The concept of kendo is to discipline the human character through the
principles of the katana.
- The All Japan Kendo Federation
Kendo (剣道), "The Way of The Sword", is a traditional Japanese martial art, descending from kenjutsu (Japanese swordsmanship).
In kendo, practitioners wear bogu (armour) and use shinai (bamboo swords) to strike one another while performing specialised footwork and kiai (shout). Practitioners test their skills against each other in matches called shiai. The contest of skills with an opponent gives kendo an athletic aspect which draws many to the art. However, the main focus of kendo is on the the philosophical aspects of discipline and the cultivation of the mind, body and spirit through continued keiko (practice).
For an in depth look at the history of kendo please visit the All Japan Kendo Federation and International Kendo Federation websites.
We are Monash University Kendo Club, also known as MUKC. We are a TeamMonash club, and are predominantly student-run with guidance from qualified instructors. As the name suggests, our club practices kendo, as a means of training both our minds and bodies. We are affiliated with the kendo governing bodies the Victorian Kendo Renmei (VKR), Australian Kendo Renmei (AKR), and the International Kendo Federation (FIK).
We conduct one beginner's course a year, which starts in February/March when the first university semester begins. The club holds three trainings per week. Social functions and competitions are also held throughout the year. Anyone who is interested in kendo is more than welcome to come and watch our training sessions or to contact us for more information.
Among our members and instructors, are people who have international experience, and are state and national representatives. Our members come from all walks of life, are of various ages and are very welcoming. Feel free to speak to any of us before or after training when we're hanging out outside the Games Hall where we train (see below for more info on training sessions).
You can find us training in Monash Sport, 42 Scenic Boulevard, Monash University Clayton Campus at the following times:
- Monday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Games Hall)
- Wednesday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Games Hall)
- Saturday 9:00 am - 10:30 am (Stadium) - senior members (training in full armour) only
Please check our main website and Facebook page for the latest information on trainings