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Kendo Nippon and Kendo Jidai – April 2013
Kendo Nippon and Kendo Jidai magazines with pictures and report by Sumi Sensei Hachi-dan Hanshi who we were honoured to have as our shimpan-cho of the 40th Mumeishi 3’s championship in London November 2012. Click on The Images Below to Enlarge and read the articlas.
Hounslow Chronicle – Nov 2012
The warrior spirit lives in Cranford
If you had gone past Cranford Community College last Saturday you might have been mistaken for thinking that there was a Japanese martial arts film being shot as over 300 kendo fighters gathered for the 40th Mumeishi 3’s International Kendo Championship. Kendo literally means “Way of the Sword” and was developed to allow Samurai warriors to practice with all the spirit and commitment replacing the real swords with bamboo swords or Shinai as they are known.
Mumeishi Kendo Club was started in 1969 by Sensei Terry Holt who still is the dojo leader today, out of his love for Japanese martial arts and the desire to open up the martial art to as many people as possible and has always been based in and around Hounslow. The first Mumeishi 3’s Kendo Championship took place in 1973 and every year it has grown in both size and reputation. Today it is the largest Kendo competition in Europe and attracts teams and fighters from across the world. This year teams and individuals were represented from the UK, France, Norway, Poland, Russia, Italy, Belgium, Germany and more. During the day there are 3 competitions, the first for Ladies individual fighters, then Juniors from 6-17 and lastly the main event a team championship. The Mumeishi 3’s is different in that each team is made up of 2 fighters of any level and 1 fighter who has to be a beginner or Kyu grade and each team can deicide the order their team fights in. Points (ippon) are awarded by agreement of three judges for correct strikes to the head (men), wrist (kote), body (do) or throat (tsuki) and the fighter must show the correct spirit (zanshin) for the strike to count. When the strike is made the fighter must make a loud and powerful cry (kiai), which make the sports hall deafening at times.
To celebrate the 40th championship was opened in a dramatic way with a tradition Japanese Taiko drummer group performing a 20 minute long sequence created to lift the spirits of all the fighters taking part. The first competition was the ladies individual with over 50 fighter fighting in knockout format to take it down to 2 fighters for the final with Pauline Stolarz from France winning in a close fought match. This is closely followed by the first 2 rounds of the team competition with over 75 teams starting in a knockout format again, this first session left the field reduced from over 75 teams to 16. The teams were then allowed to breath again whilst the Juniors hold their competition with 4 age groupings (6-9, 10-12, 13-14 & 15-17). The youngest group is fought with the judges making a decision on the young fighters performance rather than them having to win points, but the other 3 groups have to fight in a knockout format again.
Before the teams continued with their competition a tradition sword or Kata demonstration was given by the visiting chief referee and teacher Matsutaki Sumi Sensei and our own Terry Holt Sensei. Then the competition resumed but now the matches were getting progressively harder as the skill and ability of the teams started to become more even. The final took place at around 5.00pm between a team from Dusseldorf in Germany and our very own Mumeishi team with all the competitors from the day there to watch and cheer them. The final matches were amongst the best the competition has seen in all its 40 years and we were even more pleased when Mumeishi won the final making us the winner of the 40th Mumeishi 3’s and Terry Holt a very pleased organiser.
The day was finished off by a visit to our local pub the Queens Head who laid on a fantastic spread for a lot of tired and hungry fighters and helpers. But if that wasn’t enough everybody met up again the next morning for a 3 hour long practice session with all the visiting senior teachers.
Roll on the 41st Mumeishi 3’s.