Current Club status

Current members: Closed. Regular Training cancelled until further notice due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Virtual training is still on – please see news and Facebook page for more information.
New memberships: Closed. More news once in-person training resumes post COVID-19.

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Members notice

NEW (07-2020): All members should now be receiving “Weekly MUKC news” via email. Please contact the committee to add your name to the list.

This website will be updated weekly with the latest news from Monash University Kendo Club (MUKC), and any related news from our affiliates – Victorian Kendo Renmei (VKR), Australian Kendo Renmei (AKR) and the International Kendo Federation (FIK).

If you are a current club member, it is a Monash Sports requirement to sign up at Monash Sport’s Connected Communities.

For daily news, last-minute training updates, photos, videos and member discussion, please visit our Facebook group !

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Upcoming events MUKC and VKR and calendar

  Stage 4 Restrictions. AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2020
Victoria is currently in Stage 4 restrictions. There will be no in-person meet-ups until further notice. Please check this website and our Facebook group for the most recent news, updates and virtual meeting information. Stage 4 restrictions began on Sun 2 August 2020, and is set to conclude on Sun 13 September 2020. Please see Department of Health and Human Services for more info.

  (10 July 2020) IMPORTANT ! 
Due to Victoria Lockdown #2 (6 weeks duration as of Thu 9 July 2020), resumption of in-person training has been delayed. More information as it happen. 

  (07June 2020) IMPORTANT !
Please see post below –
General Guidance for COVID-19 Risk Management towards the resumption of Kendo Training

Most in-person events have been cancelled due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For information on specific events, please contact a committee member.

The club is hosting many virtual training sessions and social events. Please see below, and also our Facebook page for the latest information!

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Weekly MUKC update – Week 10 (19-10-2020)

 

Kids class starting TODAY!

Matsumoto-sensei is starting up the kids class for those under 16. Starting from TODAY onwards. It will be running on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6pm. If you have any questions about this, please reply to this email or contact any committee member.

(Google Meet) https://meet.google.com/cds-dzhd-ggq
Meeting Code: [ pdr ]
How to access Google Meet – https://apps.google.com/meet/how-it-works/

Please warmup before the start of the training!!!

 

MUKENxGwangju seminar

Last week MUKEN invited everyone to attend a seminar held by them and Gwangju online. Yano-sensei has shared his Powerpoint presentation from his seminar that day with us!! (Attached in this email)
Please do not share the slides with anyone outside of MUKC!

Yano-sensei also shared his response to someone on a question about the “toraeru” concept:
“It is 捉えるin kanji and we are already doing it in the process of striking. It is just that this was not conceptualised here much. The result of a successful Seme is a creation of an opening but you must detect/acknowledge that opening intuitively to make your strike successful, in my understanding this process is “ 捉える”.
I would say this is where your intuition comes in as it happens in a sprit second. In 8th dan grading, there are a few segments where one of the senseis is clearly going through this step and delivering his Suriage Men and Kaeshi Do. You can tell this because it looks so obvious that he knew how the opponent would respond to his seme and he was using the opponent’s response.”

Here are links to the videos he played in the slides.
剣道 八段 審査 2次審査 1発合格
宮崎正裕の面技 Miyazaki – Men ippons

 

VKR Rules Review

A few days ago, the VKR announced that they started a process to review and update the VKR’s Rules of Association (i.e. the VKR ‘Constitution’).

They intend to update the rules to reflect the current requirements under the Victorian legislation and to ensure the VKR rules reflect the intention and purpose of the VKR as an organization and requirements of its members.

To this end, an informal working group is being arranged to review and propose updates to the Rules of Associations. They are keen to form a group that accurately represents the member base of the VKR, so if you would like to be involved, please email Michael Dunn (Vicepresident@kendovictoria.asn.au) by 25th October.

If you would like more info, you can find it in the email sent out a few days ago regarding this titled “VKR Rules Review – Working Group”.

 

Japanese language class

Around the start of the year, Junji-sensei offered those keen a chance to learn Japanese under him, sadly it was cancelled before it could even start… Luckily he’s planning to start it virtually!
This Friday, 23rd October at 6:30pm, he will be offering a free 60 minute basic Japanese lesson via Zoom.
Please note that you MUST be over 18 years old to join and this class will be a very basic Japanese session.
Sign up here https://form.jotform.com/202832764377058

A note from Junji-sensei:
Please note this is not endorsed by any budo associations. It is purely as a token of my appreciation to those who enjoy/study Japanese culture. The fact that many enjoy the Japanese culture, that is an absolutely honourable thing for me as a Japanese. I would like to assist their Japanese language study/interests.

It’s Grand Final Weekend, yet I look forward to seeing many Japan-lovers who are sober enough.”

 

Japanese Film Festival 2020

The Japanese Film Festival is going online for 2020 with a 100% free selection of films streaming in Australia and New Zealand from 4-13 December. Sign up to the JFF newsletter to be the first to know when the full program is revealed.

The full program will be announced on 6 November.

 

Member satisfaction survey for current and past members

We’re looking for your input to help the club improve and move forward! We created a survey to gauge member satisfaction with how the club is run, what got you into Kendo, etc.
All your answers will be kept confidential, and we take all answers seriously.
Click here to help fill in the survey.

We’ve also made a survey for past members to take. If you know someone who no longer practices Kendo and used to be part of our club, please share this with them!! https://forms.gle/k8JPm9FiGQYj2Uzw6.
Thank you so much for filling in and sharing the survey!

 

VKR’s face shield bulk order no. 2!

You should know about VKR’s new face shield recommendations, they will be doing a large bulk order. Their face shields will be sourced from here.
If you’d like to hop on the order train, please head on over to the Unione store and place an order by 29th October, 11:59pm.

(Click on the Store Page button on the menu on the right side) If you’re having trouble, please send us an email or shoot one of the committee members a message.

 

Compilation video about MUKC

Toney is working on the compilation video and any extra clips you share would be awesome to have! (i.e. Shiais, social events, etc)

 

Links to the online sessions for Monday 19 October to Friday 23 October.

Monday 19 October

Tuesday 20 October

Wednesday 21 October

Remember to complete the club’s consent and waiver form before participating in any online sessions:
Adult form: [ pdr ]
Child form: [ pdr ]

How to access Google Meet
https://apps.google.com/meet/how-it-works/

 

Some cool facts

Did you know that the modern day shinai is called the Yotsuwari shinai (developed in the 1800s) and its ancestor is called the Fukuro shinai?
In fact men used to be made of iron and kendo-gu was made of bamboo!!
(You can still get modern Do made of bamboo, though they’re more expensive than plastic ones)

Source: FIK’s Brief history of Kendo

 

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions or anything, feel free to let us know!
If the formatting does not work on your device, please let us know so we can fix it in the next email 🙂

Some links:
Our website
Unione
@monashkendo
Facebook

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HOMEWORK – Due 18th Oct (also summary of other things covered in yesterday’s keiko)

Hi everyone

In yesterday’s [07/10/2020] training session, Kimura sensei gave us all some homework to tackle. For those of you who could not attend and those who attended but missed half of what the task was, the below details will help –

HOMEWORK – For all MUKC members to complete. Parents, it might be a good exercise to work out the answers with your kids (Google will help too!)

Please write down what points you should focus on/concentrate on when you’re performing the following poses or movements –

  1. Chudan no kamae
  2. Single time shomen
  3. Single time kote
  4. Single time dou
  5. Renzoku (double time) shomen
  6. Renzoku sayumen
  7. Hayasuburi

Please submit your answers to sensei’s email – nitokimura@gmail.com by Sunday 18th October 2020.

Other than the homework, sensei also mentioned that we should check out youtube videos of karate kata to see if we can pick out the point at which tenouchi is applied (clue: it is usually at the end of the punches/kicks). Think about the parallels of karate tenouchi and kendo tenouchi and how it is applied in kendo.

Fun fact – In karate, punches are known as “zuki”, such that a punch to the mid section of the body is known as “chudan-zuki”. The kanji for “zuki” is the same as the one for “tsuki” (突き, to “thrust” or “stab”), which in kendo, refers to the action of thrusting the shinai at someone’s throat.

The last thing we covered in yesterday’s keiko was the topic of visualisation and how it can be helpful to employ visualisation in practicing kendo during this time out of the dojo. Of course, visualisation would be beneficial in practicing kendo while we are able to train in the dojo as well. If you did a Google Scholar search, you’ll find that research has shown that a number of skills, from physical sporting ability to soft skills such as confidence, can be improved through the practice of visualisation.

I couldn’t pull up any pdfs of the original article written by Alan Richardson about visualisation use in sports (specifically, basketball) that sensei mentioned, but I did find a link to a book on the topic that has a pretty extensive Google Book free preview – Imagery in Sports and Physical Performance By Anees A. Sheikh. Have a read through if you’re interested.

Regards
Hoey


Monash University Kendo Club

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Latest VKR and MUKC news (05-10-2020)

Weekly MUKC update – Week 8

MUKEN Online Seminar

MUKEN is generously inviting everyone for the online seminar 😀 Sign up quickly if you want to join as there may be limitations on participants because of Zoom!
Below is a summary of the details, you can find more info in the email and Facebook post sent out.

  • When: Saturday, 10th October, 9:50am
  • Who:
    • Dong-Jin JEONG Sensei, Kyoshi 8th Dan (Gwangju)
    • Yoichi YANO Sensei, Kyoshi 7th Dan (Victoria)
    • Tae-Ho KIM Sensei, Renshi 7th Dan (Gwangju)
    • Sung-Hong JANG Sensei, Kyoshi 7th Dan (Gwangju)
    •  
  • What: The seminar will cover:
    • Kendo striking processes
    • How to train in a pandemic situation
    • Tips for training at home, undertaking exercise in small spaces
    • Discussion / Q&A.
  • How to join: Fill in this Google Form by Thursday 8th October 2020 at 11:59PM

 

Member satisfaction survey

As mentioned in the AGM email sent out 2 months ago, we’re looking for your input to help us improve and move forward! We created a survey to gauge member satisfaction with how the club is run, what got you into Kendo, etc.
All your answers will be kept confidential, and we take all answers seriously.
Click here to help fill in the survey.

 

VKR’s face shield bulk order

VKR has released new recommendations around face masks (Check last week’s email for more info), and they’re organizing a large bulk order. Their face shields will be sourced from here.
If you’d like to hop on, please head on over to the Unione store and place an order.

(Click on the Store Page button on the menu on the right side) If you’re having trouble, please send us an email or shoot one of the committee members a message.

  • Batch 1 deadline: 8th October, 11:59pm
  • Batch 2 deadline: 29th October, 11:59pm

 

Compilation video about MUKC

Toney is still working on the compilation video and any extra clips you share would be awesome to have! (i.e. Shiais, social events, etc)

 

Links to the online sessions for Monday 5 October to Friday 10 October.

Monday 5 October – Kendo Training, 6pm
(Google Meet) [pdr]
Meeting Code: [pdr]
How to access Google Meet – https://apps.google.com/meet/how-it-works/

Tuesday 6 October – Social Workout, 6pm
(Zoom) [pdr]
Meeting ID: [pdr]
Meeting Password: [pdr]

Wednesday 7 October – Kendo Training, 6pm
(Google Meet) [pdr]
Meeting Code: [pdr]

Remember to complete the club’s consent and waiver form before participating in any online sessions:
Adult form: [pdr]
Child form: [pdr]

 

Some cool stuff

Here are some cool memes.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions or anything, feel free to let us know!
If the formatting does not work on your device, please let us know so we can fix it in the next email 🙂
Some links:
Our website
Unione
@monashkendo
Facebook

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Weekly MUKC update – Mid-sem break 2

Member satisfaction survey

As mentioned in the AGM email sent out 2 months ago, we’re looking for your input to help us improve and move forward! We created a survey to gauge member satisfaction with how the club is run, what got you into Kendo, etc.
All your answers will be kept confidential, and we take all answers seriously.
Click here to access the survey.

 

New VKR recommendations for face masks

The VKR has released new recommendations for face masks after consulting with VicSport:

  • Face masks to be used during face to face training without full bogu.
  • Full face shields and face masks combination to be used when we return to training in full bogu.

 

VKR’s face shield bulk order

On that note, the VKR is looking to do 2 face shield bulk orders. The face shields will be sourced from here.

  • Order 1 deadline: 8th October, 11:59pm
  • Order 2 deadline: 29th October, 11:59pm

If you’d like to hop on, please head on over to the Unione store and purchase there. (The face shields will be on the store from Tuesday, 29th October onwards) You can get the face shields when we meet in-person on campus again!

(Click on the Store Page button on the menu on the right side) If you’re having trouble, please send us an email or shoot one of the committee members a message.

 

Compilation video about MUKC

Toney is still working on the compilation video and any extra clips you share would be awesome to have! (i.e. Shiais, social events, etc)

 

Links to the online sessions for Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October.

Monday 28 September – Kendo Training, 6pm
(Google Meet) [pdr]
Meeting Code: [pdr]
How to access Google Meet – https://apps.google.com/meet/how-it-works/

Tuesday 29 September – Social Workout, 6pm
(Zoom) [pdr]
Meeting ID: [pdr]
Meeting Password: [pdr]

Wednesday 30 September – Kendo Training, 6pm
(Google Meet) [pdr]
Meeting Code: [pdr]

Remember to complete the club’s consent and waiver form before participating in any online sessions:
Adult form: [pdr]
Child form: [pdr]

 

Some cool stuff

Kaori-sensei has started posting on the club’s social media accounts!! The posts are awesome, come have a look.

 

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions or anything, feel free to let us know!
If the formatting does not work on your device, please let us know so we can fix it in the next email 🙂

Some links:

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Latest MUKC and VKR news (17-09-2020)

Hey guys,

Here is the latest MUKC and VKR news. For more information on any items, please check your email, or contact a committee member!

 

Your opinion for the future of MUKC

During the AGM, there was alot of talk about the direction the club wants to step in (i.e. Focus on retention, focus on competitions, etc). There are numerous reasons for this and you can find more context in the AGM email sent out a few weeks ago.
As mentioned in that email, please let us know of your thoughts as you’ll experience any changes first-hand.

If you have any questions about this, don’t hesitate to reply to this email or get in contact with one of the committee members.

 

AKR Finances

AKR has released their financial documents in preparation for their National Council Meeting. If you have any questions related to the documents, please let me or any committee member know and we can forward your questions to the them.
(The docs are attached in this email)

 

Games Night!

Gamessssss night!!!!! This Saturday at 8pm in our club’s Discord server! (19 Sept) All you need to bring is yourself.
How to join:
Join our Discord server at [pdr – private details removed]
If you’ve never used Discord before, sign up at: https://discord.com/ then to join the server, follow the instructions in this link:
https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-join-a-discord-server?r=AU&IR=T

 

Compilation video about MUKC

Toney is still working on the compilation video and any extra clips you share would be awesome to have! (i.e. Shiais, social events, etc)

 

Links to the online sessions for Monday 14 September to Friday 18 September.

Monday 14 September – Kendo Training, 6pm
(Google Meet) [pdr]
Meeting Code: [pdr]
How to access Google Meet – https://apps.google.com/meet/how-it-works/

Tuesday 15 September – Social Workout, 6pm
(Zoom) [pdr]
Meeting ID: [pdr]
Meeting Password: [pdr]

Wednesday 16 September – Kendo Training, 6pm
(Google Meet) [pdr]
Meeting Code: [pdr]

Remember to complete the club’s consent and waiver form before participating in any online sessions:
Adult form: [pdr]
Child form: [pdr]

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MUKC AGM 2020 Results

AGM results

[Mony – Please check your email for related documents]

Hi all,

We finished our AGM a few days ago. And I’m pleased to announce our new committee for 2020-2021. We hope to have a good time again this year!

  • President – Toney Evans
  • Vice-President – Hoey Yein Goh
  • Treasurer – Chai Lam Loi
  • Secretary – Samuel Ethan Gan
  • General Member – Kaori Dimovski

The President’s report, Treasurer’s report and Minutes of the meeting have been attached in this email for your perusal.

Future of the club
As mentioned in the AGM, the committee is looking for your input in the direction the club will take over the next three years.

Some things to consider:

  • Club affiliation with TeamMonash requires at least 70% of our member base to be Monash students. (We do not currently meet this requirement)
  • Our club is registered as a competitive club with Monash, meaning the club must participate in taikais.
  • Budget constraints due to no beginner intake this year (and possibly a smaller intake next year). The direction the club takes will impact how the committee allocates funds for events.

Please send us your thoughts and we will take them into consideration when we discuss this topic with sensei. (Please send them in by the 12th September 2020)

If you’re lost on how to give your thoughts, an example response could be:

  • “I think the club should focus on recruitment and retention of members. To do this we should hold more social events because I think being social attracts people and encourages them to stay”
  • “I think the club should focus on competing at all taikai and achieving the best results we can at all competitions. To do this we should try to recruit more athletic people”

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to let us know 🙂

Thanks,
Thy new committee


Monash University Kendo Club

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NOTICE for MUKC 2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Hi all,

As per the motion passed in SGM, the AGM will be held in July/August from now on.

  • WHEN: Wednesday, 26 August 2020, starting from 6pm
  • WHERE: Google Meet
    • (Google Meet) [ pdr ]
    • Meeting Code: [ pdr ]
    • How to access Google Meet – https://apps.google.com/meet/how-it-works/
  • WHAT: Annual General Meeting

The following positions are open to nominations for the AGM:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Please reply to this email if you would like to nominate someone. You may choose to nominate yourself or someone else, as long as that member is over 18 years old and you have obtained that member’s consent.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, feel free to reply.

Thanks,
Samuel

[ pdr ] – Private details removed. Check your emails for more info.

 

 

Hi all,

Here are some supporting documents for the AGM. [ Check your emails for supporting documents. ]

In addition to the usual positions, the committee is also looking to get an additional member as a General Member. Their role will be to manage the social media accounts of the club, as a way of improving MUKC’s reach in the internet world.

These are the positions available. The members running for these positions can be found in this link. If you wish to run for a position, please reply to this email.

  • President
  • Vice-president
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • General Member

We ask that all members or their parents/guardians attend. If you are unable to attend, you may vote through a proxy. If you wish to vote through a proxy, please fill out the proxy form and send it to monashkendo@gmail.com by 6pm, Tuesday 25th August.

About Proxy Voting:

  1. If you cannot attend the meeting, please send us an email saying you cannot attend and use the proxy form to nominate someone who is attending the meeting to vote on your behalf.
  2. If you are a parent/guardian, you automatically can vote on behalf of your child(ren) by attending the meeting or nominating someone who is attending the meeting to vote on your behalf (See 1.)
  3. If you and your child(ren) are all members, EACH person gets one vote.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, don’t hesitate to ask away.

Thanks,
Samuel

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