The All Belgium Kendo Federation is the central link between the two federal federations VKIJF and BKR that are responsible for the practise of Kendo, Iaido & Jodo (Kendo, Iaido and Jodo are martial arts which use the Japanese sword or katana.) in Belgium and abroad, it is a member of the European Kendo Federation (EKF) and the International Kendo Federation (IKF). The abkfevents website list all the ABKF news, events, agenda and competition results.
This week, we received a very sad news from The Netherlands. Our very first webmaster but also close friend, Rob van Acht, passed away. We would like to present to his wife and family our deepest condolences… Rest in peace Rob.
In December since 27 years in a row, ABKF organise its Winter event for Kendo, Iaido and Jodo. This year, almost 400 persons coming from 31 different countries showed up at (at least) one of the trainings organized from Tuesday to Sunday. During the weekend, also grading sessions took place where we welcomed around 130 candidates and we ended with the traditional Kendo competitions ( ladies, men individuals and the team of three). Specific for this tournament is the “Ippon Shobu” rule which asks for constant sharpness of attention if you want to win the tournament.
This year we had our sponsors “Ichigan” which offered nice tabi to the female winner but also “Rio Brewering Co” which offered nice set of beer to all winners and last but not least “All Nippon Airways” who made it possible to send our individual winners to Japan!
An extra was the fact that the female winner is officially invited by Mimasaka city (Japan) to join the 2018 edition of the “Otsu Cup” which takes place on October 14th, 2018 in Japan!
A large amount of pictures are easily available at social media such as Facebook.
Dear members please already note the following important 2018 ABKF Iaido events in your agenda.
07/01/2018 ABKF Iaido National training – Open to all (Ternat)
25/03/2018 ABKF Iaido Seminar – Open to all with gradings up to 4th Dan (Ardooie)
15/04/2018 ABKF Iaido Referee seminar (To be confirmed)
13/05/2018 ABKF BKC – Belgium Iaido Championships (Rebecq)
8-9-10/06/2018 ABKF/EKF Iaido seminar with ZNKR Delegation and gradings up to 7th Dan (Bruges)
17-18-19/08/2018 ABKF Iaido Summer Seminar (Louvain-La-Neuve)
11->16/12/2018 ABKF Winter Seminar (Auderghem)
Please also note Furuichi Sensei seminar the 19-20/05/2018
For more information & other dates (BKR/VKIJF Regional Training) check the full 2018 Agenda
The 24th European Iaido Championships 2017 was this year organized in Torino, Italy and listed more than 212 competitors. The Belgian team did great in the individual taikai and won 5 medals with Habets Arno 1st dan Bronze, Vermeulen Karen 2nd dan Bronze, Vervack Valentin 4th dan Bronze, Kanto Yuki 6th dan Bronze and Simonini Michael 6th dan Silver.
On sunday the Belgian team composed of Pauwelyn Nicolas, Vervack Valentin, Daan Heungens and Kim Croes did a wonderful job by winning the Gold medal.
The definitive delegation from Japan for our annual Winter Seminar is knew from now. This delegation has been reinforced, for the Jodo-part, by European Jodo Kyoshi 8th dan René Van Amersfoort and are assisted by a huge number of 7th dan coming from Italy, The Netherlands, France and Belgium.
For those who would like to know more in detail about the Japanese delegation, please find here additional info: