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SUMMARY REPORT – 28th EUROPEAN KENDO CHAMPIONSHIP (EKC), Budapest, Hungary (12-14 May 2017)

The 28th European Kendo Championships (EKC) was held in Budapest, Hungary from 12-14 May 2017, and featured 40 nations and 700 participants taking part in in the Junior, Ladies and Men, team and individual competitions.

The 2017 National Kendo Team selected to represent South Africa consisted of 5 men, 1 women and 1 junior.  Unfortunately, unlike the previous year, we were unable to send a women’s team to represent our country this year.  However, we did have one Junior participating – which was only the 2nd time that it had been done in our SA Kendo history.

Day 1 begun with the Junior Team Championship in which no South African  Junior team was represented.  However, our excitement mounted as the next day would be the commencement of our team’s competitive involvement in the Championships!

Day 2 started with the Junior Individual Championships in which Andrew Ingle (17 years old and comes from our Cape Town Dojo, Kenshin) would represent the South Africans. Ingle put up formidable fights in his pool matches, beating his Latvian opponent convincingly, and loosing narrowly to his Greek opponent. This placed him 2nd in his pool that allowed him to progress to the 1st KO rounds. Unfortunately, his loss was against a Hungarian opponent, and who has been a product of an illustrious history of strong Kendo in their country.

In the afternoon, the Men’s Team Championships took place in which the 5-man team fought admirably against Belgium and Italy in their pool round, both teams of whom have had members who had been past EKC Champions in the team and individual events. Although the South African team lost, they fought valiantly and even scored a few points against these European Kendo powerhouses. Most notably was the intriguing Taisho (5th position) fight against SA Team Captain, Brendan Dateling, and his Belgium counterpart in which Dateling won the fight by 2 convincing strikes. Although the overall team score resulted in a loss, this together with his performance against the Italians earned him one of the 4 Fighting Spirit Awards for that day – A South African first, yet again!

Day 3 started with the Ladies’ Individual Competition of whom our sole representative, Natalie Morris, took part in. Morris’s spectacular performance in the pool rounds against Sweden and Portugal put her first in her pool that allowed her to proceed to the 1st KO round. Unfortunately, she was pitted against the eventual Bronze Medal winner from Belgium, but not without putting up a decent fight. This performance, combined with her performance at the pool rounds, led to another South African first – Winning one of the 4 Fighting Spirit Awards for The Women’s Individual event! It should be noted that Morris had also won another Fighting Spirit award the week prior to these Championship at the London Cup in the UK, a club competition that attracts Kendo players from around the world.

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.  Matthew Price and Brendan Dateling were the only 2 of the 4 men who were able to proceed out of their pool rounds after beating their opponents from Luxenburg and Denmark; and Lithuania and Moldova, respectively. However, both lost in the 1st KO rounds against Turkey and Hungary, respectively.

As in previous years, many rookie mistakes were made resulting in unnecessary points being lost. Again this boils down to a lack of international shiai experience. However, the SA Team put up a sterling performance by winning matches and awards that led to a comment by one of the referees: “By winning (mates and awards), the other European players will be taking note of the South Africans in future!”

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

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.

2018 will be the year for the 17th World Kendo Championships (WKC) in Incheon, Korea, and will be an even bigger event than the EKC as it will host all the countries represented by the International Kendo Federation (FIK), including the current top 3 counties in the world, namely Japan, Korea and USA.

Preparation for this championship will begin immediately and the SAKF will work closely with the community to ensure that the 2018 SA National Team is well-prepared to represent South Africa proudly in Korea.

Yours sincerely

Warren Ho

SAKF President & 2017 EKC28 Delegation Leader

EKC28 Dateling Fighting Spirit

Pic 1: SA Team Captain, Brendan Dateling, wins 1 of 4 Fighting Spirit Awards for his performance during the Men’s Team Event.



EKC28 Morris Fighting SpiritPic 2: Natalie Morris wins 1 of 4 Fighting Spirit Awards for her performance during the Women’s Individual Event.

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.


16-18 Oct 2015



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



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



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 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:

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

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

FIGHTING SPIRIT AWARD: Grant Chancellor-Maddison

Congratulations to all who took part!



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

Mushin Interdojo Results – 11 April 2015

Mushin Kendo Shiai 11 April 2015


Mushin Interdojo Results

The Mushin Interdojo shiai this weekend was an exciting one with just over 40 competitors for all the various competitions!

The results were as follows:

Dan Grade Competition:

1st Place – Brendon Dateling

2nd Place – Carle Joubert

3rd Places – Marcus Hendry & Warren Ho

Fighting Spirit Award – Carle Joubert


Kyu Grade Competition:

1st Place – Richard Dykes

2nd Place – Thabiso Mabokela

3rd Places – Mientjie Nortje & Stephan Schmidt

Fighting Spirit Award – Bryan Ma


Beginner’s Competition:

1st Place – San Kawa Kendo Dojo (Anika Solanski, Mizuki Takeshima, Zayd Gabriel)

2nd Place – Mushin Kendo Dojo (Juan Smit, Dillon Kay, Christiaan Grundling)

Best Beginner of the Day Award – Juan Smit

Congratulations to all the prize winners, but congratulations to all the other competitors for taking part – half the battle is already won by just pitching up!

Also, a huge thank you must go out to all the Mushin Kendo Dojo members who once again, put on a world-class event! You have definitely set the bar very high for all the other dojos to follow!

Lastly, our sincere appreciation to all the shimpans on the day!

With that, hopefully everyone will start preparing for the next Interdojo competition to be held on Saturday, 9 May, and hosted by the Rivonia Kendo Club in Paulshoff, JHB! Details to follow soon!