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2017 Novice Championship Results

11 November - Open Ceremony
12 November - Closing Ceremony

The 10th New Zealand Kendo Novice Championship
11-12 November 2017


Acknowledgment 

We started the first Yon-Dan (4th Dan) Division Shiai as a shiai demonstration for the novice Kendoka to learn from their senpai but also providing an opportunity for these junior Kendo instructors to learn from each other in a shiai situation. We appreciate the efforts from all the participants: Naoko Stephenson (AKC), Rina Igarashi (AKC), Alice Graham (Yoshinkan), Wlat Kim (DMK), Kai Yoshitani (WKC), Leo Lin (WKC), and Awatea Yi-Williams (WKC). 

We thank Alan Stephenson sensei for his long service as the Shinpan-cho (chief judge) and running the shinpan seminar in the Novice Champ. Huge thanks also go to Sam Tsai,  Naoko Stephenson, Oscar Xing, Rina Ugarashi, Sayuri Takeyama, Walt Kim, Alice Graham, Kai Yoshitani, Leo Lin and Awatea Yi-Williams for their service as a shinpan. 

Lastly, we thank Marleen Charng sensei for the efforts of organising this great event and all the Waikato Kendo Club members who have helped the hard work behind the scene.

It is worth of note that this year's Novice was very international! Thanks to all the Kendo Friends from Auckland Kendo Club, Daehan Mudo Kwan, Wellington Yoshinkan and Nelson Shoshin Kendo Club that include people from Argentina, Poland, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Russia, England, and of course, Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan. 

It is always a great pleasure to see so many talented young people have dedicate themselves in Kendo and the Novice Champ as a part of their Kendo journey. 

* 2017 Results *

Ki-hon Enbu Division

1st Position
James Haldane
WKC
2nd Position
David Nguyen 
WKC
3rd Position
Jonathan Phillips
WKC 



Youth Division (under 14)

1st Position
Miho Yotsumoto
AKC
2nd Position
Shino Yotsumoto
AKC
3rd Position
Kohtaro Sai
AKC 
Fighting Spirit
 Genzui Kudo
AKC 

Women's Kyu Division

1st Position
Shino Yotsumoto
AKC
2nd Position
Dani Li 
AKC 
3rd Position
Ewara Schullner 
NSKC 
Fighting Spirit
Billie Jones 
WYKC 

Women's Dan Division

1st Position
Joyce Tsai
WKC
2nd Position
Megumi Nakamura 
AKC 
3rd Position
Shawn Zhang
AKC 
Fighting Spirit
Rosa Hartnoll 
AKC 

Men's Kyu Division

1st Position
Tony Zhong
AKC
2nd Position
Jonathan Croxton 
AKC 
3rd Position
Genzui Kudo 
AKC 
Fighting Spirit
Kohtaro Sai
AKC

Men's Dan Division

1st Position
Makoto Kuroda
AKC
2nd Position
Fercondo Assagani
WYKC 
3rd Position
Jordan Te Wharau
WKC 
Fighting Spirit
Dong Jun Byun
DMK 


Inter-Club Team Division

1st Position
Waikato Team A
Jordan Te Wharau
Joyce Tsai
Jason Nguyen
2nd Position
Auckland Team D

Nicholas Robertson
Lindo Croxton
Tony Zhong

3rd Position
Auckland Team F
Makoto Kuroda
Cong Wang
Danni Li

Fighting Spirit

Wellington Yoshinkan

Fercondo Assagani


Yon-Dan Enbu Division

1st Position
Leo Lin
WKC
2nd Position
Rina Igarashi 
AKC
3rd Position
Kai Yoshitani
WKC 





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