The Grand Finale!

This past weekend (April 27-28), BUKA hosted the BU Kendo Tournament for the second time. Ten teams from a mixture of six schools competed in the Tournament during which there were three events took place – individuals, teams and kachinuki (king-of-the-hill). BUKA seemed to truly blossom this weekend, as we witnessed progression from nearly every player. The teams were as follows:



  1. Sempo: Lucien Thomas
  2. Jiho: Brandon Kesselly
  3. Chuken: John Yi
  4. Fukusho: Jessica Alexandria
  5. Taisho: Shawn Shou


  1. Sempo: Julie Zhu
  2. Jiho: Ray Feng
  3. Chuken: Kenneth Jeng
  4. Fukusho: Emily Camarata
  5. Taisho: Ruei-Jr Wu



  1. Sempo: Michaella Chung
  2. Jiho: Erica Wiener
  3. Chuken: Renee Wang
  4. Fukusho: Daniel Kim
  5. Taisho: Yevgeniy Temchenko



  1. Sempo: Taryn Ross
  2. Jiho: Kayla Gillespie
  3. Chuken: Boshan Mo
  4. Fukusho: Tori Moore
  5. Taisho: Genevieve Boudreau



  • In the individual tournament, BUKA Captain John Yi and Vice President Shawn Shou placed third.
  • Boston University A and B placed first and third respectively in the team tournament.
  • Boston University A placed third in the kachinuki (king-of-the-hill) tournament
  • Cambridge Kendo Club (a mixed team of BU and Harvard alumni) placed first in the kachinuki (king-of-the-hill) tournament


  • During the individual tournament, Shawn Shou scored his first ever do tournament point!
  • During kachinuki, BU coach Alex Eitoku defeated three people in a row to take his team to first place!

Congratulations to everyone, it has been a good year for BU Kendo, and we look forward to an even stronger one next year! FAITO!!!

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