2017 Nabeshima Cup & Texas Open Winners

  1. Congratulations to the following dojo members who won in the 2017 Nabeshima Cup:

3rd place, women’s division: Denise Verastigue
Kantosho, women’s division: Sol (Joanne) Hong
1st place, mudansha division: Massim Shah
3rd place, mudansha division: Nguyen Ly
Kantosho, mudansha division: Hogan Choi
3rd place, yudansha division: Nathan Williams

Here is a picture of all Taikai winners. Congrats!!
In addition to the winner shinai provided by Maruyama Kendogu, this year the champion in Yudansha also receives a pair of Tokuren orizashi kote sponsored by Tozando. Thanks!

The list of all winners:

Women’s Division
1. Yebin Chae – Houston Kendo Kyokai
2. Alexandra Darrah – Houston Kendo Kyokai
3. Ma Denise Verastigue – Dallas Fort Worth Kendo Iaido Kyokai
3. Minjeong Park – Houston Kendo Kyokai
K. Sol (Joanne) Hong – Dallas Fort Worth Kendo Iaido Kyokai
K. Elizabeth Pesek – Salinas Kendo Dojo

Mudansha Division
1. Massim Shah – Dallas Fort Worth Kendo and Iaido Kyokai
2. Marc Hakim – Tucson Kendo Kai
3. Israel Martinez – Nuevo Laredo Kendo Dojo
3. Nguyen Ly – Dallas Fort Worth Kendo Iaido Kyokai
K. Hogan Choi – Dallas Fort Worth Kendo Iaido Kyokai
K. Vivian Bentley – ZenBuKan Salt Lake City

Yudansha Division
1. Andrew Takahashi – New Orleans Kendo Club
2. Allan Azurin – Houston Kendo Kyokai
3. Nathan Williams – Dallas Fort Worth Kendo Iaido Kyokai
3. Jonah Wu – Arkansas Kendo Club
K. Mike Sentany – Arkansas Kendo Club
K. Jake Dupre – New Orleans Kendo Club

Texas Open
1. Koki Masuo – Austin Kendo Doshikai
2. Takuro Yamaoka – Omaha Kendo Iaido Kyokai
3. Makiko Adachi – Houston Kendo Kyokai
3. Katsuhei Yoshioka – Houston Kendo Kyokai
K. Carlos Guerra – Houston Kenshinkan


photo courtesy Keiji Kuno