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Hope to review the Kihon?

First Day of the 2010-B Beginner Class Sam will be our main instructor for the 2010 July Beginner Class. All Waikato current members are welcome to participate the class with beginners to review the kihon (basics) again! If you hope to review the kihon, the time is NOW! Don't miss out and ... ... Hope to see you there!

2010 Kendo Beginner Class B

Kendo Grading in June 2009 at Waikato Dojo Kendo is a part of Japanese traditional Martial arts. Kendo = Japanese Fencing = the Way of Life It involves highly technique of using soward perfoming the form of the art and body conbat along with individuals' character development through other cultural formate. If you have always interested in exploring other culture, Waikato Kendo Club can be a place to make the start. When: Saturday 31 Jul 2010 to Saturday 11 Dec 2010 Where: School of Education Gym Gate 4, Hillcrest Rd. Hillcrest, Hamilton Contact Details: Marleen Charng Email: Phone/fax: 07 856 1488 Mobile: 022 642 9781 Cost and booking details: 20 weeks lessons, $200 only, equipment (rental) included For more information, please visit:

Kevin: This sho dan didn’t come easy

This sho dan didn’t come easy Actually, this shodan didn’t come easy for me There I was in 2007, happily hacking and smashing people with my bamboo sticks. Things were going really well in my life, my job was good and my relationship was better than ever. Then along came Han-Uan, and I had no idea what I was about to get into… Han-Uan Peng was born on 21st June 2008 After Han-Uan was born, things start to feel different pretty quickly. It was a life changing experience that you can never prepare for. My happy and cheerful girl, Marilyn who used to sing “hakuna-matata” (from Lion King) with me became more and more gloomy and depressed as the days passed, trying to cope with the stress of motherhood and not having her family around her to help. People all around me were telling me that I should focus more on family rather than spending time on my hobby and interests. Pressure was coming from everywhere; her family, my family and some colleagues too. I looked after our pet Chihuahua befor

NZKF Grading - 2010 June at Waikato

Held on 2010-06-26 at Waikato Kendo Club Thanks to Wells Sensei (AKC), Stephenson Sensei (JSK), Oh Sensei (DMK) and Gianni Sensei (AKC) coming down to Waikato for the pre-grading seminar and being the grading panel. Also thanks to Leo and Clement for being the mototachi. Ni-Dan Naoko (Sophie) Goto (JSK) Byung Suk Kang (DMK) Awatea Williams (WKC) Ruby Huang (JSK) Tsu-Pei (Henry) Peng (WKC) Minoru Suzuki (AKC) Wen Luo (WKC) Sho-Dan Kevin Peng (WKC) George Liu (WKC) Tian Li (WKC) Ikkyu Omar Soemadipradja (WKC) Adam Ward (WKC) Shinhee Yi (JSK) Nikyu Angus Gray (WKC) Sankyu Jason (Jihoon) Park (WKC) Joyce Tsai (WKC) Debbie Price (WKC) Jason Huang (WKC) Seung Kyong Lee (DMK) 4th Kyu Gaelle Guyader (WKC) Chui Suan Low (WKC) 6th Kyu Yutae Jin (WKC) Maya Wells (AKC) (More photos will come soon.)

YouTube: Kendo 4th Dan

Dear All I hope to share this new movie with you. :) It is done by George Perrin featuring the Budapest Főnix Kendo and Iaido Klub. Kendo Film - 1/3 Kendo Film 2/3 Kendo Film 3/3 An independent short film by George Perrin featuring the Budapest Főnix Kendo and Iaido Klub.

Kendo-Blue by Walter in 2005

Here is a post on our old forum wrote by Walter in April 2005. I think it is still worth to forward it here for our beginners. (Walter is now a NZ Kendo Team member.) It's about "new bogu-on" and "Kendo-Blue" experience. + + + + + Way back in the dark depths of history (mid 2002) I had just put on bogu for the first few times and I seriously considered giving up kendo. Im not entirely sure why I felt as negatively as I did, but I was not enthusiastic. I think, partly, I felt that Kendo had become very tiring and hard, probably because of trying to cut with bogu on. Also, I started watching senior practice and it didnt look very exciting and I didnt understand much of what was happennng. Therefore Kendo, at the time, seemed difficult, tiring and not going anywhere desirable. Hmmm, Im not sure why I stayed .... Maybe one of the seniors said something, or maybe I just decided to trust that things would get easier. In any case I did stay (as you can tell) and Im ver

Clement: Thoughts about the 2009 NZKF National Seminar

Original post on Thu Jul 23, 2009 Um, thought I'll like to share my experience with everyone: Thoughts about the Kendo seminar In my opinion, the decision to host the 2009 NZKF Kendo Seminar here at the Waikato Kendo Club (WKC) dojo was undoubtedly the best decision ever made by our sensei. I’ll like to begin by sending my sincere thanks to both Sam and Marleen Sensei for their commitment and passion to furthering the kendo of each and every member of WKC. Let’s not forget that had our sensei not opt for the seminar to be hosted in Waikato that many of us would probably have missed out on this wonderful experience. After reading and hearing our fellow member’s thoughts (including Debbie’s fantastic self reflection), I’m certain that all of us, in one way or another, walked away from this seminar with a renewed appreciation for kendo and ourselves. Personally, I found this seminar to be an eye opening experience. I had a great time getting to know all the other kendo practitioners a

Update from Sumi sensei seminar in Auckland

Dear Teams, I hope you had a good training over the weekend with Jeffrey. Sorry for I didn't have time to inform you about the change in advance. But I do believe you will enjoy it ^^ We have a very fruitful weekend regarding Sumi sensei's seminar. Everybody learned heaps. Our senpai have a very successful grading at the seminar as well. Here are: We have Robin and Clement been graded to 2nd Dan ; Douglas 1st Dan , Annie 1st Kyu and Adam 3rd kyu . Alan sensei will organize a panel (grade to 2nd Dan) to Hamilton in 3 month time for people who cannot make to Sumi sensei's seminar. Another good news to tell is, we will have a PE professor to help us increase the fitness, flexibility and strength we need to lift up our Kendo level. I will introduce her to you tomorrow night before training. BE READY, there is only 8 weeks toward 2010 New Zealand Open Championships. All the best Marleen ^^ ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Living your daily life with 100% effort, you won't feel regret in the en