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  • 2012 WKC in Novara - Day 3

    The final day of the 15th WKC featured the men's team event. There were many hard fought matches in the pools, and then the ensuing tournament stage, but eventually the field was narrowed down to the US versus Korea in one semifinal, and Hungary versus Japan in the other. Japan defeated Hungary without too much difficulty, but they will be very satisfied with their first third placing. The United States took Korea to the wire, and Chris Yang scored what must be considered one of the gutsiest ippon men strikes ever seen. In the end it was Korea that prevailed though, and the stage was set for yet another Japan versus Korea grudge match. The atmosphere was tense, and the matches were controversial. In the end it was Japan that won, but at what expense to their reputation? I'm sure passionate debates will ensue. A full report of the WKC will appear in the next issue of Kendo World due out soon.

    TEAMS FINAL - match 1:

    TEAMS FINAL - match 2:

    TEAMS FINAL - match 3:

    TEAMS FINAL - match 4:

    TEAMS FINAL - match 5:



    TEAMS SEMIFINAL 2 - match 1:


    TEAMS SEMIFINAL 2 - match 2:

    TEAMS SEMIFINAL 2 - match 3:

    TEAMS SEMIFINAL 2 - match 4:

    TEAMS SEMIFINAL 2 - match 5:


    Due to a problem with the camera, we could not film the first semifinal between Japan and Hungary... Our sincere apologies.

    • ben
      #15
      ben commented
      Editing a comment
      Worse than kenshi of whatever nationality (and it's not because he's Korean than I object to his actions, it's just his actions) doing the wrong thing is the fact that it becomes necessary for shinpan to consider reprimands at all. Kenshi should be self-monitoring, and holding themselves to a higher standard than the rules require. Everything that is good and unique about Kendo is contained in the previous sentence. The day kenshi require punishment to stop them from transgressing is the day that Kendo, perhaps irrevocably, turns from budo into sport. Perhaps that day has already come? b

    • MikeW
      #16
      MikeW commented
      Editing a comment
      Ben, although I agree that some of the KOR team members did not show proper reiho I would also say that some of the JPN team members did not show the best kendo either. I personally was not happy with the team finals for many reasons. Shiai seems to be more and more going towards Olympic style win at any cost attitude that a budo attitude and I can't say I agree or am happy with it.

    • Phillip0701
      #17
      Phillip0701 commented
      Editing a comment
      I don't want to sound one-sided but after I keep watching the clips, I can't help but to feel that this year, Korean kendokas displayed much better kendo than Japanese kendokas even though they lost. Of course, I'm not talking about their reiho or contempt for referees' calls, which I think was very inappropriate even though I can also feel the wrath for poor judging calls. What do you guys think?
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