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  • 5th World Naginata Championships Results

    The 5th World Naginata Champs, held in Himeji, Japan on the 3rd of July, 2011.

    The biggest upset of the day was KW Editor-in-chief Alex Bennett defeating the current All Japan men's champion, Itagaki, 1-0 in the semi-finals, before falling to Tanaka of Japan in a hard-fought final. It is the highest finish in the men's individuals for a non-Japanese since Alex took 3rd place in a previous world champs.

    Results:

    Women's Teams:
    1st: Japan
    2nd: USA
    3rd: Canada

    Men's Teams:
    1st: Japan
    2nd: The Netherlands
    3rd: Belgium

    Women's Individuals:
    1st: K. Ikemi, Japan
    2nd: A. Ajiki, Japan
    3rd: A. Sato, Japan

    Men's Individuals:
    1st: K. Tanaka, Japan
    2nd: A. Bennett, New Zealand
    3rd: I. Itagaki

    Engi:
    1st: Kijima/Kiyomizu, Japan
    2nd: Itai/Sato, Japan
    3rd: Bucsis/Fromentin, Canada

    Video of the men's finals here (Still processing): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKkEv5hIOmU
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