On the 18th of August 2018, the Penang Kendo Club hosted the 5th Japanese Ambassador’s Cup at the Penang Japanese School. This national level team tournament was organized with the support of the Japanese Embassy in Malaysia and the Malaysia Kendo Association. In conjunction with this event, as local hosts, the Penang Kendo Club, with the help of the Consulate-General of Japan in Penang, also organized a Penang Kendo Festival to introduce members of the public to Kendo and Japanese sword arts in general. Also in attendance were the Consul-General of Japan in Penang, Mr Kanoya, the principal of the the Penang Japanese School, Mr Ono, founder of the Penang Kendo Club, Ms Emi Yamazaki as well as the senseis of the Malaysia Kendo Association and Penang Kendo Club. Prior to the start of the competition, attendees were treated to a Kendo Kata embu by Masuda-sensei and Kawaguchi-sensei as well as a koryu-style iaido kata embu by Masuda-sensei and Goto-sensei. This was followed by a kendo basics demonstration by members of the Malaysian kendo community let by demonstation leader Abul Johari. After the demonstration was completed, members of the general public were given the chance to try out kendo using practice shinais. The tournament proper, featuring 10 teams from all over Malaysia, started at 115pm in the afternoon, and after an intense afternoon of competition, The Penang Kendo Club’s own PKC B defied the odds to reach the final and meet the tournament favorites (and eventual champion), the all-Japanese team from JCKL.
1st Runners’ Up: PKC B
2nd Runners’ Up:
MKA A and PKC A
Calm before the storm. A moment of quiet before the start of the day’s proceedings
Our Tournament banner
The Japanese Ambassador’s Cup
Kawaguchi sensei (L) and Masuda sensei (R) performing the Nihon Kendo Kata
Goto sensei (L) and Masuda sensei (R) performing iaido kata from their respective koryu
Goto sensei in action during the iaido embu
Shamsul Amri (L) and Abul Johari (R) performing tachiai during the kendo demonstration
Members of the organizing committee. Good job everyone!
Members of the public learning to cut using shinai during the workshop
Kendo is fun! A tourist trying out kendo for the first time
A member of the public trying to perform men uchikomi
Workshop attendee learning to do chudan no kamae
The Consul General Mr Kanoya trying his hand at kendo
PKC-A order of battle
Our President Mr Lau in action!
Ono-sensei presenting the Fighting Spirit awards
Masuda-sensei presenting the 2nd Runners’-Up medals to MKA-A
Goto sensei presenting medals to the 2nd Runners’ Up PKC-A
Kawaguchi sensei presenting medals to the 1st Runners’ Up PKC-B
Mr Kanoya presenting winners’ medals to the winning JCKL team
Mr Kanoya presenting the trophy to the Taisho of team JCKL, Mr Koike
VP of the Malaysia Kendo Association, Christopher Wong sensei giving his closing comments.
Kawaguchi sensei in his closing comments.
Vice President of the Penang Kendo Club giving his closing comments
An organizer’s job is never done!
PKC-B posing with their spoils of victory. This 5th edition is the most successful outing yet for PKC, with a best ever 1st Runners’-up placing.
This year’s champions, team JCKL posing with Masuda sensei.
Senseis getting ready for godou keiko
Kawaguchi sensei in action during godou keiko
PS: We would like to thank the various members and photographers who contributed photos for this report!