Delegation Abroad 2004
Delegation to FIK Referee Seminar in Hong Kong
FIK Asian-Zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on December 11 and 12, 2004
in Hong Kong Park Indoor Games Hall Complex. The instructors were
Mr. Nariaki Sato -Hanshi 8 Dan,
Mr. Koji Kato -Hanshi 8 Dan,
Mr. Masatake Sumi -Hanshi 8 Dan.
Referee trainees of 42 from Australia, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong
In addition, some 40 Kendo practitioners including 11 Hong Kong national
team nominee hopefuls joined as match players and contributed to a success
of the event. Noteworthy is four emergency life guards were kept in the
courts for the two whole days.
After the opening ceremony on the morning of the first day, the
Chief Instructor, Mr. Sato gave a lecture about mission, duties, and attitudes
of referees, and how to show their judgment. His remarks were translated
into English, Korean, and Chinese languages. Then, a model refereeing was
demonstrated by Messrs. Sueno, Tamura and Furukawa, all 8 Dan from Japan.
The trainees were divided into two groups by Dan, experiences and age.
The top group focused on judging a valid point by mental charge and physical
posture of the competitors, and the Hasuji of the Shinai. After 4, all
the participants enjoyed Keiko.
On the second day, IKF Chairman Mr.Takeyasu who arrived at Hong Kong at
the previous night made an encouraging address to the hall, saying that
improvement of refereeing Kendo is an acute challenge to the world Kendo
since it is spreading into the world so fast. “You are requested to practice
Kendo regularly and promote friendship exchange among the participants.”
On the morning session, the same two groups continued the refereeing practice.
The points which should be noted are
1) Few attendees were likely to nail down both Hasuji and physical attitude
when the competitors hit a strike, though they spotted the strike.
2) Few could anticipate the movements of the competitors, and resultantly
they ran after the fighters without paying attention to the journey of
the other referees.
Kendo and Iaido Delegation to South America
at Sao Paulo, Brazil
AJKF sent the following experts to Brazil, Argentina and Chile between
July 14 and July 27, 2004 with an objective of developing Kendo and Iaido
in the region.
Mr. Shuji Fukumoto, Director of AJKF and Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan,
Mr. Isao Nishide, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan
Mr.Tomoharu Ito, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan and Iaido Kyoshi 8 Dan.
(1) Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 16 and 17: Iaido Seminar by Mr.Ito fascinated
28 people of 5 Dan or lower Dan holders because he gave hands-on training
by posting 4 hypothetical enemies at the four points, back and forth, left
and right after explaining Riai. They could learn each action of the 12
Kata from the point why such a motion shall occur.
Kendo-Kata seminar had 72 participants. Each Kata was taught with focusing
on which point should be struck, and whether it reached the opponent or
Refereeing Seminar by Mr.Fukumoto consisted of a lecture of the art of
refereeing, and Yuko-Datotsu points easy to overlook, and of refereeing
skill practices including how to raise the flags and positioning in matches. He also led a seminar of how to instruct/ practice Kendo with 65 attendees
and also delivered a lecture entitled “Effects of Contemporary Kendo”,
speaking about the essence, purpose, and goals of Kendo and Kendo instructors’
(2) Brazilian Kendo Yudansha-Taikai and South American Kendo Championships,
Sao Paul, Brazil on July 18: From 7 countries in the region, 362 Kendoists
competed for individual and team Champions. Brazil became the Champion
in the inter-national category, and was followed by Chile and Aruba. The
event was carried out under the sponsorship of Japanese Consulate for the
first time and Consul General Mr. Ishida observed the matches.
(3) Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 19 thru July 21: the seminars of Iaido,
Kendo Basic Skills Practice with wooden sword, Kendo-Kata, and a lecture
entitled “Effects of Contemporary Kendo” were conducted with some 50 attendees
from seven areas.
at San Chago, Chile
(4) San Chago, Chile on July 22 thru July 25: According to the Federation,
the Kendo population is some 200 and the half live in the capital. The
participants consisted of 20 Dan holders and 40 beginners, which made the
seminars of Iaido, Kendo-Kata, Basic Practice, and Refereeing focus on
the basics respectively. The demonstration by the 3 experts included Iaido,
Kendo-Kata and instructive Keiko with 3 assigned participants.
As the other activity, the Japanese delegation members joined the jury
panel of the Dan-Kyu grading examination which is produced by Kendo federation
of each country .
**This delegation was supported by the Japan Foundation.**
Delegation to 19th EKC at Budapest
19th European Kendo Championships were held on April 23 through 25, 2004
in Budapest, Hungary. From recode-high 28 countries, 262 competitors
got together in an arena within the National Stadium Complex. From Japan
Mr. Jun Takeuchi, General Secretary of International Kendo Federation
Mr. Hideo KOBAYASHI, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Osamu ASANO Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan
Mr. Tadashi HAGA Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan
joined the annual event as the Shimpan-cho and Shimpan-shunin which is
carried out off years of the triennial World Kendo Championships.
.The results are, see 19th EKC Page !!!
The followings are brief comments from Mr. Haga;
1. Referee skills of 18 Shimpan who served in 3 courts were improved considerably
day by day because of Shimpan meetings before and after every day match.
Their hard works and toughness were amazing.
2. Players of the best 8 male teams in the quarterfinal had no difference
in skills and played high-leveled intense matches by showing subtle and
esoteric strikes and Debana-Waza sometimes.
3. Amazingly, European Kendoists showed their sincere attitude toward the
authentic manners and the audience was perfect. Especially every closing
ceremony was conducted with full of mutual applause and without any walkout.
Delegation to Brunei Darussalam
AJKF delegation consisted three Kendo experts has been visited to Brunei
Darussalam located in South East Asia in the end of March 2004.
Mr. Tadashi KUMAMOTO, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan,
Mr. Katsuo ENDO, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan
Mr. Hiroaki TANAKA, Kendo Kyoshi 7 Dan.
This event was held with support of the Japan Foundation and Japanese embassy
as a part of the Japan Week which commemorated the 20th Anniversary of
establishment of Brunei-Japan Diplomatic Relations.
The showcase in the nation which literally means eternally peaceful Brunei
was started with their appearance on the popular TV program on the Friday
morning of March 26. Friday in Brunei is equivalent to Saturday of Japan
That is why so many people, more than 1,000 observed the three evening
performances held in Chancellor Hall of University of Brunei Darussalam.
This figure of the cumulative audience is said extremely rare in the Capital
city with the population of 60,000.
Both on Saturday and Sunday, in addition to the demonstrations, the Japanese
Kendoists instructed 11 Kendo practitioners from Singapore, Malaysia, and
Australia on the mornings and had workshops for some 40 students on theafternoons.
**This delegation was supported by the Japan Foundation.**
Delegation to FIK Referee Seminar in Taiwan
Kendo Referee Seminar in the Asian Zone was held on March13 and 14, 2004
in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of China (ROC).
The instructors this year were
Mr. Kunitomo Kokubu, Hanshi 8 Dan,
Mr. Kiyomitsu Goto, Hanshi 8 Dan,
Mr. Hitoshi Murakami, Hanshi 8 Dan.
Referee trainees of 70 from Australia, Hongkong, Korea, Japan and Taiwan
with special attendee from Peking got together in a gym of National Feng
Hsin Senior High School with 18 college and senior high students as bout
In the opening ceremony on the morning of the first day, Mr.Jun Takeuchi,
Secretary-General of IKF made an opening address, saying that Shimpan was
very important in Kendo and all the Shimpan are required to referee the
bout with feeling of tension and responsibility. After a welcome address
by Mr. Hsiang-Lo Wu, President of ROC Kendo Association, the Chief Instructor,
Mr. Kokubu gave an overall of Shimpan, like objectives, attitudes, duties,
essence of trio referee system, and flag handling.
The skill practice started with demonstrations by representatives of each
group of Japan, Korea, HongKong, and Taiwan, which was good for all the
participants to share the unified understanding of application of the Shiai
rules and regulations, and for the instructors to grasp approximate Shimpan
level in each organization. In the afternoon session, the attendees were
divided into groups and every trainer had a chance to serve as Shushin.
The major problems the instructors gave advices to were as follows,
1) Judgment of Yuko-datotsu and prohibited acts
2) Positioning of Shimpan
3) Shushin’s poor management or control of the games
Delegation to FIK Referee Seminar in Canada
Kendo Referee Seminar in the American Zone was held on March 13 and 14,
2004 in Toronto, Canada. The instructors were
Mr. Koji Kato, Hanshi 8 Dan,
Mr. Kunio Hayashi, Hanshi 8 Dan,
Mr. Tadahiro Ajiro, Kyoshi 8 Dan.
Enthusiastic 71 participants from Canada, US, Brazil, and Argentina got
together in Japanese Canadian Cultural Center. They consisted of 23 Seventh
Dan, 14 Sixth Dan, 17 Fifth Dan, and 17 Fourth Dan.
The instructors explained the following points which were expected to be
mastered as referees.
1. Judgment of Yuko-datotsu: (Article 12 of the Regulations of Kendo Shiai
and Shimpan) It is critical to judge it by assessing all the requirements,
factors, and Zanshin of Ki-Ken-Tai no Icchi.
2. Settlement of Tsuba-zeriai
3. Judgment of prohibited acts
4. Positioning of Shimpan
5. Brisk Moving
6. Correct procedures and Senkoku
7. Rotation of Shimpan Trio
First, to explain the above items, experienced Shimpan joined in 12 WKC
demonstrated their skills, then all the attendees joined the bouts either
as Shimpan or as a player and received advice from the instructors.
Delegation to FIK/EKF Referee Seminar in Brussels
Kendo Referee Seminar in the European Zone was held on February 7 and 8,
2004 in Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium, as there in the previous years. The
instructors this year were Messrs.
Hideo Kobayashi, Hanshi 8 Dan
Kazuyoshi Okada, Kyoshi 8 Dan
Akira Matsui, Kyoshi 8 Dan
This was the 13th annual event and had so many participants as 181 from 13 countries, that
the venue of A.D.P.E.S gymnasium looked so small.
In the opening ceremony, Mr. Kobayashi made a speech of “Referee’s purpose
and duties”. For the following hands-on training, the attendees were divided
into two groups for more effective training. Group A was conducted by Messrs.
Kobayashi and Matsui, and B by Messrs. Okada and Ken’ichi Yoshimura, Kyoshi
8 Dan who lived in Paris for some 30 years. Major items of instruction
were judgment of Yuko-datotsu, assessment of prohibited acts, how to hold
the Shimpan-ki (flag), and how to make presentation of judgment. Group
A consisted of experienced referees, and they showed great improvement
by this seminar. There remained some problems as follows:
1. Some trainees sometimes lost an ideal positioning which always is supposed
to make a triangle by the three Shimpans with Shushin at the apex and they
were late in responding briskly. As a result, those trainees had to move
with seeing the back of the players.
2. Some lack such high-level Shimpan skills as short-cut movement, preemptive
movement with anticipation of players’ performance, etc.
3. Many couldn’t judge subtle and esoteric strikes (Genmyo-na-waza) which were light but definitely shooting.
For reference to the trainees, the three 8 Dan Japanese instructors demonstrated
a model refereeing.
The first day program concluded with Keiko of 7 Dan holders challenging
to 8 Dan Motodachi, and with instructive Keiko to attendees of 6 Dan and lower Dan holders.Next morning, all the participants enjoyed a wrap-up class of Shimpan training
and instructive Keiko before adjourning the Seminar.