About Kizuna Dojo
In 2009, Jonathan and Anh Cross created a dedicated children's practice as an extension of the Sydney Kendo Club. Since Jonathan and Anh's relocation overseas in late 2012, the training sessions have been run by Mark Stone and David Banbury. In 2015, we welcomed Chika Iwasa to the coaching team. During this time, the club has grown into Sydney's largest junior kendo club.
In 2017, we formally became Kizuna Dojo and in 2018, we introduced an adult kendo class.
Kizuna (絆), means "bond between people" in Japanese.
The kanji is made up of two parts; the first part, meaning rope or thread, shows weaving together or connecting. The second part, meaning half, represents two halves that become stronger when they are connected.
Our club caters for both adults and children from the age of 6 years old and is affiliated with the NSW Kendo Association, the Australian Kendo Renmei and the International Kendo Federation. We are also registered with the Office of the Children’s Guardian and as a NSW Active Kids Provider.
Mark Stone 5th Dan
Chika Iwasa 5th Dan
David Banbury 4th Dan