Sydney Kendo Club (SKC) was founded in 1974 and is the longest running Kendo club in Australia. We are affiliated with New South Wales Kendo Association (NSWKA) and Australian Kendo Renmei (AKR).Each week, we have three training sessions for adults and Saturday kids/junior lesson. Many visitors train with us from other clubs; be it locally, nationally or internationally.
SKC aims to represent the best of Kendo tradition while striving to improve Kendo in Australia by holding seminars with visiting Kendo Sensei and the SKC3 Friendship Cup. Our training schedules cover all skill levels from beginner to the experienced; from children to adults. Please feel free to contact us or drop in at a training session.
「錬技睦和」"Rengi Bokuwa" is our motto at Sydney Kendo Club. This means "We vow to train our skills and minds in harmony, keeping good terms with each other to become better human beings and to contribute to society". This is the ultimate goal of Kendo.
2012-2013 Committee Members
President: Rick Farquharson
Treasurer: Queennie Yau
Secretary: Nick Sordon
Andrew van Hamond - 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.
Mark Stone - 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.
Vivian Yung - Vivian started Kendo at the Sydney Kendo Club in 2001. She has won the National Women's Individual title twice and team title multiple times. She has also represented Australia at the World Championships 3 times and has achieved best 16 individual performance twice as well as winning the fighting spirit award. Vivian attained the rank of 4th Dan in 2010. She currently runs our club's Wednesday evening class as well as the beginner course.
David Banbury - 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 now the Assistant Instructor of Sydney Kendo Club children's class.