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

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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.

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In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, the 2021 Australian Masters Games which were due to be held from 9-16 October 2021 will be postponed until 23-30 April 2022. Please see https://australianmastersgames.com/2021-event-postponement/ for details


2021 UniSport Nationals Div 1 Cancellation

UniSport Australia (UniSport) has made the difficult decision to cancel Nationals Div 1 and Div 2 presented by UniBank, which was due to be held from 25 September to 1 October 2021 on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

The decision to cancel the event has been made in consideration of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns currently impacting many member universities across the country, and the capacity for both members and participants to confirm their travel and attendance at the event given the current climate.

See UniSport statement here.

Vale: Namitome Sensei

Namitome Shigenori sensei

Hanshi 8th Dan Jodo

Kyoshi 8th Dan Iaido

Fukuoka Kendo Renmei

Holds Menkyo Kaiden in Shinto Muso Ryu Jojutsu having studied under Otofuji Ichizo sensei.

Namitome Sensei led the ZNKR Jodo Delegation to the initial AKR Jodo seminar and gradings in Melbourne in 2000. This event led to the introduction of the art of Jodo into the AKR.
NB The initial championship took place the following year in Perth.

Namitome Sensei played a pivotal role in the introduction and development of Jodo in Australia for more than 20 years.

His contributions to the AKR and its members are gratefully acknowledged by all those with whom he has influenced.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Australian Iaido Seminar & Championships 2021

Australian Iaido Seminar & Championships 2021

Date: 12 – 14 June 2021

Location: Tallebudgera Recreation Centre, 1525 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach, North QLD 4221.

Welcome to the Australian Kendo Renmei’s Iaido Seminar & Championships for 2021. This page includes an overview of the AISC 2021 and contains the information you will need to register for the Seminar and for the AKR Dan Grading.

For full details of the event please download the Seminar Documentation and go to Webpage.

XVIII 2021 Australian Masters Games

XVIII 2021 Australian Masters Games – KENDO Competition

9-10 October 2021, Perth, Western Australia.

Information here.

New AKR Instructor, Coach & Officiator (ICO) development framework

In 2021 the AKR are implementing an Instructor, Coach & Officiator (ICO) development framework for use consistently across Kendo, Iaido and Jodo. This will replace the current Instructor Accreditation Scheme (IAS) effective immediately which has been in place since 2007.

Please find further information in the attached.

2021 Anti-Doping Policy

AKR has recently approved its 2021 Anti-Doping Policy which comes into effect on 1 January 2021.

The AKR anti-doping policy is the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy and can be found on the Sport Integrity Australia website.

All members, participants and non-participants in the sport of Kendo Iaido and Jodo are bound by these rules. This includes athletes, support personnel and employees whose employment contracts enables this.

It is important that all members understand their obligations under the new policy. Changes include a new anti-doping rule violation of retaliation, a category of athletes that is lower-level and flexibility related to sanctioning for certain levels of athletes/participants.

Further information can be found here https://www.sportintegrity.gov.au/what-we-do/anti-doping/world-anti-doping-code/2021-world-anti-doping-code

For more information about all Integrity topics, visit our Sports Integrity webpage.

See the AKR Policies and Rules page for links to the policies.

Cancellation of the 18th World Kendo Championships (18WKC)

The AKR has received notice from the FIK that the 18th WKC has been cancelled.

Information: https://www.kendo-fik.org/news/3240

The AKR would like to express our utmost appreciation to all who have been involved in planning, preparing and training for the campaign amidst these difficult and challenging times, especially the WKC Coaching Team, the squad members, the Kendo Board, and all who have supported the WKC campaign-related activities in your own ways.

The 19th WKC is scheduled for 2024, with the hosting country to be confirmed.

XVIII 2021 Australian Masters Games – KENDO Competition

The XVIII 2021 Australian Masters Games – KENDO Competition will be held in Perth WA on the 9-10 October 2021!

Information here.

Shogo Awards 2020

AKR congratulates the following members for passing their Renshi Examination on 24th November 2020.

Joachim SEMMLER (ACT) Kendo Renshi

Kate SYLVESTER (VIC) Kendo Renshi

Ryuta HIKIMA (VIC) Kendo Renshi