The 17th World Kendo Championship

Things have always been quite slow in the international kendo field, but finally, something interesting is coming up – the 17th Kendo World Championship.

This is a premium event sponsored by the International Kendo Federation once every three years. The very first event went down in 1970 in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, each ceremony has been bigger, better and most importantly more competitive. This year, the best Kendo teams are heading to Korea’s Namdong Gymnasium in Incheon Metropolitan City.

The Sponsors

Here are the organizations that have pledged to support this year’s event:

  • International Kendo Federation (FIK) – Primary promoter
  • Korea Kumdo Association (KKA) – Host
  • Korea sport and Olympic committee – Secondary sponsor
  • Incheon Metropolitan City – Secondary sponsor
  • All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF) – Secondary sponsor

The program

The event will take five days starting from 12th to 16th September 2018, but the best action will be in the last three days. On the first day, there will be a general assembly and the referees will have their meeting. On the second day, the FIK board of directors and managers will have separate talks about the match fixures for the whole event.

The main events start on the third day with individual men competitions taking center stage. As usual, each round will be five minutes long. The commendation ceremony will go down later on the same day.

On September 15, the ladies will take over and show-off their skills in an individual women tournament. Later on, they will compete in women teams. The commendation will mark the end of the day’s events.

The climax of the event -the men’s team championship- will take place on the last day (September 16). The awarding and closing ceremonies will follow shortly after that.

Well, that’s what to expect in what is promising to be another year of the way-of-the-sword celebrations.

See you there!