Results of the 42nd Lidstone Kyusha Taikai, Sat 10 October 2015.
Winner: Ed Pollard, UKKC
2nd: Sam Murray, Lancaster
3rd: Kevin Fallows, Tora / Luke Furtado O’Mahony, UCLU
Fighting Spirit: Garance Watford, Ichi Byo Shi
Peter Gibson Prize: Ed Pollard, UKKC
Angel Prize (fastest point): Patrick Cadete, Wakaba
The day began with shiai geiko in groups – each group guided by one or two senior kendoka per group. This was an informal way to give the competitors more experience of shiai before the actual competition.
In the afternoon, 42 Kyu grades from some 17 clubs competed in a well-fought and spirited contest. As in previous years, the prizes were awarded by Mr Andrew Lidstone, with other members of the Lidstone family present. Victor Harris sensei also presented a set of bogu which had belonged to Mr R. A. Lidstone to his descendant Bridget Phillips of Edmonton Kendo Club, Canada, who competed in the taikai.
A recording of the final match can be viewed here.
The day finished with jigeiko and then some food in the hall, with many moving on to the Rising Sun pub for social drinks.
We are most grateful for the kindness and generosity of all the seniors in making this a warm hearted and welcoming day for the beginners, including:
Jeff Humm s.
Young Park (chief referee)
Ichi Byo Shi