Northern Territory, Australia

Darwin Kendo Club presents:

The Seven Swords Training Programme

​The Seven Swords Training Programme is a structured training programme spanning 9 months across 3 pivotal stages, with the aim of taking everyone through the many stages of Kendo, and recruiting a team to represent and fight for Northern Territory at the annual Australian Kendo Championships (AKC).

The Seven Swords concept is derived from the seven fighters in a Kendo team:
5 active players (in a team match) with 2 reserves (ready to fight in the next round).

We are aiming to recruit a full team of 7 men and 7 women for the 2019 AKC,
to be held over the Easter weekend (20-21 April) in Perth, Western Australia.​​

Stage 1: Kendo Beginners’ Course starting first week of July 2018

Monday

7:30pm - 8:30pm

Wednesday

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Sunday

10:00am - 11:00am

at Darwin Squash Centre, 6 Marrara Drive, Marrara

A hybrid of modern sport and traditional Japanese martial art
based on samurai sword fighting techniques.

  • Instructor-led course for 12 weeks over a 9-month programme, under a flexible learning approach that lets you attend any of the available training sessions: Monday evening, Wednesday evening, and/or Sunday morning.
  • Initial introductory course to begin your journey, leading to advanced level courses towards national-level grading and competition.
  • Gain foundational skills and insight into the exciting world of Kendo, the way of the sword – open to all genders and adults of all ages (generally above 15).
  • Course fee: $300, which includes your own bamboo sword (shinai), uniform (keiko-gi and hakama), and sword bag; plus membership to the national organisation Australian Kendo Renmei, including sports injury insurance and eligibility to grade and attend formal events - such as grading, seminars, and competitions.

Kendo (剣道), meaning the way of the sword, is a Japanese martial art based on traditional swordsmanship that dates back hundreds of years. As a traditional martial art, Kendo provides an opportunity for character development through discipline and respect. As a modern sport, Kendo also provides an opportunity for eager players to compete at a national level across many divisions – as individuals or teams – for men, women, and children.

Kendo is practised as a full-contact combat sport, within the safety of fully-padded armour.

The concept of Kendo is to discipline the human character
through the application of the principles of the sword
.

The first stage of the Seven Swords Training Programme is the July Beginners' Course, designed to provide an introduction and understanding of foundational practice of Kendo: etiquette, footwork, basic techniques, and kata. Advanced level courses (Stages 2 and 3) will flow directly from the initial course, where basic techniques are built upon - catering to both students who are interested in competition, or are simply in the journey for self-improvement. Whatever your goals may be, we believe in helping you through your personal journey!

Darwin Kendo Club is affiliated with the national organisation Australian Kendo Renmei and International Kendo Federation – our training regime and grading certificates are recognised world-wide – 57 countries currently under the banner of the international federation.

Contact and RSVP

Bernard Yehuda, Kendo 4th Dan

Contact@DarwinKendo.com


Club Training Sessions

Monday

Beginners: 7:30pm - 8:30pm
 

Wednesday

Beginners: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Seniors: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Sunday

Beginners: 10:00am - 11:00am
Seniors: 10:30am - 12:00pm

Venue: Darwin Squash Centre, 6 Marrarra Drive, Marrara, NT 0812, Australia


Instructors

Bernard Yehuda, Kendo 4th Dan

  • Started Kendo in 2008 at Murdoch University Kendo Club in Perth, WA
  • Australia Kendo Renmei National Kendo Board Member and Secretary 2018-2021
  • Australian National Squad Member for the 17th World Kendo Championships 2018 in Incheon, South Korea
  • Australian National Team Member for the 16th World Kendo Championships 2015 in Tokyo, Japan
  • Represented Australia at the International Kendo Federation Foreign Leaders' Summer Seminar 2017
  • Australian Kendo Championships: 1st Place in 2010 Men's Kyu Individuals and 2009 Kyu Teams
  • Australian University Games: 1st Place in 2010 Men's Dan Individuals and 2009 Kyu Individuals
  • Murdoch University 2009 Sportsperson of the Year (Maroon Award), 2010 Full Blue Award, 2010 Team of the Year Award, 2011 Club Service Award
  • WA Kendo Renmei President (2015-2017), State Kendo Team Assistant Coach/Manager
  • Murdoch University Kendo Club Instructor, UniGames Team Coach
  • Always hungry

Nigel O'Brien, Kendo 3rd Dan, Beginners' Course Instructor

  • Started Kendo in 2009 at Murdoch University Kendo Club in Perth, WA
  • Australian National Squad Member for the 17th World Kendo Championships 2018 in Incheon, South Korea
  • Australian National Squad Member for the 16th World Kendo Championships 2015 in Tokyo, Japan
  • Australian Kendo Championships: 1st Place in 2009 Kyu Teams
  • Murdoch University Kendo Club Instructor and Senior Member
  • Not known for good jokes (in fact, not known for any jokes)

Audrey (Yeen May) Looi, Kendo 3rd Dan

  • Started Kendo in 2008 in Malaysia
  • Malaysian National Team Member for the 17th World Kendo Championships 2018 in Incheon, South Korea
  • Malaysian National Team Member for the 16th World Kendo Championships 2015 in Tokyo, Japan
  • Malaysian National Team Member for the 15th World Kendo Championships 2012 in Novara, Italy
  • Represented Malaysia at the International Kendo Federation Foreign Leaders' Summer Seminar 2017
  • Likes steamboat / hot pot

About Darwin Kendo Club

Kendo in Darwin had some attempted starts in the past, however did not manage to establish a formal presence due to the transient nature of Darwin community.

In 2013, Nigel O'Brien and Bernard Yehuda, originally from Murdoch University Kendo Club in Western Australia, commenced work in Darwin and began training at the local squash centre privately. They were later joined by Toshio Nishimoto from Sydney. With a core group, a formal Kendo body was established, and Northern Territory Kendo Association was recognised as an affiliated body by the national organisation Australian Kendo Renmei.

In April 2015, NT members participated in the 40th Australian Kendo Championships in Melbourne, Victoria - marking the first time in Australian history where all 8 states and territories were represented.

Darwin Kendo Club continues to grow, being joined by both beginners and Dan-grade seniors migrating from all over the world - interstate and international.

As the club ventures forward through 2018, a long term strategy is being established, with the introduction of the "Seven Swords" training programme - focusing on taking players, both beginners and seniors, on a repeatable 9-month journey towards national-level competitions: the Australian Kendo Championships and Australian University Games.

We believe that the key to success is in friendship and teamwork. The motto for Darwin Kendo Club is 不求友無以成 : "there is no success without friends".

With a core group of passionate players, Darwin Kendo Club is eager to continue building the Kendo community in NT, and work towards a strong national and international presence!


Contact

Bernard, Nigel, or Audrey • Contact@DarwinKendo.com

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