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testimonials

Kunio Shizawa

7th Dan


 

The VKR and I
31 March 2007


On this occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the VKR, I would like to convey my respect to the members for their endeavour as well as offer my sincere congratulations. During these 30 years there has been a continuing dynamic between the various people who have come and gone. I think we can say that it is these meetings and partings that have formed the history of the VKR.


The current effort to document events represents an attempt to retrace the footprints left by Kendo in Victoria. I think it can be said that this process is very important in order to be able to discover the future vision of VKR Kendo.


A proverb that we often use is onkochishin, which means to know new things by visiting the old. Another way of explaining this is to say that the future is found through the learning of history. The basis for visualizing the future ideal Kendo form involves sifting through history, grasping the various facts and putting into practice the correct form of Kendo that has been communicated down to the present. This process of inheriting the tradition of Kendo and conveying it to future generations is central to the correct development of Kendo. This is the mission that we have been appointed with.My association with the AKR began in 1981 when I was dispatched to Australia from the All-Japan-Kendo-Federation for the purpose of Kendo instruction. This relationship now spans 28 years and is still continuing. In the autumn of that same year a seminar was held at the YMCA in Melbourne and this is when my relationship with the VKR began.

After that in 1984, with a group of teachers who had graduated from Nittaidai as well as a number of students, we conducted our first visit to the AKR and continuing on from this first time we have visited on numerous occasions. Of course a number of Kendoka from Melbourne have also visited Nittaidai, some for a short visit, others for a longer stay and some have had the opportunity to revel in the elegance of the 5 star hotel level accommodation offered at the Nittaidai Kendo dormitory! Through these reciprocal visits we have been able to sweat together in keiko and enjoy important and meaningful exchanges. I believe that this association between Nittaidai, the VKR and the AKR will continue forever.

Kunio Shizawa



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