Congratulations to Chieko YANO who passed her nanadan last week-end. Chieko is now the 1st lady nanadan in the EKF zone!
A Belgian delegation was present at this yearly event for Iaido and Jodo.
In the morning there was a mini-seminar, in the afternoon there was a taikai.
And the Belgians were once again outstanding:
- Saturday – Iaido – 120 participants – 4 medals !
- Sunday – Jodo – 48 participants – 5 medals !
This looks very promising for the future.
We have the pleasure to inform you that our friend Serge HENDRICKX has been granted the title (shogo) of KYOSHI during his last stay in Japan. So he is now nanadan kyoshi!
He personally received his SHOGO from our President during the seminar organised by WAKAKOMA KENSHIKAI in Auderghem.
Big applause and congratulations to you Serge!
For all those who have known him well and also for those who just met him some day, somewhere around a shiai jo. We’ve got very, very sad news to tell! Stéphane SNYERS has just passed away after a terrible disease. He was yondan kendo and godan iaido for those who had some day the pleasure to practise with him … All our thoughts to his family, RIP Stéphane.
The 20th European Iaido Championships was this year organized in Meze, France. The ambiance during this event was great and everybody was very happy to meet all Iaido friends from all over EKF countries. After 2 days of seminar, the Belgian team achieved a tremendous job in the individual taikai by winning not less than 8 medals with Bruwier Philippe 6th dan Silver, Simonini Michael 5th dan Gold, Kanto Yuki 5th dan Bronze, Vandenbussche Jonathan 4th dan Gold, Vervack Valentin 2nd dan Gold, Vijverman Yvan 2nd dan Bronze, Cool Steven 1st dan Gold, Croes Kim 1st dan Bronze.
And on sunday winning the Silver medal in Team taikai with a team composed of De Block Marjan, Cool Steven, Croes Kim, Defraeye Luc.
Sunday finished with gradings where many new shodan (Incl. Croes Kim), nidan (Incl. Cool Steven) and sandan (Incl. Vervack Valentin) members passed! But only three new yondan and only one new rokudan (Simonini Michael) passed.
A new 7th dan Kendo in Belgium! Our friend Jean Claude Wolfs passed successfuly this test today at Eaubonne during the exams organized by EKF. Big congratulations!!