Latest MUKC and VKR news (22-02-2020)

Hey guys,

Here is the latest MUKC and VKR news. Contact a committee member for more information on any items.


Fwd: AKC 2020 Registration and Rules Update

AKC 2020 Update

Thank you to all States and Territories for registering for the 45th Australian Kendo Championships being held in Melbourne, Victoria.

Please note the following updates and reminders regarding the registration process and rules for this year’s AKC.

1. Registration for Competitors in Team Events

If a player intends to compete in a team event, but has not entered an individual competition, they must still register online as an “Official/Coach/Observer”. This is to ensure their details are recorded and Shinai checks can occur etc.

Please use this link:

Please note that you will need to purchase lunches or dinner separately.

2. Process for Competitor Confirmation and Refunds

Once the Kendo Board confirms the competitor list, the AKC Organising Committee will contact relevant States or Territories regarding any refunds that may be required.

Refunds will be processed by the VKR via the same payment method used at registration.

3. Competition Rules Update

The Kendo Board has made a small update to the rules and regulations for AKC 2020.

The following changes were made:

  • Repeating a pool – since a pool can consist of 4 shiai-shas, this update reduces ambiguity.
    • BEFORE: If all three shiai-shas are equal on wins and points scored, the pool is repeated in full (san bon shobu).
    • AFTER: If all shiai-shas in the pool are equal on wins and points scored, the pool is repeated in full (san bon shobu).
  • Encho duration – clarified that the duration for encho in the Individual categories has no time limit.
    • BEFORE: Shiais after preliminary rounds will progress on a knock-out basis. Encho is applied to these shiais.
    • AFTER: Shiais after preliminary rounds will progress on a knock-out basis. In the case of a draw, encho is applied to these shiais with no time limit.
  • Previously both figures at the end were referred to as Figure 1. This has been corrected.
  • Minor page formatting adjustments for better readability.

The updated rules and regulations in full (v1.1), as well as Page 3 on its own with the significant changes highlighted, are attached.

4. Regulations for Nafuda (Zekken) to be worn in (AKR) Competition

All States and Territories are reminded to ensure all competitors are aware of the current regulations regarding Nafuda.

Please see the following website:

Michael Dunn
VKR Vice-President
0438 745 735


Saturday trainings resumed!

Hi all,

Saturday trainings are back on!
March: 7, 21
April: 18, 25
May – 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (2 May might be cancelled if majority of members are going to MUKEN camp)
As per the Facebook poll, the trainings will be held at 9am – 10:30am at Kenshikan Dojo, 91 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne, 3003 VIC.

See you there!


Monash University Kendo Club


Fwd: VKR Seminar Program – 29th Feb – 1st Mar 2020

FILE – VKR 2020 Kendo Seminar-Program-v2.01 (pdf)

Hi all,

Below is some information regarding the seminar that will replace the Nittaidai seminar.


———- Forwarded message ———

Dear all,

Attached is the program of the VKR Seminar on 29th Feb – 1st March.

Late Registration and refund request will close on 20th 5:00pm for logistics and catering preparation.

VKR runs seminars with the objective to support the growth of our community. The seminar fee was set taking into consideration expenses for international visitors. In the past few years, we have been operating at a loss, a cost we willingly bear to support our community. Due to the extra-ordinary circumstances this year, we may have a surplus. Any significant surpluses will be refunded to participants equally.

On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to crossing swords with you at the seminar.

Cyntheia Lim
Victoria Kendo Renmei

Monash University Kendo Club


Grading for Kyu and Dan members (March)

FILE – VKR Fees Schedule (pdf)

Hi all,

Gradings are coming soon. If you would like to register follow the steps below.

  1. Get permission from Kimura, Matsumoto, Dimovski sensei.
  2. If all three approve, please reply to this email with your full name and current grade and send proof of payment (See fee schedule attached) by Friday, 28 February 2020. (Note, the amount you pay is the application fee + registration fee e.g. If you are >16 yrs old and going for your 6th kyu grading, you will pay $15 + $20 = $35 in total. The registration fee portion will be refunded to you if your grading is unsuccessful, though this is VERY unlikely for kyu grades)
  • 6th Kyu to 3rd Kyu – Sunday, 15th March 2020, 12:30pm
  • 2nd Kyu to 4th Dan – Sunday, 22nd March 2020, 12:30 pm.

All gradings will be held at Kenshikan Dojo, 91 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne, 3003 VIC. Please be ready by 12:30pm for registrations.

If you have any questions, please let me know.



Nittaidai Seminar Postponed –

Dear all,

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, the VKR – Nittaidai Seminar scheduled for the 29th Feb – 1st Mar 2020 weekend has been postponed until further notice.
The decision is a joint decision made with close consultation with Nittaidai’s Yagisawa Sensei. We did not come to this decision lightly.

Factors Taken into Consideration (For and Against)
1. Infection and Spread of Coronavirus
  a. Recent developments
      i. Increased cases outside of China,
     ii. uncertainties re incubation period,
    iii. medium
  b. International Travels
  c. Countries can change entry/exit/quarantine periods with days of notice
2. Impact on Participants
  a. disruptions to schedules
  b. any non-refundables on travels and accommodation for rural and interstate participants
  c. Impact on their kendo development
3. Impact on Organisers
4. Sunk costs (planning time, venue bookings, flights and accommodation)

Options for Participants
Option A – Withdraw from Seminar
You will be offered:
– Full refund on seminar fee
– A letter from VKR regarding reasons for event cancellation – VKR cannot offer any compensation for costs incurred (eg, accommodation & travels). The letter may help.

Option B – Attend another seminar on the same weekend
– VKR will host a seminar on the same weekend.
– We will publish a schedule and programme shortly.

Your Voice will be heard

We are open to hear your concerns, questions regarding this situation. Please feel free to write to

Yours sincerely,
Cyntheia Lim
Victorian Kendo Renmei


Fwd: South Australian Kendo Championships 2020 – Invitation

Hi all,

If you would like to join, please let me know.


———- Forwarded message ———

Good evening all,

The South Australian Kendo Association is happy to announce the 2020 SA Kendo Championships to be held on Sunday 22/03/20.

We would like to extend an invitation to attend to all SA Kendo members, as well as the Kendo members of Victoria and Tasmania.

Please see attached for the competition information handout and registration form. Please also note that all registrations must be submitted by 08/03/20. *Late submissions will not be accepted*

Thank you, we look forward to seeing you there!


Gary Bryant
SAKA Secretary

Monash University Kendo Club

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