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testimonials

Brett Smith

6th Dan


 

My first memories of walking into the Melbourne Kendo Club in February of 1985 are of Ivan Robotham warmly welcoming me and then rushing me straight into the warm up on a Sunday morning.  I was extremely excited to be starting another martial art and had brought along with me, my prized ‘39’ shinai which I had purchased months earlier.  To my dismay, the packing strings were slid up and later cut off completely, and little did I realise at the time, but it was too big for me anyway!  From that very moment, Kendo was to become a part of my life, for the rest of my life!


I distinctly remember for a very long time, being in awe of anyone holding the coveted rank of shoDan, and afraid to breathe in the direction of the god-like sanDans! At any social events or training


camps etc. I would cherish my time spent with all the MKC/VKR members who held a similar passion, but were at the time, invariably a little older than I. It felt a very special honour for me, merely to be included in this group of Victorian Kendoka.

The fun and camaraderie I experienced in those earlier years of Kendo developing in Victoria are cherished memories, which remain with me still. The enthusiasm with which we embraced any new information and instruction was absolutely tangible. Moreover, the bonds created by our mutual excitement seemed incredibly strong. I made many friends form here and overseas, who remain to this day some of my absolute closest.

Over the years The VKR has grown in both numbers and experience, which has greatly benefited Kendo all over Australia. As the skill and membership has developed, so the volume of clubs has increased. When I look back to the early days, as I knew them, to now, I feel very strongly that the continued progress of the VKR is really quite remarkable. My wish is only that the enthusiasm and passion for Kendo remains our constant.

Brett Smith



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