Melbourne University Kendo Club

Melbourne University Kendo Club

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

Melbourne University KendoKendo (剣道), translated literally means "the way of the sword". Kendo is a modern Japanese martial art based on traditional swordsmanship. Kendo is challenging both physically and mentally, combining traditional martial arts values and modern sporting elements. Kendo is fast, noisy, sweaty and sometimes even a little bit smelly.

MUKEN trains on Monday evenings from 5:30pm, Thursdays from 5:00pm in The University of Melbourne's West Stadium.

Latest MUKEN News

    posted on: Monday 20th November 2017 , 1:34pm

    This weekend wraps up our competitions for the year, with two tournaments back to back. On Saturday a couple of us participated in the Mumeishi 3s. The results are as such: Team Matches First: MUKEN A (comprising of Trevor, Takeshi and Thomas) Second : Mumeishi Kendo Club Third: Fudoshin Open Womens Individuals First: Julie Tran (MUKEN) Second : Dr Yaya Bonggotgetsakul (MUKEN) On Sunday, MUKEN hosted its annual intraclub taikai, with the following results: Beginners Division: First: Saint Tan Second: Seven Wu Junior Kyu Division: First: Jason Jason Second: Aaron Vo Equal Third: Duo An, Bach Le Senior Kyu Division: First: Enoch Chan Second: Hugh Nguyen Equal Third: Sam Day, David Turner Womens Open Division: First: Dr Yaya Bonggotgetsakul Second: Nicky Lieu Third: Julie Tran, Nicole Ten Dan Division: First: Jamie Shen Second: Vicent Laiwin Third: Jeffrey Khor, Julie Tran. Fighting Spirits going to: Seven Wu, Aaron Vo and Nicole Ten. These events conclude our 2017 schedule of formal competitions. We now return to our enjoyable program of more kihon in the summer heat!


    posted on: Sunday 12th November 2017 , 10:44am

    A bunch of us participated in Ballarat Kendo Club's 30th anniversary taikai yesterday! Great results and performance from all competitors! Congratulations to Tom "Miguk" Mendelovits for coming in 1st, Takeshi Hartono 2nd, and Julie Tran for achieving the fighting spirit award! Thank you Ballarat kendo club for organising this wonderful event and sharing a part of your history with us!


    posted on: Thursday 5th October 2017 , 12:42pm

    Great to see athletes from other sports having fun learning Kendo! 😊 Nice kiai there Daniel!


    posted on: Thursday 5th October 2017 , 2:30am

    Just over a week ago, 11 MUKEN members competed in the Australian University Games on the Gold Coast. After being coached by Daniel KwangYul Jeong-sensei and managed by Yaya Bonggotgetsakul for the past few months, everyone felt ready to do their best! All members competed with confidence and the MUKEN spirit was proudly displayed. Special mention to Norther Nguyen who placed 1st in Mens' Kyu Individuals and Nicky Lieu who placed 3rd in Womens' Kyu Individuals. Overall, we placed equal third with Monash University! Thank you to everyone who supported the 2017 MUKEN AUG Team!


    posted on: Monday 18th September 2017 , 12:05am

    Congratulations to all Muken members who attended grading yesterday - we're proud to say that everyone passed! Here are the results from yesterday: 2kyu: Sam Day, Nick Kong, Hugh Nguyen 2dan: Jamie Shen, Kristen Wang, Cheryl Low 3dan: Julie Tran And newly evolved... 4dan: Jeffrey Khorizard!!!


    posted on: Wednesday 13th September 2017 , 3:54pm

    Late (just a little!) post but the design for the 2018 WKC Australian team tenugui was recently revealed! And guess who designed it..! Our newly designated photoshopper, Nicky Lieu! For you bento lovers out there, you will soon be able to purchase the tenugui to wrap your lunchbox in! The proceeds will help support the Australian team! Once again, congratulations to Richard 10/10 for making the team, and to Julie and Lili for their outstanding performance at the selections! With our members Daniel sensei and Yaya being the asst. coach and asst. team manger of the Australian team, it would seem that more and more Muken members are becoming highly involved with Kendo at the international level - which is great news for our club! It also seems like there will be another opportunity for other Muken members to get involved with WKC... Hmm what could it be..? 🤔


    posted on: Tuesday 12th September 2017 , 6:19am

    Since introduction in 2015, the Inter University Taikai has served to provide university students an opportunity to obtain more shiai experience as part of the build up to the Australian University Games in September. Furthermore, it provides many beginners the chance to compete early on, allowing them to gain more exposure to the wider kendo community. The event saw a strong performance from not only the senior players from Monash and MUKEN, but also from the beginners, many showing calm determination despite the pressure and stress of shiai. Following a strong performance at the Victorian Kendo Championships, MUKEN's kyu team has been steadily preparing themselves for the inevitable clash with UTS at September's AUG. The team was able prove their year-long dedication has been paying off, with strong performances coming from both the Mens and Womens teams. This event would not have been possible without the voluntary contributions of the club members and shinpan. We were able to host two courts, providing much needed experience to many members in terms of event management. MUKEN's continual growth comes from the cumulative efforts of the coaching staff, and the players. Results of the event are as follows: Womens Kyu Individual First: Emily Coady ( MONASH ) Second: Nicky Lieu ( MUKEN ) Equal Third: Amelia Ding ( MUKEN ) Victoria Chow Mens Kyu Individual First: Sam Day ( MUKEN ) Second: H.Nguyen ( MUKEN ) Equal Third: Benson Chan ( MONASH ) Peter Zhang ( MUKEN ) Mens Dan Individual First: Kohei Hachida (English School) Second: Kodo Goto ( English School) Mens Kyu Teams First: MUKEN A Womens Kyu Team First: MUKEN A East vs West Kachinuki Eastern team wins, with Eastern Fukusho, Kodo Goto defeating the final three players of the Western Team.


    posted on: Sunday 3rd September 2017 , 11:47am

    Busy weekend with grading and selections for the national team happening concurrently! A big congratulations to the T'en siblings for their excellent work! Nicole managed to double grade to 3 Kyu and Richard was selected to be part of the national team to represent Australia at the World Kendo Championship next year! Fantenstic work! T'en out of T'en! Well done to everyone who went for grading and gave their best at the selections!


    posted on: Friday 1st September 2017 , 4:26am


    posted on: Sunday 20th August 2017 , 11:32am

    MUKEN will be hosting the 3rd Inter-University Taikai which is open to ALL university students from any Kendo club. The purpose of this taikai is to prepare students competing at the Australian University Games (AUG) in September and also to encourage a healthy competitiveness between uni-aged kendoka in Victoria - providing practice not only to shiaisa but also young shimpans. When: 9th Sept, Saturday 11:30-5pm Venue: West Stadium, Melbourne University Sports Centre Cost: $5pp Registration can be done via this form (https://goo.gl/forms/kkvQCaXzWmrGhWIi2) and payment should be made to our club's bank account BY 1st September. Please include your name and 'IUT' in the transfer description (e.g.; Jeff H IUT). Commonwealth Bank Acct name: University of Melbourne Kendo Club BSB No: 063238 Acct No: 00903203 Those who would like to volunteer for shimpan duty can register here (https://goo.gl/forms/NFiLIWwxRsbl1wg82) BY 4th September. Shimpans must be shodan and above, and have attended at least one shimpan seminar. A schedule and format will be sent out closer to the date. However, interested participants should expect to compete in both an individual and team division, similar to the AUG format. Divisions in the AUG are separated by gender and Kyu/Dan grades. Once again, ANY student of ANY university from ANY club can compete. You will be representing your university instead of club for this taikai.