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  • The 60th All Japan Kendo Championship - Saturday 3rd Nov. 2012

    The 60th AllJapan Kendo Championship

    by Michael Ishimatsu-Prime


    This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the All Japan Kendo Federation, founded on 14th October, 1952. The foundationof the AJKF coincided with the handing back of Japanese sovereignty to Japan, andthe lifting of the ban by GHQ on Japanese martial arts that were thought tofoster nationalistic sentiment. The following year, on 8th November, 1953, 53 competitors gathered to contest the 1st All Japan Kendo Championship at Kuramae Kokugikan in Tokyo in front of ten-thousand spectators. In that competition,Sakakibara Tadashi (renshi) of Aichi Prefecture beat Abe Saburo (kyoshi) of Tokyo to become the first All Japan Kendo Champion.


    The reigning All Japan Champion is Kanagawa's Takanabe Susumu. He also won the AJKC in 2010, and became only the second competitor to register back-to-back victories, the first being Miyazaki Masahiro who has accomplished the feat twice in 1990-1991 and 1998-1999. If Takanabe wins this year, he would be the first to win three championships in arow, and only the third to have won three - Chiba Masashi in 1966, '69 and '72, and Nishikawa Kiyonori in 1987, '89 and '94. Miyazaki is still in a probably insurmountable lead with six victories in 1990, '91, '93, '96, '98 and '99. The signs for Takanabe are looking good as he won the Police Individual Championship this year for the third time in a row, and fourth in total.


    As usual it is the police who are the most represented group in this championships with 53 of the 64 competitors. Thenthere are five prison officers, two company workers, two staff from organisations, one teacher and one student. This year Norimoto Shiko, the doctor from Tottori, did not qualify bringing to an end his five year run of qualifications. This year's Tottori representative is 23-year-old Ueda Daisuke, a worker at the Tottori Prefectural Budokan, who is making his first appearance in the championships.


    As has been the trend for the last few years, a fourth-year university student has qualified and will be representing Hokkaido. He is Ando Sho, 22, and a student at the kendo powerhouse, Kokushikan University. It was his sempai, Hatakenaka Kosuke, who as a student representing Wakayama qualified for the AJKC in 2008 and made it all the way to the quarter-finals. However, since then none of the students that have qualified have progressed so far. Ando does have pedigree, though, winning the Student Individual Championships and placing third in the team event. Unfortunately Hatakenaka, who now represents Tokyo, did not make it this year.


    This year, 30 competitors are qualifying for the first time which is an increase of six on the previous year. Takanabe is the first competitor to qualify for the tenth time since 43-year-old K7-dan Someya Tsuneharu of Chiba in 2009. Qualifying for the ninth time is Saitama's Yoneya Yuichi who is vastly experienced and has placed in most of the big competitions including a third place in the AJKC in 2008.


    2006 and 2009 champion Uchimura Ryoichi has qualified for the seventh time and will be looking to add a third title, and providing that both he and Takanabe do not lose early on, they could meet in the final. Higashinaga Yukihiro of Saitama is back for the eighth time and could possibly meet Uchimura in the semi-final. He made it to the final last year and lost to Takanabe and there is also a chance that he could reverse that result.


    There is a lot of new blood in this year's AJKC so it will be interesting to see what happens. As always, the Kendo World team will be there posting updates on Twitter and on the homepage as the tournament progresses. We will also have video of the action uploaded to our YouTube account in the days following the tournament.


    For now, who do you think is favourite? Who do you want to win? Are there any surprises in store?Comment below to share your thoughts.


    *Below is the tournament ladder and profiles of each competitor.
    Tournament Ladder

    CompetitorProfiles:
    Competitor No., Name, Prefecture, Age, Dan, Job, Appearance No.

    Major Competition History

    01. Yamamoto Tatsuki, Kumamoto, 30, 5-dan, Police Officer, 1st App.
    Police Team Comp.: 3rd Div. Winner

    02. Domon Yukinori, Yamagata, 32, 6-dan, Police Officer, 2nd App.

    03. Sato Norikazu, Tokyo, 33, R6-dan, Police Officer, 3rd App.

    Police Team Comp.: 1st Div. Winner

    04. Ueda Daisuke, Tottori, 23, 4-dan, Tottori Budokan Staff, 1st App.

    05. Nagao Shinji, Yamanashi, 27, 4-dan, Prison Officer, 1st App.

    06. Kinoshita Tomonari, Kagawa, 29, 5-dan, Police Officer, 3rd App.

    07. Noda Atsushi, Aichi, 25, 5-dan, Police Officer, 1st App.

    08. Tanioka Shingo, Wakayama, 33, 5-dan, Police Officer, 1st App.
    Police Team Comp.: 3rd Div. 3rdPlace

    09. Higashinaga Yukihiro, Saitama, 35, R6-dan, Police Officer, 8th App.
    AJKC: 2nd Place
    Todofuken Comp.: 2nd Place
    Police Team Comp.: 1st Div.3rd Place (x2)
    Police Individual Comp.: 3rdPlace (x2)

    10. Hayashida Hiroshi, Fukuoka, 28, 5-dan, Prison Officer, 1st App.
    Todofuken Comp.: 2ndPlace
    Student Team Comp.: 3rd Place (x2)

    11. Kimura Tomoya, Niigata, 25, 4-dan, Prison Officer, 1st App.

    12. Fujita Hiroki, Shiga, 23, 4-dan, Company Worker, 1st App.
    National Sports Meet: Winner

    13. Amishiro Tadakatsu, Hyogo, 32, 6-dan, Police Officer, 4th App.
    National Sports Meet: 2nd Place
    Police Team Comp.: 1st Div. 3rd Place

    14. Akao Kazuhiko, Gunma, 32, 5-dan, Police Officer, 5th App.

    15. Kumon Kentaro, Mie, 26, 5-dan, Police Officer,1st App.

    16. Ando Sho, Hokkaido, 22, 4-dan, Student, 1stApp.
    Student Team Comp.: 3rd Place
    Student Individual Comp.: Winner

    17. Uchimura Ryoichi, Tokyo, 32, R6-dan, Police Officer, 7th App.
    AJKC: 54th Winner, 57th Winner, 2ndPlace (x2), 3rd Place
    WKC Team: Winner (x2), 3rdPlace
    Todofuken Comp.: Winner (x3), 3rdPlace
    Police Team Comp.: Winner
    Police Individual Comp.: Winner (x2), 2nd Place

    18. Jinno Yohei, Ehime, 26, 5-dan, Police Officer, 1st App.

    19. Hijioka Akihiro, Osaka, 36, R6-dan, Police Officer, 5th App.

    20. Shiratori Keisuke, Shizuoka, 31, 5-dan, Police Officer, 2nd App.

    21. Kotani Akinori, Chiba, 28, 5-dan, PoliceOfficer, 4th App.
    Todofuken Comp.: 3rd Place
    Police Team Comp.: 2nd Div.Winner
    National Sports Meet: Winner, 2ndPlace

    22. Nakamura Naoki, Ishikawa, 30, 5-dan, Police Officer, 4th App.
    Police Team Comp.: 2nd Div. 2nd Place

    23. Oshige Takahiro, Miyazaki, 33, R6-dan, Police Officer, 2nd App.

    24. Endo Kazushi, Miyagi, 26, 4-dan, PoliceOfficer, 1st App.

    25. Asahina Kazuo, Kanagawa, 35, R6-dan, Teacher, 1stApp.
    Police Team Comp.: 1st Div. Winner (x2)

    26. Hirase Masahiro, Nara, 28, 4-dan, Police Officer, 1st App.

    27. Yamaguchi Takenori, Kagoshima, 25, 4-dan, Police Officer, 1st App.

    28. Tsuchida Keisuke, Akita, 31, 5-dan, PoliceOfficer, 6th App.
    National Sports Meet: Winner

    29. Shiraishi Takafumi, Tochigi, 33, R6-dan, Police Officer, 2nd App.
    Police Team Comp.: 3rd Div. Winner (x2), 2ndPlace, 3rd Place

    30. Kajiya Hayato, Okayama, 33, 6-dan, Police Officer, 2nd App.
    Student Team Comp.: Winner

    31. Koiso Masanori, Ibaragi, 35, R6-dan, Police Officer, 3rd App.
    Police Team Comp.: 2nd Div. 2ndPlace, 3rd Div. 2nd Place

    32. Murakata Kosuke, Fukuoka, 27, 5-dan, Police Officer, 2nd App.
    Todofuken Comp.: 3rd Place

    33. Rokujo Yoji, Tokushima, 31, 5-dan, PoliceOfficer, 1st App.
    High School Team Comp.: 3rd Place

    34. Ebihara Hidenori, Ibaragi, 30, 5-dan, Police Officer, 3rd App.
    Police Team Comp.: 2nd Div. 2ndPlace, 3rd Div. 2nd Place

    35. Shimura Keiichi, Nagano, 30, 6-dan, Police Officer, 4th App.

    36. Kiwada Daiki, Osaka, 34, R6-dan, Police Officer, 3rd App.
    AJKC: 3rd Place
    WKC Team: Winner
    Police Team Comp.: 1st Div. Winner
    Police Individual Comp.: Winner

    37. Makita Naoto, Chiba, 37, R6-dan, Police Officer, 3rd App.
    Todofuken Comp.: 2nd Place
    Police Team Comp.: 2nd Div.Winner

    38. Otsu Akio, Fukuoka, 31, 5-dan, Prison Officer, 1st App.
    Correctional Officer Team Comp.: Winner
    Correctional Officer Individual Comp.: 3rd Place

    39. Harada Kenji, Fukushima, 31, 5-dan, Police Officer, 7th App.
    Student Team Comp.: Winner

    40. Kawabata Ryuya, Gifu, 23, 4-dan, Gifu Sports Association, 1st App.
    Student Team Comp.: Winner
    High School Individual Comp.: Winner

    41. Sugimoto Kensuke, Hyogo, 35, R6-dan, Police Officer, 4th App.

    42. Hashimoto Hiromi, Yamaguchi, 28, 5-dan, Police Officer, 1st App.

    43. Yoneya Yuichi, Saitama, 36, R6-dan, Police Officer, 9th App.
    AJKC: 3rd Place
    Todofuken Comp.:3rd Place
    Police Team Comp.: 1st Div.3rd Place (x2)
    Police Individual Comp.: 2nd Place

    National Sports Meet: Winner, 2ndPlace, 3rd Place

    44. Shimizu Yuichiro, Aichi, 28, 5-dan, Police Officer, 1st App.

    45. Sasagwa Teppei, Saga, 29, 6-dan, Police Officer, 3rd App.
    Police Team Comp.: 2nd Div. Winner (x2), 3rdPlace
    Police Individual Comp.: 2nd Place

    46. Aratake Hideharu, Tokyo, 29, 5-dan, Police Officer, 1st App.

    47. Kuraoka Osamu, Hokkaido, 30, 5-dan, Police Officer, 2nd App.
    Todofuken Comp.: 3rd Place

    48. Inoue Hideyuki, Toyama, 37, R6-dan, Police Officer, 6th App.

    49. Kakuta Toru, Aomori, 28, 5-dan, Police Officer, 1st App.

    50. Suzuki Hidenori, Fukui, 30, 5-dan, Police Officer, 2nd App.

    51. Takanabe Susumu, Kanagawa, 36, R6-dan, Police Officer, 10th App.
    AJKC: 58th, 59th Winner, 2ndPlace, 3rd Place
    WKC Team: Winner (x2), 3rdPlace

    WKC Individual: Winner
    Todofuken Comp.: 3rd Place
    Police Team Comp.: 1st Div.Winner
    Police Individual Comp.: Winner (x3), 2nd Place, 3rd Place (x2)
    National Sports Meet: 3rd Place (x2)

    52. Enokida Kota, Osaka, 32, 6-dan, Police Officer, 1st App.

    53. Nishimura Yoshinori, Kochi, 23, 4-dan, Police Officer, 1st App.

    54. Korogi Ryota, Oita, 32, 6-dan, Police Officer, 1st App.
    Police Team Comp.: 3rd Div. Winner

    55. Ishii Hiroyuki, Chiba, 33, R6-dan, Police Officer, 3rd App.
    Police Team Comp.: 2nd Div. Winner, 2ndPlace

    56. Onda Hidekazu, Shimane, 35, R6-dan, Police Officer, 3rd App.

    57. Hamasaki Yusuke, Tokyo, 28, 5-dan, Police Officer, 1st App.
    Police Team Comp.: 1st Div. Winner

    58. Takasaka Yusuke, Shizuoka, 32, 5-dan, Police Officer, 8th App.
    AJKC: 3rd Place
    Student Team Comp.: 3rd Place (x2)
    National Sports Meet: 3rd Place

    59. Fujiyama Koji, Nagasaki, 28, 5-dan, Police Officer, 2nd App.
    Student Team Comp.: 2nd Place

    60. Kikuchi Hatsuno, Iwate, 31, 6-dan, Police Officer, 1st App.

    61. Hashimoto Keiichi, Saitama, 32, R6-dan, Company Worker, 1st App.

    62. Kaneda Yuto, Kyoto, 30, 6-dan, Police Officer,1st App.
    Police Team Comp.: 1st Div. 3rdPlace

    63. Oike Tatsunari, Hiroshima, 28, 5-dan, Prison Officer, 1st App.
    Correctional Officer Individual Comp.: 2ndPlace

    64. Nakama Yosuke, Okinawa, 33, 6-dan, Police Officer, 4th App.
    Attached Files

    • J.S
      #8
      J.S commented
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      I'd really love to see Higashinaga win, his kendo is just so awesome.

    • turboyoshi
      #9
      turboyoshi commented
      Editing a comment
      Originally posted by Mr.Tvola
      Hi,

      please what at time does the streaming start?

      Thanks a lot
      Don't really know. Tokyo is at GMT +9. If they do a live stream, it should start in about 8 hours from now.

    • neanderthal
      #10
      neanderthal commented
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      has anyone got any footage of the opening? the taiko, the lights and the national anthem. that was all very moving!!!
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