Lee first began martial arts with aikido in 1998 and shortly after and moved to Melbourne for uni, where he trained kung fu for 5 years. Changing cities again after uni, Lee studied fencing (sabre) in Sydney. After moving to Canberra in 2016, Lee returned to aikido and shortly after took up iaido and jodo.
Professionally, Lee is a researcher, movement physiologist and engineer and applies physiology and engineering to solve problems in medicine and professional sport. This brings a practical knowledge of physics and human movement, to his budo practice.
Jodo, iaido and aikido are Lee’s current focus, but his martial arts training is also shaped by his previous styles, as well as skills learned in competitive sport, engineering and sport science. This has made him an advocate of cross-training and using study in one art, sport or skill to improve outcomes in another.
Instructor Profile - Majdie HORDERN
Iaido Yondan  - Australian Kendo Renmei
Naginata Sankkyu  - Australian Naginata Federation
Majdie commenced Iaido training in 2008 at Kuroyama Budokai under the guidance of Damon Schearer and Brendan Kee.
Majdie lived and worked in Japan between 2002 and 2003 and returned to Japan in August 2012 to train privately in Iaido.
Majdie was featured in the Canberra City News on June 9, 2011 in an article about Iaido. View the magazine article here.
She has attended Australian Kendo Renmei Iaido Seminars and has the following national championships results:
2014 Iaido Championships (Brisbane) - 2nd Dan individual kata - 2nd place
2012 Iaido Championships (Sydney) - 1st Dan individual kata - semi finalist
"Richard commenced training in iaido in 2005 under Ruth Franklin at Suigetsu Iaido Club, then at MacQuarie University (now at West Pymble) in Sydney. He has trained with many instructors in Australia as he has moved interstate over the years and now trains in Canberra with Damon Schearer and Brendan Kee. He currently holds a sandan in iaido, which he attained in 2012. He also has experience in other arts including jodo."
Majdie initially commenced Naginata training in 2018 under the guidance of Kuan at Kuroyama Budokai.