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Dasma Dojo Recruitment Still Ongoing!

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on November 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (2)

For those interested in trying out Kendo in around Makati City, we invite you to try out in the Dasmarinas Village Dojo of the IGA-Kendo Club. Please contact us for more details.

November Recruitment For Arena Dojo

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on November 1, 2013 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Trial Sessions are over, and now the Beginners' Class starts! First day of training is Nov 2! Please contact us for more details.

Also, please note that Nov 2 is only the first day you can come to join the class. We will actually accept new students all Saturdays of November except on the 30th. However the sooner you join, the better.

Arena Fitness Closed on Nov 2.

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on October 25, 2013 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Please be informed that Arena Fitness will be closed on Nov 2 due to the Undas Celebrations. We will be holding practice instead in Golden Panda Dormitel Basketball Gym (10th floor), E. Rodriguez corner Banawe, Quezon City. Practice will start at 2:00pm, and will end (for beginners) around 3:30pm to 4:00pm. Bogu class will stay until 6:00pm.



Here is the map to the place.



To commute there:



From Manila (or similar direction) - Ride a jeep going Cubao via E.Rodriguez. Get down at Banawe corner E.Rodriguez.



From ESDA (or similar direction) - Go to Cubao. From Cubao ride a jeep going to Quiapo via E.Rodriguez. Get down at Banawe corner E.Rodriguez.



From Quezon Ave (or similar direction) - Ride a jeep going to Quiapo. Get down at Banawe. Ride a tricycle to E.Rodriguez corner Banawe, or walk from Quezon Ave.



Hope this change in venue does not inconvenience anyone too much. If you have any questions or concerns, please message below. Thanks.

IGA-Kendo Club in the 10th ASEAN Kendo Tournament!

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on October 8, 2013 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Last August 23-25, 2013, the IGA-Kendo Club sent representatives to be part of the Philippine Delegation to the 10th ASEAN Kendo Tournament (AKT) that was held in Penang, Malaysia. This marked the return of the Philippines to this event after a 12 year hiatus.


IGA-Ken sent the following to compete: Kristopher Inting (co-delegation manager and Men's Team B Taisho), Neil Andrew Bascos (Men's Team B Fukusho), Ricky Daniel Reyes (Men's Team B Senpo), Joshua Romeo Espiritu (Men's Team B Jiho), Jan Rafael Javier (Men's Team B Chuken), Vincenzo Hernandez (Men's Team A Fukusho), Loida Estanilla-Inting (Women's Team Taisho), Ethyl Jane Angeles (Women's Team Fukusho), Maria Bianca Abriol-Santos (Women's Team Chuken), Blesylda Tatad Busto (Women's Team Jiho), and Isak Isobel Empeno.


The first day of the event was for the dan-grading exam and a bogu making seminar. Mr Inting successfully passed his sandan test on this day.


The actual tournament was held over two days, Aug. 24-25, and was divided into Men's Individual, Men's Team, Women's Individual & Women's Team events. For the Men's Individual, in spite of a valiant effort by all players, no one was able to get past the elimination rounds.

For the Women's Team event, they drew against Vietnam B and won against Thailand B, but this was not enough to get them past the elimination rounds.

In the Women's Individual event, Ms Empeno managed to sneak past the first round of eliminations, but eventually bowed out during the second round. In the Men's Team event, the Men's Team B lost to ASEAN powerhouses Indonesia A and Thailand A.


Though this seems like a dismal record, the IGA-Ken squad did make some small waves. Ms Estanilla-Inting bagged a Fighting Spirit award (given to outstanding performances) for the Women's Team event. Mr Inting added a touch of drama to the event when he fainted after completing a hard fought match against the Thailand Taisho. They may be small ripples for now, but hopefully this will turn into bigger waves in time for the next international tournament.


All in all it was a good experience. It was a chance for the IGA-Ken members to compete with their ASEAN neighbors, make new Kendo friends, and learn new lessons. This is something that the delegates hope to have again in the 11th AKT to be held in Thailand some time in 2016. So see you there!


10th AKT Women's Team Matches - Vietnam B vs Philippines

1) Senpo Match - P. Truc Vu Nguyen (VIE 24, White) vs Peachie Garcia (PHI 14, Red)

2) Jiho Match - Quynh Vy Tran (VIE 23, White) vs Lex Busto (PHI 18, Red)

3) Chuken Match - T. Ngoc Van Tran (VIE 24, White) vs Dardsie Abriol-Santos (PHI 16, Red)

4) Fukusho Match - Phuong Ha Tran (VIE 22, White) vs Ejay Angeles (PHI 17, Red)

5) Taisho Match - V. Quynh Vy Tran (VIE 26, White) vs Loida Estanilla-Inting (PHI 12, Red)

10th AKT Women's Team Matches - Thailand B vs Philippines

1) Jiho Match - Usa Pittayayon (THA 20, Red) vs Lex Busto (PHI 18, White)

2) Chuken Match - Fonthip Chongprawatsakul (THA 19, Red) vs Dardsie Abriol-Santos (PHI 16, White), Part 1, Part 2

3) Fukusho Match - Pornthip Kiatwonghong (THA 23, Red) vs Ejay Angeles (PHI 17, White), Part 1, Part 2

4) Taisho Match - Pailynn Jucksriporn (THA 22, Red) vs Loida Estanilla-Inting (PHI 12, White)

10th AKT Men's Team Matches - Indonesia A vs Philippines B

1) Senpo Match - Jesta Ghandama (INA 3, White) vs Rikki Reyes (PHI 8, Red)

2) Jiho Match - Pandu Tresnalaga (INA 4, White) vs Josh Espiritu (PHI 10, Red)

3) Chuken Match - Novan Chen (INA 5, White) vs Raffy Javier (PHI 9, Red)

4) Fukusho Match - Tesar Pradita (INA 7, White) vs Neil Bascos (PHI 7, Red)

5) Taisho Match - Marcel Oesman (INA 2, White) vs Kutch Inting (PHI 2, Red)

10th AKT Men's Team Matches - Thailand A vs Philippines B

1) Senpo Match - Chaiyanan Kulchasit (THA 5, White) vs Rikki Reyes (PHI 8, Red)

2) Jiho Match - Thitsadee Ngernsukphaiboon (THA 4, White) vs Josh Espiritu (PHI 10, Red)

3) Chuken Match - Chutimai Meyer (THA 3, White) vs Raffy Javier (PHI 9, Red)

4) Fukusho Match - Vichai Thiramano (THA 2, White) vs Neil Bascos (PHI 7, Red)

5) Taisho Match - Chaiwat Kulchasit (THA 1, White) vs Kutch Inting (PHI 2, Red)

10th AKT Women's Individuals

1) Ejay Angeles (PHI 17, Red) vs. Fonthip Chongprawatsakul (THA 19, White)

2) Ejay Angeles (PHI 17, White) vs Paramita Hapsari (INA 22, Red)

3) Dardsie Abriol-Santos (PHI 16, Red) vs Phraewdow Chatamra (THA 17, White)

4) Dardsie Abriol-Santos (PHI 16, Red) vs B. Hoang Anh Nguyen (VIE 16, White)

10th AKT Men's Individuals

1) Kutch Inting (PHI 2, Red) vs Joon Chin Tham (MAS 11, White)

2) Rikki Reyes (PHI 8, Red) vs Dax Quah (SIN 7, White)

3) Rikki Reyes (PHI 8, White) vs Pui Voo Leong (MAS 10, Red)

4) Vince Hernandez (PHI 11, Red) vs Oliver Ng (SIN 6, White)

5) Vince Hernandez (PHI 11, White) vs Yean Han (BRU 1, Red), Part 1, Part 2

Tournament Photos

Click on the link below:


October Trial Sessions for ARENA IGA-Ken

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on October 8, 2013 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

For the month of October, we are inviting all interested applicants for the Arena Dojo to do a one-time free trial session before committing to joining the next beginners' class in November. Interested applicants should come in workout clothes, such as a t-shirt and shorts/jogging pants.


Sessions will be every Saturday, from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Please do not be late, as you may not be accommodated if you are.

In addition, while the Trial Session itself will only be from 2:00pm to 3:30pm, you are more than welcome to stay and watch the bogu class (or advance class) session, which will start after 3:30pm and end around 6:00pm.

Those interested in doing the Trial Session this October can sign up on our Facebook Page Event:


Otherwise, you can comment below to signify your intent to join. Be sure to specify which Saturday in October you plan to visit us.

See you in the dojo!

Practice Schedule for March 30, 2013

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on March 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The practice for Black Saturday, March 30, 2013, will be a special one, as both Arena Fitness and the Dasma Village Gym will be closed that day.


Practice for this day will be a joint practice of both Arena and Dasma Dojo, and will be held in Dumlao Gym (along Shaw Boulevard), from 10am-12nn. Please check the map below:


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To get there via car or taxi, drive along EDSA then turn at Shaw Boulevard in the direction going to Kalentong/Manila. Once you get past the Honda showroom (on the right), start looking left. You should see a dilapidated Flying V station, Dumlao is just behind it. Be aware though that parking there can be tough. We would suggest carpooling or "taxipooling".


To get there via public transport, make your way via EDSA (either bus or MRT) to Shaw Boulevard. Go to Star Mall, there should be a jeepney station there. Ride a jeep going to Kalentong, or ask the barkers which one passes by Dumlao. Get down at Dumlao.


This practice is ultimately an optional one for all regular members and beginners, but we hope to see you there. Also those who still want to join the March beginners' class of the Arena Dojo, this will be your last opportunity to go and sign up for it. Regardless, for all those who are going to this practice please try to be early, as we only have a limited amount of time for this. Thank you very much.

Schedule Note for March 9, 2013

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on February 24, 2013 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

For those who are planning to join the March Beginners’ Class in Arena IGA-Ken, please be informed that there will be no practice in Arena on March 9, 2013. This is due to the Hong Kong trip of most of the senior members that weekend. In lieu of regular practice, a joint practice will be held in Dasma IGA-Ken that day, from 10am-1pm. Everyone from Arena is encouraged to go to that practice. If you cannot go there, that’s okay also, we will just see you on the 16th then.


For a map to the Dasma IGA-Ken Dojo, please refer to this page. You can also contact Mr. Johnny Besa, the Club Manager there, for particulars on how to get there, via [email protected]


Thank you for your cooperation, and hope you have a good practice day then! :)

Happy Birthday Koji-Sensei and Junko-San!!!

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on February 18, 2013 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Just putting a link to celebrate the birthday of our two most important members.

Happy Birthday to the Two of YOU!!! :D:D:D

March Beginners' Class for IGA-Ken Arena

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on February 14, 2013 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Returning to ARENA

Posted by Pinoy Kendoka on January 29, 2013 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

We are pleased to announce that Arena IGA-Ken will be returning to Arena Fitness this Thursday, January 31, 2013. Regular practice schedules on Thursdays and Saturdays will resume.