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35TH AUSTRALIAN KENDO CHAMPIONSHIPS
3rd & 4th April - Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre

Two Hundred Kendo Warriors Battle It Out In Melbourne”

 On Easter weekend, over 200 of Australia's best KENDO fighters will gather in Melbourne for 2 days of heated battle to compete for top position at the 35th Australian Kendo Championships.

Kendo (the Way of the Sword) is one of Japan's oldest and most respected martial arts with direct roots to the samurai of feudal Japan.  With a history spanning 1000 years, Kendo has maintained the traditions and ethics of the samurai whilst evolving into a dynamic and exciting competitive sport. Armed with bamboo swords and covered in traditional armour, Kendo fighters strive to overcome their adversaries by striking specific targets on the head, arms and body. A kendo match (shiai) is a fierce exhibition of blistering speed, mind boggling techniques and a thrilling psychological battle of wits.

Although Japan is the spiritual home of Kendo, few people know that there are 10 million kendoists worldwide and 40 countries participate at the World Kendo Championships every three years. Kendo has attracted a wide international audience through popular culture and Hollywood movies such as the Last Samurai.

"Kendo is a lifelong pursuit that transcends mere competition. The real goal of Kendo is to cultivate one’s character through vigorous mental and physical training. It provides people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to overcome individual challenges and to test their boundaries." says Dr. Khay-Lin Teoh, President of the Victorian Kendo Association.

Victoria will be hosting this year's Australian Kendo Championships on the 3rd & 4th of April at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre. With members of the national team just back from the World Championships, this year's event will prove the largest and most hotly contested championship since its inception 35 years ago.

Victorian Coach, Arpad Maksay is confident of a strong performance from Victorian players. “We know that WA will come on strong hoping to defend their Open Team title from last year. But we have the home ground advantage and are doing everything to ensure we are fully prepared.” Mr. Maksay said.

“Seeing and hearing Kendo in action is an exhilarating spectacle. With the superb calibre of the competitors, many of whom have competed at the highest level internationally, the 2010 Australian Kendo Championships will truly showcase the best of competitive Kendo. I encourage anyone who is interested to see what Kendo is all about to come along to the Championships on the Easter weekend.” says Dr. Khay-Lin Teoh.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Arpad Maksay
media@kendovictoria.asn.au
0450 048 269

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