Upcoming events

    • 15 Jul 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Kenshikan, Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne

    Greetings MBK Member!!


    Just a reminder regarding the up-coming Otsuka Taikai on Saturday 15th of July.


    If you practice Iaido and would like to compete, the deadline to let me know is fast approaching – Friday the 30th of June 2017.


    If you practice Kendo, are graded 2nd Dan or below and would like to compete, please register on the day during the morning….you should be there regardless to help and watch the Iaido Taikai and the demonstrations. 

    Kendoka who are ungraded and wearing full bogu, i.e. beginners, are encouraged to compete as it’s a great opportunity to do so.


    Please let me know if you can help with the running of the event – we’ll require people to assist with both the Iaido and Kendo Taikais.


    Finally, details of the dinner have almost been finalised.


    Please let me know if you have any questions.


    Cheers and thanks in advance.


    Paul Bserani

    Vice President Melbourne Budokai


    Greetings MBK Member!!

    The Otsuka Taikai commemorates the opening of the Kenshikan Dojo on the 15th of July 1990.  The existence of the dojo would not have been possible without the generous donation made by Mr Kenshiro Otsuka and the Otsuka Family.

    The taikai will be held on Saturday 15th of July 2017.

    It is a goodwill taikai and is teams based.  As per last year, there will be an Iaido Taikai as well as a Kendo Taikai.  Entry for competitors and spectators is free.

    The Teams

    There will be pools comprised of teams of three.  Each team will have 2 Kyu grades and 1 Dan grade (numbers permitting).  The members of a team will be randomly selected so competitors in a team may not be from the same club.

    Iaido Taikai Competitors

    As the Iaido Taikai will be held in the morning, to allow for the selection of teams and the determination of the draw, competitors must pre-register their interest to compete prior to the day.  Registrations for the Iaido Taikai will close on Friday the 30th of June 2017.  Registrations can only be made by replying to this email to  Please include your current grade when replying and do not change the subject of the email.

    Kendo Taikai Competitors

    Registrations for the Kendo Taikai will be taken on the day as it will be held after lunch.  Therefore, to ensure that there is sufficient time to select the teams and determine the draw, competitors must register before 12:00pm on the day, 15th of July 2017.

    Shinais will be checked that they’re in good condition when competitors register.


    Senior Iaido members are requested to assist with shinpaning the Iaido Taikai.  Kendoka 3rd Dan or above will be required to assist with shinpaning the Kendo Taikai.  Please let me know by Friday the 7th of July 2017 if you are available to assist with the shinpaning of either taikai.

    Call For Volunteers

    On Friday the 14th of July 2017 at 6:00pm the dojo for both taikais will be setup.  This will require cleaning the dojo, organising of tables,  chairs, score boards, tatami mats, etc.  Your help will be greatly welcomed and appreciated.  The more members that are able to help with the setup the better.

    On the day of the Otsuka Taikai, help will be required with the running of the Iaido and Kendo Taikais.  Again, if you're able to do so, your help will be greatly welcomed and appreciated.  No prior experience is required to volunteer so it's a great opportunity to learn.

    These taikais are very important events for Melbourne Budokai so it's important to have as many members as possible helping regardless of the art they practice.  Some of the areas that volunteers will be required are:

    1.  Competitor Registrations,

    2.  Time Keeping,

    3.  Scoring,

    4.  Announcing,

    5.  Ribboning,

    6.  Shinpaning,

    7.  Photography/Videoing, and

    8.  General helping.

    Dinner After The Taikai

    There will be a dinner after the Otsuka Taikai has completed and the dojo has been tidied up.  Details of the dinner have yet to be finalised.  Please let me know by Friday the 7th of July 2017 if you’d like to attend the dinner.

    Further detailed information will be sent out prior to the Otsuka Taikai.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Cheers and I look forward to seeing you at the dojo.

    Paul Bserani

    Vice President Melbourne Budokai

    • 11 Aug 2017
    • 20 Aug 2017
    • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

    Greetings MBK Member!!


    Just a reminder the 2017 MBK Club Trip To Kenshikan In Hawaii!  I hear there are cheap airfares at the moment….or were….


    This is going to be a great trip.  I hope you can make it.




    From: Paul Bserani
    Sent: Friday, 30 December 2016 3:39 PM
    Subject: 2017 MBK Club Trip To Kenshikan In Hawaii

    Greetings MBK Member!!

    After the very successful and fun trip to Kenshikan in Hawaii back in September this year, another is being planned for in August 2017.  

    This is a great opportunity to train at another dojo that has it’s roots similar to ours.  Like the Kenshikan dojo here, Kenshikan in Hawaii, Honolulu to be exact, could not have existed without the generous help and support from Kenshiro Otsuka and his family.

    This year’s trip was the first official club trip to Kenshikan in Honolulu.  The dates for next year’s trip are as follows:

    Friday 11th of August 2017 to Sunday 20th of August 2017

    A couple of people have already indicated that they’ll be going.

    Please let me know if you’d like to go also ASAP.  It will be your responsibility to organise your flights and accommodation, and you’re free to arrive earlier and leave later to the dates above.

    No training schedule has been planned at the moment but one will be.  This will be shared once it has been determined.

    I certainly hope you take this great opportunity as it was a great experience and a fun one – I was there!

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Cheers and all the best.

    Paul Bserani

    Secretary Melbourne Budokai

    • 12 Aug 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 13 Aug 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • TBA

    Details to be confirmed at a later date

    • 20 Oct 2017
    • 22 Oct 2017
    • Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre, Albert Park

    The Tora Dojo Melbourne invites you to :

    The Melbourne Kendo Cup 2017.

    The Melbourne Kendo Cup is a goodwill competition open to all AKR/FIK members and aims to bring together teams from across Australia, Oceania, and Asia. The tournament is modelled on the internationally successful “The London Cup,” which is organised and managed each year by the members of our sister club, Tora Dojo London.

    This event, spread over two days, has individual men’s and women’s shiai, plus an open five person tournament. Whether you are a high level competitor seeking a new challenge, or a beginner looking for a new experience and a good weekend of kendo, you are warmly welcome.

    If you are interested in competing please register directly at:

    Payments to be made on the day of competition

    Costs per person (A$): $30 each for individual event, $20 each for team event ($100 per team).

    Tournament Summary

    Melbourne Sports Aquatic Centre, Albert Park (see venue information)

    Key Dates: 
    20 October: Welcome Jigeiko
    21 October: Teams Event
    22 October: Open Individual Mens and Open Individual Womens Event

    For a detailed schedule please visit:

    Please Note:
    Competitors must be 18 years or older and AKR/FIK registered.

    Open Individual events will be open to all grades.

    Teams will consist of 5 players and can include a mix of grades and genders.

    Teams can be formed with players from different clubs.

    Clubs can register up to two teams. If we there is available space, clubs may be able to register additional teams (we will inform clubs of this closer to the date).

    Overseas competitors will require their own insurance.

    All participants third dan and higher will be requested to shinpan on the day.

    If you are interested in being a shinpan (but not competing) we warmly welcome you.

    If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at

    Melbourne Kendo Cup Team 

Past events

28 May 2017 2017 MBK Annual General Meeting
05 Mar 2017 Kendo - 6 kyu to 2 Kyu Grading
04 Mar 2017 2017 Nagae Taikai
20 Feb 2017 Registration Deadline for Nagae Taikai
01 Feb 2017 Kendo Intake Class - Your introduction to Kendo
13 Jan 2017 Korean Sensei Visit
31 Dec 2016 New Years eve Keiko
10 Dec 2016 2016 Mumeishi 3 Competition
28 Nov 2016 Registration Deadline for UTS Seminar & Open Sheild
27 Nov 2016 Monash University 25 Anniversay Goodwill Keiko
13 Nov 2016 Victorian Junior Kendo Championships
11 Nov 2016 Nippon Budokan Foundation Budo Demo & Keiko
11 Nov 2016 Registration Deadline for MUKC 25 Anniversary Keiko
23 Oct 2016 Shinpan Seminar 2
16 Oct 2016 Shinpan Seminar 1
19 Aug 2016 Sensei Visit
31 Jul 2016 Shiai practice with MUKEN
16 Jul 2016 2016 Otsuka Taikai
04 Jun 2016 2016 Nagae Taikai
17 Apr 2016 MBK Annual General Meeting for 2015 year
10 Apr 2016 Shinpan Seminar
03 Apr 2016 Special General Meeting
03 Apr 2016 Daylight savings ends
16 Feb 2016 Ozawa & Okada Sensei Visit - Keiko Session 3
15 Feb 2016 Ozawa & Okada Sensei Visit - Keiko Session 2
14 Feb 2016 Ozawa & Okada Sensei Visit - FULL DAY SEMINAR
13 Feb 2016 Ozawa & Okada Sensei Visit - Keiko Session 1
22 Dec 2015 Official Training Closing & Reopen dates
13 Dec 2015 2015 MBK Christmas Lunch
05 Dec 2015 2015 Mumeishi 3 Competition
27 Sep 2015 Kendo Grading - 4th Dan
20 Sep 2015 Kendo Grading - 1 kyu to 3 Dan
13 Sep 2015 Kendo Grading - 6Kyu to 2nd Kyu
15 Aug 2015 2015 Victorian Kendo Championships
18 Jul 2015 Otsuka Taikai
06 Jun 2015 Nagae Taikai
23 May 2015 Muken Taikai 2015
19 Apr 2015 MBK Annual General Meeting
04 Apr 2015 Australian Kendo Championships & Seminar
29 Mar 2015 VKR Annual General Meeting
28 Mar 2015 Iaido / Jodo Grading
22 Mar 2015 Kendo - 1 kyu to 4 Dan Grading
14 Mar 2015 2015 AKC Volunteer Briefing
08 Mar 2015 Kendo - 6 kyu to 2 Kyu Grading
22 Feb 2015 Shinpan Seminar
11 Jan 2015 Official Training begins for 2015
06 Dec 2014 Mumeishi 3 Competition
24 Sep 2014 Special visit - Shinai Specialist
21 Sep 2014 Kendo - 1 kyu to 4 Dan Grading
14 Sep 2014 Kendo - 6 kyu to 2 Kyu Grading
30 Aug 2014 Victorian Kendo Championships
12 Jul 2014 Nagae Takai and Otsuka Taikai
04 Jun 2014 Kendo Intro Course
31 May 2014 Iaido dinner
26 Apr 2014 Iaido / Jodo Grading
30 Mar 2014 VKR Annual General Meeting
29 Mar 2014 Osaka Fudai Visit - Goodwill Keiko
23 Mar 2014 Kendo - Dan Grading
16 Mar 2014 MBK Annual General Meeting
11 Mar 2014 Iaido Intro Course
07 Mar 2014 FIK Asian Zone Shinpan Seminar
22 Feb 2014 3rd Oceania Womens Kendo Seminar
14 Feb 2014 Nittaidai OB (old Boys Visit)
29 Jan 2014 Kendo Intro Course
20 Jan 2014 AKR 23rd Iaido / 14th Jodo Championships & Seminar
19 Dec 2013 Osaka Taiiku Daigaku Sensei Visit
15 Dec 2013 MBK Christmas Lunch
07 Dec 2013 Mumeishi 3 Competition
16 Nov 2013 Weekend High School Gasshuku
08 Nov 2013 Spring Camp
06 Oct 2013 Kendo cleanup - 1st Sunday
01 Oct 2013 Shinoda Sensei Visit
30 Sep 2013 Naginata for MBK members
22 Sep 2013 Kendo - Dan Grading
08 Sep 2013 Kendo - Kyu Grading
08 Sep 2013 Naginata cleanup - 1st Saturday
03 Sep 2013 Iaido Cleanup - 1st Tuesday
17 Aug 2013 Victorian Kendo Championships
13 Jul 2013 Nagae Takai and Otsuka Taikai
23 Jun 2013 Membership Renewal Deadline
05 Jun 2013 Kendo Intro Course
01 Jun 2013 Naginata Intro Course
27 Apr 2013 Iaido Grading
14 Apr 2013 End of Kendo Intro Course/Fundraising Lunch
01 Dec 2012 Mumeishi 3's Taikai
27 Oct 2012 Iaido Grading
05 Oct 2012 Spring Camp
23 Sep 2012 Kendo - Dan Grading
22 Sep 2012 Iaido Intro Course
09 Sep 2012 Kendo - Kyu Grading
05 Sep 2012 Kendo Intro Course
25 Aug 2012 Victorian Kendo Championships
11 Aug 2012 Naginata Intro Course
14 Jul 2012 Nagae Takai and Otsuka Taikai
10 Jul 2012 Iaido Intro Course
06 Jul 2012 VKR Friday Night Keiko

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