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Wei - Recognizing the Waikato Kendo Club

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The Waikato Kendo Club (WKC) is a university-based club. It was established by Sam Tsai and Marleen Charng, a young Taiwanese couple, in March 1999. The Club started with one member and has rapidly developed into the biggest New Zealand Kendo Club after merely five years. The majority of WKC members are university students. Now the club has about fifty members, from age seven to sixty, with various cultural backgrounds. Significantly, it is the only Kendo club being run by new immigrants in New Zealand so far. Marleen is also selected to be the first Asian staffs members of the New Zealand Kendo Federation. Although the WKC is a fairly young club, it has developed well in both its kendo strength and its club organisation.
In 2002, the Waikato Kendo Club represented the NZKF participating in the Second Asian (Regional) Invitational Kendo Tournament, in Hong Kong. Eventually, this New Zealand team brought back a bronze medal by competing with sixteen male teams and eight female teams fro…

The Concept of Kendo

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Waikato Kendo Club adopts The concept of Kendo (All Japan Kendo Federation, 1975) as its basic philosophy of conducting Kendo training.

The Concept of Kendo

The concept of Kendo is to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the Katana (sword).

The Purpose of Practicing Kendo

The purpose of practicing Kendo is:

To mold the mind and body,

To cultivate a vigorous spirit,

And through correct and rigid training,

To strive for improvement in the art of Kendo,

To hold in esteem human courtesy and honor,

To associate with others with sincerity,

And to forever pursue the cultivation of oneself.

This will make one be able:

To love his/her country and society,

To contribute to the development of culture

And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.


(The Concept of Kendo was established by All Japan Kendo Federation in 1975.)

Iaido seminar at Waikato

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The first ever I-ai-do seminar in our club will he held on Tuesday 24 May from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. All members are welcome to attend.

I think all of us will be I-ai-do beginner at that night. You don't need to feel bad but just turn up and enjoy yourself. The only thing you need to bring is Bokkuto (wooden sword).

Mr. Brent Hansen, a Kendo (5th Dan) and Iaido (4th Dan) instructor from Auckland Kendo Club, is kindly offering the seminar to us.

Please organise your study well and attend the seminar as possible as you can.

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For more photos of the event,
please visit: http://www.waikatokendo.org.nz/Assets/Iaido_2005