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2010 All Japan Women's Student Kendo Champs


  • 2010 All Japan Women's Student Kendo Champs

    By Kate Sylvester

    The 44th All Japan University Womens Individual Championships were held at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on Saturday 3rd July.
    88 of the best University kendoka from 44 Universities around Japan competed in the annual knockout tournament. 6 shiai jo of fiercely competitive womens shiai were held until the quarter and semi finals. To reach the semi finals they had to successfully fight their way through 4 to 5 bouts. The semi finals occurring at the same time lead to an exciting final.

    Semi-final 1 was Hashimoto (Kanoya Sports University) vs Yoko ( Waseda Univesity). Hashimoto scored a hiki men first, soon followed by an equalising men from Yoko. The match went into encho and Hashimoto finished her opponent with a slicing nuki do.
    Semi-final 2 was Sato (Kokushikan University) vs Yuasa (Ritsumeikan University). Sato scored the first men. She managed to hold Yuasa off until the last 30 secs where Yuasa scored a lighting fast men bringing the match into encho. After over 3 mins of encho Sato cracked a hiki do winning the match.

    The final was between Hashimoto and Sato representing two of the top Kendo Universities in Japan, Kanoya Sports University and Kokushikan University. The womens coach of Kanoya Sports University, Shimokawa Sensei (Brazil WKC All Japan Womens Team member) influenced a high quality tournament final.

    One shiai jo was created in the centre of the Budokan staging the final match between rivalling universities. The crowd cheered as the Budokans full lights came on to heighten the emotions of the competitors and the audience of over a thousand spectators.

    In the final Hashimoto dominated and controlled Sato to score an unquestionably clear tobikomi men half way into the match. Hashimotos composure held Sato to the end of the match to win the 44th All Japan University Womens Individual Tournament. Check out the video for yourself.


    1st Place Hashimoto Megumi, 22 yrs old, 4-dan (Kanoya Sports University)
    2nd Place Sato Ami, 21 yrs old, 3-dan (Kokushikan University)
    3rd Place Yoko Yuko (Waseda University)
    3rd Place Yuasa Natsuki (Ritsumeikan University)

    • ben
      ben commented
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      Thanks for the coverage Kate. That Kanoya Taidai is a strong little university isn't it? Go Kagoshima! v(^.^)v

      I have some questions regarding the hiki waza you saw in the competition, esp in the semis. What did you think of the hiki waza as compared with what you see in Aus? Was it a higher standard? Or do you think the Japanese shinpan look more kindly on it than Aussie shinpan? Also, was there a lot of hiki waza scored throughout the taikai?


    • Alex
      Alex commented
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      Maybe I can answer that Ben. The level of hiki-waza is very high. The top level students have turned it into quite an art, especially their ability to un-balance their opponent first. The movements are extremely subtle. Whether or not the shinpan recognize the techniques or not depends on where they come from I think. I get the impression that hiki-waza are awarded more often in the Kansai region than Kanto. Hiki-men from the standstill (tsuba-zeriai) position were the most scored, and hiki-do in the midst of an attack by the opponent.
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