Blake Bennett (6th Dan Renshi)

  • Started kendo in 1991
  • Currently holds Renshi 6th Dan in kendo
  • Positions and roles held:
    • Head instructor at Sei Tou Ken Yu Kai Canterbury Kendo Club (1998~2017)
    • New Zealand Mens’ Kendo Team Coach
    • New Zealand Kendo Federation Education Taskforce Lead
    • New Zealand Kendo Federation Coach Development Pathway Lead
  • New Zealand Kendo national representative:
    • Team member – 11th World Kendo Championships (Santa Clara, 2000)
    • Team member – 12th World Kendo Championships (Glasgow, 2003)
    • Team member – 13th World Kendo Championships (Taiwan, 2006)
    • Team member – 14th World Kendo Championships (San Paulo, 2009)
    • Valuable Player Award – 1st SportAccord Combat Games (Beijing, 2010)
    • Team captain – 15th World Kendo Championships (Novara, 2012) ( top 8 in Men’s team event )
    • Team captain – 16th World Kendo Championships (Tokyo, 2015) (top 16 in Men’s team event)
  • Studied and trained kendo at:
    • Masters of Sport Science – Osaka University of Sport Science (2009~2011)
    • MEXT Scholarship – Osaka University of Education (2013~2014)
    • Doctorate of Sport Pedagogy – University of Canterbury (2012~2015)