President: Vivian Yung
Treasurer: Queennie Yau
Secretary: Kevin Wong
Club Sensei & Senior Members
Daniel Strenger (Kendo 5 Dan) - Daniel (Danny) commenced Kendo in 1973 at the Muirfield and Epping Kendo Clubs, Sydney, and then in 1974 joined the Willoughby kendo Club at its inaugural training which subsequently became the Sydney Kendo Club. In 1979 he was a member of the Australian Kendo Renmei team that attended the World Kendo Championships in Sapporo, Japan. From 1982 Daniel commenced residency in Japan and from 1982-1983 was formally enrolled as a ‘Kendo research student - itakusei’ at Nippon Taiku Daigaku (Japan Sports Science University), Tokyo, as nominated by the Australian Kendo Renmei. From 1982 through to 1998 Daniel was a member of various Tokyo Kendo associations returning thereafter to Sydney. Daniel has been a Secretary and Treasurer of both the Sydney Kendo Club and Australian Kendo Renmei, and a member of the NSW Technical Committee. Daniel attained 5th Dan in 1992 in Tokyo, Japan.
Mark Wild (Kendo 5 Dan) - Mark started kendo in late 1978 at the Melbourne Kendo Club. In 1983 he made the first of many trips to Japan to attend the Kitamoto summer seminar and stayed on for six months training at Nittaidai with Shizawa Sensei. In 1989 Mark won his first Australian men’s dan grade championship and led the Victorian team to win the inaugural Nakakura Cup. Mark again won the men’s dan grade competition in 1990. He represented Australia in the 1991 Toronto and 1994 Paris World Kendo Championships. In the early 90’s Mark spent several years training at the Sydney Kendo Club before living in Tokyo between 1994 and 1998. During that time he trained at the Mitsubishi company Dojo with Nomasa Sensei, and at the Minato Ward Sports Centre where elite teachers like Chiba Sensei were a regular feature. In 1998 Mark moved to New York City and instructed at the Ken Zen Institute with Ebihara Sensei. Mark gained his 5th Dan in 1999.
Colin Minter (Kendo 5 Dan) - Colin started Kendo at the Sydney Kendo Club in 1979. Since then, Colin has represented NSW in the Australian Kendo Championships and represented Australia in competition in New Zealand. He also attended the Kitamoto Foreign Leaders Summer Camp. In 2003 to 2006, Colin was absent from Kendo due to cancer treatment. In 2006, he returned to regular Kendo training. Since then, he has taken a great interest in learning about being a Shinpan (referee). Colin has attended several FIK Asian Zone shinpan seminars and provided his service as a shinpan at events both local and nationally. He is currently a member of the NSW Kendo Technical Committee. In 2013, Colin formed the University of Western Sydney Kendo Club which has grown from strength to strength. He attained the rank of Kendo 5 Dan in 2014.
Mark Stone (Kendo 4 Dan) - Mark started Kendo whilst studying at the Australian National University in 1991 and first joined SKC in 1995. He spent many years living overseas and has been a member of Gudoseishinkan in Hong Kong, Hizen Dojo in London, and Shidogakuin in New York. Mark attained the rank of 4th Dan in 2010 and currently runs our children's trainings.
Andrew van Hamond (Kendo 4 Dan) - Andrew started Kendo at the Sydney Kendo Club in 2001. He is the former President of the NSW Kendo Association and has been the state Dan team coach in recent years. In 2013, he has won the National Veteran's title. Andrew attained the rank on 4th Dan and is now the Instructor of Sydney Kendo Club Saturday morning class.
Chris Barbe (Kendo 4 Dan) - Chris practiced Kendo as a teenager in France from 1977 to 1981. He restarted his kendo practice by joining Sydney Kendo Club in 2002. Since then he has been travelling with his bogu bag all around the world. Chris was awarded the rank of 4th Dan in August 2014.
David Banbury (Kendo 3 Dan) - David joined Sydney Kendo Club in 2005. From 2008 to 2012, David was a member of the Vancouver Kendo Club. After returning to Sydney in 2012, David attained the rank of 3rd Dan and is the Assistant Instructor of Sydney Kendo Club children's class.
2014-2015 Non-Executive Roles
Competition Marshal: Martin Falcon
Kyu Team Manager: Queennie Yau
Social Coordinator: Karina Danke Obregon