Board of Directors Update, Draft Strategic Plan and Zoom Meeting Invitation

Dear Kendo Leaders, I hope this email finds you all well in the New Year.  COVID-19 made 2020 an unusual and challenging year for people all around the world, impacting on family, education, work and health.  For these reasons, quite understandably, many of our members, kendo during this time may not have been the highest priority in their lives.  I hope you have successfully navigated whatever challenges this time has presented you with. While there was some disruption to kendo, we all have been able to return to training according to the guidelines issued by the NZKF.  Kenshi in many other countries are less fortunate.  To that extent I would encourage you and your members to take advantage of the situation that New Zealand enjoys and continue with your training and kendo journey during this time. As you know, last year there was a substantial change in the governance and management structure of the NZKF.  A Governance Board was established to focus on the strategic direction, leaving the Management Board to focus on the running of the Federation.  This change was even more significant with the previous Management Team stepping down – many having served NZ Kendo in those positions for many years. With Board members based Read More …

Kendo in Alert Level 3

Dear NZKF members As NZ approaches a step down to Alert Level 3 on Monday 27 April, what does this mean for keiko and kendo gatherings? In a nutshell: NO DIFFERENT FROM ALERT LEVEL 4 In the government guidelines below, gatherings are still prohibited, movement is still restricted to essential movement only and if people can stay home then they should. Low risk local recreation does not mean opening the dojo for practice as usual. Alert Level 3 Stay home other than for essential personal movement Physical distancing of two metres outside home (including on public transport), or one metre in controlled environments like schools and workplaces. Immediate household bubble can expand to reconnect with close whānau, bring in caregivers or support isolated people. Schools (years 1 to 10) and early childhood education centres can safely open, but will have limited capacity. Children should learn at home if possible. People must work from home unless that is not possible. Businesses can open premises, but cannot physically interact with customers. Low risk local recreation activities are allowed. Public venues are closed (e.g. libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, playgrounds, markets). Gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed but only for wedding services, funerals Read More …

Request for Discontinuation of Interpersonal Keiko ( Taijin-teki-Keiko ) – For the Prevention of Outbreaks of COVID-19 All Japan Kendo Federation

(The following statement was issued by the All Japan Kendo Federation. Please ensure your kendo practice is in line with the New Zealand government guidelines and Covid-19 alert level The number of COVID-19 infections is increasing rapidly worldwide, and Japan is no exception. There could be an explosive increase in the number of cases and even the collapse of the medical care system. The disease has been shown to spread rapidly by forming clusters around the infected person. Therefore, it is important for kendo practitioners to prevent the occurrence of such infection clusters as well as to prevent infection of themselves. The following is a request from the All Japan Kendo Federation to prevent the spread of an outbreak of COVID-19 infections. Especially in the prefectures where there are more than 10 people infected at the moment, please be sure to follow the instructions below. Please keep in mind, however, that circumstances are extremely fluid, and hence, these instructions are subject to change, depending on the circumstances. 1. Please stop the interpersonal practice (taijin-teki-keiko) for the time being. The Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare have already indicated that the Read More …

Ishida Kenich Hanshi Seminar

Waikato Kendo Club is proud to announce the Ishida Kenichi Sensi seminar and the Waikato Club 20th Anniversary. 19th-21st April 2019, Hamilton For any questions or assistance, please contact Marleen Charng on

4th Auckland Kendo Club International Seminar

This seminar will assist you in understanding the meaning of studying Kendo Seminar leader: Alex Bennett Kyoshi 7th dan • Official AKC Kendo advisor • National Coach • Founder of Kendo World magazine • Internationally recognized expert of Budo Culture Location: Auckland Kendo Club Pilkington Rd Panmure Auckland Entry Requirements: Entry to this event is open to all members of the International Kendo Federation Seminar Fee Includes: Seminar fee – fruit -water-tea-coffee $70 per person For more details email or Facebook

New Zealand Novice Kendo Championships

The New Zealand Novice Championships, hosted by the Waikato Kendo Club, is an annual event aimed at enhancing Kendo experiences for junior Kendo practitioners. This tournament has also provided shinpan opportunity for senior Kendo practitioners, Yon-dan (4th Dan) and above, with support of the New Zealand Kendo Federation (NZKF). Date: 10th-11 November 2018. Go to for more information. Please talk to your dojo leader if you are interested in attending.

17th World Kendo Championships in Korea 2018

Great showing for the New Zealand team at the 17th Kendo World Championships in Korea! Both the men’s and women’s teams finished in the top 16 in their respective competitions. The women’s team beat Agentina to go on to fight the Netherlands. The match with the Netherlands was close, with equal points after five fights so ended up in daihyosen. The deciding point was won by the Netherlands ending the NZ women’s campaign but it was still a great result for New Zealand. The men’s team had a tough draw being in the only pool that had 4 teams in it, all other pools consisted of 3 teams. The NZ men beat Latvia and Romania but lost to Japan. Only one team advances (Japan) but this still means the NZ men’s team finished in the top 16. Well done team!

Rembuden Takai 6th-7th October 2018

The 19th Rembuden Taikai is taking place on the 6th-7th October 2018 in Wellington. The deadline for entry is 7th September. Please contact your dojo leaders if you are interested in entering or if you are outside of New Zealand you can contact Rembuden Kendo Club directly.

NZKF Survey

We are conducting a survey of NZKF members. Please click on the link below and complete the survey. It will take 5-10 minutes to complete. Your feedback is important to us. The survey will close on the 31st August 2018.