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56th All Japan Women’s Kendo Championships Sunday September 24, 2017  Kendo World is at the 56th All Japan Women’s Kendo Championships in Nagano at the fantastic “White Ring Arena”, a venue for the figure and speed skating events at the 1998 Winter Olympics. The ice has been melted or removed and 64 of Japan’s top female kendoka have gathered here all with the aim of being crowned All Japan Champion.   In recent years in the men’s AJKC, there have been several students take part, most notably Takenouchi Yuya, but the bulk of competitors being made up police officers. However, in the women’s competition, 25Read More →

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28th Gakuren Alumni Taikai Sunday December 17, 2017 – Sumida Ward Gymnasium The Gakuren Alumni Taikai is a prestigious kendo competition featuring teams that are composed of graduates from different universities across Japan. Kendo powerhouses like Kokushikan and Tsukuba enter teams in all the divisions, and it’s not uncommon to see ex-All Japan Kendo Championships competitors taking part. Not only that, there is no limit on dan grade so there are plenty of 8-dan sensei taking part, too! In the men’s competition there are three divisions that consist of seven-, five-, and three-person teams. The women’s competition has one division with five-person teams. There areRead More →

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The 15th All Japan Invitational 8-dan Kendo Championships Nakamura Sports Center, Nagoya Sunday April 16, 2017 The fifteenth edition of the All Japan Invitational 8-dan Kendo Championships is about a week away. As usual, the Kendo World team will be there live reporting on the competition that will see 32 of Japan’s top 8-dan sensei battling it out to be crowned champion. This tournament was originally known as the Meiji-Mura Kendo Competition, which ran from 1977 to 2002. It was held in the Meiji-Mura (Meiji Village) Museum in Inuyama City near Nagoya. This is an open-air museum that was established in 1965 to preserve JapaneseRead More →

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12th Hong Kong Regional Kendo Championships The 12th Hong Kong Regional Kendo Championships was successfully held on december 18, 2016. Just like in last year, kendoka from China, Hong Kong and Macau stayed in Lei Yue Mun, Hong Kong, to fight for the honour of being the strongest team in the region. 26 men’s and 20 women’s teams participated in this championship. Every team fought with all their strength and great spirit in their matches, but the most impressive moment was the men’s final match. After each player was held by their opponent, the winner was finally decided after 14 minutes of the daihyo-sen match.Read More →

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64th All Japan Kendo Championships – Thursday November 3, 2016 *This article is a consolidation of the live updates that were made on our Facebook page during the AJKC. Court 1; Match 1: Tsuchitani vs. Kamiuto. Tsuchitani looks a good head taller than Kamiuto, but he can’t use his height to his advantage. Match heads to enchō. Court 2; Match 17: Higashinaga vs. Kenjo. It’s the veteran Higashinaga against the young Kenjo. Not many chances for either. Lots of blocking. Match heads to enchō. More blocking and lots of tsubazeriai. Both given hansoku. Both look very stiff. Then as Higashinaga goes for men, Kenjo scoresRead More →