About us

The Melbourne Budokai (formerly the Melbourne Kendo Club) is a Japanese martial arts club that has existed for over thirty years (see 'Our History'). We are the largest Japanese budo club in Australia training in the arts of Kendo, Iaido, and Naginata.
We are a non-commercial/non-profit club that is owned and managed by our members.  

Since 1990, the home of our club is the Kenshikan Dojo which is located on the fringe of the Melbourne CBD, in West Melbourne.

The Melbourne Budokai has international recognition and is affiliated with:
Our Sensei:
  • Mr. Yoichi Yano, Kendo 7th Dan Kyoshi
  • Mr. Peter Szwarcbord, Kendo 7th Dan Renshi, Iaido 6th Dan, Jodo 2nd Dan
  • Mr. Takashi Itakura, Kendo 6th Dan Renshi
  • Ms. Claire Chan, Iaido 6th Dan, Kendo 4th Dan, Jodo 3rd Dan
  • Mr. Ryan Hikima, Kendo 5th Dan
  • Ms. Noriko Matsumoto, Kendo 5th Dan
Our Club's Executive & Committee Members:
  • President:        Stephen Flahavin
  • Vice President: Dennis Tjong
  • Secretary:        Paul Bserani
  • Treasurer:       Claire Chan
  • Membership:    Ellen Wong
  • Armourer:       Nadim Sawaya
  • Committee:     Hannah Lee
  • Iaido Rep:       Peter Lee (TBC)
  • Naginata Rep:  Emily Jackman (TBC)




Melbourne Budokai & Kenshikan Dojo
91 Rosslyn Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003

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