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.

Beginners Course

The Melbourne University Kendo Club (MUKEN) Beginners' Course is aimed at complete beginners with no previous experience with kendo or martial arts. A free trial week commences from Monday, February 26th.

Please click here to download the 2018 Beginners' Course Information Pack.

More information is available on our Facebook page

Latest MUKEN News

    posted on: Friday 20th April 2018 , 12:54pm

    With the Annual General Meeting concluded, say hello to your new MUKEN committee! President: Nicky Lieu Vice President: Cheryl Low Secretary: Risa Watanabe Treasurer: Enoch Chan Armorer: Jason Social: Amelia Ding IT: Takeshi Hartono Publicity: Trevor Law General Representatives: Sam Day, Saint Tan, Jamie Shen, Thang Nguyen Many thanks to the outgoing comittee of 2017.


    posted on: Tuesday 3rd April 2018 , 1:09pm

    Over the Easter weekend, a total of 12 Muken members competed in the 43rd Australian Kendo Championships as representatives of the Victorian state team. We'd like to congratulate them for their efforts and the excellent results they've achieved at the competition. The following are the divisions in which our members placed in. Men's Kyu Individuals 3rd: Enoch Chan (Melbourne Uni alumni) Women's Kyu Individuals 2nd: Nicky Lieu (current Melbourne Uni student) 3rd: Risa Watanabe (current Melbourne Uni student) Kata 2nd: Jeffrey Khor (current Melbourne Uni student) Men's Kyu Team 3rd: Victoria team (members inc. Enoch Chan and Trevor Law, both Melbourne Uni alumni) Women's Kyu Team 2nd: Victoria team (members inc. Nicky Lieu and Risa Watanabe) Women's Dan Team 2nd: Victoria team (members inc. Julie Tran and Liliana Bray, Melbourne Uni alumni) Men's Dan Team 2nd: Victoria team (members inc. Richard T'en, Tom Mendelovits and Jamie Shen, Melbourne Uni alumni) We're really proud of all our members who have put in all their effort into the long training campaign, and thank you to the Victorian state coaches and manager for your guidance! Photo credits to Paul Bserani, thank you for taking these awesome shots!


    posted on: Friday 23rd March 2018 , 12:36pm

    Hey, so we do do stuff other than kendo! Ps: group photo was taken by a non-Muken personnel that’s why its quality is questionable, hmm who could it be 🤔


    posted on: Monday 19th March 2018 , 11:09am

    Who's up for Wednesday morning training?


    posted on: Friday 23rd February 2018 , 11:26am

    Our 2018 Beginner's course is starting this Monday 26th February! The first week will be a free trial so bring your friends and family along! Everyone is welcome to join and a shinai will be provided on the day, so just rock up in comfy exercise clothes! Join the event page for more information and updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/2130728703823561/ Or just shoot us a message if you have any questions! See you on Monday :)


    posted on: Wednesday 21st February 2018 , 11:58pm

    Come find us on concrete lawn! We will also be doing a demo at 1:30pm. Here until 3pm!


    posted on: Wednesday 21st February 2018 , 11:09pm

    Our friendly members will be setting up a booth at O’week today! Come by the sports clubs area and speak to one of us about our beginner’s course! Or even if you just wanna try and hit our kendo dummy 🤓 Event link to our beginner’s course: https://www.facebook.com/events/2130728703823561/?ti=icl


    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!