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testimonials

Peter Hocking

3rd Dan


 

Memories of my time spent sitting on a variety of Kendo Committees is now rather blurred, not so much caused by having a senior moment, but more bythe number of Kendo Committees on which I served; Vice President of the MKC, President of the MKC, Vice President of the VKR, Vice President of the AKR.

Most of my fellow committee members were always the same group of willing people. (The usual suspects,) Yakov Macak, Peter Szwacbord, Ivan Robotham, John Butler, Julian Richardson, Mark Wild, Tony Kay, Damien Carmody-Stephens, Richard Ward and a supporting cast of other willing
Kendoka. I was always impressed how such a diverse group of people could firstly find the time to be such


good and careful caretaker-custodians of a rapidly developing, dynamic and fluid set of challenges and administer to the needs and health of a growing Kendo community. Perhaps the careful mentoring of Sensei Nagae in all matters contributed to any success.

I find it interesting to note that at first the VKR was little more than a statutory requirement with Ballarat Kendo Club and the Melbourne Kendo Club being the sum total of Victorian Kendo. However when the mother ship, (MKC,) stated launching off into orbit other potential Kendo Clubs the requirement became very real. Berwick, Goshin, Trinity Grammar School, Melbourne University, Monash University.

During the late 80¹s and early 90¹s I helped to develop a VKR Newsletter which was printed on my home photocopier and collated on the lounge floor. The original Editor was Eiji Fujihara and Joe Donnoli followed. Because we produced to a monthly time line this little publication was always current and dealt with, (on reflection), some interesting topics.The above period of time was a really positive experience for me.

Peter Hocking



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