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testimonials

Hayami Aboutaleb

4th Dan


 

I moved to Melbourne in October 1997, shortly thereafter I became a member of Fudoshin Kendo Club, where I trained with Damian, Brett and Gerard.  Those early days were tough but looking back some of the most important years of my Kendo career.  The learning environment provided by Fudoshin and the VKR challenged my fledgling Kendo ideas, and instilled in me fundamental Kendo principles that have been key to my Kendo over the years.


In skill opposed, in spirit united.  Not sure of the precise words but this moto epitomises the true meaning of the VKR and the ability the membership has to come together, moreover, understand the importance of and deftly execute working together for the advancement of Kendo.


These past 10 years has seen the rise and presence of strong women’s Kendo in Victoria. This has been possible because the VKR has always supported women Kendoka, never excluding or overlooking the ability of women Kendoka throughout its ranks. This is significant when one considers (remembers) how hard it is for beginners starting out in Kendo. Now junior women in Victoria have a number of strong senior women Kendoka to train with and seek advice from.

I owe a debt of gratitude toward the VKR membership for the continued support throughout the years, without which I most certainly could not have participated and found success in state, national and international competitions over the past 10 years.

Hayami Aboutaleb



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