Northern Territory, Australia

2018 Kendo Beginners' Course

Darwin Kendo Club presents:

Kendo Beginners’ Course starting 2 July 2018

every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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, under a flexible learning approach by attending either or both Monday / Wednesday evenings.
  • Initial introductory course as part of a year-long programme, 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 (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.

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 2018 Beginners' Course is designed to provide an introduction and understanding of foundational practice of Kendo: etiquette, footwork, basic techniques, and kata. Advanced level courses will flow directly from the initial course. Basic techniques are built upon, catering for 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 each other!

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

Bernard Yehuda, Kendo 4th Dan

Bernard.Yehuda@gmail.com • 0430 398 358


Club Training Sessions

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

Time: Wednesdays (Main) 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Mondays (Seniors) 7:00pm - 8:30pm


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 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
  • 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

  • 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

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
  • Likes steamboat / hot pot

About Darwin Kendō Club

Kendō 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, Bernard Yehuda (at the time 3rd dan) and Nigel O'Brien (at the time 2nd dan), originally from Murdoch University Kendo Club in Western Australia, commenced work in Darwin and began training at the local squash centre privately.

In 2014, Toshio Nishimoto (at the time 4th dan) arrived in Darwin from Sydney, also for a career move. With a core group, a formal Kendō 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.

Towards the end of 2015, the Kendo community branched into two clubs - Reishinkan Kendo Club under Nishimoto (now 5th dan), and Darwin Kendō Club under both Bernard (now 4th dan) and Nigel (now 3rd dan). Since then, Darwin Kendō Club has had new additions of dan-grade players from various places, both interstate and beyond.

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

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


Contact

Bernard Yehuda: Bernard.Yehuda@GMail.com

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