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I recommend that if you are a kyu grade in the UK, GO!
I did really bad when I went but it was good crack, met some KWFers in the flesh and got some shiai experience. It's quite a well organised event too... there was a refereeing seminar for nidan+ last time too
I shall be attending. As for kicking ass, that's debatable! It's (hopefully) my last chance to take part so there's no way I was going to miss it - I turned down over-time, invites from friends and am also having to turn up (very) late for a mate's wedding reception so I could get involved!
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I just recieved the following information from the BKA Squad Manager -
I am afraid I need to inform you, that due to a clerical error, we are
unable to use the advertised venue for the Kyusha Taikai.
The new venue is:-
Wilson House Sports Centre
Rainsford Street (off Southwick Street)
Tel. no. 020 7594 3665
Timings are virtually identical as before:-
#Kyusha Taikai 11.00am - 5.00pm
# Referees meeting for the kyusha taikai will start at 11.00
# Registration for taikai from 11.00-11.30am
# Taikai to start 12.00
If you know anyone who has entered this competition can you make sure
that they get this new address.
Sorry for the very short notice, but I have only just found out.
Please don't use this as an opportunity to slag off the BKA as this is clearly an unfortunate clerical error, which is beyond anyone's control.
I would like to state for the record that I feel INCREDIBLY sorry for the guys who came down from Liverpool and (sweet Jebus) Scotland for the kyusha taikai that...er...wasn't.
Oh G.O.D. oh G.O.D. you're kidding, right? [but somehow I know you're not]. Does this mean we 'win by default'. Still if they had any sense they should have hot-footed it over to Wakaba for an afternoons bash. I would have done if I'd have been with them.
I will look forward to their misery on Wednesday as with a bit of luck this will have been their 'last chance to dance' at the Kyusha Taikai. Now that honour has been denied them.
Unfortunately the floor that the leisure centre provided was not appropriate for a Taikai or for Fumi komi and would have caused injury. It was just too hard and was not the sprung wood floor that had been requested.
The Sensei present explained the situation and their concerns to the participants and it was decided that a Grading seminar would be held instead, so that those who had travelled a long distance could still enjoy a day of kendo with the high grades.
I have heard from the participants that the seminar went very well and was enjoyed by everyone who attended.
The Kyusha Taikai has not been cancelled this year, just postponed. I imagine that it will be held later this year at a more suitable venue. Hopefully this will allow those who missed out on competeing a chance to takepart before the end of the year.
Whilst this was a very unfortunate turn of events I think we should give our thanks to the high grades present. Who organised an enjoyable and interesting seminar regardless, and made something positive out of the situation. Special thanks to Matsumoto Sensei, Davis Sensei, and Salmon Sensei who all worked hard to give us a chance to practice together and learn from some great teachers.