Kendo Nanseikan

Nanseikan Youth Kendo Club was founded primarily to teach kendo to children aged 7-17 years.

Traditionally, the qualities developed by the practice of swordsmanship are: jin - mercy, gi - honour, rei - courtesy, chi - wisdom, shin - sincerity.

We train at the Brunswick South West Primary School gym, South Daly Street, Brunswick West, every Saturday morning between 9 and 11 o'clock.

The school is located near the corner of Dawson Street and Melville Road (Melways ref. 29 C8) not far from stop no. 33 on the 55 West Coburg tram route.

The instructor is Ben Sheppard, kendo 5th dan. Ben is a tenured secondary school teacher, currently at the nearby Brunswick Secondary College. He is also a federal government-accredited coach in kendo (NCAS Level 1).

Nanseikan is the only kendo dojo dedicated specifically to teaching kendo to children in Australia.

All visitors and enquiries welcome.

For regular updates on club activities, visit our weblog at:

If you would like to find out more, including term dates and dojo fees, please contact

For more general information about kendo, click on the links below:

Victorian Kendo Renmei: the state governing body in Victoria

Australian Kendo Renmei: the national governing body in Australia

Kendo World website, magazine and forum

International Kendo Federation

British Kendo Association

All United States Kendo Federation