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
PS: We would like to thank the various members and photographers who contributed photos for this report!