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!


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,


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

Kind regards,
Sioh-Yang Tan
Australian Kendo Renmei

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