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Video Summary of the 2021 RKC Year

Updated: Dec 22, 2021

Version 2 of the 2021 RKC Video Summary

WOW! What a year 2021 has been!

Amidst the pandemic, the RKC Dojo has never had a busier year that it had in 2021! There are still a few official and "unofficial" training days for the remainder of 2021, but we are pretty much at the end of this year.

The video summary is a collection of snapshots from the pages of the "2021 Limited-Edition RKC Photobook".

As they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words..."! Perhaps the saying needs to be updated to include the worth of a video? :)

The 2021 Limited-Edition RKC Photobook can still be ordered via this link:

A brief overview of the year :

Jan 2021:

  • Started New Years eve with 1,000 cuts via an ONLINE session!

  • Online training is still happening!

  • Kendo classes officially re-open 6 Jan 2021

  • Custom made Jo’s from “Kobudo Gear” a local supplier.

  • Orders from Kendo Shop (Korea) and Kendo Star (UK)

Feb 2021

  • Kendo Kids resume as from 1 Feb

  • 13 Feb Shimpan Workshop with Buster SEFOR sensei (Renshi, 7th dan)

  • 19 Feb WKC in France is confirmed to be cancelled.

  • RKC is called again by the Japanese Embassy to perform a demonstration (online) for their cultural week.

March 2021

  • The RKC Winter Clothing Collection is released!

  • Winter Challenge is initiated (100x suburi from 1 Mar – 30 Aug = 18.400 cuts)


  • Online session with Shigemitsu Mitch KAMATA sensei (Kyoshi, 7th Dan), Age 42 from Etobicoke Kendo Club, Toronto, Canada.

  • “As Fit as a fiddle at 77” Caxton article on Ray sensei published 10 March.

April 2021

  • “The art of being aware" article was published in the Newcastle Express eNewsletter and features our RKC member, Frik Willimse sensei.

  • Budo Experience – Intro to Japanese with HIROE sensei

  • 24 April – Ho sensei visited KENSHIN dojo in CT.

May 2021

  • 1 May – RKC Kendo Kyu Grading

  • Online Media Exposure with Rakus Media (

  • RKC “Lion Face” Mempo facemasks.

  • “Kendo Kids Kick Up a Feisty Storm”, Caxton Article on Kendo Kids published 28 May.

  • 31 May – SA Return to Level 2.

June 2021

  • 24 June – SA Returns to Level 4. The Dojo closes for 2 weeks.

  • RKC's Kendo Kids had proudly participated in the online suburi competition organised by Jedai Kendo International earlier in the year.

July 2021

  • 21 July – Return to the dojo after a brief lockdown

August 2021

  • Musha-Shugyo (Other Dojo visit) to KYK Dojo.

  • Caxton Article featuring RKC Iaido member, Demz as part of the Women’s Month Initiatives (11 AUG).

  • “Kendo Returns to Rivonia” - Caxton Article featuring some RKC members

  • 1st combined in-dojo and online session.

September 2021

October 2021

  • RKC Dojo OBSERVATORY open its doors at the Observatory Sports Hall, east of JHB.

  • Self-Defence training session for RKC members by Warren HO

  • RKC Spring Championships finally takes place! (16 Oct ’21)

  • Formal announcement of RKC Instructors

  • First Aid 1 with James MILLER - CPR

November 2021

  • First Aid 2 with James MILLER – Muscular, Skeletal Emergency Treatment and Recovery

  • Renaming of “RIVONIA KENDO CLUB” to “RYU KEN CHI” Dojo.

  • SAKF Summer Seminar and shinsa resulted in 2x new 1st Dans and 3x 2nd dans.

December 2021

  • South Africa announces the discovery of the new COVID virus variant, OMNICRON. This results in travel bans being imposed on people from South Africa travelling abroad. A small delegation of 4 RKC members have to cancel their trip to Brussels, Belgium for the ABKF Winter Seminar and Shinsa.

  • RKC Awards Event and presentation of the 3 categories of awards: SHYUGO, SUTEMI & KO KEN CHI AI Awards.

  • Last official training session of the year on 18 Dec 2021 at the RIVONIA dojo

  • Unofficial training session until the end of the year.

  • Training with Matthew PRICE, ex-SA Team member, at the San Kawa Dojo.


The Ryū Ken Chi Dojo (RKC Dojo) train the traditional Japanese martial arts of Kendo and Iaido (sword-based martial arts), as well as Jodo(the art of the short staff/stick), that encourages the cultivation of the human character.

The RKC DOJO has 2 venues in Johannesburg where in-dojo training takes place - Rivonia and Observatory. Online training is also available.

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