Northern Territory, Australia

2017 Kendō Beginners' Course

What: 12-week Beginners' Course with a 4-week extension, totalling 16 weeks.

When: Every Wednesday 7:00pm - 8:30pm starting 2 August 2017.

Where: Darwin Squash Centre, 6 Marrara Drive, Marrara.

Cost: $300, which will include: your own uniform, sword, and sword bag; as well as annual membership to the national organisation, which covers injury insurance and allows training and participation in formal events (such as gradings, competitions, and seminars) anywhere in Australia.

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The Beginners' Course is designed as an introduction to the exciting sport and martial art of Kendō, meaning the way of the sword.

Kendō originated from hundreds of old swordfighting styles, undergoing decades of evolution before being established as the modern sport as we know it today. With 57 countries affiliated under the International Kendo Federation (FIK), Kendō is steadily growing everywhere, enjoying over 1,200 practitioners in Australia alone.

Kendō is practiced in a safe environment, utilising a bamboo sword and a full set of armour that protects the four target areas. The design of the equipment is based on traditional samurai armour and weapons.

Beginners will enjoy an instructor-led course that covers the foundations of Kendō:

  • History, concept, and principles of Kendō.
  • Etiquettes, stances, footwork, strikes.
  • Sword techniques, covering both attacking and counter-attacking.
  • Competition, covering both individual and team matches.
  • Advanced training exercises and techniques.

We intend to align the end of the Beginners' Course with a public seminar, sponsored by the national organisation Australian Kendo Renmei, which allows the members with the opportunity to grade, compete, and study under high-ranking teachers.

Members can then continue to work towards more advanced grades, as well as participate in various Kendō events and competitions around the country, in particular the annual Australian Kendo Championships which is scheduled every Easter weekend.

Training Details

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

Sessions: Wednesdays 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Saturdays 10:30am - 12:00pm (TBC)


Bernard Yehuda, Kendō 4dan

  • Member of the Australian National Squad 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, 2010 Full Blue, 2010 Team of the Year, 2011 Club Service Awards
  • WA Kendo Renmei President, State Kendō Team Assistant Coach/Manager
  • Murdoch University Kendo Club Instructor, UniGames Team Coach

Nigel O'Brien, Kendō 3dan

  • Previous member of the Australian National Squad for the 17th World Kendo Championships 2018 in Incheon, South Korea
  • Member of the Australian National Squad 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

Photo credit: Craig Sowden

About Darwin Kendō Club

Kendō in Darwin has 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 3dan) and Nigel O'Brien (at the time 2dan), 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 4dan) 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 (who is now 5dan), and Darwin Kendō Club under both Bernard (now 4dan) and Nigel (now 3dan).

Since then, Darwin Kendō Club has had new additions of dan-grade players from various places, both interstate and beyond. Some of us are also members of the national squad training to compete at the 17th World Kendo Championships 2018 in South Korea.

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 good 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!


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