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) runs one Beginners' Course each year for those with no previous kendo experience who wish to learn the basics of, and eventually start practicing kendo. Click here for more information

Latest MUKEN News

    posted on: Sunday 11th August 2019 , 11:26pm

    Over the weekend, Muken participated in the 2019 Victorian Kendo Championships. Once again, our members performed outstandingly and we managed to clinch 6 golds, 4 silvers and 1 bronze - we managed to hit our goal of 6 cups!!! (Whew 😂) We would like to thank our instructors who have given us their time and guidance, and also to all members of the kendo community who have trained with us and helped us learn. To our first years - next year is your turn! We are able to perform well because each year we have dedicated members like yourselves who help us grow stronger as a club collectively. This year’s results are; Men’s Kyu Individual 2nd: Enoch Chan Women’s Kyu Individual 1st: Nicole Saccardo 2nd: Amelia Ding Women’s Dan Individual 1st: Julie Tran 2nd: Yaya Bonggotgetsakul Men’s Dan Individual 1st: Tomonori Sakai Equal 3rd: Richard Ten Kyu Men’s team 1st: Muken Kyu Women’s team 1st: Muken Open Women’s team 2nd: Muken Open Men’s team 1st: Muken Fighting Spirit Award: Liliana Bray Congratulations to all competitors! Let’s continue working hard together and come back even stronger and better next year!!! (time to try for SEVEN CUPS!!? :p)


    posted on: Wednesday 24th July 2019 , 10:15am

    We will be at Clubs Day tomorrow from 11am to 3pm with a demo at 1pm. Come and visit! Free trial next Monday :)


    posted on: Saturday 6th July 2019 , 10:19am

    Congratulations to Jeong sensei for coming 3rd in the All Korean 8th Dan Championship! We are very lucky to have learned from you!


    posted on: Sunday 26th May 2019 , 8:18am

    Yesterday, we held our MUKEN 30th Anniversary Taikai at Melbourne University Sports Centre. This is not only an important competition event, but also a special day for all kendokas associated with MUKEN to celebrate, have fun and remember the days of MUKEN’s foundation and development. All the MUKEN members, OBs from UMKC/Alumni and our guests from MBK, Monash, RMIT, ANUKC, VUKC, BAL, WSUKC & TORA showed their best Kendo in every aspect. The results are as follows: Junior Kyu Division 1st - N. Craig (MUKEN) 2nd - D. Passi (Tora) Equal 3rd - M. Moffit (MUKEN) & M. Lai (MUKEN) Senior Kyu Division 1st - A. Vo (MUKEN) 2nd - E. Chan (MUKEN Equal 3rd - N. Lieu (MUKEN) & A. Lai (MBK) Junior Dan Division 1st - T. Nguyen (MUKEN) 2nd - J. Wildey (Monash) Equal 3rd - R. Tran (MUKEN) & B. Jeffreson (BAL) Senior Dan Division 1st- K. Hachida (MUKEN) 2nd - K. Chin (MUKEN) Equal 3rd - A. Lam (UMKC) & R. T'en (MUKEN) Fighting Spirit Awards M. Moffit (MUKEN) N. Lieu (MUKEN) R. Tran (MUKEN) V. Laiwin (MUKEN) V. Thang (RMIT) Congratulations to everyone! Thank you to all the shinpan, committee members and volunteers for your time and effort! Now let’s work together for the next five years of MUKEN! Faito!!! See you at training!


    posted on: Sunday 26th May 2019 , 3:56am

    Whilst we wait for the pro shots from our publicity rep, here are some photos of each generation’s members who were present at the dinner (most of them, at least) 🙂


    posted on: Friday 10th May 2019 , 8:27am

    Congratulations to all our beginner who have officially completed the beginners' course! Keep up the spirit!


    posted on: Sunday 5th May 2019 , 1:32pm

    This weekend, over 40 kendokas from MUKEN, Monash, Mumeishi & Tora joined MUKEN training camp in Ballarat. All kendokas showed their best kendo during these two cold and wet days. The beginners learned to wear do and tare and also experienced their first kirikaeshi competition. And the seniors guided by Kenji Sensei learned different methods of seme and gave out a wonderful shiai demonstration. And what’s more, we finished that 1000 suburi together!!! The beginner course is drawing to an end. We all welcome and wish you to continue your kendo life with us. Because by doing so, you can get the awesome MUKEN jacket soooon!!! Many thanks to Kenji Cedarmoto sensei, all the dan-grade instructors, committee members, drivers and all the other people involved in the camp!!!


    posted on: Saturday 20th April 2019 , 11:51am

    The AGM was held last Thursday night and the new committee was formed by election. Thanks committee members of last year for your contribution! Congratulations to the new committee members! The new committee members are as follows: President- Nicky Vice president - Cheryl Secretary - Jason Treasurer - Nicholas Craig Social Representative - Matilda Publicity Officer - Duo An IT officer- Takeshi Armourer - Marvin General Representatives - Nicole, Enoch, Amelia, Jeffrey All the best with the new year!


    posted on: Monday 18th March 2019 , 2:27am

    Congratulations to MUKEN Members that attempted and passed their March grading exams: 2nd Kyu - Aaron Vo 1st Kyu - Jason 3rd Dan - Yaya Bonggotgetsakul & Liliana Bray 4th Dan - Michael Dunn & Richard T'en Many thanks to the continued support and guidance from our senseis.


    posted on: Friday 8th March 2019 , 12:36am

    In celebration of International Women's Day today, MUKEN would like to give a huge shout out to the amazing and talented female Kendokas we have in our club! You all train hard and achieve amazing results for us, on local, state and national levels. Thank you for the fantastic work you do within our club.