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The 65th All Japan Kendo Championships Friday November 3, 2017 Photos and Facebook Text Updates – 2nd Round  The second round begins on Ct.2 with Okido (Osaka) vs. Yamamoto (Chiba). Yamamoto defeats Okido with kote in encho.   Match 42 on Ct.2: Shimura (Nagano) vs. Nishimura (Kumamoto). Nishimura beats Shimura with kote in encho.   Ct.2 Match 43: Yamamoto (Hiroshima) vs. Ushirogi (Hokkaido) Yamamoto scores tsuki and men to win.   Ct.2 Match 44: Noda (Ehime) vs. Adachi (Saitama) Adachi scores kote in encho.   Ct.2 Match 45: Sanada (Tottori) vs. Kasahara (Wakayama) Sanada the student sneaks a kote in encho to go to the thirdRead More →

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The 65th All Japan Kendo Championships Photos and Facebook Text Updates – 1st Round  Friday November 3, 2017 First up on Ct.1 is Murakata vs. Hayashida. On Ct.2 it’s Okido vs. Shionoya. On Ct.2 it’s Shionoya vs. Okido. It’s Shionoya that has the best chance with a men strike, but like on Ct.1, no points are scored in regulation time and both head into encho. On Osaka’s Okido wins with a men strike in encho. Next up on Ct.2 is Yamamoto from Chiba police and the student Senda from Miyagi. Ct.1 is settled as Hayashida scores men in encho to win. Match 2 on Ct.1 isRead More →

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The 65th All Japan Kendo Championships Friday November 3, 2017 Opening Ceremony Photos, Profiles and Ladder            Competitor Profiles Number/Name/Age/Prefecture/Grade/Occupation/Appearance/Special Technique/Kamae Block 1 01. Murakata Kōsuke, 32, Fukuoka, R6-dan, Police Officer, 3rd App., Men/Kote, Chudan Todofuken: 2nd Place, 3rd Place Police Team Comp.: 2nd Div. Winner (x3), 2nd Place 02. Hayashida Kyōhei, 23, Fukui, 4-dan, Teacher, Debut, Men, Chudan Teachers’ Ind. Comp.: Winner Student Team Comp.: Winner Student Ind. Comp.: Winner 03. Takahashi Naoki, 32, Chiba, 6-dan, Police Officer, Debut, Men/Kote, Chudan National Sports Meet: Winner Police Team Comp.: 3rd Place 04. Yamana Yoshimasa, 30, 6-dan, Police Officer, 2nd App., Men, Chudan Todofuken:Read More →

Preview: The 65th All Japan Kendo Championships Friday November 3, 2017 As usual, the Kendo World team will be descending on the Nippon Budokan on Friday November 3 for the 65th edition of the All Japan Kendo Championships. We will be updating the homepage and Facebook as the tournament progresses and will have videos uploaded to YouTube in the days following the competition. Police officers make up the bulk of the competitors with 52 of the 64, two up from last year. There are four teachers, three company workers, two prison officers, and three students. The youngest competitor is 21 (Senda Kai, a 3rd yearRead More →

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By Stuart Gibson Originally published in Kendo World 4.3, 2008. Recently in Tokyo there has been something of a furore regarding mukae-zuki, which at the beginning of August this year culminated in letters from the Municipal Kendo Association going to all dōjō in Tokyo. Basically, a high ranking teacher in a particular ward had seriously injured someone with mukae-zuki, to the point that the person actually needed time off work to recover. The injuries included severe bruising to the throat and required treatment at hospital. The offender, who was the president of the ward kendo association and a K8-dan, was then asked to leave his post,Read More →