Northern Territory, Australia

Darwin Kendo Club presents:

The Seven Swords Training Programme

​The Seven Swords Training Programme spans 9 months across 3 pivotal stages, starting with the Beginners' Course, with the purpose of training both beginners and seniors on a structured plan to recruit a team of men and women to represent Northern Territory at national and international-level competitions and events.

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).

The club is now looking to expand and recruit more men and women athletes to compete at national-level championships and events across Australia. This includes the annual Australian Kendo Championships, UniSport Nationals Division 1 (formerly Australian University Games), Australian Masters Games, Dae Han Moo Do Kwan Tournament, Cairns Kendo Cup, and many other interstate competitions.

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Stage 1: Beginners’ Course starting first week of February 2019

Sunday 3 Feb

9:00am - 10:00am

Darwin Squash Centre
6 Marrara Drive, Marrara

Monday 4 Feb

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Marrara Indoor Stadium
10 Abala Rd, Marrara

  • Instructor-led beginners' course for 10 weeks (Stage 1) within an overall 9-month programme, under a flexible learning approach that lets you attend either or both Sunday morning and/or Monday evening.
  • Initial introductory course to begin your journey in this exciting breed of traditional martial art and modern sport. Advanced level courses will prepare students 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 February 2019 Beginners' Course, designed to provide an introduction and understanding of foundational practice of Kendo: etiquette, footwork, and basic techniques. 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 and NigelContact@DarwinKendo.com


Club Training Sessions

Mondays

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

Marrara Indoor Stadium

Wednesdays

Seniors: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
 

Darwin Squash Centre

Sundays

Beginners: 9:00am - 10:00am
Seniors: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Darwin Squash Centre


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

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, New South Wales. With a core group, a formal Kendo body was established, and Northern Territory Kendo Association was recognised as an affiliate 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.

In July 2018, the Seven Swords Training Programme was introduced, focusing on a long-term strategy of developing both beginners and seniors in order to recruit a team of seven men and seven women to represent Northern Territory and compete at the next Australian Kendo Championships in Easter 2019.

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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