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

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Current Club status

Current members: Closed. Training cancelled until further notice due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
New memberships: Closed.

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Members notice

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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Livestreams and suburi competition

FILE – MUKC Suburi Challenge (Google Drive link)

 

Hi everyone!

As we’re all stuck at home, we’ve planned some livestreams and competitions for everyone to join in.

The livestreams will be workouts with Trent leading the way and will be announced ahead of time on Facebook. The streaming platform will vary to find what works best for everyone. E.g. (Facebook live, zoom, hangouts, etc)

The Suburi competition can be accessed via this link. The challenge lasts until the 30th April. Anyone(including non-members) can join in.

Rules for the challenge:

  • Read the instructions first.
  • Do not edit the table headings or instructions, and do not edit other people’s scores.
  • NO CHEATING

Have fun 🙂

Thanks,
Samuel


Monash University Kendo Club

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Team Monash Online classes

Hi all,

Hope you all are doing well and haven’t gained too much weight while home!

FYI, Team Monash is hosting online daily workout classes for anyone. Follow this link if you want to tag along 🙂

Don’t forget to continue doing suburi and memorize kata!

Have fun,
Samuel


Monash University Kendo Club

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Fwd: VKR COVID-19 advice

———- Forwarded message ———

Hi Everyone;

We hope that you are well and finding ways to continue training while practicing social distancing measures.

While it may seem redundant, the VKR has a responsibility to its members, you guys. To update our previous advice, in light of the current COVID-19 situation, we recommend that club and/or group trainings be suspended until further notice. We are of course monitoring the situation and will review and amend our advice as appropriate.

Kind regards

The VKR executive committee.


Monash University Kendo Club

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Indefinite cancellation of training

Hi all,

Its with regret that we have to inform you that training has been cancelled indefinitely. This is due to:

  • The committee prioritizing the health of our club members;
  • Monash Sport requiring all clubs to be able to guarantee the 1.5m social distance among members throughout the whole training(which we definitely can’t);
  • Monash Sport being closed down indefinitely as well.
    The committee will continue to monitor the situation and start training again once the situation around COVID-19 has improved.

We’re also planning to host something where everyone can join online soon. So look out for that! In the meantime, stay safe, don’t go out too much and have fun at home!

Thanks,
Samuel

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Latest MUKC and VKR news (18-03-2020)

Hey guys,

Here is the latest MUKC and VKR news.

 

Mon, 16 Mar, 11:03
SUPER IMPORTANT: TRAINING CANCELLED FOR 2 WEEKS

Hi all,

Training for the next two weeks have been CANCELLED. (Including today’s)

The cancellation will commence from Monday, 16th March 2020 to 29th March 2020. The committee will continue to monitor the situation and depending on the state of COVID-19, will announce if we start again or further extend the period.

The committee are quite saddened by having to miss out training, but we hope everyone will understand and support this decision.

When everyone is back, we’ll be starting with 100*3 koshiwari! So prepare yourselves \(^▽^)/

Thanks,
Samuel


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Fwd: Closure of the Kenshikan Dojo

Hi all,

Kenshikan has also been closed for the next month. The committee recommends everyone don’t mix in with large crowds and do suburi and practice kata at home, instead of joining another club’s training.

Thanks,
Samuel

———- Forwarded message ———

Dear VKR clubs,

After reviewing the coronavirus situation and its potential impacts on our community, the MBK committee has decided to close the dojo for a month. This closure will commence from Monday, 16 March 2020 to and including Monday, 13 April 2020. During this time, the MBK committee will continue to monitor the situation and depending on developments with the virus, we will make decisions regarding reopening or extending this closure period.

During this closure, there will be no activities held at Kenshikan, either run by MBK or any other parties.

The MBK committee, like you, are disappointed with the closure of the dojo. However, we hope that you will understand and support the decision, particularly due to the current situation our community is in.

If you have any questions, please contact us and we will try to answer them as best as we can.

Wishing you all the very best.

Paul Bserani
President Melbourne Budokai


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Fwd: Communications with AJKF

Hi all,

Apologies for the large series of emails these past few days. It should hopefully be decreasing soon.

Thanks,
Samuel

———- Forwarded message ———

Dear members,

I understand that there may be some confusion for those of you who have applied for the Kyoto Enbu Taikai and gradings in Japan.

Hopefully this email will help to resolve some of this confusion.

To date there has been no official communication from Japan notifying the AKR of any cancellation of any of these events. This may change.

Please reply to the email sent out by Sioh-Yang regarding your intention to attend any of these event(s).

The AKR will notify the AJKF of revised numbers of members attending these events, and will notify you of any changes once official communication is received from the AJKF.

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE AJKF INDIVIDUALLY. They are usually very busy and current events will have most likely increased their workload. Please maintain standard communication protocols (i.e. Members à Club à State/Territory à AKR à AJKF/FIK), unless otherwise instructed.

Please note that this is for AJKF/FIK events only (i.e. 6-dan and above gradings, Shogo Gradings/Exams, and Kyoto Enbu Taikai).

I understand the need to be informed and the AKR will definitely keep you up-to-date as information comes in.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Regards,

Stylianos (Stilts) Polichroniadis
President
Australian Kendo Renmei Inc.
Post: 11 Princess Street
Coburg North, VIC 3058
Email: akrpresident@kendoaustralia.asn.au
Web: www.kendoaustralia.asn.au


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Fwd: Reminder to confirm participation in upcoming international Kendo, Iaido and Jodo events

———- Forwarded message ———

To AKR members who have registered and/or paid for upcoming international events including Kyoto Enbu Taikai, gradings and Kitamoto Foreign Kendo Leaders Summer Seminar,

In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on international travel, the AKR would like to ask you to confirm if you are

going ahead with your travel and participation plans;
cancelling; or
postponing
In the latter cases of (2) and (3), AKR will attempt to seek refund or rollover of your paid fees to the next time the event is held. Although there is no guarantee, we will present our urgent case and seek understanding of the organisers. Please inform us as soon as possible of your decision by emailing akrpresident@kendoaustralia.asn.au cc akrsecretary@kendoaustralia.asn.au before COB Wednesday 18th March 2020. Please include your name, event name and dates, and payment made if any in the email.

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


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Fwd: Important Notice re 2020 AKCs and COVID-19

Sun, 15 Mar, 18:35
Hi all,

This is a follow-up by the VKR about the email from the AKR from before.
As mentioned below, we hope that everyone remain patient and calm as this was a very hard decision to come pass.

Thanks,
Samuel

———- Forwarded message ———

Sun, 15 Mar, 18:35
Hi All,

Further to the recent email regarding cancellation of the AKC 2020, all AKC fees have now been refunded via the original method of payment. You should see the refund on your credit or debit card statement within 10 days. If you have not received your payment by Friday 27 March please contact me directly.

Kind regards,

Michael Dunn
VKR Vice-President
Chair, AKC Organising Committee

 

Sat, 14 Mar, 23:18
Hi All;

In the interests of everyone’s health and safety in light of the COVID-19 situation, at an emergency meeting of the AKR including the AKR executive, the Australian Kendo Board, representatives from all states and territories, the AKC organising committee and a medical representative it was decided to cancel the 2020 AKCs. That is inclusive of the AKC seminar and grading.

Many factors have been carefully considered in coming to this decision which obviously has a significant impact on the national kendo community.

All AKC fees (competition, dinner, lunches and seminar) will be refunded by the VKR via the original method of payment. Clubs who have submitted grading applications will be contacted directly regarding refund of grading fees.

We request that you please be patient as all involved parties work through this very significant decision.

VKR Executive


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Fwd: URGENT: VKR March gradings, all arts

———- Forwarded message ———

Dear all,

Following from recent announcements, the VKR, VKTC and VIJTC have discussed and decided to cancel all March gradings. We will review the feasibility of events scheduled later in the year going ahead.

Your understanding and support during this time is greatly appreciated. Again, please keep well and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Kind regards,

Cyntheia Lim
President
Victorian Kendo Renmei


Monash University Kendo Club

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CANCELLED – 45th Australian Kendo Championships, Seminar and Grading

Fwd: Important Notice re 2020 AKCs and COVID-19

Hi all,

This is a follow-up by the VKR about the email from the AKR from before.
As mentioned below, we hope that everyone remain patient and calm as this was a very hard decision to come pass.

Thanks,
Samuel

———- Forwarded message ———

Hi All;

In the interests of everyone’s health and safety in light of the COVID-19 situation, at an emergency meeting of the AKR including the AKR executive, the Australian Kendo Board, representatives from all states and territories, the AKC organising committee and a medical representative it was decided to cancel the 2020 AKCs. That is inclusive of the AKC seminar and grading.

Many factors have been carefully considered in coming to this decision which obviously has a significant impact on the national kendo community.

All AKC fees (competition, dinner, lunches and seminar) will be refunded by the VKR via the original method of payment. Clubs who have submitted grading applications will be contacted directly regarding refund of grading fees.

We request that you please be patient as all involved parties work through this very significant decision.

VKR Executive


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Fwd: 45th Australian Kendo Championships, Seminar and Grading cancelled

———- Forwarded message ———

Dear AKR members,

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the upcoming 45th Australian Kendo Championships, Seminar and grading has been cancelled. Australian Kendo Renmei’s primary considerations are the health, safety and well-being of our members. 100% of the individual registration fees for 45th Australian Kendo Championships will be refunded. The refund will be processed within 2 weeks by the VKR. We apologise for any inconveniences that this decision has caused you however we have obligation to our members and broader society to make every attempt to contain the spread of the infection.

The next Australian Kendo Championships – the 45th Australian Kendo Championships in 2021, will be in Melbourne hosted by the VKR.

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


Monash University Kendo Club

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Latest MUKC and VKR news (14-03-2020)

Hey guys,

Here is the latest VKR and MUKC news.

 

URGENT: Kendo grading tomorrow CANCELLED (15th March)

———- Forwarded message ———

Dear all,

Due to health and safety issues, a few key stakeholders have to excuse themselves from the grading scheduled for tomorrow.

With such short notice, and consideration for the negative impact of more delayed notice, the Kyu Grading on 15 March 2020 is cancelled.

It is not possible for us to postpone this event due to uncertainties and factors out of our control.

We will update you regarding the other gradings scheduled for March as soon as a decision is made.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.

If you have any concerns, please do contact me on president@kendovictoria.asn.au. Your concerns will be heard.

Yours sincerely,
Cyntheia Lim
President
Victorian Kendo Renmei


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Fwd: AKR COVID-19 letter to all members

FILE – COVID-19 email to members 13 March 2020 (pdf)
FILE – FACTSHEET-People-over-65-coronavirus20200305 (pdf)

 

Hi all,

This is a notice letter from the AKR to all members. Please have a read through.

Thanks,
Samuel


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Fwd: Postponement of the 2020 Nagae Taikai

Hi all,

Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Nagae Taikai will be postponed to an unknown date. However, the VIC Squad trainings and Gradings (see news above) will still be held.

Please read through the email below for clarification regarding this situation. Apologies for this sudden action, and I hope you understand why this has happened.

Thank you,
Samuel

———- Forwarded message ———

Dear MBK Member and Victorian Kendo Community.

Over the last several months the coronavirus has been spreading across the world. Countries and organisations have been taking measures to contain and minimise it’s spread. In some cases the measures have been minimal while others have been drastic. The situation has gradually gotten worse (actually in a couple of countries it has rapidly gotten worse) and is expected to get worse worldwide.

We have been relatively lucky in Australia due to the measures that have been taken. Initially it was considered that the measures were drastic but they seem to have been effective. Time will really tell. No doubt each country and organisation will take measures that they see fit and appropriate to their situations.

Over the last couple of weeks, the Melbourne Budokai committee has been monitoring the situation. We’ve been discussing whether or not we should be doing something and if so what we can do to minimise the risk of COVID-19. We understand that our normal training sessions have continued and that our members have been training with no obvious ramifications at this point. Also, there have been members from other clubs training with us and also other training sessions have been held at Kenshikan, the major one being the Victorian Kendo Squad training sessions.

The committee has been considering whether or not to hold the upcoming Nagae Taikai. After many discussions, particularly at last Sunday’s committee meeting, it was decided that the risks to all who would attend were minimal and the fact that we have all already been training together were factors to still hold it.

As of this morning, the World Health Organisation has now “declared the coronavirus outbreak as a world pandemic” and has urged everyone “to take urgent and aggressive action against COVID-19”.

Although the risks at the Nagae Taikai were considered low, the MBK committee now believes its prudent of us to take a responsible position and to postpone the 2020 Nagae Taikai.

There are lots of reasons why the committee has made this decision. In no particular order, these are just a few:

  1. The declaration by the World Health Organisation and their request that urgent and aggressive action be taken against COVID-19.
  2. The numbers of competitors and volunteers for the taikai are lower than last year. It was becoming obvious that the taikai will not be well attended. The reasons for this are not obvious but the Nagae Taikai is a celebration of Nagae Sensei and his immense contribution to our club, the VKR and the AKR. The attendance was not going to reflect the celebration.
  3. The financial impact to MBK is very low – 3 medals will need to be re-engraved with a new date.
  4. We need to consider the increasing risk from the virus not just to all those who attend the taikai but also to their family and friends – some of whom may be elderly, etc.
  5. It was highlighted that MBK is one of the largest clubs and that we should take a leading and responsible position on the spread of the virus. We feel that postponing the taikai is a responsible decision regardless of the low risk it might pose – it just takes one infection to have devastating effects as has already been shown in the community and across the world.
  6. Lots of sporting activities have been cancelled or postponed – particularly Kendo ones in Japan and Europe. Of course there are lots of others that are still being held.
  7. It was considered that the Nagae Taikai is a postpone-able event, although it is a very important one for Melbourne Budokai and the Kendo community. It was postponed last year due to the extreme heat that was being experienced at the time.

Again, there were other reasons to postpone it and of course reasons not to.

With the WHO making their declaration, more than likely this will have ramifications for other events not just with the Nagae Taikai – big and small.

We don’t want people to think that the MBK committee is panicking by postponing the Nagae Taikai. Our normal training sessions have not been cancelled and neither has the Kendo Introductory Course that is currently running. This might change as things progress with the virus.

The committee has taken into consideration the reasons to hold and not to hold the taikai and it was not a knee jerk reaction. We have considered medical advice that has been out in the public domain and that a couple of medical professionals have given us that are members of the club and outside the club. It is not a decision that was taken lightly. However, we feel that it is the responsible one.

As mentioned above there are other events that are held and will be held at Kenshikan (Vic Kendo Squad trainings and VKR gradings). The appropriate people responsible for those events may or may not reconsider holding them – the VKR is going ahead with the up coming grading this Sunday. It’s their decision, just like it’s the decision of the MBK committee to postpone the 2020 Nagae Taikai.

Finally, over the last few weeks MBK, the VKR and the AKR have sent notifications regarding steps that we as individuals can take to help minimise the spread of COVID-19. Please treat these steps seriously and take the appropriate steps.

We have no doubt there will be people not happy with this decision, just like the MBK committee is not happy with making it. However, we hope people will understand and be supportive of it.

The MBK committee wishes you and your family the very best and keep safe.

Paul Bserani
President Melbourne Budokai


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Fwd: A Notice to All Victorian Clubs

———- Forwarded message ———

The VKR continues to actively monitor international and local developments and government advice about the spread of COVID-19. Members should be aware that it may become necessary to cancel or postpone VKR events at short notice in the interest of health and safety.

In the meantime, please do practise good personal hygiene, and take care of yourselves well.

Flu and cold season is also upon us, do take care!

Sincerely,

Cyntheia Lim
President
VKR


Monash University Kendo Club

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Latest MUKC and VKR news (07-03-2020)

Hey guys,

Here is the latest MUKC and VKR news. For more information on any items, please see a committee member.

 

IMPORTANT: MUKC SEMESTER 1 2020 MEMBERSHIP

FILE – MUKC Membership Registration StepbyStep (pdf)

 

Hi all,

Its come to the time of the year where we have to renew our memberships!
Please register yourself (or your children) at this link by Friday, 12th March 2020. Please help out by registering asap as we want to get everyone registered before beginners come again.

Attached to this email are step-by-step instructions to sign up, if you already have an account then skip the sign up process. (The instructions are from 2019, please click on the 2020 options if you get confused)

If you are unable to click the link, please goto this address:
https://connectedcommunities.monash.edu/Clubs/Kendo

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thanks,
Samuel


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Volunteers for Monash University Orientation week needed!

Hi all,

The club needs volunteers to help demonstrate and attract people to our club during O-week! Your help will ensure we get more members into Kendo 🙂

O-week will happen on the 17-19 March from 11am – 3pm on the Lemon Scented Lawns (Its right behind the Campus Centre).

Please come help out if you’re able to!

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks,
Samuel


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Upcoming Kyu and Dan gradings – Please reconfirm your details!

Hey guys, if you’re unsure about the upcoming gradings, please contact a committee member.

 

Fwd: Update: coronavirus advisory

———- Forwarded message ———
The Australian Kendo Renmei (AKR) strongly advises that members, family and friends monitor the Covid-19 (corona virus) situation, and follow recommendations therein (see below).

Please keep yourselves updated from the following link:
https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert#if-you-are-at-risk

Isolation guidelines:
https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/02/coronavirus-covid-19-isolation-guidance.pdf
Keep yourselves and each other safe and informed.

Regards,

Stylianos (Stilts) Polichroniadis

President

Australian Kendo Renmei Inc.
Post: 11 Princess Street
Coburg North, VIC 3058
Email: akrpresident@kendoaustralia.asn.au
Web: www.kendoaustralia.asn.au


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Japanese class by Sakamoto-sensei

Hi all,

Sakamoto-sensei is going to be running a Japanese language class for those interested.

It will last for 1 hour and costs $20 per person for a group of 6 people. You can join even if you have no proficiency in the language.The class will be held every Thursday from 7-8 pm.

The location and start date is not confirmed yet.

If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please let me know!

Thanks,
Samuel

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