From February, the final countdown for our team members has started. Since several months, this group prepared themselves to join the biggest event organized by the International Kendo Federation, the World Kendo Championships… This tournament is taking place every three years and will be held in Novara, Italy, next May.
The Belgian delegation is composed of 7 Men & 7 Ladies assisted by their Delegation leader, coach & manager.
Delegation Leader: Daniel Delepiere (ABKF President)
Coach: Nobuo Hirakawa & Serge Hendrickx
Manager: Marc Nameche
Men team: Carroll Tange, Wesley Haeke, Peter D’Hont, Stefan Van Boven, Geert Van Dort, Sean Van Laecken & Celest Vinck
Ladies Team: Lisa Van Laecken, Maaike Steyaert, Arsenia Corcoba, Rachel Buysse, Ans Van Eupen, Annick Pollet & Alexandra Snoy
On February 11th, these members had some shiaigeiko & commun training with the members of Düsseldorf Kendo Club and advice from Yasue sensei, “local” 8th Dan and Yukio Shimizu, 7th dan from Köln Kendo Club. Next trainingsessions will be the seminar under the guidance of Hirakawa sensei from Feb 20th to 26st. Other shiaigeiko are also planned with our friends from The Netherlands in April as well as the last seminar before the WKC from May 14th until departure…