World Kendo Championship

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World Kendo Championships
Venue Namdong Gymnasium
Location Incheon Korea
Dates September 14th - 16th 2018
Teams 52
Medalists
Gold medal icon.svg   Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Silver medal icon.svg   Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
Bronze medal icon.svg   Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Bronze medal icon.svg   Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei
Champions
Current Champions
Men Sho Ando Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)
Women Mizuki Matsumoto Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)

The World Kendo Championship are an international kendo competition contested by the member nations of the International Kendo Federation (FIK). FIK is the international federation of national and regional kendo associations and the world governing body for members of FIK. The championships have been conducted every three years since their inception in 1970.

Kendo modern Japanese martial art

Kendo is a traditional Japanese martial art, which descended from swordsmanship (kenjutsu) and uses bamboo swords (shinai) and protective armour (bōgu). Today, it is widely practiced within Japan and many other nations across the world.

International Kendo Federation

The International Kendo Federation (FIK) was founded in 1970. It is an international federation of national and regional kendo associations.

Contents

The hosting of the World Kendo Championships usually rotates in order through the three FIK administrative regions of Asia, the Americas and Europe. The competition is divided into 4 divisions: Men's Team, Women's Team, Men's Individual, Women's Individual. Team matches are individual between 5 members from each team which change sequentially at the end of each round.

There is an opinion in Japan that this tournament is not of the same caliber as the All Japan Kendo Championship or the All Japan Police Kendo Championship, the argument being that there is a distinct qualitative difference in the playing level and style of countries where Japanese live, immigrated, or reigned before WW2, and countries that began the practice of Kendo post-war. This is changing rapidly however.

Until 2006 [1] , Japan had never lost a championship in any of the four divisions, when the Men's Team suffered a narrow loss against USA in the semi-final, with South Korea claiming victory in the final. This was Japan's first official defeat despite other teams coming close, such as South Korea and Canada in 1997 and 2000 respectively. In the individual division, more and more South Koreans are appearing in the semi-finals and final.

Another opinion is that the level of non-Japanese referees is not of high enough caliber for matches to be judged fairly. In order to offset this, mandatory international referee seminars are organized by the International Kendo Federation with high ranking Japanese Kendo officials as lecturers.

Men's Division

Men's Team

The following is a summary of medals acquired by country for the Men's Team Division.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)160117
2Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea  (KOR)110314
3Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)02810
4Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)0257
Flag of Canada.svg  Canada  (CAN)0257
6Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei  (TPE)0167
7Flag of Hawaii.svg  Hawaii 0022
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN)0022
9Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)0011
Flag of Okinawa Prefecture.svg  Okinawa 0011
Totals (10 nations)17173468

Individual Champions (Men)

YearFinalThird PlaceTop Eight
WinnerRunner-up
1970M. Kobayashi, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan T. Toda, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan T. Yaniguchi, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan T. Ota, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
1973T. Sakuragi, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan H. Yano, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan T. Fujita, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan J.R. Rhee, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea
1976E. Yokoo, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan K. Ono, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan K. Hosoda, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan C. Wu, Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan Kawase, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Arima, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Sato, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Ito, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
1979H. Yamada, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan K. Furukawa, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan H. Aikawa, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan K. Terada, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan S. Kim, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea S. Nakauchi, Flag of the United States.svg  USA S. Suzuki, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan K. Koh, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea
1982M. Makita, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan T. Kosaka, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan W. Okajima, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan H. Yasugahira, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan J.W. Lee, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea R. Kaneshiro, Flag of the United States.svg  USA H.G. Jang, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea M. Grivas, Flag of the United States.svg  USA
1985K. Koda, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan H. Ogawa, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan J.C. Park, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea K.N. Kim, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea Johnson, Flag of Canada.svg  Canada Komatsu, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Umeyama, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Ujiie, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
1988I. Okido, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan A. Hayashi, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan H. Sakata, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan K.N. Kim, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea J.H. Lee, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea M. Ishizuka, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan J.K. Kim, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea R. Kishikawa, Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
1991S. Muto, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan H. Sakata, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan M. Yamamoto, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan S. Shimizu, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan E. Ohara, Flag of Canada.svg  Canada C.S. Oh, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea W. Huh, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea M. Masahiro, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
1994H. Takahashi, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan K. Takei, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan S. Hirano, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan N. Eiga, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Y.C. Park, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea T. Davidson, Flag of Canada.svg  Canada Y. Okamoto, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan T. Nabeyama, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
1997M. Miyazaki, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan F. Miyazaki, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan T. Ishida, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan S.S. Park, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea J.S. Yang, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea Y.Y. Liu, Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan T. Terachi, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan J.P. Labru, Flag of France.svg  France
2000N. Eiga, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan K. Takenaka, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan T. Someya, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan S.S. Hong, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea S. Asaoka, Flag of Canada.svg  Canada C. Yang, Flag of the United States.svg  USA H. Hirata, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan C.Y. Kim, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea
2003H. Sato, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan H. Iwasa, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan M. Sato, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan K. Lim, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea M. Salonen, Flag of Finland.svg  Finland K. Ando, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan C. Yang, Flag of the United States.svg  USA S.S. Park, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea
2006M. Hojo, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan T. Tanaka, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan S. Kang, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea G. Oh, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea S. Kamata, Flag of Canada.svg  Canada C. Cheng, Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan S. Harada, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan G. Sicart, Flag of France.svg  France
2009S. Teramoto, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan B. Park, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea K. Lee, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea C. Choi, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea K. Smith, Flag of Australia.svg  Australia D. Wako, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan T. Furusawa, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan J. Brown, Flag of the United States.svg  USA
2012S. Takanabe, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan W. Kim, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea T. Kim, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea K. Furukawa, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan J. Bertout, Flag of France.svg  France T.A. Hoang, Flag of Canada.svg  Canada K. Hatakenaka, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan C. Tange, Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
2015T. Amishiro, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Y. Takenouchi, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan M. Jang, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea H. Nishimura, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan J. Bertout, Flag of France.svg  France K. Bosak, Flag of Poland.svg  Poland R. Murase, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan J. Jo, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea
2018S. Ando, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan J. Jo, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea B. Park, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea Y. Takenouchi, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Y. Katsumi, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan C. Takayama, Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil J. Hatakeyama, Flag of the United States.svg  USA M. Jang, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea

Women's Division

Women's Team

The following is a summary of medals acquired by country for the Women's Team Division. (5-person team)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)7007
2Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea  (KOR)0606
3Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)0134
4Flag of Canada.svg  Canada  (CAN)0044
5Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)0033
6Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)0022
7Flag of Australia.svg  Australia  (AUS)0011
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei  (TPE)0011
Totals (8 nations)771428

Individual Champions (Women)

YearFinalThird PlaceTop Eight
WinnerRunner-up
1997M. Kimura, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan S. Mogi, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan W. Nakano, Flag of Canada.svg  Canada H.J. Cho, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea S. Konishi, Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil I. Benkman, Flag of Germany.svg  Germany P. Sato, Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil S. Kondo, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2000T. Kawano, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan K. Baba, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan H. Yano, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan S. Asahina, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan S. Konishi, Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil E.H. Kwon, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea M. Korogi, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan H.H. Cho, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea
2003K. Baba, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Y. Tsubota, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan S. Asahina, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan K. Okada, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan N. Soulas, Flag of France.svg  France M. Onaka, Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Y.J. Park, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea C. Shinzato, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2006S. Sugimoto, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan K. Komuro, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan E. Inagaki, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan M. Shimokawa, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan M. Hayashi, Flag of Canada.svg  Canada A. Byeon, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea A. Sipos, Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Y. Park, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea
2009Y. Takami, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan S. Shojima, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan C. Shinzato, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan E. Takashina, Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil M. Livolsi, Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Y. Lee, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea M. Hamanaka, Flag of Canada.svg  Canada M. Raitanen, Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
2012S. Sakuma, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan K. Kurokawa, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan S. Shodai, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan K. Kawagoe, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan S. Park, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea S. Tamura, Flag of the United States.svg  USA K. Jeon, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea H. Yu, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea
2015M. Matsumoto, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Y.Y. Hu, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea B.K. Won, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea Y. Takami, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan S. Woude, Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands M. Kawagoe, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan F. Smout, Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands H. Yamada, Flag of Canada.svg  Canada
2018M. Matsumoto, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan M. Yamamoto, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan M. Senoo, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan M. Fujimoto, Flag of Japan.svg  Japan A. Akyla, Flag of Greece.svg  Greece H. Lee, Flag of Korea (1899).svg  Korea N. Chun, Flag of Hawaii.svg  Hawaii S. Woude, Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands

WKC Host Countries

The following is a list of the host countries of the World Kendo Championships.

NumberYearLocation
1st1970Flag of Japan.svg  Japan, Tokyo
2nd1973Flag of the United States.svg  United States, Los Angeles
3rd1976Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom, Flag of England.svg  England, Milton Keynes
4th1979Flag of Japan.svg  Japan, Sapporo
5th1982Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil, São Paulo
6th1985Flag of France.svg  France, Paris
7th1988Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea, Seoul
8th1991Flag of Canada.svg  Canada, Toronto
9th1994Flag of France.svg  France, Paris
10th1997Flag of Japan.svg  Japan, Kyoto
11th2000Flag of the United States.svg  United States, Santa Clara
12th2003Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom, Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland, Glasgow
13th2006Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei, Taipei
14th2009Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil, São Paulo
15th2012Flag of Italy.svg  Italy, Novara
16th2015Flag of Japan.svg  Japan, Tokyo
17th2018Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea, Incheon
18th2021Flag of France.svg  France, Paris

See also

The European Kendo Championships are an international kendo competition contested by the member nations of the European Kendo Federation (EKF). EKF is the international federation of kendo associations in Europe as well as the governing body for members of EKF. The championships have been conducted generally every year except when there is a scheduled World Kendo Championship the same year, the first EKC's inception being in 1974. The competition is divided into 6 divisions: Men's Team, Women's Team, Junior Team, Men's Individual, Women's Individual, Junior Individual. Team matches are individual between 5 members from each team which change sequentially at the end of each round, except in the Junior category which is between 3 members from each team, male or female.

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