Members of the Melbourne University Kendo club (MUKEN) achieved success in their respective divisions at the National Championships in Perth, WA.
The 39th Australian Kendo Championships were held on the weekend of 19-20 April, with competitors representing their state in competing for the highest honour in the country.
Selections to the Victorian team were tough and the training gruelling, but three MUKEN members made the cut and the trip to Perth.
Jularaj Suthibutr took first place in the Kyu Individual Division, overcoming numerous competitors which include state champions from WA and SA. The matches were tense, where he found himself losing the first point in the final, before rallying to score two points back to win the title.
Son Nguyen set out to defend his Kata Division title which he won last year. After defeating the other states’ representatives, he narrowly lost out to NSW, winning a silver medal for 2nd place.
Richard T’en won 2nd place in the Open Team Division as part of the Victorian Team that won gold in 2012. For his first participation in the event he has performed well in his matches, beating one of the past Champions from WA.
The club hopes to build on this success, continuing the hard training to prepare the team for upcoming major competitions such as the state championships (Victorian Kendo Championship) in July and the Australian Uni Games in October.
President, Melbourne University Kendo Club
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