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Invitation: The London Cup 2009

The 2008 Asian Zone Kendo Sinpan Seminar in Soul, Korea,
where I met Mr. Fitzgerald from UK.

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Dear Kendo Friends in East Asia

We would like to warmly invite you all to join us at this years London Cup International Kendo tournament in England. The event is now in it's second year and will be held on May 1-3rd 2009. The London Cup is spreadover two days, has individual men's and women's shiai, plus an open fiveman tournament. Based in the heart of Central London, close to famous landmarks and excellent transport links the tournament aims to bring anexciting and dynamic event to the Capital.

International interest in the tournament has been very high, and we have confirmed attendance from many European National Teams, such as the Italian, Swedish, Dutch, French, British, and Spanish National Teams, and the German ladies Team that placed third place in the Taipei WKC.

We also have Kenshi visiting us from the United States and Hawaii.

We would love to welcome kenshi from East Asia also, and would bemost grateful if you could pass word of our event around your National Associations. We hope that the Cup can prove to offer National Teams some great Shiai experience before August's World Championships in Brazil, and also a great experience for all club level kendoka.

For full tournament information please visit our website at

Kindest regards and we look forward to welcoming you all to London in May!

Jon Fitzgerald

Team GB
Tora Kendo Dojo


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