At Melbourne Budokai we train in the arts of Kendo, Iaido, and Naginata. Our club is affiliated with each art’s official governing bodies and associations at a state, national, and international level.


Kendo (剣道) means “Way of The Sword”. It is the Japanese martial art of sword training derived from traditional swordsmanship. It involves training with a shinai (bamboo sword) and bogu (armour). The concept of Kendo is to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the Katana (sword).

Training Times

Tuesday – 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm
Thursday – 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm
Sunday – 9.30 am to 11.30 am


Iaido (居合道) is the Japanese martial art associated with swordsmanship of the Katana (sword). It was derived from traditional martial art sword forms. It involves performing pre-determined forms, or kata, to replicate a specific situation and the correct way to perform a defensive or attacking technique.

Training times:

Tuesday – 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm
Thursday – 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm

Photo used with permssion. (c) Nora Bulteau

Naginata-do is the Japanese martial art based on wielding the Naginata. Traditionally used by the samurai class, modern Naginata practice involves a weapon made from a wooden halberd (staff) with a curved bamboo substitute blade in place of the steel blade.

Photo used with permssion. (c) Nora Bulteau

Training times:

Saturday – 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Monday – TBC