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2015 Novice Championship Results

Results of the 8th New Zealand Novice Championship 7-8 November 2015

Youth Division (under 14)
1st Position Joyce Tsai WKC 2nd Position Chihiro Igarashi  JSK 3rd Position Rosa Hartnoll  JSK  Fighting Spirit Jake Fanstone  AKC 
Women's Kyu Division
1st Position Oceane Porterat AKC 2nd Position Chihiro Igarashi  JSK  3rd Position Cong Wang  AKC  Fighting Spirit Rosa Hartnoll

Leon: Why we are practicing Kendo and we are still peaceful people

Why we are practicing Kendo and we are still peaceful people?

I think it’s a really common question for everyone. Few weeks ago before Rumbudan Taikai, I was talking to my professor and said we would have a competition in Wellington and I need to settle down my topic for my report as soon as possible, so I can get it down before I go. And my professor asked what kind of sport do I do. I answered that it’s a Japanese martial art called Kendo. My professor was so surprised and said that "I take back all the things I said to you and don’t hurt me". I know he is only joking. But in real life, many people just take it for granted that all budo or martial art is equal to violence and even a lot of martial art learners have that kind of thinking as well.

Personally, I think it’s not quite the case. I think the reason why we practice budo is that we want to have peace. Like we are learning Kendo, we learn the techniques, the mind set, the self control, but no one ever taught you to ta…

Nicole: My personal reflection on the Rembuden Taikai 2015

My personal reflection on the Rembuden Taikai:
First, let's celebrate the success our team has brought us. Congratulations to Kai Yoshitani, who brought home a gold medal for Men's senior Dan open and Jordan Te Wharau who placed at second in the Men's junior Dan competition. They both fought really hard against the odds and went a long way to achieve the success. Even though Awatea Yi-Williams and Kevin Peng didn't get to advance into the final, for every shiai they fought, they showed full commitment in every seme and every cuts. They showed us not to faltered when you are at a disadvantage, keep calm and remember the Kendo sensei has taught us. Senpai has set a really good example for us junior in the future.
As for the junior member of the teams - Leon, Joseph Cao, Felix Chu, Anthony, and Spyke Lawrey, you guys did awesome considering this is our first convoy to fought outside in a national level competition. This competition was hard battle for team as we are at an u…

Team Waikato at the 16th Rembuden Taikai 2015

Congratulations to our Team Waikato they have made very excellent achievement in the 16th Rembuden Taiki.

Kai Yoshitani won Men's senior Dan 1st Place,

Jordan Te Wharau won Men's junior Dan 2nd Place, and

Team made up by Felix, Jordan & Kai won 3rd Place from Inter-Club competition while our Team Awa, Leon, Spyke and Team Kevin, Joseph, Antony performed excellent in other matches.

A very big THANK YOU to our extremely supportive supporters - Nicole, Jing, Catherine, David. 

Except Kai, Awa and Kevin, rest of our team is still on the way driving home when I am publishing this good news to you.

Now, let's make another peak in 2015 Novice Championships!


InfoPack - 2015 Novice Champ

Important Information The New Zealand Novice Championships, hosted by the Waikato Kendo Club, is a competition aimed at lifting Kendo experiences for junior Kendo practitioners. This competition will also provide shinpan training for senior Kendo practitioners with the New Zealand Kendo Federation’s (NZKF) support.
Date: -7th November: Referees’ Seminar, Individual Competition & Prize Giving -8th November: Inter-Club Team Competition & Prize Giving
Location: -Gate 4, School of Education Gym, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Entry Requirements: -Entry to the competition is open to members of the NZKF
Entry Fee:  Spectators are freeEntry fee for people aged 14 and under - $70 per competitor (lunches will be provided) Entry fee for all other entries - $80 per competitor (Tea/snack & lunches will be provided)Entry for shinpan (4th Dan & above) and attendants of the shinpan seminar is free (if you plan just to be referee only).

Notes and Requirements

2015 Beginner Classes

--------- Information for Year 2015 Beginners --------- Dates:ØClass A:    1.30 – 3pm  Saturdays 7 March – 27 June (15 sessions) ØClass B:    1.30 – 3pm  Saturdays  18 July – 31 October (15 Sessions) Course Information:·No previous experience required. ·Regardless of gender, ages from 8 to 80 are all welcome. ·First lesson is your Free trial. ·Fees: 150.00 — for 15 weeks course and equipment rental. ·Objectives: By the end of the course, you will be ready to put on Bogu (armour) for your Kendo journey as a modern Samurai! Venue: ØSchool of Education (SOE) Gym, Gate 4, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton. ØTraining is open to everyone. You are always welcome to visit us. To know more about us: