Otsuka Memorial Taikai 2022 

The Otsuka Memorial 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.

30th Anniversary celebration

This year’s event is of special significance because we were unable to hold our 30th anniversary in July 2020 due to the global COVID pandemic.

The taikai will be held on Saturday 16th of July 2022.

The Iaido Goodwill Taikai and Kendo Goodwill Taikai are teams-based goodwill taikais and this year will be joined by a Junior Kendo Taikai for ages 10-17.  Entry for competitors and spectators is free.

Iaido Goodwill Taikai

Eligibility: must know a minimum of 3 kata. 
Register: via RevSport by 3 July 2022 via https://www.revolutionise.com.au/mbk/events/139675/
Format: Teams of three. The members of each team will be randomly selected so competitors in a team may not be from the same club. The teams and the draw will be announced on the day of the taikai.


Kendo Goodwill Taikai 

Eligibility: 
Junior Division – aged 10 to 17 as of 1 July 2022.
Senior Division – ungraded kendoka (in full bogu, with the permission of their head sensei) up to and including 2nd Dan.
Register: via RevSport by 3 July 2022 via https://www.revolutionise.com.au/mbk/events/139675/
Format: Teams of three, usually two Kyu grades and one Dan grade (numbers permitting).  The members of each team will be randomly selected so competitors in a team may not be from the same club. The teams and the draw will be announced on the day of the taikai.

Shinai check will be conducted during competitor check-in.


Schedule
This schedule is an estimate only and is subject to change. A final schedule will be circulated closer to the event. All competitors, shinpans and volunteers are required to be at Kenshikan well in advance.

  • 8:00am Dojo Opening
  • 8:15am – 9:15am Competitor Check-In for Iaido Goodwill Taikai + Competitor Check-In for Kendo Goodwill Taikai + Iaido Shinpan Briefing
  • 9:15am – 10:00am Opening Ceremony Speeches/Brief History of the Kenshikan
    Taiko Drums
  • 10:00am – 10:45am Arts Demonstrations:
    Iaido
    Kendo
    Naginata
    Jodo
  • 10:45am – 1:00pm Iaido Goodwill Taikai + Medals Presentation
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch + Kendo Shinpan Briefing + Juniors Competitor Check-In
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm Kendo Goodwill Taikai (Juniors Event followed by Seniors Event)
  • 5:00pm – 5:30pm Closing Ceremony + Kendo Taikai Medals Presentation
  • 5:30 – 6:30pm Goodwill Keiko* + Dojo Clean-up

*Time permitting