23 November.
Mr. David Kolb (Qld) was awarded Iaido 6 Dan in Tokyo on 19 November 2016.
Congratulations to Ramon Lawrence sensei from Perth, Western Australia., who was successful in his examination for Iaido 7th Dan at Edogawa in Tokyo, Japan on 19 November 2016.
Ramon Lawrence. Iaido Renshi 7th Dan.
Congratulations also to David Kolb sensei from Brisbane, Queensland., who was successful in his examination for Iaido 6th Dan at Edogawa in Tokyo, Japan on 19 November 2016.
David Kolb. Iaido 6th Dan.
Warm congratulations to Lawrence sensei and Kolb sensei, both of whom persevered and never gave up chasing the challenge.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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