The Future of SA Kendo

The Future of SA Kendo

Almost a month has passed since the 27th European Kendo Championships (EKC) in Skopje, Macedonia and soon, I will be heading off to London, UK to take part in the 9th London Cup, a goodwill tournament that will bring together kendoka from different nations around the world to enjoy a weekend of kendo shiai!

Although I have been to two other EKC’s in the past (Helsinki, Finland in 2008; and Debrechen, Hungary in 2010), as well as three World Kendo Championships (Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2009; Novara, Italy 2012; Tokyo, Japan, 2015), this year was the first year in the 26-year history of the SAKF, that the SA Men’s team was able to progress through to the knock-out rounds! Furthermore, this was my career-best performance – winning 2 of my 3 fights! Needless to say, the shiai-bug has bit me again, and suddenly, I find myself debating whether to come out of “kendo Shiai retirement” and put it all in for another 2 years; or sit back and let the kendo youth carry our green and gold torch high for the years to come.

Both options are very appealing – By retiring, I can finally focus on making my kendo big, straight, precise, and really focus on the deeper teachings of Kendo and how it can enhance my life through the elusive “spiritual” side of the martial art.

Alternatively, I can continue to compete for the next 2 years and really push my body and mind beyond what any soon-to-be 40 year old should logically be doing at that age!

But here came the epiphany – why not do both? Why not continue to both compete on a local and international arena, and pursue those deeper layers of kendo through the preparation to accomplish that? By doing so, I strive to incorporate body, mind and spirit into my kendo and ultimately express my kendo through its unity. In my opinion, that is the “do” of “Ken-do”.

However, the purpose of this treatise is not only about my kendo situation – after all, it is entitled, “The Future of SA Kendo”. But, it’s important to note that I had to first understand my kendo and the future of my own kendo, before I could make some decisions for the organisation I was elected to lead.  In my definition of a leader:  it is that individual who is put in that position, either through mutual agreement by the greater masses, or via certain emergency circumstances; who is expected, as a leader, to lead by example through their actions; inspire and motivate through their vision and optimism; and understand and stabilise through their practicality and diplomacy.

These 3 points are discussed in greater detail below:

Lead by example through action – Earlier in the year at the SAKF AGM, I made the announcement that our focus for the next few years are to be on 3 objectives: 1) Improve the shiai skills of all those members  who wish to compete; 2) Improve the shimpan (referee) skills of both those who wish to compete, as well as those non-competitors (the logic is because kendo skills and shimpan skills go hand-in-hand); and lastly 3) To optimise the administrative processes of the SAKF.

With my decision to compete for another 2 year, I took our first objective quite literally and committed myself to train at least 3 times a week, with an optional 4th time over the weekends during competition times. I will also start supplementing my kendo training with other exercises during the days I don’t do kendo.

Furthermore, I intend to go to Brussels, Belgium next year to take part in the EKF Shimpan seminar, so as to enhance my shimpan skills.

This for me is leading by example.

Inspire and motivate through vision and optimism – I have high hopes for the future of SA Kendo. Again, looking at our last performance at the EKC, I cannot but feel that we are on the verge of a major breakthrough. Our kendo, besides the obvious lack of more international experience and perhaps some regular training with more shiai-focused opponents, is on par with every other Kendo nation out there. To counter some of these challenges, we have started to have regular shiai-focused training. Brendan Dateling, our SAKF Technical Director and SA’s current No. 1 fighter, has been doing a sterling job trying to get people to join him on Saturday morning for this much needed Shiai-practise. Furthermore, the seminars we have organised, such as the recent Kumpf Sensei Seminar In March, and our upcoming seminar in October again with Kumpf sensei who will be joined by Frey Sensei from Finland, and Brunel De Bonneville Sensei from France; is a testament that we are committed to the objectives mentioned previously. With this shiai-focus, we hope to unlock and showcase the dynamisms of Kendo to attract more people to kendo. This does not mean that there will be no growth for our “non-shiai members”. On the contrary – As our kendo numbers increase, we need our non-shiai members to be their sempei and their mentors. Big, straight and precise Kendo is still after all, the bread-and-butter of our kendo, and we must never lose sight of this. As I prepare for my 5th dan grading later in the year, I am going back to basics to show good, straight kendo. I can still recall my first few months of starting Kendo and having Buster Sefor sensei and Tony Hughes sensei drill “big, straight cuts”, quite literally, in and on my head!  As much as we have a vision of the future going forward, we must always look back to see where we have come from, and acknowledge the solid foundation that was established by our “Kendo Elders” over the past 26+ years.

Lastly, “understand and stabilise through practicality and diplomacy”. We live in a busy world and people are leading busier and fuller lives. Our members are no different. In the past, we were adamant about member’s attendance rates and if it was less than a certain level, they should seriously consider whether they would want to continue doing kendo or not. That thinking is still very much the same; however, I’d like to think that now we take into account people’s busy lives too and make provisions for such so that they can lead a healthy balanced life. Keep in mind that the cornerstone of our federation is that we practise good kendo. We are a sporting organisation and hence, the basic requirement for ALL members is that they train on a regular basis. What we have done is increased the number of kendo initiatives that is NOT only limited to regular training. Initiatives such as more shiai’s, more seminars and more social events. Not only are they more, but also wider spread throughout the country.  Through these initiatives we hope to ignite that “kendo-flame” in each individual so that they can find that bit within themselves that will keep them motivated to train continuously. Put in a different way, we hope to ignite that bit that will be self-sustaining with the occasional varied initiative. The bottom line is that we want everyone who starts kendo to find their WHY and WHAT of kendo it is that will keep them doing it.  I have been criticized in the past for “forcing” members to take part in “initiatives they just don’t want to do”. Asking for applications to the Foreign Kendo Leaders Camp in Kitamoto, Japan (known simply as “Kitamoto”) was one of those initiatives.  As an attendee of two previous Kitamoto’s, I can definitely say both experiences have been the highlights of my kendo-career and in my life in general. Not only was I submersed in kendo and Japanese culture for a week each time, but I also made some life-long, like-minded friends who are on the same journey of self-development through kendo as I am. Those experiences were irreplaceable that further reinforced my fortitude to continue on my kendo journey. It’s not that I was forcing anyone, but rather hoping to expose them to a different side of kendo so that they too could reach some revelations of kendo (and themselves) through that experience. Again, I stress to each member that they MUST find their WHY and WHAT of kendo that will keep them doing it. If they don’t, then really, it is a waste of a few valuable hours of their lives each week.

To conclude, I have made a decision to continue competing for the next 2 years at least. I will continue study and train hard, with the hopes to one day reach that upper echelon of becoming a wholly integrated human being who contributes positively to society. Through my kendo practise, I hope it will give me the insight and strength to lead this organisation to new heights. And lastly, I hope that through my actions and vision, I can inspire a new generation of kendoka who will come to enjoy and love this dynamic martial art and allow it to lead and direct their lives in a profound manner.

Written by Warren Ho, current President of the SAKF, on 24 April 2016.

2016 Annual SAKF Seminar PROMO

NEED HELP! Annual SAKF Seminar 14-16 Oct 2016)

The Annual SAKF  seminar has been scheduled for 14-16 October 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The following sensei’s have already been confirmed to be attending:

  • Uwe KUMPF Sensei (7th Dan, Kyoshi) – Germany
  • Markus FREY Sensei (7th dan Kyoshi)  – Finland
  • Thibault BRUNEL DE BONNEVILLE  Sensei (7th dan) –  France
  • Kazuko KUMPF (6th dan) – Germany
  • Tony HUGHES (6th dan) – South Africa

It will be a jam-packed agenda over the 3 days that will cater for kendoka of all levels, including a kyu and dan grade examination, and an open competition for those in bogu!

Because of the high calibre of sensei’s that are going to be at this seminar, we anticipate a few international kendo players will be coming to this event too!

The expectation is also that most of our South African members will also be coming to the event, so please DIARISE these dates NOW!

HOWEVER, the implication is that that we are now on the HUNT for a bigger venue to host the event.

We require the assistance of ALL our members to please assist us in finding a suitable venue. The following venue criteria is required:

  • A venue with a hall that has a well-kept wooden floor with high ceilings, adequate lighting and is well-ventilated that can accommodate 80- 100 people;
  • Have 2 additional rooms at the venue that can accommodate +- 20-30 people (wooden floor and high ceilings preferable);

If you have a venue in mind, but not sure if it meets the requirements exactly, kindly let the SAKF know and we will conduct a site-visits!

With your assistance, we can make this one of our biggest and successful seminars yet!

EKC27 – The Macedonian Experience!

SA Kendo

(L-R): Anesu Shamu; Wendy Vermeulen; Matthew Price, Buster Sefor; Adam Cullen; Natalie Morris; Catherina Joubert; Brendan Dateling; Yentl Krugel; Warren Ho

The 27th European Kendo Championships (EKC) was held in Skopje, Macedonia from 1-3 April 2016, and featured 38 nations competing in the Junior, Ladies and Men, team and individual competitions.

The National Kendo Team selected to represent South Africa consisted of 5 men and 4 women. This was the first year in the history of South African Kendo that a women’s team was sent to represent their country.

Day 1 begun with the Junior Team Championship in which no South African team was represented.  In the afternoon, the Ladies’ Team Championship commenced in which our 4-women strong team fought hard in their pool matches but losing unfortunately to Great Britain and the eventual bronze-medal winners, Germany.  A worthy mention must go out to Wendy Vermeulen who put 1 point on the scoreboard against Great Britain with a convincing men-strike.

Day 2 started with the Junior Individual Team Championships in which again, no South Africans were represented. In the afternoon, the Men’s Team Championships took place in which the 5-man team (4 of which had represented South Africa last year at the World Kendo Championships in Tokyo, Japan) fought hard against Spain and Macedonia. The initial pool match against Spain did not go too well. However, a worthy mention is that of Anesu Shamu, who played in the 4th position, Fukusho, who managed to score a brilliant hikki-do against his Spanish counterpart. Given the Spanish eventually won the bronze-medal, the defeat was “acceptable”.  The 2nd pool match against the Macedonian team was a challenging one – besides the pressure of having to beat this team in order to proceed to the knockout rounds, the Macedonian team had the full support of the spectators, volunteers and majority of the court staff rooting for them! It was a tight game, but the kote strike by the Taisho (5th person) position player, Brendon Dateling (Men’s Team Captain), made SA history by making this the first SA team to ever proceed beyond the pool matches (and crushing the host-nation’s dreams of proceeding further in the team championships)! This excitement was short-lived, as the next match in the KO rounds was against Austria, which although the initial fight by the Sempo (1st person) position player, Warren Ho, was won under a minute by scoring 2 quick kote’s, the remaining fights did not fair too well. Many rookie mistakes and unnecessary points being lost could be boiled down to a lack of international shiai experience. Regardless, SA history had been made and we can start working towards improving our performance in the next Championships to come.

Day 3 started with the Ladies’ Individual Competition. All four ladies of the women’s team participated. Both Wendy Vermeulen and Natalie Morris won a fight each in the pool rounds against Czech Republic and Great Britain, respectively. However, it was only Natalie who was able to proceed to the knock-out rounds due to losing fewer points in her pool.  Natalie’s 1st KO fight was against the eventual bronze-medalist from France. Although she lost, she put up a good fight by lasting the fully allocated time of 5 mins and only conceding 1 point (men).

Later that day, the Men’s Individual Competition took place. Only 4 of the 5 men from the men’s team were able to participate due to the EKC rules.  Although all fought admirably, only Matthew Price was able to win in his pool convincingly enough to proceed to the knockout rounds.  In the KO rounds, he lost his match against Finland.

Although the write up above does not reflect the amount of hard work and effort the team had put in both before the championships, as well the spirited-grit by each individual at the championships themselves, the 27th EKC championships have been one of the more successful international competitions to date.  With a women’s team, a men’s team that finally proceeded to the knockout rounds, and both men and women individuals who also proceeded to the knockout rounds; this can create a platform that will expedites the development and progress of kendo in SA.

Our challenges remain the same, namely the lack of funding that allows our local kendo players to take part in more international competitions and bring that much-needed skills back home. Lack of funding also limits the growth and opportunities we as the SAKF can undertake locally.  Nevertheless, the SAKF will preserver in its mission to develop Kendo in South Africa and endeavor to produce more local kendo players that will give the international Kendo community a good challenge.

On that note, it should be noted that Buster Sefor (7th dan, Renshi) was asked by the European Kendo Federation (EKF) to be on the technical team for this championship. This again is testament that SA Kendo can perform on a global platform and that given the right conditions, can offer a lot to the global Kendo community.

The SAKF and the SA National Kendo Team would like to thank all the South African sensei’s who helped prepare them for the EKC, including Buster Sefor sensei (7th dan, Renshi), Tony Hughes sensei (6th dan) and Ray Fleming sensei (5th dan); as well as our German sensei’s, Uwe Kumpf sensei (7th dan, Kyoshi) and Sabrina Kumpf (5th dan), who came out to SA prior to the championships to help prepare the team.

Thanks must also go out to the Martial Arts Authority of South Africa (MASA) and the South African Sports Confederation & Olympic Committee (SASCOC) for endorsing the SA National team, and for allowing them to proudly fly the South African flag high in Macedonia.

Special mention and thanks must be made to Macedonia Kendo and Iaido Federation President, Zlatko Kesko, and the rest of his members who graciously hosted the South African team at their dojo on several occasions, knowing that they would eventually face their national team on the Shiai-jo (competition battlefield).

Lastly, the SA National Team is grateful to all those SAKF members who helped them in the months leading up to the competition by taking part in the team training sessions, and also the many supporters tuned-in via live video streaming to cheer the team on. Your support was greatly appreciated.

2017’s EKC will be in Budapest, Hungary; and thereafter, the 2018 World Kendo Championships will be held in Korea.  Team squad selections for these 2 events will take place very soon, and preparation for these 2 championships will begin immediately.  The SAKF has made it its prerogative to be a prominent kendo player in the global Kendo community and calls upon all its members to assist in making this a reality by consistently training hard and spreading the word of Kendo!

Yours sincerely

Warren Ho

SAKF President & 2016 EKC27 Delegation Leader & National Team Member


A DIFFERENT VIEW….

Nats KO Round

“For a first time competing in an international Kendo championship, and the EKC no less, was a very sublime experience or me. To be able to experience and feel what European kendo is and how different it is as well as how it compares to the kendo style back home in SA was most definitely an exhilarating feeling. This was also one of my goal to achieve when heading into the tournament.

I was most definitely surprised to see that South African kendo is actually not very far behind the rest of the world in terms of skill and fighting ability. This was made evident when the woman’s team were able to have a decent fight against the German team who we thought were going to clean us out. But throughout the competition it became more and more clear (with the brilliant performance of both teams and the individual fights of each member) that as a Nation we are becoming a team that will start placing in the future. We need only a little bit more refinement and experience.

Personally I realised, from this experience, that International kendo places a lot of strain on the mind during the fights and this is where I found that I need to focus more attention. Its not just about how much stamina or endurance your body can pump out because its when the mind weakens from fatigue that you give away openings. This became very obvious to me when I i was fighting France in the knock out rounds. It was such an exciting fight but near the end and afterwards my mind was completely drained, this in turn also affected how my body reacted. It really was such an educational experience that left me in Awe.

I think the biggest and most profound finding for me, during this tournament, was that the team is everything and even if you’re competing in individuals, those friends and comrades around you are what give you the extra edge, the boost in motivation. This is not because you want to do well in front of them but because their support makes you feel like you deserve to be there and that squashes any doubts that happen to be sitting in the mind.

It has been a most wonderful adventure for me to have competed alongside the team that I did and for that I am most grateful.

Regards

Natalie Morris

2016 EKC27 National Team Member”


 

“Participating at the EKC was a completely different experience that was both enjoyable and nerve wrecking. The completion in terms of kendo style is very different to what I am used to here in South Africa, with shimpan mostly looking for very flamboyant Zanshin to show that you have scored your point. The points are also very soft with a short flick and then major Zanshin. The pacing of the kendo is much to my liking and it counts to get control of the pacing instead of following your opponent’s pace. The team competition mentality was more defined, for me, at the championship as one had to be quick to gauge what your team’s position looks like and what you should to change or keep things as they are (keep that one point, don’t take unnecessary risks). The individuals felt as if the entire World’s weight rested on my shoulders. Quite a lot more pressure there than anything else. Hence, I enjoyed the team comp fights a bit more than the individual fights.

Overall, it was enjoyable, especially with the help of the team managers having your back with fight logistics. Learnt a lot and luckily didn’t get caught up in the awe of the entire thing – Anesu Shamu, 2016 EKC27 National Team Member”

 

SAKF Kendo

 

The Annual SAKF Summer Seminar with the Japanese, European and South African delegation has been finalised. The sensei’s who have already confirmed their attendances are as follows:

CHIBA Tanemichi (8th dan kyoshi)
IRII Tokuaki (8th dan kyoshi)
ISHIMARU Teruaki (7th dan kyoshi)
KUMPF Uwe (7th dan renshi)
TSCHERTER Gerry (7th dan renshi)
SEFOR Buster (7th dan renshi)
HUGHES Tony (6th dan)

This annual event will be a 2.5 day seminar, kyu grading and a dan grading up to 5th dan.

DATE:

16-18 Oct 2015

 

AGENDA

Day 1 (Friday, 16 Oct)
18:00 – 18:15: Seminar Opening
18:15 – 21:00: Kendo for all (bogu and non)

Day 2 (Saturday, 17 Oct):
10:00 – 17:00: Kendo training for all

Day 3 (Sunday, 18 Oct):
09:00 – 12:00 : Kyu and Dan Grading
13:00 – 16:00 : Open Team Championship *
16:00 – 17:00 : Goodwill Keiko
18:30 – 22:00 : Sayonara party

*TBC

Venue:

The Dance Zone, 256 Bryanston Drive,Bryanston, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Cost:

Seminar: R1540 per person

Sayonara Party: R250 per person

Grading: As per the grading schedule

 

Deadline Due Date:

Friday, 18 Sep 2015

 

For more information, please contact info@sakf.co.za

NIJI NO SENSHI INTER-DOJO COMPETITION RESULTS- 1 AUG 2015

Niji InterdojoCompetitionThe Niji No Senshi Interdojo Shiai took place thsi past Saturday, 1 August 2015 at the Landau Village Recreation Club in Witbank (Emalahleni).

The turnout was great with over 20 competitors showing up!

The results were as follows:

OPEN SHIAI:
1st Place: Marcas Hendry
2nd Place: Warren Ho
3rd Places: Grant Chancellor-Maddison & Simone Basson

WOMEN SHIAI:
1st Place: Simone Basson
2nd Place: Wendy Vermeulen

FIGHTING SPIRIT AWARD: Grant Chancellor-Maddison

Congratulations to all who took part!

 

 

Monthly National Squad Training

Kendo Squad Training

 

With the WKC16 behind us, we can start planning for the development of the future teams that will take part in other international competitions.

One of the initiatives that we would like to embark on is to have the same intensity type of training that the National Team had underwent during the months that led up to to WKC16.

To kick it off, there will be monthly National Squad Training for ANY bogu members that wish to one day be part of the National Team. This will typically be the first Saturday of every month and will be at the Japanese School in Emmerentia, JHB. Training will be conducted by either the National Team members, or the senior sensei’s, and will be focused on shiai-type of wazza, keiko and shiai.

ALL MEMBERS IN BOGU ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE!

Provisional training dates will be published on the events calendar!

SUMMARY REPORT – 16th WORLD KENDO CHAMPIONSHIPS, Tokyo, Japan (29-31 May 2015)

WKF16 Team in Japan

The 16th World Kendo Championships was help in Tokyo, Japan from 29-31 May 2015 and was represented by 56 countries from around the globe.  The men’s individual, women’s individual, women’s team and men’s team completions were once again dominated by the formidable Japanese as they took 1st place in all the events. However, Korea, USA, Brazil and Hungry are catching up quickly by claiming the 2nd and 3rd spots in some of the events.

Unfortunately, none of the 4 South African men’s individual players were able to proceed beyond their pool rounds, nor was the men’s team able to progress beyond their pool rounds against Ireland and Latvia. However, with that said, there has been significant progress with their Kendo over the past 3 years since the last championships in Novara, Italy in 2012. Unfortunately, the progress of the other countries has been greater, and hence, were able to over-power the South African men’s team.

However, the highlight of the championships was that our single female player who took part in the women’s individual competition, Carle Joubert, who not only excelled by making it through the pool rounds, but was also able to make it to the 2nd stage of the Knock-Out rounds, putting her in the top 32 Kendo Female players in the world– A South African first!  Furthermore, so impressive was her performance, the Nippon Television Network Corporation (NTV), decided to feature her and part of her fights in a kendo documentary that was screen on national TV a few days later! A YouTube link to that documentary can be found at: http://youtu.be/p8KxtaYOq_Y

Furthermore, another South African first, was the successful grading at the FIK examination to 7th Dan (nanadan) by the ex-South African Kendo Federation (SAKF) president, Buster Sefor. This landmark achievement is testament to his +40 years plus of dedicated kendo practise and will serve the future development of kendo in South Africa well.

On behalf of the SAKF and the SA National Kendo Team, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the organizations and individuals who had assisted us during the build-up to the WKC16 in Japan.  Our greatest appreciation must go out to our 3 most senior senseis, who spent countless hours of training the team to get the team to a position to compete on an international level. Our thanks go out to: Teruaki Ishimaru sensei, who had had flown from Japan and spend the last month prior to the WKC16 in South Africa so as to assist with the team training; Buster Sefor sensei, Delegation Leader, who also effectively assisted in all the administrative and logistical matters pertaining to this championship; and Tony Hughes sensei, National Team Coach, for his focused and intensive training sessions that gave the team the much-needed confidence-boost.

Furthermore, whilst in Japan, we are grateful for the support and encouragement by our international sensei’s, who have in the past visited South Africa to take part in our annual SAKF Kendo Seminars. These include Agiro sensei, Chiba sensei, Irri sensei, Kumpf sensei, Tscherter sensei, Goto sensei and Matsunami sensei. Special mention must also be made to Iwata sensei who arranged for team training session at the famous and prestigious Norma Dojo soon upon our arrival.

We are also very grateful to all those SAKF members who helped us in the months leading up to the competition by taking part in the team training sessions, and also the many supporters who both turned up at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo; or tuned-in via live video streaming in the early hours of the South African mornings, to cheer the team on. Your support was greatly appreciated and was inspiring!

Lastly, we also thank the Martial Arts Authority of South Africa (MASA) and the South African Sports Confederation & Olympic Committee (SASCOC) for endorsing the SA National team, and for allowing them to proudly fly the South African flag high in Japan.

The 17th WKC will be held in Korea in 2018 and I would like to encourage all SAKF members to take up the challenge to start preparing themselves for more intensive training over the next 3 years. The SAKF will embark on various initiatives to further grow our pool of young Kendo practitioners as well as start investing in grooming a strong female team that can compete at an international level.

I look forward to your support for the next 3 years and beyond, as we prepare to create more history for South African kendo. On behalf of the SAKF and the SA National Team, thank you very much- Domo arigatou gozaimasu.

Yours sincerely

Warren Ho

SAKF President & 2015 WKC16 National Team Captain

Final Training Session with Ishimaru Sensei

Final Training Session with Ishimaru Sensei

After a month-long training stint, Ishimaru Sensei will be returning to Japan on 12 May and had graciously offered one final training session to all members in bogu this Sunday, 10 May from 9am to 1pm at the Japanese School in Emmerentia.

Although it may be challenging for some as it is Mother’s Day, all members in bogu are encouraged to join him for this morning session.

Dojo Leaders please ensure you capture the names of those members who wish to take advantage of this session and submit the list to the SAKF by midnight, Wednesday, 6 May 2015!

Rivonia Kendo Dojo Interdojo Shiai + Grading + National Team Send-Off on 9 May

RKC Interdojo Shiai

The Rivonia Kendo Club invites all SAKF members to their inaugural Shiai Event on the 9th May at the Rivonia Sports Club, 7 Achter Road, Paulshof.

There will be 4 events on the day, each with the following format:

  1. Interdojo Three Person Team Competition (3 hours):
  • Teams to be comprised of three persons with at least one kyu grade per team
  • Maximum 5 teams per dojo
  • Competition will consist of a pool round and then knockouts / semi-finals / finals
  • Each team is to appoint a team captain to manage fighting orders on the day
  • There is a competition entry fee of R120 per team (i.e. R40 per person).
  • There will be some “ronin” teams, so if there are additional members who wish to participate, please let us know.
  1. SA Team versus Ronin 6-Person Team Competition :

Slight change in plans for this event.

The SA National Team will take on a 6-person team that will be selected by the members of the SAKF EXCO.

The intention is to give the SA National Team one final team event that will them to prepare for the WKC16.

Members of this Ronin 6-Person team will be selected by the SAKF EXCO and will comprise of SAKF members that are already taking part in the 3-person competition held earlier.  Ther must be at least one female fighter in this team too, as the SA National Team will also have one female.

Good luck to those who are selected!

  1. Kyu and Dan Grading (1h30):
  • Kyu grade competition from 8th Kyu to 1st Kyu
  • Dan grade competition from 1st Dan to 3rd Dan
  1. Farewell for the SA National Team:
  • Drinks in the bar area
  • Snacks will be supplied by Rivonia Kendo Club.

 

FOR MORE INFO, PLEASE MAIL: info@rivoniakendo.co.za