Yōshinkan Hosting Women's Kendo Seminar in November, 2023

Yoshinkan is inviting all female Kendoka to join a Women's Kendo Development Seminar in Wellington from 24th to 26th of November, 2023.

The focusses of the seminar will be developing women's kendo and teaching techniques as well as Shimpan training. There will also be an opportunity to grade from 1st Kyu to 4th Dan.

Male instructors from 2nd Dan and above are also welcome to the seminar, and all men in bogu will be welcome to join several Mawarigeiko sessions throughout the weekend. 

Finally, we are honoured to share that the event will play host to several senior Sensei visiting from Japan.

To find out more and register your interest, please click here.

Japan Festival 2022

Along with our sister clubs, Wellington Iaido and Wellington Naginata, Yōshinkan ran a stall and gave performances at Japan Festival 2022.

Following this, we are hosting a Beginners Course from 29 June.

Yōshinkan at Inoue Hai & North Island Champs 2022

Date:  4 - 6 June 2022

This weekend, Yōshinkan sent four members to these two events.  While we didn't place in any of the competitions , all of our team fought well, and Mike L passed his First Dan!    It was a great weekend - thank you Auckland Kendo Club for hosting!

Yōshinkan at Inoue Hai & North Island Championships 2021

Date:  5 - 6 June 2021

This weekend, Yōshinkan sent four members to these two events, and achieved the following:

It was a fun and successful weekend.  Thank you Auckland Kendo Club for hosting!

Yōshinkan Competes at the Rembuden Taikai

Date:  6 - 7 October 2018

This weekend, Yōshinkan sent eight contestants to the 19th Rembuden Taikai, and acheived the following:

It was a fantastic event, and our contestants and teams fought extremely well against strong competition.

New Zealand Kendo Federation National Championships

Date:  10 - 11 August 2018

Yōshinkan sent a team to the NZKF National Championships in Invercargill, and Patrick and Frank won Silver place in the kata contest.

Yōshinkan Club Grading

Date:  4 July 2018

Yōshinkan recently a grading at the Mt Cook Dojo.   Congratulations to the six kendoka who achieved a new grade, and thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success! 

Newtown Festival

Date:  4 March 2017

Yōshinkan ran a stall at the Newtown Festival today - raising funds to support the New Zealand Kendo Squad go to Korea in September 2017.

New Dojo

Date: 25 January 2017

We have moved the Wellington club to the Mt Cook School Hall... and it is awesome!

Sue Lytollis, Renshi Rokudan

Date: 26 November 2016

Sue Lytollis has been awarded the shōgō (title) of Renshi.  More than a rank (dan), shōgō indicates a person's instruction abilities and knowledge of kendō.  

Renshi is the first of three shōgō, the others being Kyōshi and Hanshi.  A kendoka must have achieved the rank of Rokudan (Sixth Dan) to attempt Renshi. 

Yōshinkan Kendo Club Summer Seminar 

Date: 5-6 March 2016 

We had an awesome seminar with Saito Makoto Sensei 7th Dan. We learned about body conditioning, injury prevention, and footwork techniques. He delivered a presentation on physiology, body movement, and improving Kendo with footwork. The event was attended event by members of Rembuden and Yōshinkan. Martin Lee provided excellent translation.