About us

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.

2014-2015 Committee Members

President: Vivian Yung
Treasurer: Queennie Yau
Secretary: Kevin Wong

Club Sensei 

Colin Minter - Kendo 5 Dan.
Sadaji Kikuchi - Kendo 5 Dan.

Mark Wild - Mark started kendo in late 1987 at the Melbourne Kendo Club. He was 16 years old and had already been practicing karate for a number of years by then. In 1983 he made his first trip to Japan to attend the Kitamoto summer seminar, then stayed on for six months and spent a lot of time training at Nittaidai with Shizawa Sensei. During my university days I saved money by doing a lot of weekend and vacation work and usually spent the summer break travelling around the Japanese countryside training. 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 had the good fortune of being able to represent 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 and loved it. From 1994 to 1998 he worked as an expat in Tokyo and 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 trained at the Ken Zen Institute with Ebihara Sensei. After sitting on his 4th Dan for about a decade Mark tested successfully for his 5th Dan in 1999. Mark is now training to target for his next grading!

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 (2006, 2009, 2012) 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 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

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