MUKEN - 25 Years

MUKEN - Celebrating 25 years in 2014

The first training session of what was to become the University of Melbourne Kendo Club was held in the Fred Tait Building on April 17th 1989. In the 25 years since then the club has grown and prospered to become one of Australia's largest kendo clubs.

To celebrate our 25th Anniversary we are planning the following events and projects:

  • A kendo tournament, open to AKR/VKR members on Saturday, May 24th
  • A celebration dinner at Cafe Italia following the taikai

All past and present UMKC/MUKEN members are invited to be part of these celebrations, and we hope that other VKR/AKR members will join us in the tournament and at the dinner as well.

For further information about each of these items please click on the links below, and please check this website regularly as we will continue to update information as it becomes available.

Kind Regards

Yakov Macak
MUKEN Club Instructor


2014 MUKEN

25th Anniversary Taikai

Date: Saturday, May 24th

Time: From 1:00pm

Venue: Melbourne University Sports Stadium (map)

Entry Fee: $10.00


All members of the AKR are invited to compete in the 6th Annual MUKEN Taikai, a graded, individual kendo competition hosted by Melbourne University Sport.

Competitors may enter one of five divisions:

  • Beginners (started kendo after January 2013)
  • Up to 3rd kyu
  • 2nd and 1st kyu
  • 1st and 2nd dan
  • 3rd and 4th dan

  • 1:00pm - dojo open and registration and shinai check
  • 1:45pm - Opening Ceremony
  • 2:00pm - shiai begins
  • Trophey presentation and Closing Ceremony
  • Jigeiko
  • 5:30pm - Close

Taikai Results

Beginner Division

  • 1st: Yaya Bonggotgetsakul (MUKEN)
  • 2nd: Aiden Dang (MUKEN)
  • 3rd: David Turner (MUKEN), Ethan Wang (MON)

Junior Kyu Division

  • 1st: Justin Ireson (MUKEN)
  • 2nd: Yaya Bonggotgetsakul (MUKEN)
  • 3rd: Aiden Dang (MUKEN), Tuan Tran (VUKC)

Senior Kyu Division

  • 1st: Justin Ireson(MUKEN)
  • 2nd: Richard Zhou (MUKEN)
  • 3rd: Joanne Chow(MUKEN), Yoshio Kaburagi (FUD)

Junior Dan Division

  • 1st: Richard T’en (MUKEN)
  • 2nd: Nicholas Chan (MON)
  • 3rd: Takeshi Hartono(MUKEN), Jeffrey Khor (MUKEN)

Senior Dan Division

  • 1st: Richard T’en (MUKEN)
  • 2nd: Son Nguyen(MON)
  • 3rd: Liam Jodana(MBK), Trent Reeve (MUM)

Fighting Spirit Awards

  • Richard T’en (MUKEN)
  • Justin Ireson (MUKEN)
  • Yaya Bonggotgetsakul (MUKEN)

25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

A celebratory dinner will be held after the Taikai.

Venue: Cafe Italia, 56-66 University Street Carlton (map).

Time: From 6:30pm

Cost: $45.00 per person

Entree: Calamari or chicken (50/50)

Main: Beef or fish (50/50), salads and sides

Speeches and presentations to commemorate the occassion.

Cafe Italia

MUKEN Photo Gallery 1989-2014

  • University Kendo Championships Adelaide 1994
  • University Kendo Championships Adelaide 1994
  • End of Year Dinner - early 90's
  • Canberra Intervarsity 1997
  • New Caledonia Training Seminar August 1996
  • New Caledonia Training Seminar August 1996
  • Orientation Week - Late 90's
  • Orientation Week - Late 90's
  • Kendo Demonstration - early 2000's
  • Group Photo - circa 1996
  • Haga Sensei Visit - July 1990
  • Haga Sensei Visit - July 1990
  • Haga Sensei Visit - July 1990
  • UMKC Camp Ballarat - 2000
  • UMKC Camp Ballarat - 2000
  • UMKC Camp Ballarat - 2000
  • UMKC Training - Late 90's
  • UMKC Easter Camp - 2001
  • UMKC Easter Camp - 2001
  • UMKC Easter Camp - 2001
  • Albury Primary School Demonstration - 1994
  • Australian Kendo Championships - Perth 1996
  • Australian Kendo Championships - Melbourne 1997
  • First Mumeishi 3's Tournament - 1999
  • UMKC 10th Anniversary Celebration Training - 1999
  • Yakov Sensei - 1999
  • UMKC Camp - Ballarat 2004
  • UMKC Camp - Ballarat 2006
  • Samurai Festival Demonstration 2006
  • UMKC Training with Nanseikan - Circa 2003
  • UMKC Training - Circa 2003
  • The late Nishiyama Sensei instructing the 2002 Beginners Class
  • Visiting Sensei - 2002
  • AUG Fundraiser - 2003
  • UMKC Camp Ballarat - 2007
  • UMKC Camp Ballarat - 2007
  • Training with Osaka Fudai students and sensei - 2014
  • Kendo grading - 2014
  • Farewell to Andrew - 2014
  • Farewell dinner for Fujiwara sensei - 2010
  • MUKEN Beginners' Course - 2012
  • MUKEN Beginners' Course - 2012
  • AUG Fundraiser - 2013
  • MUKEN Inaugural Beginners' Taikai - 2010
  • MUKEN Camp Ballarat - 2011
  • After training with the visiting Monash University Kendo Club - 2014
  • O-Week kendo demonstration - 2011
  • MUKEN Taikai - 2011
  • Victorian Kendo Championships - 2013
  • After keiko - 2010
  • Mumeishi 3's Tournament - 2010
  • MUKEN Taikai - 2011
  • MUKEN Taikai - 2013
  • MUKEN Camp Ballarat - 2014

MUKEN History 1989 - 2014


President: Sofie Macak

Secretary: David Hook

Treasurer: David Aldridge

  • Apr 14: Booking for Gym at the Frank Tait Building, approved
  • Apr 17: First Training
  • May 22: 1st Beginners Course, training now Mondays and Thursdays
  • May 23: Opened club bank account
  • July 1: Registered as VKR Club, 4 members
  • Oct 26: Special General Meeting, 7 members present, adoption of Draft Constitution, election of Office bearers

President: Sofie Macak

Secretary: David Hook

Treasurer: David Aldridge

  • Mar 22: 1st Annual General Meeting
  • July 15: Kenshikan Dojo opens

President: Scott Dewar

Secretary: David Hook

Treasurer: Monica Murdoch

  • Apr 27/28: Weekend Training Camp Gisborne High School
  • Apr 29: 2nd AGM - 11 members present, 2 apologies
  • July: Eight members registered

President: Scott Dewar

  • April: Weekend Training Camp Gisborne High School
  • 3rd AGM

President: Scott Dewar

Secretary: Graeme Currie

Treasurer: Chris Panagopoulos

  • Now training in West Stadium
  • Apr 28: 4th AGM, 13 members, 2 apologies
  • May 29/30: Weekend Training Camp Queenscliff High School.  Monash University Kendo Club members also attend
  • July 10/11: University Kendo Championships held at Melbourne University 25 Competitors

President: Nick Hannigan

Secretary: Graeme Currie

Treasurer: Chris Panagopoulos

  • Apr 25: 5th AGM, 7 members, 3 apologies
    Name change to University of Melbourne Kendo CLub
  • May 29: Sofie Macak, a foundation member and first Club President, passes away after short illness.
  • July 9: University Kendo Championship Adelaide, “probationary official University Championships” 27 competitors, 6 Universities represented.Nick Hannigan UMKC selected in a nominal Australian Universities Team
  • 6th AGM

President: Chris Panagopoulos

Secretary: Caleb Paul

Treasurer: Graeme Currie

  • May 1: 7th AGM
  • 28 - 29 Sept Australian Kendo University Championships held at ANU. UMKC represented by Chris Panagopoulos, Caleb Paul, Junko Ito, Katherine Lucy, Kang Yang Lim, Kenji Sugimoto and Norito Komatsu.

President: Chris Panagopoulos

Secretary: Caleb Paul

Treasurer: david Bell

  • 8th AGM
  • 7 - 8 June Australian Kendo Championships held at University High School Melbourne. Victorian Kyu Team wins gold medal with UMKC members Graeme Currie, Chris Panagopoulos and Caleb Paul.
  • Sept: AUG in Melbourne, host Latrobe University, UMKC Kyu Team 2nd place.
  • Mumeishi 3's: UMKC 1st place- Kang Yang Lim, Kenji Sugimoto, Daisuke Morohashi.
  • Club kyu grade championship winner - Junko Ito.

President: Chris Panagopoulos

Secretary: Graeme Currie

Treasurer: Kenji Sugimoto

  • April 29th - 9th AGM, 19 present, three apologies.
  • AUG held in Melbourne
  • Club kyu grade championship winner - Josh Orth

President: Chris Panagopoulos

Secretary: Kenji Sugimoto

Treasurer: Isaac Kong

  • 22nd May - UMKC's 10th anniversary - celebration to commemorate this event including dinner at Nagasaki Japanese Restaurant in Carlton.
  • April 28th - 10th AGM, 21 present, one apology
  • Club kyu grade championship winner – Kenji Sugimoto
  • Victorian Kendo Championships: Kenji Sugimoto 2nd Kyu Individuals, UMKC 2nd Kyu Teams (Chiaki Kobayashi, Isaac Kong, Kang Yang Lim, Kevin Rees, Kenji Sugimoto).
  • AUG – Perth 26th Sept – 1st Oct. Kyu individual – 1st Kenji Sugimoto, Open team – 3rd place Kenji Sugimoto, Chris Panagopoulos and Kevin Rees, Green and Gold Selection: Kenji Sugimoto, and Chris Panagopoulos.
  • Mumeishi 3's: UMKC 3rd place – Graeme Currie, Chris Panagopoulos, Kenji Sugimoto.

  • 26th April 11th AGM
  • Victorian Kendo Championships: Kenji 2nd place, Daisuke 3rd place Kyu Individuals.

  • 12th AGM
  • Club kyu grade championship winner - Kang Yang Lim
  • UMKC win the Mumeishi 3's Tournament

  • 13th AGM
  • VKC: Kang Yang Lim - 2nd place in the Kyu Individuals
  • AKC: Kang Yang Lim - 2nd place in the Kyu Individuals

Secretary: Andrew Lam

  • 14th AGM
  • AUG Newcastle
  • Ben Sheppard opens Nanseikan Youth Kendo Dojo
  • Chiaki Kobayashi wins Kyu Individual at the VKC, Kang Yang Lim receives Fighting Spirit award.

President: Lin Wei Chen/Michael Dunn

Secretary: Andrew Lam

  • 15th AGM
  • Ben Sheppard attains godan (5th dan), becomes sensei
  • 44 people attend the training camp in Ballarat

President: Michael Dunn

Secretary: Jimmy Leong

Treasurer: Kevin Chin

  • 16th AGM
  • AUG Brisbane: UMKC Kyu Team 1st, UMKC Open Team 2nd, Avi Ganesan 3rd Kyu Individuals, Green and Gold Team selection - Kevin Chin.
  • UMKC Team B win Mumeishi 3's tournament, Team A 2nd.
  • Russell Tran and Tom Mendelovits, along with Gary Oliver from Ballarat win the Otsuka Memorial Taikai.
  • VKC: UMKC Kyu Team 1st, Kyu Individuals Avi Ganesan 2nd, Jon Teo 3rd.
  • Club Championship Results: Senior Kyu - Taiki Matsueda 1st, Avi Ganesan 2nd, Begginers - Viet Hoang 1st, Berkay Ozcelic 2nd.

President: Thomas Mendelovits

Secretary: Viet Hoang

Treasurer: Pei Chin Yau

  • Nittaidai University held a training session at UMKC in February.
  • Over 100 people attend the Beginner's Course.
  • 17th AGM
  • Over sixty people attend the Ballarat Training Camp.
  • AUG Adelaide: UMKC Kyu Team - 1st Place, UMKC Open Team - 2nd Place, Kyu Individuals - Tom Mendelovits 1st, Ivan Chen 2nd, UMKC win five of the top eight placings.
  • Victorian Kendo Championships results: UMKC Kyu Team - 1st, UMKC Dan Grade Team - 2nd, Kevin Wu - 2nd Place Kyu Individuals, Andrew Lam and Chris Panagopoulos - 1st Place Kata Pairs, Janice Tong and Andrew Lam - Fighting Spirit Awards.
  • Yakov Macak Sensei receives the title of Renshi at the AKC.
  • Chiaki Kobatashi competes at the World Kendo Championships in Glasgow Scotland.

President: Viet Hoang

Secretary: Pei Chin Yau

Treasurer: Natalie Chiang

  • Nittaidai University Kendo Club visit for training and seminars.
  • 18th AGM
  • Kenji Sugimoto attains yondan (4th dan).
  • Andrew Lam and Chris Panagopoulos win the VKC Kata Pairs.
  • AUG (Gold Coast): UMKC Kyu Team - 1st Place, UMKC Open Team - 2nd Place, Christina Jong - Quarter Finalist in Kyu Individuals.
  • Mumeishi 3's Tournament won by UMKC B Team.
  • 30 Uni students from the Kanto Gakuren (Kanto Area Students
    Kendo Renmei) visited for training.
  • For the first time UMKC has enough dan grade members to hold a dan grade event at our Club Championships.
  • Club Championships Results: Dan Grade - 1st Kenji Sugimoto, 2nd Kevin Chin. Senior Kyu Grade - 1st Alex Lee, 2nd Son Nguyen. Beginner Kyu Grade - 1st David Tay, 2nd Zia Atmaja.
  • Yakov Sensei received a special certificate of commendation at the the Australian Kendo Championships for his years of service at national level as a President, as Chairman of the Kendo Board and as a competitor and Shinpan.

President: Viet Hoang

Secretary: Peter Huynh

Treasurer: Kin-On Tham

  • 19th AGM
  • AUG Melbourne (Victoria University), UMKC win both Kyu Teams and Dan Grade Teams events
  • Kyu team win VKC
  • Club Championships: Dan Grade - 1st Josh Orth, 2nd Kenji Sugimoto. Senior Kyu Grade - 1st Kevin Huong, 2nd Tony Shearer. Beginner Kyu Grade - 1st Alvin Ng, 2nd Richard Loi.
  • Kevin Chin receives Full Blue award.
  • UMKC receives MUSA Best Club award.

President: Kin-On Tham

Secretary: Richard Zhou

Treasurer: Viet Hoang

  • April 3rd - MUSA Presentation dinner at the Bayview Eden hotel for Kevin Chin's Full Blue award and UMKC Best Club award for 2008.
  • March 29th 1st Kyu - 3rd Dan grading: David and Masa - 1Kyu, Tony, Andy, Kevin H, Viet - Shodan, Kevin C. - Sandan. UMKC's largest representation at a dan grading.
  • AKC: UMKC members Kenji Sugimoto, Andrew Lam and Kevin Chin selected for Victorian Open team, Russell Tran in Kyu Grade Team. Open team places 2nd.
  • April 22nd - 20th AGM
  • Club Championships, held on Nov 31st and Dec 2nd: Junior Kyu Division - 1st Richard T'en, 2nd Takeshi Hartono. Senior Kyu Division - 1st Kin-On Tham, 2nd Alvin Ng. Women's Division - 1st Thuy Vi Dinh, 2nd Nur Farhana. Dan Grade Division - 1st Kenji Sugimoto, 2nd Andrew Lam. Fighting Spirit - Nor Farhana Fauzy, Vi Dinh, Jeffrey Khor.

President: Richard Zhou

Secretary: Jennifer Kuo

Treasurer: Richard T'en

  • March 14th - UMKC hosted the first Tournament for Kendo Beginners in Victoria at the Kenshikan. Winner: Richard T'en UMKC, 2nd: Nick Chan Monash, Equal 3rd: Daniel Huang UMKC and Vincent Lai UMKC, Fighting Spirit: Farhana Fauzy UMKC.
  • April 3rd & 4th - The 35th AKC was held in Melbourne. A number of club members competed in various events and acted as volunteers and shinpan. Special congratulations to Kevin Chin, a member of the Victorian team, winners of the Open Competition. Andrew Lam and Kevin Chin, winners of the kata competition.
  • June 26th - UMKC 2010 Taikai was held with fifty competitors in three divisions.
  • September - Australian University Games: Kyu Division: Takeshi Hartono, 2nd, Vincent Lai, 3rd. Green and Gold award, Takeshi Hartono
  • November 28th - MUKEN Club Championships Results: Beginners: 1 Daniel Tee, 2 Yan Ling. Kyu Grade: 1 Takeshi Hartono, 2 Jeffrey Khor, Equal 3 Ben Tran, Forhana Fauzy. Womens: 1 Forhana Fauzy, 2 Vi Dinh. Dan Grade 1 Andrew Lam, 2 David Tay. Fighting Spirit: Joanna Ting, Forhana Fauzy, Alvin Ng.

President: Jeffery Khor

Secretary: Vincent Lai
Interim Secretary: Viet Hoang

Treasurer: Joanna Ting
Interim Treasurer: Kevin Chin

  • April 7th - 22nd AGM
  • May 28th - MUKEN Annual Open Taikai results: Beginner Division - First: Yan Ling (MUKEN) Second: Michael Yeung (MUKEN) Equal Third: Joanna Ting (MUKEN), Andradi Adhiputro (MBK). Junior Kyu Division (6th to 3rd Kyu)- First: Nicholas Chan (Monash) Second: Takeshi Hartono (MUKEN) Equal Third: Dhanish Dangkomen (MUKEN), Richard T'en (MUKEN). Senior Kyu Division (2nd to 1st Kyu)- First: Nicholas Chan (Monash) Second: Takeshi Hartono (MUKEN) Equal Third: Jack Waltham (MBK), Ryoichi Saito (MBK). 1st - 2nd Dan Division - First: Liam Jodana (MBK) Second: Keegan Almeida (Fudoshin) Equal Third: Kin On Tham (MUKEN), Takeshi Hartono (MUKEN). Fighting Spirit Awards - Joanna Ting (MUKEN), Dhanish Dangkomen (MUKEN), Jack Waltham (MBK), Takeshi Hartono (MUKEN)
  • Sept 27th - Australian University Games on the Gold Coast. Ben Tran: 2nd place Kyu Individuals, MUKEN: 1st place Kyu Teams.
  • Nov 26th - MUKEN Club Championships: Beginners - 1 Slavco Jovanovski, 2 Brian La, 3 James Jiang. Womens - 1 Joanna Ting, 2 Meera Chandranath. Kyu Grade - 1 Yan Ling, 2 Richard T'en, 3 Vincent Lai, Takeshi Hartono. Dan Grade - 1 Kenji Sugimoto, 2 Kevin Chin, 3 Thomas Mendelovitz, Andrew Lam. Fighting Spirit - Yan Ling, James Jiang, Thomas Mendelovitz

President: Viet Hoang

Secretary: Takeshi Hartono

Treasurer: Kevin Chin

  • April 7th to 9th - The Australian Kendo Championships were held in Canberra. The Victorian squad, of which Kenji Sugimoto, Andrew Lam, and Richard T'en were members, saw victories in the Kyu and Open team competitions, finishing first place for both. Kevin Chin successfully attained his 4th Dan at the AKC gradings.
  • April 26th - 23rd AGM
  • May - MUKEN Annual Taikai Results: Beginners: 1 Haruki Reid, 2 Darren Page, 3 Vivian Thang & Kristine Ventura. Junior Kyu: 1 Haruki Reid, 2 Darren Page, 3 Meera Chanderananth & Michael Yeung. Senior Kyu: 1 Takeshi Hartono, 2 Viet Le Luan, 3 Nicholas Chan & Steven Ta. 1st - 2nd Dan Division: 1 Clement Guo, 2 Takeshi Hartono, 3 Jeffery Khor & Son Nguyen. Fighting Spirit: Sherry Mayo, Echo Xushi Li, Kristine Ventura, Nol Arabit
  • July - Victoria Kendo Championships. MUKEN saw amazing success at the VKC with a total domination of the Kyu Teams and a close second in the Dan Teams. Of the 21 member MUKEN squad, 18 received at least one medal.
  • October - Australian University Games. Though MUKEN lost the Kyu team division that it has come to dominate in the past years, we managed to claim a clear and decisive victory in the Open team division, placing first against UTS. Coupled with victories in the individual divisions, MUKEN became overall champions of the AUG Kendo tournament for 2012. The last time we won this title was in 2009 in Melbourne. Takeshi Hartono and Viet Hoang were awarded the prestigious Full Blue award by the University of Melbourne for their results in the AUG, and Jeffrey Khor was awarded a Half Blue.
  • November - Club Championships Results: Beginners: 1 Jularaj Suthibutr, 2 Joshua Chan, 3 Justin Ireson & Rallas Buttriss. Womens: 1 Meera Chandrananth, 2 Joanne Chow, 3 Vivienne Tran & Cheryl Low. Kyu: 1 Vincent Laiwin, 2 Meera Chandrananth, 3 Jularaj Suthibutr & Joshua Chan. Dan: 1 Kenji Sugimoto, 2 Richard T’en, 3 Kevin Chin & Son Nguyen. Fighting Spirit: Justin Ireson, Joanne Chow, Meera Chandrananth

President: Viet Hoang

Secretary: Jularaj Suthibutr

Treasurer: Joanne Chow

  • April - Australian Kendo Championships Sydney. MUKEN sent 6 members as part of the Victorian Squad, with a large number of our members comprising the Kyu team: Kenji Sugimoto, Andrew Lam, Son Nguyen, Jularaj Suthibutr, Dhanish Dangkomen, Yan Ling. Kenji Sugimoto and Andrew Lam were a part of the Victorian Dan team which came second overall. Son Nguyen was a part of the Victorian Kata pair that came first. Yan Ling, Dhanish Dangkomen, Jularaj Suthibutr were a part of the Victorian Kyu team which came second overall.
  • April 18th - 24th AGM
  • April 18th - 24th AGM
  • August - VKC. Yan Ling (1st place Kyu Individuals), Joanne Chow (3rd place Kyu Women's Individuals), Meera Chandrananth (3rd place Kyu Women's Individuals, Fighting Spirit Award), Andrew Lam and Son Nguyen (1st place Kata Pairs), MUKEN Kyu Team A - Russell Tran, Meera Chandrananth, Yan Ling, Jularaj Suthibutr, Joshua Chan (2nd place Kyu Teams).
  • November - MUKEN Club Championships. 1st Year: 1 Yaya Bonggotgetsakul, 2 Aiden Dang. Kyu: 1 Jularaj Suthibutr, 2 Justin Ireson, 3 Brian La, Meera Chandrananth.
    Womens': 1 Meera Chandrananth, 2 Yaya Bonggotgetsakul. Junior Dan: 1 Yan Ling, 2 Vincent Laiwin, 3 Richard T'en, Takeshi Hartono. Senior Dan: 1 Yan Ling, 2 Andrew Lam, 3 Richard T'en, Tony Shearer. Fighting Spirit: Cheryl Low, Eddie Nagul, Viet Hoang.
  • December - MUKEN/Victoria University Interclub Shiai. The first meeting between the two university clubs resulted in a very close match up that saw the Melbourne University Kendo Club team defeat Victoria University Kendo Club by one point.
  • December - Mumeishi 3s. MUKEN sent two teams to this year's Mumeishi 3s with Team A (YaYa, Meera and Son) winning the Team Fighting Spirit Award.

President: Jularaj Suthibutr

Secretary: Justin Ireson

Treasurer: Yaya Bonggotgetsakul

  • March Gradings - a number of MUKEN kenshi successfully graded.
  • April - 39th Australian Kendo Championships Perth. Richard T'en was a part of the Victorian Dan team which came second overall. Son Nguyen was a part of the Victorian Kata pair that placed second. Jularaj Suthibutr won the Australian Kyu Grade IndividualsChampionship.
  • April 18th - 25th AGM
  • May 9th-11th MUKEN Camp Ballarat, attended by 45 MUKEN members, 23 Monash Kendo Club, and 2 Ballarat Kendo Club members.
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