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 10th February 2019 , 9:08pm

    Yesterday, we concluded the 2019 Melbourne - Gwangju Exchange Kendo seminar and we’re happy to announce that it was a very successful event. Although the seminar has ended, KIM Taeho sensei (7th Dan) and OH Sang Eun sensei (5th Dan), and the 9 University and High school students are still here and will be attending our training today from 5:30-7:30pm. If you’ve missed the seminar, here’s another chance to train with them! Do join us 😁

    posted on: Wednesday 6th February 2019 , 2:56am

    This Friday, we will be hosting the Welcome Keiko for delegates from Gwangju, South Korea. 4 sensei - two 8th dan, one 7th dan and one 5th dan, along with 9 students (3 university and 6 high schoolers) will be attending the keiko. Everyone and anyone (children included) are invited to join the keiko, particularly those who aren’t able to join the seminar. It will be a great chance to train with kenshi from overseas! Venue: Kenshikan dojo Time: 6-7pm (dojo opens at 5:30) Cost: $5pp - please pay at entry Hope to see you there!

    posted on: Tuesday 1st January 2019 , 12:47am

    Happy New Year everyone! Just a reminder that early bird registration for the 2019 Melbourne - Gwangju Exchange Kendo Seminar ends today! The relevant details are included in this registration form: General registration (inc students and interstate members) closes on 11th Jan.

    posted on: Thursday 20th December 2018 , 10:45am

    Last Muken training of 2018! It’s been a great year everyone; thank you to all Instructors and senior members for their guidance and to all members for your dedication to training 😊 let’s start 2019 strongly and build on an even stronger Muken next year! In the meantime, have a great Christmas and new year everyone 🥳

    posted on: Wednesday 19th December 2018 , 10:54am

    Last Muken training of the year tomorrow! Let's end the year strongly 💪

    posted on: Friday 14th December 2018 , 5:38am

    Registrations for the Melbourne-Gwangju Exchange Kendo Seminar 2019 is now open! Please find details in the attached poster, and register at your own convenience via the linked google form (payment details included in form). There is no need to register through your club secretaries; but please note early bird registrations end 1st Jan! Fb event page:

    posted on: Saturday 8th December 2018 , 11:04pm

    No training tomorrow due to urgent maintenance! We will be back on Thursday.

    posted on: Saturday 1st December 2018 , 11:26pm

    Muken celebrated the end of another year with Korean BBQ! Congratulations to all award winners and please join us for our last training of the year on the 20th of December.

    posted on: Sunday 18th November 2018 , 11:34am

    Yesterday, we held our annual end-of-year intra-club taikai. We had a great turn out of 27 participants, including a previous member who joined us while on vacation here. This year also saw the addition of a new kata division and as time permitted, a tachikiri style friendly match at the end to wrap things up. Thank you to all participants for your efforts and to shimpan and volunteers for making yesterday’s event possible. We would like to give special mention to this year’s beginner members who gave their all and fought hard yesterday. The shiai matches were really great to watch and you all have come a long way within the span of 8 months! Here are the results: Beginner’s division 1st: Marvin Pancake Lai 2nd: Brennan Varella Chang 3rd: Matilda Moffitt & Nicholas Craig Open Kyu Division 1st: Enoch Chan 2nd: Aaron Vo 3rd: Nicole Ten & Jason Jason Open women’s division 1st: Julie Tran 2nd: Yaya Bonggotgetsakul 3rd: Liliana Bray & Nicole Ten Kata pair division 1st: Julie & Cheryl 2nd: Michael & Tom Open Dan division 1st: Kohei Hachida 2nd: Richard Ten 3rd: Takeshi Hartono & Hugh Nguyen Fighting Spirit Awards Matilda Moffitt Hugh Nguyen Hitomi Fukaya Winners never quit, Quitters never win Beginner Award Brennan V Chang Let’s continue working hard together, see you Monday! :)

    posted on: Sunday 14th October 2018 , 10:32am

    LETTER TO FORMER MEMBERS ---------------------------------------------------------- Dear former MUKEN/UMKC member, MUKEN (UMKC) is 30 years old next May! Our 30 Year Anniversary Celebration will be held on Saturday 25 May 2019 and we would love for you to attend. Some former members are planning to visit Melbourne for the occasion. We are currently planning a tournament, dinner, and perhaps a special jigeiko/dinner for visiting ex-members. And, to go alongside these events, we are collecting some biographical information to find out what our alumni have been up to, and for current members to draw some inspiration from the exploits of those who have gone before them. Please fill in this short survey to let us know if you are thinking of attending the 30 Year Anniversary. The survey will ask you to upload a video. Uploading is optional, and you can send it to us later too. We are also enthusiastically considering the idea of forming an Alumni Association using the 30 Year Anniversary as a launching pad. This is still very much in the early planning stage at present, so there will be some questions relating to what people think of the idea, what they might want to see and what they can do to help. This is outlined in the survey. If you have any questions about the survey, Alumni Association or otherwise, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at or via Facebook. Looking forward to hearing from heaps of past members, and seeing as many of you as possible in Melbourne in May. Please feel free to send this message on to any ex-members with whom you may still be in touch. Thomas Mendelovits MUKEN 30 Year Anniversary and Alumni Association Coordinator