Members notice

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

  October 2020: Lockdown Over!   
More news as it comes!

  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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Current Club status

Current members:
In-person Regular Training is cancelled until further notice due to coronavirus (COVID-19). 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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Weekly MUKC update – Exam week 1

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. This survey will close today, Monday (16 Nov). If you haven’t filled in this survey, please help fill it, we need 6 more people to get everyone’s responses. Thank you.

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. This survey will close at the end of this month (Monday, 30 Nov)
Thank you so much for filling in and sharing the survey!

 

Storage of past photos and compilation video about MUKC

We are creating a storage to store all past photos to document as much of the past (almost) 30 years of history of MUKC! If you have any photos you would not mind sharing, you can upload it here.

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

 

Links to the online sessions for Monday 16 November to Friday 20 November.

[Mony – Please check your emails for links and more info]

 

Cool stuff

We’re not sure when exactly we can return to physical training, but seeing the improving situation, it would be soon!
So in preparation, here are some hitori-geiko training videos from AJKF so you can prepare for the 300 celebration matawari suburi.
This link sends you to their website with more links to their videos.

 

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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Australian Kendo Championships: Cancellation of the 2021 AKC and follow-up actions

Hi all,

Below is the official notice for the cancellation of AKC 2021. If you want to join the AKC Planning committee (more info below), please follow the instructions below!

Thanks,
Samuel


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Dear all,

Please see below an opportunity to participate in AKC planning. I waited for more details but in view of the deadline, have decided to distribute it as is.

Note that enquiries can be sent directly to AKR Secretary but your expression of interest is to be sent to me.

Kind regards,
Cyntheia

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Dear AKR members,

Australian Kendo Championships: Cancellation of the 2021 AKC and follow-up actions

A. Why is the 2021 AKC cancelled?

The AKR Executives have met with representatives from the Kendo Board and the host of the 2021 AKC  (VKR) in a stakeholders’ meeting, and a decision was made to cancel the 2021 AKC after careful considerations. The decision was presented to the National Council and was supported by the Council.

The stakeholders’ meeting considered various options including change of location and/or date and cancellation and their public health, operational and financial implications. These were the main points in the discussion:

1. It is unlikely that we are able to hold AKC in Victoria in Easter 2021 due to the current COVID-19 situation.
2. Many states or territories may still have “closed borders” policies at that time, which requires travellers to commit to a 14-days quarantine.
3. It is unlikely that we would be able to hold AKC in another state or territory at that time, due to restrictions on large gatherings, and the likelihood of reduced attendance hence significant financial loss to the host.
4. Postponing the AKC to the later half of 2021 may still run into the above issues and clash with other major scheduled events such as UniSports Nationals Division 1 and Australian Masters Games.

Considering the above, those present agreed that cancellation of the 2021 event was the most viable option.

The 2021 Australian Kendo Championships have been cancelled.

B. What is AKR doing if there is no national Kendo Championship in 2021?

1. Financial loss

Financial loss incurred on the hosting state in association with cancellation of the 2021 AKC will be absorbed by AKR.

2. Interstate events in place of the national championship in 2021

The AKR recognises the significance of interstate competitions and seminars in keeping members motivated as well as sustaining Kendo standards and development in Australia.
We expect that border restrictions may ease at a different pace in different states and territories in the coming months.
To help sustain Kendo members’ motivation, AKR will encourage inter-State/Territory competitions between states with mutually open borders in 2021. A sum has been allocated for such events and interested states and territories may apply for financial support from the AKR.

3. Call for Expression of Interest to join the AKC Planning Committee

To prepare for AKC in 2022 and beyond, AKR is calling for Expression of Interest among Ordinary Affiliate Members to join a Planning Committee to  review the way AKC is organised in order to engage more members in the future while upholding the Kendo quality of this pinnacle national event. The committee will look at timing, format, management etc and determine a date for the 2022 AKC. (Please note that this Planning Committee is not the AKC Organising Committee.)

Interested individuals may apply through your state or territory associations, for applications to reach the AKR Secretary by 15 November 2020. If you have questions, please contact akrsecretary@kendoaustralia.asn.au

Kind regards,
Sioh-Yang Tan
Secretary
Australian Kendo Renmei
E: akrsecretary@kendoaustralia.asn.au
W: www.kendoaustralia.asn.au

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Weekly MUKC update – Swotvac

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. This survey will close next Monday (16 Nov). If you haven’t filled in this survey, please help fill it, we need 7 more people to get everyone’s responses. Thank you

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. This survey will close at the end of this month (Monday, 30 Nov)

Thank you so much for filling in and sharing the survey!

 

Storage of past photos and compilation video about MUKC

We are creating a storage to store all past photos to document as much of the past (almost) 30 years of history of MUKC! If you have any photos you would not mind sharing, you can upload it here [Mony: Please check your email for link].

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

 

Links to the online sessions for Monday 9 November to Friday 13 November.

[Mony: Please check your email for more info and links]

 

Cool stuff

Here are some shameless plugs to our social medias if you don’t know already:
@monashkendo
Facebook

 

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

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Weekly MUKC update – Week 12

Monash Sport: Building Resilience through Wellness Webinar

Resilience is a huge part of all of us now more than ever. It helps us maintain balance and calm during times of stress and uncertainty. Monash Sport will be hosting a free webinar on Building Resilience through Wellness.

Joined by special guest panellists Professor Kim Cornish, a developmental cognitive neuroscientist, and Georgia Griffith, an Australian elite athlete, Monash Sport will delve into the correlation between physical and mental health which is driving a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing.

When: Thursday, 5 November, 1pm – 2pm
Where: Zoom! ID: [pdr]; Pass:[pdr]
Facebook event link

 

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!

 

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 2 November to Friday 6 November.

Mony: Please check your emails for all session details.

 

Cool stuff

CONGRATS EMILLLYYYY!!!! Have fun in Sydney!

Also, here’s what we’ll all be doing when we return to physical training:

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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2021 AKC: summary of meeting on 25th October 2020

Hi all,

Below is a summary of a meeting held about 2021 AKC. In summary, the 2021 AKC will be cancelled 🙁

Please read through the summary below for a clearer picture about the situation.

Thanks,
Samuel


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Dear National Council delegates,
AKR has met with representatives from the Kendo Board and the host of the 2021 AKC  (VKR) on 25th October to discuss the 2021 AKC.

A. Four options were proposed for consideration at the meeting:

1. Proceed with AKC at Easter time 2021 in Victoria
2. Proceed with AKC at Easter time 2021 in another State/Territory
3. Postpone AKC to later in 2021 – consider participation in AMG and UniSport Nationals
4. Cancel the 2021 AKC and hold next one in 2022

Those present at the meeting considered the public health, operational and financial risks associated with various options, including the following:

1. It is unlikely that we are able to hold AKC in Victoria in Easter 2021 due to the current COVID-19 situation.
2. Many states or territories may still have “closed borders” policies at that time, which requires travellers to commit to a 14-days quarantine.
3. It is unlikely that we would be able to hold AKC in another state or territory at that time, due to restrictions on large gatherings, and the likelihood of reduced attendance hence significant financial loss to the host.
4. Postponing the AKC to the later half of 2021 may still run into the above issues and clash with other major scheduled events such as UniSports Nationals Division 1 and Australian Masters Games.

Considering the above, those present agreed that cancellation of the 2021 event was the most viable option. A decision was made to cancel the AKC in 2021.

B. Impacts and follow-up actions:

1. Financial loss
Cancellation of the 2021 AKC will incur the following financial losses:
MSAC Deposit: $5000
Tenugui purchase: $2662
Online transaction fees: $590
Total loss: $8252
The VKR will negotiate with MSAC to seek to recover the deposit of $5000, but at this point we are assuming that the deposit is not recoverable. AKR will bear the total financial loss.

2. Interstate events in place of the national championship in 2021
We expect that border restrictions may ease at different pace between different states and territories in the coming months. The AKR recognises the significance of interstate competitions and seminars in keeping members motivated as well as sustaining Kendo standards and development in general. To limit impacts to Kendo members’ motivation, AKR will encourage inter-State/Territory competitions between states with mutually open borders in 2021. AKR to consider how to provide support (e.g. provision of medals, financial assistance?)

3. Changes to AKC 2022 and beyond
There may be possible changes to the dates and format of AKC.* The following changes were discussed:
Date
– to move away from Easter (savings for members and event budget)
Competition format
– to consider COVID impacts to membership and/or attendance – may need to review format of team events
– to consider having the championships with or without seminar and grading
Event management
– to move to a national organising committee (rather than relying on States and Territories)
Location
– the 2022 event to be held in Victoria

Actions
– A committee to be formed to discuss future AKCs – Affiliates to nominate members to be on the committee post National Council meeting. The committee will aim to decide on a 2022 date ASAP and book venue.

Kind regards,
Sioh-Yang Tan
Secretary
Australian Kendo Renmei
E: akrsecretary@kendoaustralia.asn.au
W: www.kendoaustralia.asn.au

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Weekly MUKC update – Week 11

VKR’s face shield bulk order no. 2!

VKR is doing a large bulk order and 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 THIS THURSDAY, 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.

 

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!??

 

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 26 October to Friday 30 October.

Please check your emails for times and URLs!

 

SUPER cool stuff

Here are links to some resources for Kata!
https://www.kendo-guide.com/kendo_kata.html
Youtube! Youtube has many resources for Kata! Here’s one for example!

 

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 – 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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