AKR kendo competitions are conducted according to the International Kendo Federation Rules (FIK) for Shiai and Shinpan. Additional rules and regulations may apply for competition and are below.

Update from the Kendo Board on 4 September 2023

Provisional Shiai and Shinpan Rules in Place Until the Covid-19 Pandemic is Brought Under Control. PDF

Questions and explanations of the provisional shiai and shinpan rules. PDF


Updated by the Kendo Board on 7 June 2023

Shinai shall be made of bamboo, or of synthetic material as a substitute of bamboo approved by the ALL JAPAN KENDO FEDERATION. The structure, length, weight, diameter of shinai and specification of tsuba are stipulated in the FIK Subsidiary Rules for Kendo.

Shinai shall consist of four slats and shall not include therein other objects than the core inside sakigawa and chigiri inlaid at the end of the tsuka.

The specifications of shinai are indicated in Table A and B; the length indicated therein refers to the total length of shinai inclusive of its accessories, and the weight to the total weight thereof inclusive of its accessories other than tsuba. The diameter of shinai shall refer to the minimum diameter of the tip of sakigawa.
Tsuba shall be round in shape and he made of leather or synthetic material; it shall be 9 centimeters or smaller in diameter and shall be fixed onto the shinai.

Full document here


2.4.3 Nafuda (Name tags) Updated 15 October 2017.

Competitors at Australian Kendo Renmei kendo competitions shall wear nafuda as shown in Figures 1, 2 or 3.

The nafuda shall be affixed to the centre piece of the tare.

Dimensions: To fit the centre piece of tare.

Colour: Dark blue background with white lettering.

If a nafuda is not available, the below information must be included on the centre piece of the tare and as approved by the competition manager. NOTE: As of 12 December 2017, the nafuda rule was refined to allow the optional inclusion of the initial of competitors given name.

Download a PDF of the nafuda rule.

AKR Kendo Championships Rules

46th AKC Regulations 2024  v1.2 12/02/2024
45th AKC regulations 2023
44th AKC regulations 2019
43rd AKC regulations 2018
42nd AKC regulations 2017
41st AKC Regulations 2016

UniSport Nationals Div 1 Competition Rules

2023 UniSport Nationals Kendo Competition Rules
2021 UniSport Regulations
2019 Regulations
2017-18. Event web page.

Australian Masters Games Competition Rules
Australian Master Games 2019 – The competition will be conducted under AKR rules. – Note these rules will be updated to include AMG specific competition rules in the coming months.