Tag: Memorable Kendo Matches

Toda Tadao receiving his winning trophy at All Japan Kendo Championship

Memorable Kendo Matches 18: Tadao Toda(1962 and 1964 All Japan Kendo Championship)

Corporate Kenshi who pioneered the “jodan-boom”. In his later years he became the pioneer leading kenshi with the double sword. In only his second year as a company kenshi, as the Post-War competitive Kendo scene was established, he fought his way straight to the top! It was Toda Tadao who Read More

Mizuki Matsumoto at the Kendo World Championship in 2015

Memorable Kendo Matches 15: The only Japanese Player to Win against Korean Players: Mizuki Matsumoto (2015 Kendo World Championship)

Matsumoto’s brilliant performance helps Japan see off advancing rivals It was the first time in 18 years that the World Champs were held in Japan, and the 16th edition played at the Nihon Budokan saw Japan and South Korea fight to the death. The rivalry between the two nations was Read More

Aso High School beating PL Gakuen in 1991 Kendo Inter High

Memorable Kendo Matches 14: “Izumi Magic” brings Aso High School to Win both Boys and Girls Team Games (1996 Inter High)

Winning the title by beating PL Gakuen (Osaka) who had a 4 year winning streak In 1991, Aso High School (Kumamoto) won the much coveted Inter High Girls team tournament for the first time, They defeated PL Gakuen (Osaka), who had been winning it 4 consecutive years until them. From Read More

Kokushikan University won All Japan University Kendo Championship 2012

Memorable Kendo Matches 13: Kokushukan University (2012 All Japan University Championship)

The greatest teams in history sees of rival to claim glory Kokushikan University boasts the most wins at the All Japan University Championships. Kokushikan is known as the top university producing countless famous kenshi, but the team in 2012 is said to be their strongest team yet. They had two Read More

Eiga Naoki winning the 2000 All Japan Championship

Memorable Kendo Matches 12: The Beginning of a New Era – Naoki Eiga (2000 All Japan Championship)

The Last All Japan Championship of the 20th Century It was his 9th challenge at the All Japan Championship when Naoki Eiga won his first title. This was the longest it took for someone to win in that competition, equal to Kiyonori Nishikawa. He participated in the All Japan Championship Read More

Photo of Miyazaki Masahiro winning All Japan Kendo Championship in 1990

Memorable Kendo Matches 11: Masahiro Miyazaki (1990 All Nippon Championship)

A 20s Winner for the First Time in 10 Years With Transformation in the All Jappan Championship, The Miyazaki Era begins From 1984, there was a participation restriction to the All Japan Championship of “Those holding 6th dan and above). This reflected the opinions of those holding higher dan, who Read More

Memorable Kendo Matches 10: Kenji Ikeda (1958-60 Gyokuryuki High School Games)

Memorable Kendo Matches 10: Kenji Ikeda (1958-60 Gyokuryuki High School Games)

The star player in 3 back-to-back Gyokuryuki Titles finishes it off with a 4-man sweep in the final 3 back-to-back wins gained huge publicity back then, and its glory still lives on today While kendo was banned during and after WWII, the Gyokuryuki Games (which had a different name back Read More

Takachiho High School Kendo Club at Gyokuryuki Taikai

Memorable Kendo Matches 9: Yuichi Kono (1987 Gyokuryuki High School Games)

Victorious in Historical High School Kendo Rivalry In 1986, PL Gakuen (Osaka) won the Gyokuryuki boys with fine performances from 2nd grader Takahiro Nabeyama. They were seeking back to back titles the following year with Nabeyama as their key player. Facing PL in the final was Takachiho (Miyazaki), who had Read More

Image of PL Gakuen High School winning 1982 Gyokuryuki High School Games

Memorable Kendo Matches 8: PL Gakuen High School (1982 Gyokuryuki High School Games)

The Gyokuryuki crosses the Kaimon strainght for the first time PL Gakuen, located in Osaka, won the inter high games (boys) in 1972 for the first time, and has won it 7 times in total. Especially between 1975-1985 it was considered one of the two top kendo schools along with Read More

Memorable Kendo Matches 7: Sho Umegaya(2013 Gyokuryuki High School Games)

Memorable Kendo Matches 7: Sho Umegaya(2013 Gyokuryuki High School Games)

“Become a legend” Sho Umegaya Responds as he Beats 4 in a row at the Final (2013 Gyokuryuki High School Games) The most interesting aspect of the Gyokuryuki Games is that it is held in the “fight until you lose” format. This means that no matter how much you are Read More