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Yokohama 7th Dan tournament : video and report of quarterfinal to final

09/01/2018

Earthquake disaster reconstruction support 5th All Japan Invitational Kendo Seventh Dan Championship (Yokohama 7th Dan tournament) brought back to life.

【Victory】 Keiichi Hashimoto renshi 7th Dan (Saitama · 37 years old)

Ida Technos Corporation. First appearance
Keihoku High School → Teikyo University → Ida Technos Corporation
Major achievements: All Japan Championship participation, All Japan Prefectural championship 1st place, National Sports Tournament 1st place, national business tournament 2nd place, etc.
1st match K M – Furukawa Kousuke (Osaka · 38 years old
2nd match M – M Matsuwaki Shinsuke (Tokyo, 39 years old
3rd match M – M Takanabe Susumu (Kanagawa · 41 years old
Rank decision match  M – Matsuwaki Shinsuke (Tokyo, 39 years old
Quarter-finals M – Hojo Tadaomi (Kanagawa · 41 years old
Semi-finals M –  Gonpei Yasunori( (Tokyo · 40 years old)
Finals T – Matsuwaki Shinsuke (Tokyo, 39 years old)

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65th All Japan Championship Interview – Nishimura Hidehisa –

09/01/2018

Two years of experience made him bigger

The first victory in the All Japan Championship 2 years ago and the earthquake in Kumamoto of last year’s April. Nishimura Hidehisa has overcome events never to be forgotten and grasped the All Japan cup once again. After the playing the finals, the support and thoughts of many people welled up in his heart. “I fought with my emotion”, Nishimura said. There was something different about this year’s victory.

He is the tenth person to attain this victory twice. Nishimura brought welcome news to his current residence of Kumamoto and his birthplace of Oita. Apparently, the phone of his elderly house in Oita was ringing non stop for a while after he had won. “My greatest joy is that I was able to bring some cheerfulness to the people around me. However, I was not able to win when my parents were there to cheer for me, so that is left undone.”
He scratched his head in a shy manner. Up until this point, Nishimura has experienced the support of many people. With this victory apparently, there was an emotion different from before.

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Yokohama 7th Dan tournament : Favorite match selections / Video and exposition

09/01/2018

At the 5th All Japan Invitational Kendo Seventh Dan Championships this year (Yokohama 7th Dan tournament), an achievement that rewrites history was attained by Keiichi Hashimoto (Saitama) belonging to the business group Ita Technos, who stood at the top.
Although police officers won the championship the past 4 times, that trend was broken by a swordsman from the business world who climbed to the pinnacle. In the final game against Shinsuke Matsuwaki (Tokyo) who participated in the tournament for his third time, he landed a morote tsuki in the extension and grasped the championship.
The third places were taken by Gonpei Noriyasu (Tokyo) and Daiki Kiwada (Osaka), for whom it’s been the second time in a row.

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USA Kendo representative and Captain Christopher E. J. Yang

08/01/2018

USA Kendo representative and captain Christopher E. J. Yang was first selected for the 1997 World Kendo Championship in Kyoto. Eighteen years have passed since then, and he has participated for his 7th and last time. We will ask Mr. Yang, who could also be referred to as “Mister World Championship”, about his thoughts on kendo and the World Championship.

Christopher E.J Yang
Born in August 1978, 36 years old. Started kendo at the Torrance kendo dojo in the USA. After California State University Berkeley, he went to the University of Tsukuba to study kendo. After graduation, he has worked as a lawyer at  Latham & Watkins Foreign Law Firm and currently at the Legal Department of Toyota Motor Corporation in the United States. He participated in the World Kendo Championships from the 10th tournament in 1997 (Kyoto) and played his 7th in the 16th championship of 2015. Team tournament second place (2 times), 3rd place (3 times), Individual torunament best of 8 (2 times). Fighting spirit award 7 times. Renshi 7th dan.

Born in Kumamoto prefecture in 1942. After graduating from Chinzei High School, he was appointed to the Kanagawa Prefectural Police. Participated in the All Japan Championship, and has won the National Sports Tournament among other achievements. Japan’s Coach for the 12th World Kendo Championship. Currently, Kanagawa Prefecture Police Honorary Teacher, Kanagawa Kendo Federation President, University of Tokyo Kendo club Chief Instructor.

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