What is Yokohama 7th Dan tournament?
The Yokohama 7th Dan tournament, also known as the All Japan Invitational Kendo 7th Dan Championship, is a tournament of 7th Dan teachers who have been active in national and international competitions, including the All Japan Kendo Championships and the World Kendo Championships. Most of them are teaching younger people as coaches, but they are also continuing their own training.
This tournament is not only a place to test out the achievements of their training and their current skill but also one of the steps towards Japan’s highest 8th Dan.
It is not an exaggeration to say that this is the tournament where the stars of successive generations have been gathered. There is no other tournament like this where you can see them compete in shiai.
The All Japan Invitational Kendo 7th Dan Championship which was suspended in 2006 was the predecessor of this competition, and the Japanese Kendo magazine Kendo Jidai organised the crowdfunding to restart it.
The concept is “From the first match to the finals”. These bright kenshi who represent the Japanese kendo world quietly sharpen their edges. It is certain that any of these matches are between renowned kenshi and they catch your eye until the end.
24 en 25 February the 29th edition of the Iijima Cup took place in Sporthallen Zuid Amsterdam, with again a record in contestants; 231 from 24 different countries.
Saturday 24 February were the individual tournaments and Sunday the 25th was the team tournament.
Dutch Kendo Championships 2018 has been held in 17th of June.
Edo Cup and Odinot Cup have been held in the Netherlands on 22nd of April, 2018.
Netherlands National Championship (Individual) has been held in 19th November at Amersfoort. It is one of the biggest competitions in the Netherlands. Many players joined from all over the Netherlands.
In the morning, tournaments for under the age of 14 and 18 were held. In the afternoon, individual for ladies and men&ladies mixed tournaments were held.
There are about 30 dojos in the Netherlands which is as large as Kyushu. The history of Kendo in the Netherlands is as long as 50 years. Mr. Takahiro Nabeyama, the professor of Tsukuba University gives seminar every August after teaching Mr. Kokichi Edo (former professor of Kanazawa University) and Mr. Akira Iijima.
In the section under the age of 14 and 18, despite having an international exchange tournament at Düsseldorf in Germany on Saturday, many children in “Mokuseikan-dojo” participated in and got many prizes .
In the adult section, the players in “Fumetsu-Dojo”, one of the largest dojos in the Netherland, got many prizes.
*Photo : KENDO FAM (Procuced by Alexander, photogorapher in Ukraine)