About us - Committee and Sensei

The Melbourne Budokai (formerly the Melbourne Kendo Club) is a Japanese martial arts club that has existed for over thirty years (see 'Our History'). We are the largest Japanese budo club in Australia training in the arts of Kendo, Iaido, and Naginata.

We are a non-commercial/non-profit club that is owned and managed by our members.  


Since 1990, the home of our club is the Kenshikan Dojo which is located on the fringe of the Melbourne CBD, in West Melbourne.

The Melbourne Budokai has international recognition and is affiliated with:

Our Sensei:

  • Mr. Yoichi Yano, Kendo 7th Dan Kyoshi
  • Mr. Peter Szwarcbord, Kendo 7th Dan Renshi, Iaido 6th Dan, Jodo 2nd Dan
  • Ms. Claire Chan, Iaido 6th Dan, Kendo 5th Dan, Jodo 3rd Dan
  • Mr. Ryan Hikima, Kendo 5th Dan
  • Ms. Noriko Matsumoto, Kendo 5th Dan
  • Mr. William Wright, Kendo 5th Dan
  • Ms. Kanako Harada, Kendo 5th Dan
  • Mr. Kazuya Kimura, Kendo 5th Dan
  • Mr. Chris Goletsos, Kendo 5th Dan
  • Mr. Adam Martin, Kendo 5th Dan
  • Ms. Junko Nomura, Kendo 5th Dan

Our Club's Executive & Committee Members:

  • President:        Dennis Tjong
  • Vice President: Paul Bserani
  • Secretary:        Kristine Ventura
  • Treasurer:       Claire Chan
  • Membership:    Hannah Lee
  • Armourer:       Nadim Sawaya
  • Committee:     Andrea Ngai
  • Iaido Rep:       Christopher Mudaliar
  • Naginata Rep:  Emily Jackman




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