The 65th All Japan Kendo Championships Friday November 3, 2017 Photos and Facebook Text Updates – Final Final Nishimura (Tokyo) vs. Uchimura (Tokyo) First attack, Nishimura scores kote! In under ten seconds! Both from the same high school. Nishimura Uchimura’ed Uchimura.… Nishimura knows that he can’t be defensive against Uchimura. When Nishimura last won, his semifinal and final kendo was completely different. With his techniques now, Nishimura’s left hand is staying on the centre. A good attempt at men from Nishimura. He’s using his feet well. Nishimura has a fantastic men, but he doesn’t really use it. It’s a shame. Nishimura is using his feet well,Read More →

The 65th All Japan Kendo Championships Friday November 3, 2017 Photos and Facebook Text Updates – Semifinals Semifinal 1 Hayashida (Fukui) vs. Uchimura (Tokyo) If it gets close, Uchimura has the advantage, but from a distance Hayashida is great with tobikomi-waza. It will be a great encounter. As soon ans Hayashida hesitates, Uchimura will go for kote. If Hayashida tries from a distance he’ll have the advantage with off-the-mark techniques. They both connect seme to waza.… Hayashida scores a great men, but straight after the restart he equalises with his own men. Many times Uchimura has equalised immediately. This now gives him a great psychological advantage.Read More →

The 65th All Japan Kendo Championships Friday November 3, 2017 Photos and Facebook Text Updates – Quarterfinals Quarterfinal 1 Hayashida (Fukui) vs. Sasagawa (Saga) Right of the bat Sasagawa attempts men but Hayashida scores kote! The first attack. Hayashida is a teacher and Sasagawa is a policeman. Hayashida is training hard for the Kokutai in his home prefecture next year, so to make it this far is good for him. Sasagawa has been around for a number of years but he has never really made far in big tournaments. Sasagawa looked like he wasn’t ready when he stood up, but Hayashida was while in sonkyo, henceRead More →

The 65th All Japan Kendo Championships Friday November 3, 2017 Photos and Facebook Text Updates – 3rd Round Ct.1 Match 49: Hayashida (Fukui) vs. Sakaguchi (Kyoto) Hayashida wins with men in encho.   Ct.1 Match 50: Joto (Ishikawa) vs. Sasagawa (Saga) Sasagawa scores men to win. Ct.1 Match 51: Miyamoto (Ibaraki) vs. Maeda (Osaka) Maeda scores kote and men to win. Ct.1 Match 52: Uchimura (Tokyo) vs. Nakamura (Aichi) Uchimura rolls back the years with a men and blistering kote to progress to the quarterfinal.   Ct.2 Match 53: Yamamoto (Chiba) vs. Nishimura (Kumamoto) Nishimura scores kote in encho. Ct.2 Match 54: Yamamoto (Hiroshima) vs. AdachiRead More →