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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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: https://vkr.ecwid.com/2020-AKC-Coaches-Officials-Observers-p166785953

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:

http://www.kendoaustralia.asn.au/content/?page_id=1230

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!

Thanks,
Samuel


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.

Thanks,
Samuel

———- 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.

Sincerely,
Cyntheia Lim
President
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.

Thanks,
Samuel

 

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 president@kendovictoria.asn.au.

Yours sincerely,
Cyntheia Lim
President
Victorian Kendo Renmei

 

Fwd: South Australian Kendo Championships 2020 – Invitation

Hi all,

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

Thanks,
Samuel

———- 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!

Regards,

Gary Bryant
SAKA Secretary


Monash University Kendo Club

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Latest MUKC and VKR news (09-02-2020)

Hey guys,

Here is the latest MUKC and VKR news.

 

Coronavirus Advisory Update

Mony – See this post for more info.

Hi all,

There has been a change in the criteria and “Mainland China” no longer includes Hongkong, but now includes anyone who has transited through the country.

Please take care of your health everyone!

Thanks,
Samuel

Monash University Kendo Club

 

AKC Registration Process for Victorians (Competitors, Shinpans, Officials and Seminar Attendees)

Hi all,

Below are some information about the 2020 AKC. Please have a read through if you’re participating, shinpan-ing or volunteering!

Thanks,
Samuel

Dear all,

Please read the information below regarding registration for this year’s Australian Kendo Championships in Melbourne as either a competitor, shinpan, official or seminar attendee.

Competitors

All Victorian competitors are required to register and pay directly via the AKC online registration website: https://vkr.ecwid.com/

You must include the correct seeding (ranking) based on the selection results as advised by the Victorian Coaching Team. Please contact the Victorian Team Manager (Andrea Ngai) if you are unsure of your seeding.

If you also intend to attend the seminar, please register and pay at the time of registration.

All 4-Dan (and above) competitors are expected to make themselves available for Shinpan duties for events in which they are not competing. Please indicate your availability via the registration process.

Registrations and payments are due by 14 February 2020.

In the situation where Victoria’s allocation in the draw is exceeded, the VKR will issue refunds directly to those competitors that cannot attend.

Important dates:

  1. Victorian team seeding released: 3-4 February 2020
  2. Registrations and payments due: 14 February 2020
  3. Competitor placement confirmed by AKR/Kendo Board: 6 March 2020

Non-competing Shinpans, Officials and Seminar Attendees

All non-competing shinpans, coaches, officials and seminar attendees must register via the AKC online registration website: https://vkr.ecwid.com/

If you have already registered as an individual competitor, you do not need to register again.

Registrations and payments are due by 14 February 2020.

Volunteers

More volunteers are required for all days of the tournament and the grading/seminar.

The AKC cannot be run without the support of volunteers from all Victorian clubs and the VKR expects all Victorian clubs to support this event through providing volunteers.

Volunteers should sign-up at the following link: Volunteer Roster

If you have any questions regarding the registration process please contact Michael Dunn (vicepresident@kendovictoria.asn.au)

The VKR thanks you for your support.

Monash University Kendo Club

 

VKR Team Selection

Hi all,

The results of the VKR selection trials have been announced and the results are in the table below.
Congrats to (list below) for being selected for the teams!!!! Good luck!

Trent Reeve
Kaori Dimovski
Hoey Yein Goh
Toney Evans
Anusha Yellapragada
Noriko Matsumoto

Thanks,
Samuel

VKR TEAMS SELECTED

The VKR Teams Selection Trials were held at the Kenshikan yesterday. The following Teams will represent Victoria at the 45th Australian Kendo Championships:

In no particular order,

Men’s Dan Team
– Richard T’en
– Takayuki Suzuki
– Thomas Mendelovits
– Trent Reeve
– James O’Neill
– Takeshi Hartono
– Jeffrey Khor

Women’s Dan Team
– Julie Tran
– Vivian Thang
– Kaori Dimovski
– Liliana Bray
– Yaya Bonggotgetsakul
– Rebecca Creamer
– Hoey Yein Goh

Men’s Kyu Team
– Alejandro Pastore
– Danny Nguyen
– Aaron Vo
– Duke Passi
– Toney Evans
– Jordan Le
– Kenny Yang

Women’s Kyu Team
– Isabel Trinh
– Nicky Lieu
– Nicole Saccardo
– Anusha Yellapragada

Kata Pairs
– Noriko Matsumoto & Kevin Chin

Congratulations to those selected, and to the Coaches, Team management and all Squad members for their efforts over the past few months and their performances yesterday.

Many thanks to all who assisted on the day; Selectors, shinpan, court officials and general helpers all worked hard to make the day run very smoothly.

I’m sure all VKR members will join me in wishing our Teams the very best for the Championships.

“Victory Through Commitment!!”

Yakov Macak
Chair, VKTC


Monash University Kendo Club

 

WAKR: Otake Sensei – Iaido & Jodo Seminar, March 2020

Hi all,

There will be a seminar held in Perth by WAKR from the 21st to 23rd March 2020. If you would like to attend, please have a read of the details below.

Thanks,
Samuel

———- Forwarded message ———

Hi All,

Otake Sensei (Jodo 8th Dan Kyoshi, Iaido 7th Dan Kyoshi) will be visiting Perth in March.

The WAKR will be holding a 3 day seminar (1 day Iaido and 2 days Jodo) from the 21st March to the 23rd march 2020. It is open to all AKR Iaido and Jodo members and any FIK affiliate members.

Venue:
· LeisureFit Melville
Corner Canning Highway & Stock Road
Melville

Schedule:
· Iaido – Friday 21st March from 0900 till 1600
· Jodo – Saturday 22nd March from 0900 till 1600
· Jodo – Sunday 23rd March from 0900 till 1500

There will NOT be any Shinsa available!

Costs:
· All three days: $150
· Iaido only (1 day): $60
· Jodo only (2 days): $120

Fees are to be paid into the WAKR bank account at BSB: 036082 Account: 294691

Registrations:

All registrations are to be sent direct to me at russell@budokan.com.au.

RSVP with the following details:
· Your Name
· Your State Renmei & Club name (if not from the WAKR)
· Which days you will be attending
· Your grades in both Iaido and/or Jodo
· The amount and date that you make your payment into the WAKR bank account

There may be a possibility of home stays for interstate attendees (and those from outside Perth), but this is not guaranteed.

Can you please pass this on to your members.

Kind regards,

Russell Lawrence

AKR Iaido Board Chairman
WAKR State Treasurer
General Manager – Willow Pond
www.willowpond.com.au
www.budokan.com.au
0403 150 264


Monash University Kendo Club

 

2020 Nagae Taikai – Saturday 14 March

FILE – 2020 Nagae Taikai poster-r (pdf)

 

Hi all,

The Nagae Taikai, which is held in commemoration of Nagae Sensei, will be held on the 14th of March 2020, Saturday. Entry are for 2nd to 5th Dan members and is free.
Please have a read of the information below if you are interested.

Thanks,
Samuel

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Dear AKR members,

The Nagae Taikai was established in June 2008 in memory of Nagae Sensei who passed away in November 2011.

Mr Sumitaka Nagae, Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan, was an important figure in Australian Kendo for many years. His hard work and dedication has helped to promote Kendo and Japanese Culture throughout Australia. He was the head Kendo sensei at Melbourne Budokai since it first came into life in June 1990 until he and Mrs Nagae returned to Japan in 2008.

Registrations

The 2020 Nagae Taikai is an individuals based taikai for senior Kendoka. Kendoka who are graded between 2nd Dan and 5th Dan, and are a current AKR member are invited to register.

Registration must be made prior to the taikai by sending an email to secretary@melbournebudokai.com.au by Sunday,1 March 2020. No other method will be accepted. Please include your current grade when registering.

No entries after this deadline will be accepted and numbers may be limited.

Entry to the taikai is free.

REQUEST FOR SHINPAN

We would like to humbly request the assistance of Kendoka 4th Dan or above (including those who will compete) to assist with shinpaning.

Shinpans will be required to wear the standard shinpan uniform (taken from the FIK shinpan regulations):

1. A plain, dark blue jacket,
2. A plain, grey pair of trousers,
3. A plain, white shirt,
4. A plain, deep red neck tie,
5. A plain, dark blue pair of socks/stockings.

Competitors who will be shinpaning will be required to change into the above uniform where time permits. Otherwise, gi and hakama are acceptable.

If you are available to help as a shinpan, please reply to this email.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kind regards
Kristine Ventura
Secretary Melbourne Budokai


Monash University Kendo Club

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Latest MUKC and VKR news (01-02-2020)

Hey guys,

Here is the latest MUKC and VKR news –

 

Fwd: 45th AKC Info Pack and Rules – For Release to States/Territories

FILE – Kendo Board – 2020 AKC Competition Rules v1.0 (pdf)
FILE – 2020_AKC_Melbourne Info Pack v3.2 (Jan 2020) (pdf)

Hi all,

Below are some information about the 2020 AKC. Please have a read if you are interested.

Thanks,
Samuel

———- Forwarded message ———
Dear All,

The Victorian Kendo Renmei (VKR), as host of this year’s Australian Kendo Championships, invites States and Territories to submit registrations for the event.
Information regarding the event and the process for registration is outlined in the attached information pack. The Competition Rules are also attached as a separate document.
All registrations must be made by the relevant State/Territory team coordinator.
Questions regarding the event should also be directed to the organising committee.
For further information and announcements as we approach the event please refer to the AKC Facebook page: fb.me/AKC2020
The VKR looks forward to seeing you all in Melbourne!

Michael Dunn
AKC 2020 Organising Committee Chair
VKR Vice-President
vicepreseident@kendovictoria.asn.au
0438 745 735


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Fwd: Coronavirus Advisory

Hi all,

Please have a read through as this concerns the health of other club members. If you meet any of the criteria below, please refrain from training for at least 2 weeks.

Please ask away if you have any questions.

Thanks,
Samuel

———- Forwarded message ———

Dear all,

As many of you would now know, there has been an outbreak of a novel (new) coronavirus infection (2019-nCoV) starting in Wuhan City (Hubei Province, China) in late 2019. Knowledge is increasing about this infection over time. The following information is currently believed to be accurate,

The infection presents as a fever or history of fever (≥38°C) and acute respiratory infection (shortness of breath, cough or sore throat).
The incubation period appears to be a maximum of 14 days.
The potential for human to human transmission is moderately high.
It appears that transmission is possible from up to 1 day prior to symptom onset until recovery.
The current evidence is that the case fatality rate is quite high at about 4% of persons infected.

We would recommend that AKR members or visitors who meet the following criteria consider not attending training, to protect your friends and training partners, until the incubation period of 14 days is passed without symptoms.

Anyone who has been in China (including Hong Kong) in the last 14 days.
Anyone who has travelled to an area with evidence of human to human transmission, or a declared outbreak, within the last 14 days.
Anyone who has had close contact with a confirmed case of 2019-nCoV within the last 14 days.

Anyone who meets the above criteria and has evidence of fever or an acute respiratory infection is urged to follow their state public health unit recommendations and present to an appropriate medical practitioner or health facility for assessment.

The links below have more up-to-date information from the Australian Government Department of Health:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/coronavirus-update-at-a-glance
https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

With thanks to Dr Kevin Humphries of Queensland Kendo Renmei.

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

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Latest MUKC and VKR news (25-01-2020)

Hey guys,

Here is the latest MUKC and VKR news – 

No keiko on 27 Jan, Monday

Hi all,

There won’t be any training on Monday, 27th of January 2020. Due to the Australia Day holiday. Please take note!
(Monash Sports is only open from 1-6 pm on that day.)

Thanks,
Samuel


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Fwd: VKR 2020 AGM

Hi all,

The VKR AGM will be held on 1pm, Sunday, 23rd of February 2020 at Kenshikan. Please follow the instructions in the forwarded message below if you would like to nominate someone for a position in the VKR or as an auditor for the AGM.

  • Nominations for a position in the VKR executive committee or club delegate should be sent to the VKR before 1pm, Sunday 16th of February 2020.
  • Nominations for an auditor should be sent to the VKR before Friday, 24th of January 2020.
  • All nominations should be sent to the VKR secretary ( secretary@kendovictoria.asn.au ).

The committee has decided that Toney Evans will be the club delegate, as it is the role held by club Presidents in the past. Please let the committee know, via email, Facebook, or in person, if you would like to nominate a different club delegate or if you have any questions regarding the nomination procedure for the VKR’s AGM.

Thanks,
Samuel

———- Forwarded message ———

Hi All;

The VKR AGM will be held starting at 1:00pm on Sunday, 23rd of February, 2020 at the Kenshikan Dojo, 91 Roslyn Street, West Melbourne. All members are encouraged to attend.

The nomination form is attached for both VKR executive committee positions and club delegate committee positions. While club delegate positions have not been nominated at recent AGMs, it is a requirement of the VKR Rules of Association that each club nominate a delegate who is thereby a voting member of the VKR Committee of Management (CoM). Current financial members of the VKR can be nominated for any of the executive positions or for a club delegate position but not both. Nominations must be received by me, the Secretary, before 1:00pm on Sunday, 16th of February, 2020. Nominations need to be signed by two nominators and acceptance of the position is to be signed by the nominee. Nominations are preferably sent by email, but post is also acceptable. While it is preferable that nominated club delegates attend the VKR AGM, it is not necessary if the nomination form has been completed correctly.

The VKR appoints an auditor to audit the VKR financial records each year. That auditor is to be appointed at the AGM. If anyone wishes to nominate an auditor, please notify me, the Secretary, before close of business on Friday 24th of January so that I can circulate the nomination in enough time to allow VKR members to consider the nomination before the AGM. If no new auditor is nominated, the Executive will likely nominate the previous auditor for a vote by those attending the AGM.

Kind regards

Pete


Pete Mawhinney
Secretary
Victorian Kendo Renmei


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Fwd: AKC 2020 – Call for Volunteers

Hi all

If you are able to volunteer, please fill out the Google Spreadsheet called “2020 AKC Volunteer Roster” by yourself (Mony – see previous post for link). No need to let a committee member know.

Thanks
Hoey

Monash University Kendo Club

 

Fwd: 2020 Kyoto Enbu Taikai

FILE – Application_Form_Kyoto_Taikai_2020 (xls)
FILE – Details of the 116th All Japan Kendo Enbu Taikai 2020 (pdf) 
FILE – Hannaryz Arena(Kyoto City Gym) & Kyoto City Budo Center (pdf)

Hi all,

The deadline for the AKR to receive registrations is the 5:00 pm, Friday, 7th of February 2020. Please send your application forms to akrsecretary@kendoaustralia.asn.au.

There are some additional attachments in this email that were missing in the previous one. Please have a read if you are interested in the taikai.

Thanks,
Samuel

Monash University Kendo Club

Dear AKR members,

If you intend to attend the 2020 Kyoto Enbu Taikai, please send your application form to AKR at akrsecretary@kendoaustralia.asn.au. AKR will collate all individual applications and send them to AJKF.

Please note that the application deadline from AKR to AJKF is 12th February 2020.

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

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Latest MUKC and VKR news (13-01-2020)

Hey guys,

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

 

MUKC Facebook group poll ! (from Facebook Group, 12-01-2020)
Mony – Visit the Facebook group to vote! 

Chai Lam created a poll.
Moderator16 hrs

Heyyy, wish you all Happy New Years!
Recently, the committee considered moving the Saturday training timeslot at Kenshikan because it’s currently at quite an awkward time frame (3pm – 4:30pm).

So, here is a poll with the possible times the training time can be changed to, please vote for a time slot that suits you. The due date of the poll is at the end of January.

Also, please let us know if there’s any issue.
Thanks.

 

AKC 2020 – Call for Volunteers

Hi all,

The VKR are requesting for volunteers for the 2020 AKC. More information are listed below. Please volunteer if you’re free during then!

Thanks,
Samuel

———- Forwarded message ———

Dear All,

The VKR is the host of the 2020 Australian Kendo Championships (AKC) held in Melbourne on 10-14 April 2020.

The VKR is now calling for volunteers to assist with the running of the AKC 2020.

Volunteers are needed for the following tasks:

  • Venue set up, and competitor registrations on Friday April 10
  • Court assistants on the shiaijo and general tasks during competition on Saturday April 11 and Sunday April 12
  • General assistance with supporting the seminar, grading and pack up on Monday April 13 and Tuesday April 14

The AKC is Australia’s premier Kendo competition and cannot be successfully held without your club’s support. We request all clubs encourage their members to support this event.

A roster is available at the following link:

2020 AKC Volunteer Roster

Please make sure you indicate your current grade, whether or not you have any previous experience supporting competition and if you have first aid qualifications.

Volunteer training and induction will be provided prior to the event (date to be advised). The volunteer roster is being co-ordinated by Libby Riches, who can be contacted at libby@trueplaces.com.au if you have any questions.

(Note: Shinpan registrations will be via the official registration process. Details will be provided shortly.)

We thank you so much for your support and look forward to seeing you at the AKC.

Kind regards,

AKC 2020 Organising Committee

 

Fwd: Kata Pair Selection 2020

Hi all,

Applications for Kata Pairs for the 2020 AKC are now open! Email macakcy@optusnet.com.au with your details as listed below to apply if you’re interested and follow the instructions below.

Thanks,
Samuel

———- Forwarded message ———

To All Victorian Kendoka:

Re: Kata Pair to represent Victoria at the 45th Australian Kendo Championships 2020

Call for Applications:

Applications are now called for Kata Pairs to represent the VKR at the 2020 AKC’s to be held here in Melbourne on April 11 & 12.

The selection session will be held at the Kenshikan at 12:30, Sunday 2 February, prior to the Kendo Team Selection session.

Persons applying must be financial members of the VKR, and fully committed to attending the Championships.

Interested Pairs should supply the following information by email to macakcy@optusnet.com.au NO LATER THAN SUNDAY 26 JANUARY:

Player A: Family Name: …………………………………..
Given Name: …………………………………….
Club: ………………………………………………..
Kendo Grade:…………………………………..
AKR ID No: ………………………………………

Player B: Family Name: …………………………………..
Given Name: …………………………………….
Club: ………………………………………………..
Kendo Grade:…………………………………..
AKR ID No: ………………………………………

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Yakov Macak
Chairperson VKTC


Pete Mawhinney
Secretary
Victorian Kendo Renmei


Monash University Kendo Club

 

Volunteers needed for future events!

Hi all,

The VKR is requesting for volunteers from both senior and non-senior
members for the events listed below. Please help out if you’re able
to! There will be emails requesting for volunteers sent out closer to
the event dates.

Thanks,
Samuel

———- Forwarded message ———

Dear AKR members,

The first three months of 2020 will be busy as usual, leading up to the Australian Kendo championships in April, particularly for senior members.

The following events will not be possible without their support:

Sun Feb 2: Kendo teams selection, possible Kata selection.
Sun Feb 16 Pre – AKC Shinpan seminar.
Sun Feb 23 VKR AGM.

Sat Feb 29) Nittaidai Seminar
Sun Mar 1) Asian Zone Shinpan Seminar

Sun Mar 8 Possible Kata Selection.
Sun Mar 15 Kendo Grading 6k – 3k.
Sun Mar 22 Kendo grading 2k – 4D.

Sat Apr 11) Australian Kendo Championships.
Sun Apr 12)

As I said before, none of these events can be conducted without the
support of the senior grades. Specific requests will be sent out for
each event.

Thanks for your help,
Cheers,
Yakov Macak,
Chairperson, VKTC


Monash University Kendo Club

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Latest MUKC and VKR news (03-01-2020)

First training of 2020

Hi all,

Hope you’ve all had a great holiday. This email is just a reminder that our first training of 2020 is on the 6th January, Monday.

And FYI, Mumeishi will be resuming their normal training sessions on the 5th January, Sunday.

Merry Christmas and Happy new years!

Thanks,
Samuel


Monash University Kendo Club

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