|Trent (right) competed against the Korean fighter, Jin Yong Jo|
Monash graduate, Trent Reeve, has just returned from competing for Australia at the 16th Kendo World Championships. Kendo, the Japanese sword based martial art, is widely known for combining the elements of mental discipline and physical prowess.
After graduating from Monash in 2012 with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and a Diploma of Languages (Japanese), Trent spent a year honing his skills at the Nippon Sports Science University in Toyko, Japan. Training up to 17 times a week, Trent worked in earnest to achieve his goal of being a part of the Australian team. He achieved this by being chosen as one of the 7 team members to represent Australia at the 16th World Championships in Tokyo last month.
Competing at the World Championships in both the individual and team events, Trent impressively won three of his four matches for the tournament. After winning his first two matches in the individual event, Trent lost in the Round of 64, to Korea’s highest ranked fighter. In the team event, Trent won his match 2-0, however the Australian team did not progress out of the pool stages.
“Monash Graduates, like Trent, who are competing at the highest level in their chosen sport, exhibit the commitment to excellence and ambition that Monash University prides itself on”, said Director of TeamMONASH Martin Doulton.
Trent represented Monash University in Kendo at the Australian University Games as a player from 2009-2011, and coach in 2014. In the three years he competed for Monash, Trent won the Green & Gold Medal, signifying his place in the all-star team each year. Luckily for our current students, Trent will again be coaching the Monash University AUG team this year.
Trent has now set his sights on the 17th World Championships which will be held in Korea in 3 years’ time. We congratulate Trent on his fantastic achievements and wish him all the best in his future tournaments.