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: 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

    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!