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  • 58th All Japan Students' Kendo Championship Tournament (Men's Teams)

    On Sunday, October 31, the 58th All Japan Students' Kendo Championship Tournament was held in Osaka. Some of the traditional powerhouses such as Kokushikan, Chuo Univ. and Kanoya were forced out of the tournament in the early rounds making for an interesting field by the quarter-finals:

    Waseda vs. Tsukuba
    Tokai vs. Senshuu
    Ritsumeikan vs. Kagoshima
    Nippon Sport Science Univ. vs. Keio


    Waseda defeated Tsukuba in an exciting match. Waseda seemed to be getting stronger with each victory. Tokai was also looking good in the earlier rounds after defeating the formidable Kanoya team. They wento on to beat Senshuu to secure a birth in the semi-finals. Ritsumeikan had a cruisy victory against Kagoshima Univ., while Nippon Sport Science Univ. struggled to finally defeat Keio in a very close match decided by Daihyo-sha (representative match).

    In the semi-finals, Waseda continued their momentum to destroy Senshuu's hopes of taking the championship for the fourth time in their history. Ritsumeikan had a great match against Nippon Sport Science Univ., but were eventually defeated when the two Taisho faced off in another Daihyo-sha match. This set the final between Waseda and Nippon Sport Science Univ.

    Nippon Sport Science Univ. started well taking the first two matches; but Waseda fought back with a strong and orthodox style of kendo to overwhelm their opponents 5-2, and take the championship for the first time in 45 years!

    Videos of the final being uploaded now!
    (Thank you to Clement Guo and Ramon Palmer for the camerawork)














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