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.

2018 Event Dates

• 11th–12th August — NZKF National Championship, Invercargill. • 6th–7th October — Rembuden Taikai, Wellington • 2nd–4th November — Canterbury Kendo Club 30th Anniversary and South Island Kendo Championship, Christchurch

Event Dates

2017 • 7th–8th October — Rembuden Taikai, Wellington. • 11th–12th November — Waikato Novice Championships, Hamilton. 2018 • 10th–12th February — Auckland Summer Seminar, Auckland. • 11th–12th August — NZKF National Championship, Invercargill.

New Zealand Team for the 2018 World Kendo Championships

It is with great pleasure that the New Zealand Kendo Team selectors (Team Kantoku Alex Bennett, Women’s Kantoku Liz Dutton, Men’s Coach Blake Bennett, and Women’s Coach Sue Lytollis) announce the successful members of the New Zealand Kendo Team for the 17th World Kendo Championship in 2018. They are as follows: Men’s Team 1. Jay Hwang 2. Walt Kim 3. Thomas Hong 4. Walter McCahon 5. Clem Guo 6. Nick Robertson 7. Jordan Te Wharau 8. Masa Matsunami The Men’s apprentice will be Kai Edwards. Women’s Team 1. Akiyo Yamaguchi-Ellin 2. Tania Butterfield 3. Haruko Tsuzuki 4. Joyce Tsai 5. Shawn Zhang and 6. Rina Igarashi The Women’s apprentices are Ria Ellin and Rosa Hartnoll. Team physio/doctor will be Nigel Tan. In coming weeks, the team will receive official notice of their selection, a Pledge to sign, and will also be asked for an initial deposit towards the expenses of this campaign. We congratulate all kenshi who have tried their best in this selection process. While not everyone can be selected to represent New Zealand, we hope all of you remain committed to your practice and keep motivated to try out for future World Kendo Championships. Club leaders and NZKF Read More …

Rembuden Takai

The Taikai is being run for the 18th consecutive year. The Rembuden Kendo Club appreciates the continuing support for this event and once again looks forward to a weekend of great shiai that ultimately provides another stepping stone in each participants overall kendo development. We hope to see as many people there as possible to help make this once again a great event. Dates: Saturday and Sunday 7 and 8 October 2017 Venue: Karori Recreation Centre, 251 Karori Road, Wellington Registration Deadline: Friday 8 September 2017 Registration packs have been sent to all dojos. Please see your club leaders for more information.