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March Madness leads to an Amazing April!

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on May 6, 2014 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The past few months have been both busy and fruitful for the IGA-Kendo Club. Please check on what happened during Mad March here, and after that see what made April Amazing here.

The 14th Hong Kong Kendo Open: IGA-Ken Surpasses Expectations Yet Again!

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on March 21, 2014 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

For more on this story, please visit our blog site or click on this link.

Photo Credit to Tsuchiya Makoto-Sensei of Tokyo.

IGA-Ken Goes to the 14th Hong Kong Asian Open!

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on February 26, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Presenting the IGA-Kendo Club delegates to the 14th Hong Kong Asia Open Kendo Championships! We will be sending teams to the three different events in the tournament, and some delegates will also be challenging the dan-promotion exams. Please wish them all good luck!


Team Line-Ups -


3-dan and under Men's Team: Joshua Romeo Espiritu (senpo), Jomar Paul Romero (chuken), Ricky Daniel Reyes (taisho), Lyndon Joseph Nolasco (substitute)


Women's Open Team A: Sugawara Shinmei (senpo), Kurematsu Kayo (chuken), Loida Estanilla-Inting (taisho)


Women's Open Team B: Isak Isobel Empeno (senpo), Maria Bianca Abriol-Santos (chuken), Blesylda Busto (taisho)


Men's Open Team: Alain Duminy (senpo), Nakagane Ryosuke (jiho), Matsumoto Takeshi (chuken), Kawabe Takahiko (fukusho), Igarashi Koji (taisho)


2-dan candidates: Ricky Daniel Reyes, Jomar Paul Romero, Maria Bianca Abriol-Santos, Blesylda Busto


1-dan candidates: Joshua Romeo Espiritu, Lyndon Joseph Nolasco, Isak Isobel Empeno


Support Staff: Igarashi Koji (Head Coach/Delegation Leader), Kristopher Inting (Delegation Manager), Dane Pio de Roda, Gerard Cagatan


Top row from the left: Ricky Daniel Reyes, Jomar Paul Romero, Dane Pio de Roda, Kristopher Inting, Igarashi Koji, Gerard Cagatan, Joshua Romeo Espiritu, Lyndon Joseph Nolasco


Bottom row from the left: Kurematsu Kayo, Loida Estanilla-Inting, Maria Bianca Abriol-Santos, Blesylda Busto, Isak Isobel Empeno, Sugawara Shinmei

4th Anniversary of the Arena Fitness Dojo

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on February 5, 2014 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Celebrating the 4th anniversary of the founding of the Arena Fitness Dojo of the IGA-Kendo Club this week! It's been four years of training Philippine-based kendoka and helping to develop Philippine Kendo. Looking forward to many more years to come!


(Picture credit to Mr. Ricky Daniel Reyes)

Dasma Dojo Recruitment Still Ongoing!

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on January 29, 2014 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

If you want to try Kendo in Makati City, join our Dasma Village Dojo!

Where: Dasmarinas Village Covered Basketball Court, Makati City

When: Every Saturday, 10am – 12nn

Recruitment is still on-going! Message us here for more details!

Arena Dojo February Trial Sessions and March Beginners' Class

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on January 24, 2014 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

To all those interested in joining the Arena Dojo of the IGA-Kendo Club, we will be starting a new Beginners' Class this March. We would like to invite prospective beginners to attend one free Trial Session on any Saturday this February so that you can get an idea of what training is like before you commit to joining in March.


If you will go to a trial session, please inform us which Saturday in February you plan to attend by commenting below. Be at Arena Fitness before 2pm, and bring a set of work-out clothes. We will lend you a shinai (bamboo sword) for the session.


If you will join the class in March, please inform us by posting here after you do your trial session. Class starts on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Monthly fee is P1,500, and we expect you to buy your own shinai within the month (costs between P2,000 to P2,600).


Please feel free to ask your questions here or in person when you visit the dojo.

IGA-Kendo Club on PTV-4's Good Morning Boss!

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on December 16, 2013 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Catch the IGA-Kendo Club on the PTV 4 morning show Good Morning Boss, to be aired on Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013, sometime between 7:00am to 9:00am. The show's host, Mr. Jo Tamesis, is given a taste of what it is like to participate in a two-day Kendo Training Camp!

3rd Annual IGA-Kendo Club Gasshuku

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on December 5, 2013 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (5)

by Kristopher Inting

photo credits: Angelo Ampil and Shinmei Sugawara

video credits: Koji Igarashi, Kristopher Inting and Erika Simbulan


The 3rd Annual IGA-Ken Gasshuku (Training Camp) was held last Nov 30 - Dec 1 in the Golden Panda Dormtel in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. This is a yearly event which gathers together kendoka from the two IGA-Ken Dojo, Arena and Dasma, and from the affiliate dojo of the University of the Philippines Kendo Club (UP Kendo Club).


Day 1 started with a blast, as everyone undertook Koji Igarashi-Sensei's 1000 suburi challenge. The actual number wound up being around 1300, but all the members persevered and the challenge was completed. The morning then continued with kihon hitting practice, and concluded with a special shiai demonstration. Our special guest for the day, Mr. Jo Tamesis (who was covering the event for PTV4), got the chance to compete against the daughter-mother team of Pietra and Andrea Diassorze.


The afternoon started with a seminar on shiai (tournament) etiquette, rules and regulations, in order to prepare the members for the actual shiai on Day 2. Then more kihon hitting practice, and finally a grueling one-hour of continuous uchikomi-geiko and jigeiko ended the day.


Day 2 started with kata practice. Then more kihon hitting and finally more jigeiko to end the morning. All this in preparation for the shiai.


The IGA-Ken Year-End Shiai started with the Kihon-Nobu Competition. Selected beginners competed in two five man teams. In the end, it was the team of Mark Chua, April Enerio, Josh Dayao, Wely Sabalilag and Von Cunanan who got the prize, winning 3-2.


Next competition was the Mudansha Division. Unlike in previous year-end shiai, this time both dojo were well represented. And it showed, as the winners of brackets A and F were Angelo Ampil and Marc Yaptinchay, both members of Dasma. Brackets B, C, D and E were won by Joshua Espiritu, Ain Cabonce, Lyndon Nolasco and Gek Cagatan, representing Arena. Ain bested Lyndon, and Marc triumphed over Gek, setting up two Arena vs Dasma semi-final matches. Angelo impressed by scoring a do-uchi on Joshua, before finally succumbing to two men-uchi. Ain handily won over Marc by a kote and men-uchi, thus setting up an all-Arena Finals. It was a dramatic Final Match too, as Ain drew first blood on a kote-uchi. But Joshua rallied and took the match on two men-uchi. In the final tally, Angelo got 3rd place, Ah Yin 2nd, and Joshua was the mudansha champion.


The 3rd competition of the day was the "Secret Shiai". Here, non-bogu or new in bogu members were treated to their very first shiai experience. To say that most of them were shocked was an understatement, and the senior members took the moment to enjoy their kohai's reactions. They were divided into two teams, being Team Arena vs Team Dasma. In the end, it was Team Dasma who won, composed of John Michael James, Mark Chua, Allan Lim, Nonomi Yamashita, Pietra Diassorze, Andrea Diassorze, Mhark Lizardo, and Angelo Ampil.


The last competiton of the day was the much anticipated Yudansha Matches. Here, the participating yudansha were divided into two teams. Team Sugawara was composed of Jomar Romero, Loida Estanilla-Inting, Alain Duminy and Shinmei Sugawara. Team Nakagane was composed of Ricky Daniel Reyes, Lex Busto, Fort Liu and Nakagane Ryosuke. Senpo match was close but was won by Ricky over Jomar by one point. In the Chuken match, Lex gamely tried her best against her mentor Loida, but lost by two points. Most surprising match was the Fukusho match, as Fort managed to force a 1-1 draw on Alain. And finally the much anticipated Taisho match between Shinmei and Nakagane-San started. Nakagane-San opted to fight using jodan, and using this to his advantage scored the initial point. Rallying back however, Shinmei forced the hikiwake on a hiki-do. With a tied team score (1 win each), it came down to total ippon made, and Team Sugawara won 4-3.


After the awarding ceremonies, the day ended with the final jigeiko. Then everyone packed up, some going to the after party, some going home to prepare for the week, but all feeling wonderful about this very successful 3rd installment of the Gasshuku. Here is looking forward to the fourth one next year!

Photos of the event can be accessed by clicking on the following link:


Videos of the event can be accessed from this link.

3rd Annual IGA-Kendo Club Training Camp

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on November 26, 2013 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The 3rd Annual Gasshuku (Training Camp) of the IGA-Kendo Club! This will take place from Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2013 in Golden Panda Dormtel in Quezon City. Members from the two IGA-Ken Dojo (Dasma and Arena) and the University of the Philippines Kendo Club ( https://www.facebook.com/upkendoclub" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">UP Kendo Club ) will have the chance to practice together under one roof and share in the spirit of camaraderie fostered by this event. Also, this is the venue for the Year-End Shiai (Tournament) of IGA-Ken.


Please note that this means that there will be no regular Saturday training in both the Dasma and Arena Dojo on Nov 30 (including the Saturday training of UP Ken). Regular Saturday training will resume starting Dec 7.

Practice Schedule for November 9, 2013

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on November 8, 2013 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We would like to announce that practice in both the Dasma Dojo and Arena Dojo of the IGA-Kendo Club will proceed as normal tomorrow, Saturday, Nov 9, 2013. This decision was arrived on by the management after taking into consideration the latest weather advisories from PAG-ASA which shows improvement in the weather tomorrow in Metro Manila as Typhoon Yolanda leaves the Philippine Area of Responsibility.


However we would like to stress that safety should always come first. If you feel that the weather situation is still too dangerous to travel in, then we advise you to follow your common sense and stay at home. You can attend practice next Saturday.


Thank you and stay safe this weekend everyone!