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Yoshinkan is starting a new Wednesday class at Thistle Hall in upper Cuba St, Wellington from January 25th from 7 - 8.30 pm

Take the side entrance opposite the Tuatara Brewery Third Eye Pub at 30 Arthur St (yes, we are that close to a pub....) and come along for a bash up to celebrate this new venture.

A beginners class starts the following week but experienced Kenshi will be catered for, just a small koha for visitors will be asked from February.

Yoshinkan Hutt still operates from Naenae College, Walters St each Monday 7 - 9 pm.

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The Auckland Kendo Club invitational seminar on 20-21 February 2016 has now been upgraded to a three day (19-21 February) international event.

Please see the attached posters for details. The team shiai will be an international event open to all comers. Grading is to 5th Dan.


Mochizuki sensei passed away from stomach cancer on 29 June.

Mochizuki sensei was unusual among high ranking sensei in that he was not a policeman or a professional Kendo teacher. Many of you will have known the sensei through his attendance and teaching at the Auckland Summer Seminar. As I understand it, the sensei had been personally requested by Inoue sensei to carry on the close relationship forged with New Zealand, a duty which he performed admirably while his health permitted. We will miss him greatly. 

The NZKF will be represented at his funeral by Graham Sayer, his wife Chikae and Alex Bennett.


A proud day for NZ Kendo!!

 I am absolutely stoked to announce that NZ Kendo now has another 7th dan, and another 2 x 6th dans following the grading this week at the World Kendo Champs in Tokyo. Graham Sayer sensei is now 7th dan, and Sue Lytollis and Blake Bennett are both 6th dan.

 This is a wonderful achievement for these guys personally,  and a huge boon for NZ Kendo. Most NZ kendoka will have some appreciation of just how difficult it is to gain these top level grades and the amount of dedicated training, time and personal sacrifice that goes into preparing for such difficult challenges. The pass rates for both 6th and 7th dan are very low internationally, and most people will fail at least once, often many times in their attempts to successfully grade to 6th or 7th dan. It requires an enormous commitment to pick yourself up and keep training until your next opportunity, also knowing  that the odds are stacked against you, in terms of the usual pass rate. 

I am sure all NZ kendoka will join me in congratulating Graham, Sue and Blake on this wonderful achievement!


Ken Wells

Vice President
NZ Kendo Federation

> Forms for 2015 Winter Camp are available

Inoue Sensei Memorial Keiko

To commemorate the recent passing of Inoue Yoshihiko Sensei (Auckland Kendo Club Patron and dear friend of NZ Kendo) we are hosting a Memorial Keiko to which any and all NZ kendoka past and present are invited.

Date:                           Wednesday 29 April 2015
Time:                           7.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.             
Venue:                        Auckland Kendo Club, 165 Pilkington Road, Panmure

- Welcome
Memorial speech
One minute’s silence
Memorial keiko
Closing remarks and kampai
- Photograph
- Adjourn to Flying Moa for friendship drinks and remembrance

We warmly invite (indeed encourage) you to attend this memorial event to honour the Sensei who has contributed so much to NZ kendo over several decades.  A memorial photo book will be compiled and sent to his widow and members of his Dojo. Hopefully, members of all Auckland dojos and the Waikato dojo will be able to attend and of course we would be delighted to welcome members from dojos further South if it is at all possible for you to attend (we do realise that it is a long way to travel for one night however, so if you would prefer to send a message from your members, we would be very pleased to read it out at the ceremony)


To assist with planning by AKC could you please indicate your intention to attend by emailing me at ken (at) kendoka (dot) nz

Obituary (Word DOCX, 281Kb)
Inoue Hanshi dojo departure (m4v, 13MB)


NZ Kendo Team fundraiser - $5 badges - only 300 available! They will be available at the Auckland Seminar in February or can be ordered in lots of 10 (10, 20, 30 etc) via huttkendo (at) hotmail (dot) com, which will get priority. You can prepay to Hutt Kendo Club, 060574014876800; clearly state "KK(club name)" as reference. These will be brought to the Auckland seminar or posted out if you provide an address.


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> Notes from the February 2013 Mochizuki sensei seminar are available ~NEW!
> Date for the 2013 Novice Champs has been set ~NEW!
> Events calendar has been updated ~NEW!
> Added photos from the 2012 Winter Camp
> Added information about the 2012 Winter Camp
> Added Junshinkan club
> NZ Team training in March
> National Champs in March
> January seminar in Auckland
> Welcome to IPC Kendo Club in Palmerston North
> November event in Waikato
> October events in Invercargill
> IMPORTANT Date and venue changed for National Seminar
> Date confirmed for Rembuden Taikai
> Iaido seminar in August
> Notes from the February Sumi Sensei seminar (courtesy of Wells Sensei - MS Word, 73KB)
> IMPORTANT Updated dates and venue for National Champs
> Updated details for Rembuden Kendo Club
> Iaido seminar in October
> Iaido seminar at beginning of May
> Dates confirmed for NZ Squad training
> Dates confirmed for Auckland Seminar
> Dates confirmed for shiai at Waikato Kendo Club
> Dates confirmed for Iaido seminar (note - now in September, not October)
> Updated Shimpan section
> Dates confirmed for Rembuden Taikai
> Dates confirmed for National Camp
> Added a new section with information regarding Iaido
> Added link to The Martial Arts Network
> Added additional information to the Shimpan section
> Added a new section with information for Shimpan
> Removed annual instructors seminar - this will be included in the visit from Sumi sensei
> Added additional event to 2010 calendar - Iaido seminar in October
> Added additional event to calendar - seminar in February
> Updated Christchurch Kendo Club information
> Seminar report and grading results from the Invercargill seminar
> Updated details for Invercargill Kendo Club - now including an Otago Dojo
> A seminar and grading is coming up in Invercargill
> Updated address and training times for Auckland Kendo Club
> An article on the 33rd Gedatsukai International Training Seminar
> Updated training time for Rembuden Kendo Club
> There is a Naginata seminar at the Auckland Kendo Club in August
> The dates for the Rembuden Taikai have been confirmed
> The dates and timetable for the National Camp have been cofirmed
> The dates for the Canterbury Kendo Club's 20th anniversary bash (as it were) have been confirmed
> The date and venue for the National Camp has been changed
> Waikato Kendo Club Open Championship announced
> It's Canterbury Kendo Club's 20th anniversary, and they're having a camp.
> Training times for Aotearoa Kendo Club have changed. (2008-03-12)
> The date for the National Champs is confirmed (2008-02-28)
> Updated Rembuden training times (2008-02-28)
> Updated links section (2008-02-25)
> Updated training times for Canterbury Kendo Club (2008-02-25)
> The date for the March instructor's seminar & squad training has been finalised. (posted 2008-01-23)

A delegation of sensei from Japan will be in New Zealand from the end of January to the beginning of February. See the Events section for training sessions & seminar. The delegation are:

Umetsu Sensei (8th Dan)
Higashiyama Sensei (7th Dan)
Hayashi Sensei (6th Dan)
Sato Sensei (6th Dan)
Mrs Tahara (5th Dan)

(posted 2007-12-05)

> The photo section has been changed & added back to the site. (posted 2007-09-30)
> After some technical issues, the NZKF site has finally been moved to a new server. Our thanks to Webfarm for providing us with this service (posted 2007-09-28)
> Provisional dates for 2008 events have been posted in the Events section (posted 2007-09-05)
> Information pack, registration form & map available for 2007 Rembuden Taikai. See here (posted 2007-08-06)
> Additional details for the 2007 Rembuden Taikai are available here (posted 2007-07-18)
> Additional details for the 2007 winter camp are available here (posted 2007-06-22)
> The date for the winter camp has been changed. Check here (posted 2007-06-05)
> An announcement from the coach of the National Squad (posted 2006-12-20)
> The Events calendar has been updated for 2007 (posted 2006-12-20)
> The New Zealand Team for the 13th World Kendo Championship has been named (posted 2006-10-05)
> Results from the 7th Rembuden Taikai (posted 2006-10-05)
> Photos from the 2006 Winter Camp (posted 2006-09-04)
> Browse our kendo photos or share your kendo photos with the world!
> Building the NZKF wiki together!
> Congratulations to Alan Stephenson sensei (Auckland) for his success in the 6th dan grading! (April 2006)
> Congratulations to Sachiyo Lee (Rembuden) for her success in the 5th dan grading! (April 2006)
> Congratulations to Tatsuya Fukuda (Invercargill) for his success in the 5th dan grading (November 2005)
> The 6th Rembuden Taikai (October 2005)
> Beginner kendo seminar at Waikato (August 2005)
> First ever Iaido seminar at Waikato (May 2005, photos here)
> 2004 Nelson Annual Camp information
> A travelogue about NZ Kendo Clubs by Mr Hirohiko Yoshida. The revised version was also published in Kendo Nippon, November 2003. Note - this article is in Japanese.
> 2003 NZKF annual camp grading results
  The NZ Team for 2003 World Kendo Championship
> Current news can be found here

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