Furukawa Kazuo: The will to be the best of Japan


A swordsman who has always aimed for the pinnacle has finally grasped the crown.
Furukawa Kazuo, 60 years old. This swordsman who up until now has showed excellent Shiai in various tournaments which are imprinted into people’s memories, has left his record as the best of Japan in the All Japan 8th Dan Kendo Championship. This tournament is also known as the “battle of masters”. It had been 35 years since he stood in the final of the 27th All Japan Kendo Championships.

Furukawa Kazuo
Furukawa Kazuo, born in 1954 in Nagasaki prefecture, 60 years old. Proceeded from Saikai Gakuen High School to Tokai University. After graduation, he became a faculty member of the Tokai University 4th High School. Major achievements include 2nd place in the All Japan Championship, 2nd place in the World Championship, 2nd place in the National Teachers’ Championship, 1st place the All Japan Prefectural Championship, 1st place at the World Combat Games Kendo Championship 8th dan division 2 consecutive times. He won his first victory at the All Japan Invitational 8th Dan Championship held in April this year. His teaching theory, which thoroughly emphasizes basics is well established. At Tokai University 4th High School he has taught the Eiga brothers, Hideyuki and Naoki, Daisuke Wako who attained All-Japan Championship 2nd place, and national team representative Ando Sho who participated in the 14th World Kendo Championship, and served as coach for Japan. Was awarded the title of Hanshi in May this year. Hanshi 8th Dan.

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  • Nicholas 08/07/2018 at 10:46 PM

    Hello from an Australian beginner,

    Our Sensei has just mentioned having a ‘winning attitude’, or a ‘desire to win’.

    For me, it all seems pretty daunting.

    Can you please explain this attitude, in reference to Furkawa Sensei’s win?

    Thanks in advance,

    • Kendo Jidai 08/13/2018 at 12:51 PM

      Hi Nicholas, could you specify your question?
      Would you agree the desire to win is necessary for a winning attitude?
      What would you like to know?

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  • hatamoto68 12/04/2019 at 6:16 PM

    I had the pleasure to fight with him at the WKC in Korea. It was amazing and so much fun. So if you happen to meet him: practice with him. It is a one in a lifetime experience!

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