The 17th World Kendo Championships ended.
I felt so relieved, and now I don’t have regrets.
The Korean national team has been competing for two years to prepare for the 17th World Kendo Championships. For only 5 minutes game time with Japan…
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!