Last weekend, Ghent dojo Kojika organized for the 26th time in a row their spring tournament for youngsters. This tournament fits perfectly in the goals that we put forward with our own dojo, so a large group of our members joined.
Almost 32 kids from Wakakoma joined the total number of 173 coming from 10 different countries or 26 dojo.
On the weekend of 7th & 8th of April this year, our dojo took part in two important tournaments. First one, in Luxemburg; the very first Coupe de l’Ambassadeur organized by Shobukai and the Luxemburg Kendo Federation and the next day, the annual Belgian Kendo Championships organized this year in Ixelles.
Our members did very well during these two days, several won in their category or got a medal but all of the participants could learn a lot about themselves and their actual level in kendo.
Let’s continue hard work by regular training !
A lot of friends from Great Britain, The Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and other Belgian dojo joined our group for a two day long Keikokai at the VUB. On Saturday evening, a friendly dinner was organized in ADEPS where everyone could socialize and have a meal & drinks together.
We hope that all those who joined the practice enjoyed their weekend and invite those who couldn’t join this year to next year’s event!!
For the 27th time in a row, the All Belgium Kendo Federation organized the Kendo, Iaido & Jodo Winterseminar which allows all participants to upgrade their knowledge by practicing with a large number of Japanese experts. Our dojo took of course part in this important event and joined the “Nakakura Cup” which conclude the week of intense training. The team composed of Kota, Thomas & Makoto reached the final in the team section. An excellent way to end the year, certainly for Kota who succeed for “Nidan” the day before.
Dojo will close until the early days of 2018 and we hope to see everyone in excellent health back for hard and safe practice.
Do not forget to register already for the Wakakoma Keikokai, organized on the weekend of 20 & 21 of January! Info is send to everyone by mail… Ask for a copy if you haven’t got yours!
Immediately following the Düsseldorf tournament, on Sunday in Oostakker near Ghent the annual Belgian Kendo Kyu Championships took place. Once again, our members did very well as shown in the info below. At the end of the day, two of our members presented successfully the exam for shodan (1st dan) in Kendo.
Congratulations to the medal winners and all participants (including our fantastic group of parents!)
Technic (without bogu) 5-9 years
1st : Daisuke, 3rd : Francesca, Sotaro, Fighting spirit : Laura
Technic 10-13 years
Fighting spirit : Sohgo
Shiai -13 years
3rd : Alexandre, Takeshi, Fighting spirit : Simon
Shiai 14-17 years
1st : Constantin, 3rd : Toshiro
Shodan (the 1st dan). : Constantin, Toshiro
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BKKC Gent 19-11-2017 Result
This Saturday of November, 28 Wakakoma juniors have participated in The 25th Dusseldorf Cup.
We hope everybody could enjoy the tournament and here are our good results and some pictures
Technic (without Bogu) 6-11 years 3rd : Amaury
Individual 6-9 years 3rd : Akira
Individual 10-13 years 1st : Kosuke
Individual 14-18 years 3rd : Toshiro
Team 5 persons 3rd : Takeshi, Kosuke, Constantin, Kota, Toshiro
As usual, the dojo bbq will be held next June in Overijse at Dany’s place. Do not forget to announce your presence to our dojo manager, Ms Grosfils/Nakatani….
This year, the European Kendo Championships took place in Budapest, Hungary. The All Belgium Kendo Federation joined the event and four members of our dojo were members of the Belgian delegation; the delegation leader Dany, a referee Serge and two players, Kensaku and Makoto.
We are happy to announce that Kensaku reached the semifinals in the individual men category. Less result than last year when he won the tournament, but still an excellent performance!
For this anniversary event, local Ghent dojo, Kojika organized a very big event with juniors coming from allover Europe. 28 of our members took part and several of them got a medal.
Technic category (without bogu) 5 – 9 years:
1st : Akira 3rd : Laura, Francesca Fighting spirit: Dan
Thanks a lot for your commitment, players, referees, organizers & supporters. You did a real nice job!
For the second time in its history, our dojo became Belgian Champion in team category. Also Thomas became 3rd in the individuals “Men” and Kota got fighting Spirit award in the “Junior” category.
At the end of the day, Mika was awarded for shodan in Kendo after the examinations which were organized at the end of the day.
Thanks a lot to everybody which makes these results possible: players, referees, supporters and of course all dojo members because of our regular trainings, nothing would be possible…