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Introduction



In June 2002 I had the honour of attending a seminar with Toda Sensei at the Kenshikan Dojo. It was a Sunday morning and we were all surprised when two uniformed policemen came into the Dojo just as we were finishing jigeiko. They were “looking for a Gary Oliver”, and on finding me informed me of the news that my rear car window had been smashed and items probably taken. Indeed, my laptop computer, containing work files, family history and of course, the original draft of this history within its keeping were gone from in front of our Dojo.

Back to the drawing board! If not a labour of love then I doubt if I would have been able to keep alight my desire to see this thing through. Five years on and many new insights later thanks to many friends and colleagues and we are near completion. While I am not overly happy with many aspects of this writing, it is at the very least a start from which members of the VKR are most welcome to add to their own understandings of how we developed in this State.

So, how do we recount the obscure beginnings of the Victorian Kendo Renmei? Given the dynamic personalities who pioneered this intriguing martial art in our state, the task becomes the more daunting given that some of those who played such an important role in the Renmeiís formation have passed away or are currently overseas or not active.

It is the hope of the author that while recollections of important events and milestones might differ, sometimes strongly between those who were there at the time, that this writing will not tread too heavily on too many toes, that different perspectives will be fairly presented and that our short but proud history will be preserved in a writing that will recount and record the major events, agreements and happenings that forged this organization from its humble beginnings in the 1970ís to its current position as the largest member State in the Australian Kendo Renmei.

Most importantly it is hoped that this writing will give future generations of Kendo Ka a substantial ancestry and bonafide history from which we can all feel justly proud. Let us journey back and witness our collective development, growing stronger and richer from the experience.


Gary Oliver
Budo Ka
June 2007

 

Gary Oliver



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