The 2017 Australian Iaido & Jodo Seminar, Championships and grading exams will be held in Melbourne, Victoria, from Friday 17 to Tuesday 21 February 2017. Training for both arts will be available throughout each day.

Dan-grade exams up to Iaido 5 Dan and Jodo 5 Dan will be held on Tuesday 21 February 2017. with the Iaido and Jodo Championships to follow the exams.

Friday 17 to Monday 20 February – training in both Iaido and Jodo.

Saturday 18 February 2017

12:00 – 1:00 pm hours. Meeting of members with the Iaido Board and the Jodo Board. (Training venue).

7:00 pm. AIJSC Dinner. $50 per head. Details below.

Tuesday 21 February – AM – Dan exams.  PM – Iaido and Jodo Championships.

Check the event website to register and for further details.  To apply to be examined, see  the AKR Dan Grade Exam webpage for application details.   Members of overseas affiliates, please follow the payment instruction below.

Iaido and Jodo Dan-grade exams up to Iaido 5 Dan and Jodo 5 Dan will be held on Tuesday 21 February 2017.

Note that all Dan Grade exam applications are to be submitted to the AKR only via state and territory affiliated associations.  Contact your club or dojo for details. Check the Dan Exam application page for other details.

Exam applications cut off dates

  • from members to clubs – 29/12/2016.
  • from clubs to states – 12/01/2017.
  • from states to AKR close on 22/01/2017. No late applications will be considered.
  • Date of exam 21/02/2017.

Victoria University, Footscray Park Campus, Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Building L,  Ballarat Rd, Footscray Victoria, 3011. Map.

Enter from near the corner of Mills Close and Ballarat Road.

Car parking

The VU car park is accessable via Hoadley Court. Map.

The EasyPark ticketing system allows you to pay via an app., using your mobile phone; or tickets are dispensed from machines with coin and credit-card payment options. About $5.50 per day.

It is about a 5 minute walk to the Sports Centre entry at level 0.  Then walk through reception and go up one level to L1 by lift or stairs. Changing room and showers are on level 0.

Public parking on street, is also available in surrounding streets. The easiest is Ballarat Road, east of Mills Close, about a 3-5 minute walk to the seminar venue, via the car park entry in Mills Close, then turn right and go down the steps. Map.

$5.00 per day. Tickets are dispensed from machines with coin and credit-card payment options.

Public Transport Victoria  apps: iPhone or Android.  Tram Tracker for iPhone or Android.  Transit app for iPhone or Android.

AIJSC DINNER – 7:00 pm Saturday 18 February 2017.

RSVP will be needed prior to close of business on Tuesday 14 February. (See below)

A dinner to complement the 2017 AIJSC will now be held. This will be a good opportunity to socialise with fellow iaido and jodo people and catch up with old and new friends.

The Seminar Dinner will be held in the upstairs room at Errols Restaurant, 69-71 Errol Street North Melbourne, VIC 3051. Map.  7:00 to 10:30 pm.

Cost is $50 per head for three courses of entrée, main course and dessert.  There will be a variety of food, plus any food preferences expressed at RSVP time, will be accommodated.  Drinks are an extra cost and will be available from the bar in our function room.

Due to limited space and to reserve your seat at the dinner,  your RSVP will be needed prior to close of business on Tuesday 14 February.

Note that as we are limited to 60 people, unfortunately we may not be able to fit everyone in, so don’t be late and miss out.  First come – first served. If you miss out, your $50 will be returned. The restaurant is also open downstairs, so you could eat al-la-carte at your cost, there if you wish.

Please RSVP by paying $50 for each person attending the dinner by EFT to the AKR bank account.  In the reference field – include your NAME.  If you have no food restrictions, that’s all you need to do.  If you have a food restriction or preference, please also include one of the following codes in the reference field;  SA = seafood  allergy; VE = vegan; V = vegetarian.

EFT and RSVP to –

Australian Kendo Renmei Bank account:  BSB 033157; Account  367426.

Payment of $50 per head for this dinner is additional to the seminar fee.

Note that a major event, “WhiteNight”, is scheduled for the city area on this night, so there may be traffic disruption in the city, but our dinner venue is well away from that.

Transport to the dinner venue

Two tram routes, the 50, West Coburg – City Road, South Melbourne route and the 57, West Maribyrnong – Elizabeth Street/Melbourne Central Station route, both pass the restaurant.  Get off at stop number 12, the North Melbourne Town Hall, then it’s 20 metres to Errols.  Frequency is expected to be about 6-8 minutes.  A myki travel card is required.  Trams, trains and buses will then run all night, but at reduced frequency after 1:00 am.

Car parking

There is ample parking in Errol Street and nearby streets.


Overseas seminar attendees registration and Dan Exam application instructions.

All applications close with AKR 22/01/2017.

To register for the Seminar –

  1. Members should complete the registration form here.
  2. A copy of the form will be emailed to the member automatically.
  3. Members are to pay the amount shown on the form at our Paypal portal.

To apply to be examined –

  1. Complete the AKR Grading Exam application form PDF. Include a letter of permission from the applying members National Federation.
  2. Members are to pay the amount shown on page 2 of the form at our Paypal portal..
  3. Email the application form and the letter/s of permission above, to arrive no later than 22/01/2017.

Car parking: