UPDATED 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.