I have been coach for team Sweden for 15 years, I decided to retire as coach after European Championships last year.
It was a completely unsettled situation to compete for the WKC for me. After a long story I decided to compete for this time. But, it was a big challenge and hard work for a 40 year old woman. I know the situation was very different.
I really enjoyed WKC. I’ve always been sitting by Shiaijo and watching others’ matches as coach. But, this time I was inside of Shiaijo and competed. It was such a wonderful feeling!
Also, it was my greatest honor that I got the Fighting spirit prize.
I am so grateful that I got the chance to join WKC, and I want to thank all the people who supported me and made it possible, especially my familly.
This is the second time I have participated in the World Kendo Championships and it has been a very fruitful and wonderful experience in many ways!
Personally I had some tough pool matches. Although I was unable to advance they had got me to re-evaluate my shiai style and the way I need to approach my first match of the day being a slow starter.
Nonetheless, I was happy to see both our ladies and men’s team maturing in understanding each position’s strategic role, hence being able to work together and deliver results according to our plan in the team matches. There is, however, still a tremendous amount of work to be done.
It was inspiring and motivating to see how other European teams have advanced and improved since the last WKC. It was also wonderful to experience high-level kendo by the Japanese and Korean team in close proximity.
It was a great championship, we had a great time and gained some very useful experience.
I’m very happy to have competed in the highest level competition. The experience is unique!
First let me shortly introduce my self:
My kendo grade is nidan, and I am doing kendo since 2009 but with a 3 year break in between. I come from the Croatian city of Rijeka where two of my colleagues and me founded the first dojo in 2010. Currently i am in charge of organizational and promotional matters for the dojo and acting as spokes person of the Croatian kendo association. Regarding the national team, I was selected by the Croatian coach mr. Christian Filippi about year and a half ago and this is my second big national team level competition (the first one was the European Championship last year in Budapest as reserve player in the team). At this WKC I was only competing in our team as fukushou, but also acted as team manager throughout entire WKC.
so about this WKC, my team and experience. it was a great experience and a enormous boost in confidence and determination. Seeing this level of kendo in just a few days is maybe only possible in Japan, but without the international component. I was honored that I could be a part and help with gaining some of the first time achievements of the team. First kanto-sho award and Borna Ban reaching top 16, the first woman from Croatia Emily Stojanov to compete at WKC, and the first team victory at WKC against Singapore. As always and also on this high level it is great to see kendoka keeping the highest level of respect and friendship, and sharing an honest handshake or a friendly hug after a shiai.