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.