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: 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

    posted on: Wednesday 5th September 2018 , 5:42am

    MUKEN had a productive weekend, hosting the Inter-University Taikai and partaking in Kyu Gradings. The Inter-University Taikai is an ongoing initiative by Kenji Sensei to promote comradely and competitiveness between university aged kendo players in Victoria, where players represented their universities rather than clubs/dojos in competition. Representing the University of Melbourne, MUKEN fought hard in the IUT, and achieved some great results. It was due to the hard work of volunteers and shinpan that the event went smoothly and successfully. Men Kyu Individuals: 1st Place Josh Wildey🏅(Monash) 2nd Place Aaron Vo 🥈(UNIMELB) 3rd Place Saint Tan 🥉(UNIMELB) Female Kyu Individuals: 1st Place Nicky Lieu 🏅(UNIMELB) 2nd Place 🥈Ana Torrevillas (Monash) 3rd Place 🥉Jie Ding (UNIMELB) Teams: 1st Place Melbourne Uni A 🏅 2nd Place Monash A 🥈 East vs West Combined Teams: Winner: West Team 🏆 Individual Fighting Spirit Awards: Nicky Lieu (UNIMELB)🎖️ Ana Torrevillas (Monash)🎖️ Matilda Moffit (UNIMELB)🎖️ Brennan Varela Chang (UNIMELB)🎖️ The next day, Muken successfully passed 6-3kyu gradings, where beginners undertook their first of these formalities. We are happy to report all beginners and participants have passed their grading, and member Risa Watanabe has double graded to 3rd kyu. Overall it was a productive weekend for MUKEN and Victorian Kendo, and we will be continuing to strive towards Uni Nationals in Gold Coast, as we send off Australian (and Malaysian) national members to the World Kendo Championships in Korea.

    posted on: Monday 13th August 2018 , 6:28am

    That concludes the 2018 Victorian Kendo Championship! Muken fought hard over the weekend and achieved some amazing results. Men kyu individual: Enoch Chan 3rd🥉 Women kyu individual: Risa Watanabe 2nd🥈, Nicole T'en 3rd🥉 Men dan individual: Richard T'en 2nd🥈, Kohei Hachida 3rd🥉 Women dan individual: Julie Tran 1st 🥇Yaya Bonggotgetsakul 3rd 🥉 Men kyu team: 1st 🥇(Aaron Vo, Jason, Trevor Law, Sam Day, Enoch Chan, Hugh Nguyen) Women kyu team: 2nd 🥈(Nicole T'en, Risa Watanabe, Nicky Lieu, Amelia Ding) Men Open team: 1st 🥇(Richard T'en, Thang Nguyen, Kohei Hachida, Kenji Sensei, Daniel Sensei, Takeshi Hartono) Kata: 1st🏅 (Daniel Sensei, Kevin Sensei) Fighting Spirit: 🎖Risa Watanabe

    posted on: Thursday 19th July 2018 , 1:21am

    Come see us on concrete lawn! Demo at 11.30am

    posted on: Sunday 15th July 2018 , 5:19am

    We had a lot of fun at the 2018 Otsuka Taikai yesterday! Thanks to MBK for organising this event - it was great competing in the same team with fellow kenshi from other clubs! Congratulations to Jason Kakashi for being part of the winning team! It’s time for a haircut!

    posted on: Saturday 7th July 2018 , 2:25am

    Otsuka Taikai coming up! Come and support our participating members and watch some exciting shiai!

    posted on: Saturday 26th May 2018 , 2:26pm

    We held our 10th annual Muken Taikai yesterday. A total of 50 competitors from various clubs around Victoria participated to try and emerge as the champions of their divisions! It was a really exciting day with many high-level shiai being displayed. Here are the results: Beginner's Division 1st Yasutaka Takeda (Tora) 2nd Ruobin Zhang (Monash) Equal 3rd Saint Tan (MUKEN) & Isabel Trinh (Tora) Junior Kyu Division 1st Yasutaka Takeda (Tora) 2nd Aaron Vo (MUKEN) Equal 3rd James O'Neill (Tora) and Ana Torrevillas (Monash) Senior Kyu Division 1st Thang Nguyen (MUKEN) 2nd Trevor Law (MUKEN) Equal 3rd Jaslyn Gray (Tora) and Sam Day (MUKEN) Junior Dan Division 1st Jamie Shen (MUKEN) 2nd Thang Nguyen (MUKEN) Equal 3rd Cheryl Low (MUKEN) and Yaya BongG (MUKEN) Senior Dan Division 1st Kohei Hachida (MUKEN) 2nd Julie Tran (MUKEN) Equal 3rd Takeshi Hartono (MUKEN) and Louis Nguyen (VUKC) Fighting Spirit Awards Koki Nakamura (VUKC) Jaslyn Gray (Tora) Cheryl Low (MUKEN) Congratulations to everyone! And thank you to all shimpans and volunteers who have kindly offered your Saturday to us. We're very happy with the results that MUKEN members have achieved, and we'll continue building on this and work towards the VIC Championships!!! P.S. From now on, all Muken members are banned from eating potato chips the night before a competition ;)

    posted on: Thursday 24th May 2018 , 11:33pm

    Schedule for tomorrow's annual Muken Taikai! Spectators also welcome! 11:45 –12:30 Registration and Shinai Check 12:30 – 12:45 Opening Ceremony 12:45 – 13:10 Beginners Division 13:10 – 13:45 Junior Kyu Division 13:45 – 14:25 Senior Kyu Division 14:25 – 14:40 Break 14:40 – 15:20 Junior Dan Division 15.20 – 16:10 Senior Dan Division 16.10 Closing Ceremony & Free Keiko 17:00 Vacate Dojo Please share this with all competitors and volunteers!

    posted on: Wednesday 16th May 2018 , 11:38am

    The 10th Annual Muken Taikai is happening on 26th May, Saturday! The taikai is open to competitors from all Victorian Kendo clubs. Registrations will be closing this Friday so do speak to your club representative to sign up! The divisions are as follows; Beginner division (for those who started kendo in 2017 with no prior experience) Junior Kyu Senior Kyu Junior Dan Senior Dan The winner and runner-up of each division will proceed into the next division. Hope to meet you in the final division ;)

    posted on: Thursday 10th May 2018 , 10:59pm

    Hi all! Our regular training times are: Monday 5:30-7:30pm Thursday 5-6:30pm Friday 7:30-8:30pm (with the first Friday of each month’s being women’s training) Additionally, we’ve recently started having Wednesday morning trainings from 7-8am. These are booked on a week-to-week basis if there is enough interest, so please join our Facebook group to get updated. Training fees are $5 or $10 with armour hire. Wednesday and Friday training sessions are for those in full bogu. Hope to see you there! :)