Thank you to everyone for making the Lidstone Kyusha Memorial Taikai 2017 held at LSBU Sports Centre on Saturday October 7 a wonderful and successful event! It was great to see kendokas proudly representing their dojos including those from UKKC, ShinSei, Shoshinkai, Tora, London Kenyukai, Nenriki, British Army, UCL, Imperial, Doshinkenyukai York, Cambridge, KCL, Tsubaki and Eishinjuku. Our warmest thanks to the referees and volunteers. The results are:
First Place: 32 Pedro Wigderowitz (Doshinkenyukai York)
Runner Up: 35 Thanh Doan (Tora)
3rd Place: 29 Viet Ahn Lien (UCL) & 15 Greg Dominiak (ShinSei Dojo)
Angel Prize (Fastest Point): 35 Thanh Doan (Tora) (3 seconds)
Peter Gibson Prize (Uncompromising Kendo) : 1 Alisa Zaytseva (Nenriki) & 45 Arasteh Reyhani (Nenriki)
Fighting Spirit Award: 15 Greg Dominiak (ShinSei Dojo)
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, 43 Kyu grades from some 14 clubs competed in a well-fought and spirited contest. The prizes were presented by Nenriki seniors including Mrs Morioka, a first generation Nenriki member, who had the privilege of training with Mr R. A. Lidstone.
Thank you to all our friends, old and new, for your continuing support and to Claire Kennedy for the photos. Until next year!