Düsseldorf Tournament & Belgiun Kendo “Kyu” Championships 2015

The weekend of 7th and 8th of November was a busy one this year! Our members had to travel a lot, first to Germany, Düsseldorf for the Junior tournament hosted by the local club and the next day to Ghent (Mariakerke) to join the Belgium Kendo “Kyu” Championships. Our members did very well at both events as you can see the dojo results hereunder:

7 Nov – The 23rd Dusseldorf Cup

Cat A ; without Bogu  (6-8 years)      Kurogi Sae – 2nd

Cat C : with Bogu Individual (6-9 Years)    Spaepen Mattia – 1st / Boffa Takeshi – 2nd / Vandenheuvel Lum – 3rd

Cat E : with Bogu individual (14-18 years) Takagi Toma – 3rd

Team 5 persons : Toshiro, Constantin, Kota and Toma – 2nd

8 Nov – Kyu Championships Belgium 2015

Cat A : without Bogu (5 – 9 years)    Spaepen Mattia – 1st / Boffa Takeshi – 2nd / Mihara Yuuna – 3rd / Kurogi Sae – Fighting Spirit

Cat B : without Bogu (10 – 13 years)  Panzani Kaori – 1st / Levan Alexandre – 2nd + Fighting Spirit / Onodera Mami – 3rd

Cat E : with Bogu (- 13 years)   Levan Constantin – 2nd / Panzani Toshiro – 3rd / Matsumoto Shunya – 3rd

At the end of the 8th of November, four of our members joined also the grading session for ikkyu (1st kyu) in Kendo. All four succeed, congratulations to Shunya, Toshiro, Mika and Constantin!

Thanks a lot to all parents, members and staff for making this weekend possible!

Pictures of Düsseldorf Tournament made by Ph. Bruwier are here:

http://myalbum.com/album/zp4iYp89uOZ9  INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT

http://myalbum.com/album/YG0jODbDfUfh  TEAM TOURNAMENT

others are available on the facebook page of Wakakoma or …

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Visit of WKN founder – Maruyama sensei

On wednesday November 4th, we had the opportunity to meet the driving force behind the “World Kendo Network” group on facebook, MARUYAMA sensei, renshi 7th dan at our dojo. Since the visit was during school holydays, not all members could join but those who did enjoyed the practice.

See you soon Maruyama sensei!

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New Season (2015-2016)

Our new season has already started. Please check the agenda for the up-to-date training schedule and do not forget to return the licence/insurance papers to our dojo manager in due time…

Enjoy kendo!

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2015 Dojo BBQ

This sunday, the 11th season of Wakakoma Kenshikai came to its end with a nice BBQ. Not all members had the opportunity to join, but those who did enjoyed a lot… isn’t it?

group picture WKK BBQ 2015

See you all at the next training (check your agenda!) More pictures will follow, here and at the facebook page…

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New 7th dan in our dojo

Dany Delepière succeed in 7th dan Kendo at the end of his travel in Japan as delegation leader for the Belgian delegation who took part in the 16th World Kendo Championships. This makes that our dojo has now 3 persons who are 7th dan Kendo…

Big congratulations for his achievement! Our BBQ at the end of this month will have a special celebration flavour!

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Kojika Spring Tournament 2015

Last Saturday, May 2nd, 155 young kenshi coming from allover 8 European countries joined Ghent to take part in the 23rd Kojika Spring Tournament. Wakakoma Kenshikai took part as well and had some very nice results:

Technical tournament.

Category A 6-9 years

TEERINCK SIMON  Fighting Sprit award

Shiai tournament.

Category D 6-9 years

2nd HAMADA Takeshi
3rd SPAEPEN Mattia

Kids Team tournament.

1st place
VANDENHEUVEL Lum
2nd place
HAMADA Takeshi
3rd place
MIHARA Yuna

Team tournament.

3rd place
DE SMET Haruki
PANZANI Toshiro
KUROGI Kota
LEVAN Constantin
TAKAGI Toma

Referees & Dojo Manager

HENDRICKX S. – KUROGI Y. – KLUGKIST S. – NAKATANI M.

Congratulations to all participants! Many thanks to our adult dojomembers and parents to took time to help and support.

At the end of the day, we took a group picture (sorry for those who already left, you are not on it this time. If you wish to be on it next time, stay until the end…)

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Belgian “Dan” Kendo Championships 2015

Last sunday, March 22nd in Sint Niklaas we had the annual Kendo Tournament for “Dan” holders. Our dojo took part as usual in the event and this year (again) the results were not that bad…

– Junior category: Toma Takagi, 3rd place and Fighting Spirit award

– Ladies category: Terue Matsui, 3rd place

– Men category: Yusuke Nakamura 2015 Champion and Shinichi Nishikubo, 3rd place

– Team competition: 2nd place

After the tournament, shinsa was organised by the Federation and our friend Nishikubo succeed for 4th dan.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks a lot for the support to all members who spend some of their time with us!

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European Kendo Referee Seminar 2015

On the weekend of Jan 31st and Feb 1st at ADEPS (Brussels), Kurogi and Hendrickx sensei took part in the annual referee seminar for kendo which is organized to prepare referees for upcoming EKF (European Kendo Federation) events.

At the end of this seminar, several of members took part in the organized “dan” promotion exams. This year, Kota Kurogi succeed shodan and Toma Takagi succeed Nidan.

Congratulations!

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Terry Holt sensei

Yesterday, January 12th, we received the very sad news that Terry HOLT sensei from Mumeishi passed away.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude for his regular contribution to kendo. His connection to our country was kendo-related and family-related. Whenever he visited his relatives in Belgium, he used the chance to visit his Belgian kendo friends. His dojo “Mumeishi” has been a model for building our own dojo and we could rely on his enthusiastic support for many organised events.

Our heart will be with him in our next keiko.

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Happy 2015!

seasons greeting 2015

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