2017 Columbia Tournament

BUKA participated its first tournament of the spring semester in the 2017 Columbia Tournament on February 19th. We competed with other universities and athletes in our age group. Schools that competed included Columbia University, Princeton University, New York University, Stony Brook University, University of Connecticut, Yale University, and University of Pennsylvania. We brought three teams to participate. All BUKA members tried their best in this competitive tournament. The final results were pretty good!

Here are the results.

Beginners

  • Mike Ruan
  • Geoffrey Gaskins
  • Jake Lee
  • Rachel Zhu
  • Sung Song
  • Chao Liu
  • Maggie Sumioka
  • Caoyue Wang
  • Chuqing Tan
  • Jialin Zhu
  • Evangeline Tsai

Mudansha

  • Helen Zhou
  • Billy Pratama

Women’s

  • Rachel Zhu
  • Maggie Sumioka
  • Caoyue Wang
  • Jialin Zhu
  • Evangeline Tsai
  • Helen Zhou

Yudansha

  • Hajime Oono
  • Ian Dickinson

Results

Hajime Oono and Chuqing Tan both placed third in the Beginner division and Yudansha division respectively.

Highlights

  • Jake Lee and Mike Ruan advanced to the quarterfinals in the Beginner division before getting eliminated.

Teams

A

  1. Senpo: Mike Ruan
  2. Jiho: Helen Zhou
  3. Chuken: Billy Pratama
  4. Fukusho: Geoffrey Gaskins
  5. Taisho: Hajime Oono

 

B

  1. Senpo: Jake Lee
  2. Jiho: Rachel Zhu
  3. Chuken: Sung Song
  4. Fukusho: Chao Liu
  5. Taisho: Ian Dickinson

C

  1. Senpo: Maggie Sumioka
  2. Jiho: Caoyue Wang
  3. Chuken: Chuqing Tan
  4. Fukusho: Jialin Zhu
  5. Taisho: Evangeline Tsai

 

Results

Unfortunately, no BU teams placed during this tournament; however, BU A made it to the quarterfinals before getting eliminated.

Being the first tournament this spring semester of 2017, Columbia definitely showed us what we need to work on, how we can improve, and where we are. Seeing the differences of skills and experiences for people in our age group, inspired and motivated us to come back to practice more and harder. We will be preparing for our upcoming tournaments. We also had an amazing opportunity of not only getting to see a naginata vs. kendo demonstration, but also being able to spar with the Columbia University’s Naginata Club. It was a wonderful and fun experience! Shoutout to our BU alumnis, Shawn and Lucien, for coming out to support us and helping around. Also, huge thank you to Helen, Guanyi, and Jay for driving us to and from Columbia. We wouldn’t have made it there and back safe without you three. Good luck in advance to those who are going to UCLA this coming weekend! Hope you have a safe and fun trip there. Definitely will be a great experience for everyone.

As always, thank you all for your support! Faito, BUKA!

2016 Joint Practice

BUKA had its first joint practice of the year on November 12th with BU alums and the following universities: Northeastern University, Harvard University, Yale University, Brown University, and University of Connecticut. Together we made up a large and diverse group, consisting almost 50 people in the room. Our practice featured many activities, including 1000 suburi, King of the Hill matches, Keiko amongst the Bogu members, and foundational drills. Afterwards, everyone had the chance to get to know each other even more through lunch. Overall, the joint practice was successful as we all enjoyed our time together and learned from each other. A huge thanks to everybody who came and made this joint practice possible! That includes everyone from the different universities, BU alums, and BU students. We enjoyed practicing and getting to know you all. Hopefully in the future, we can do another one. Thank you!

2016 Goyokai Tournament

BUKA participated its first tournament of the school year in the 2016 Goyokai Tournament on October 2nd. We competed with kendo players from various age-groups and backgrounds since Goyokai is a dojo-hosted competition, not a college-hosted tournament. We brought two teams to participate and one spectator.
All BUKA members tried their best in this very competitive tournament. The final results were great!

Here are the results.

Men’s Kyu

  • Don Kim
  • Junyan Ji
  • Billy Pratama
  • Jay Seabrum
  • Ryan Shimizu

Women’s Kyu

  • Long Long
  • Yoomi Sim
  • Evangeline Tsai

Women’s 1-2 Dan

  • Reina Iwase
  • Helen Zhou

Men’s 3 Dan

  • Hajime Oono

Results

Evangeline Tsai and Reina Iwase both won bronze in their respectable divisions, Women’s Kyu and Women’s 1-2 Dan. Junyan Ji won gold in the Men’s Kyu and Hajime Oono won silver in the Men’s 3 Dan.

Highlights

  • Both Ryan Shimizu and Helen Zhou both advanced to the quarterfinals before being eliminated in the Men’s Kyu and Women’s 1-2 Dan, respectively.

Teams

A

  1. Senpo: Helen Zhou
  2. Jiho: Long Long
  3. Chuken: Reina Iwase
  4. Fukusho: Billy Pratama
  5. Taisho: Hajime Oono

 

B

  1. Senpo: Ryan Shimizu
  2. Jiho: Yoomi Sim
  3. Chuken: Don Kim
  4. Fukusho: Evangeline Tsai
  5. Taisho: Jay Seabrum

Brown University’s Mixed Team

  1. Chuken: Junyan Ji

Results

Unfortunately, no BU teams placed during this tournament.

Being the first tournament this school year, Goyokai definitely showed us where we improved and what we need to work on. As a dojo tournament, it was fascinating to see all the different age groups and levels competing in the same place. It opened our eyes to the kendo world and inspired us to continue to practice. Although we will not be having any tournaments soon, we will be ready for them. Special thanks to Brown University for allowing us to compete in team with you! Thank you all for your support! Faito, BUKA!

2016 SPLASH

Interested in learning Japanese sword fighting? Seeking out a tight knit community to join? Or perhaps you’re just wondering, “What exactly is kendo?” Well, if the answer to any of those questions is yes, then you should come to SPLASH, on September 10th at Nickerson field from 1 P.M. to 3 P.M., to learn about the Boston University Kendo Association (BUKA). BUKA welcomes anybody of all experience levels, from beginners to experts! We will hold our first practice on September 17th from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. in the 4 Court Gym at FitRec. Hope to see you all there!

5th Annual BU Kendo Tournament (2016)

We have successfully completed our 5th Annual BUKA Tournament. Thank you to all members, alumni, and volunteers for helping out this big day to run smoothly. We have invited Yoshida-sensei as Shinpan-cho, and Hayashi-sensei (BUKA’s great senpai) as Fukushinpan-cho. We would like to thank the two senseis, as well as all the shipans  who volunteered their time for this event. We had a total of 54 competitors from four major schools: Brown, BU, Harvard, and NYU.

Individuals: No BU members were able to reach semi-finals. However, our beginners did a good job. Keep up the good work, beginners!

Teams: BU didn’t make it to the medals. Hopefully we have better results next year

2016 Shoryuhai

This year, the Boston University Kendo sent 14 competitors to the 20th annual Shoryuhai tournament. Shoryuhai is hosted by Harvard University and is made up of two part-an individuals tournament on day one, and a team tournament on day two. During the first day, Joe Yi made it to the final round of the preliminary matches in the Individuals tournament. On the second day, BU’s A Team were ranked second in the preliminaries bracket and were able to proceed into quarterfinals. All members of BUKA fought hard and gained a lot of experience from their participation in this tournament!

2015 Goyokai Tournmanet

BUKA participated in the 2015 Goyokai Tournament on November 15th.
We were able to compete with kendo players from different age-groups and backgrounds because Goyokai is a dojo-hosted competition, different from a college-hosted tournament. We brought two teams to participate and six passionate spectators.
All BUKA members tried their best in this very competitive tournament.

Here are the results:
Women’s Kyuu Division
1st place: Helen 
3rd place: Cici & Ji

Men’s Kyuu Division
3rd place: Junyan

Congratulations!

Good job to the participants, and thank you to all for supporting us.
 

Joint Practice with Brown University Kendo Club

This past weekend, we welcomed three members from Brown University Kendo Club  for a joint practice. We did basic bogu-practice together, and did a mock team match to practice for the Goyokai tournament coming in two weeks. One of the Brown members said, “I enjoyed the practice, but I felt it was pretty intense” (paraphrased). 

Thank you to the Brown University Kendo Club members for coming all the way from Rhode Island, and to all who attended practice.

 

The Season, Part 6: GSK

This past weekend, BU Kendo attended the Garden State Kendo (GSK) Tournament in Union City, NJ. GSK is a dojo tournament, and thus divides its divisions by age, rank, etc., similar to Rutgers and Goyokai. BU sent 9 kendoka to compete for the gold in both individuals and teams. Here are the results.

 

Kyu

  • Lucien Thomas
  • Priank Ravichandar

Women’s Kyu

  • Julie Zhu

1-2 Dan

  • Jessica Alexandria
  • Alex Eitoku
  • Brandon Kesselly
  • Shawn Shou
  • Joseph Yi

3 Dan

  • John Yi

Women’s Dan

  • Jessica Alexandria

Results

Unfortunately, no one from BU won any awards this tournament.

Highlights

  • Club Vice President Shawn Shou and A Team member Jessica Alexandria both advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 1-2 Dan division before being eliminated!

 

Teams

A

  1. Senpo: Shawn Shou
  2. Jiho: Lucien Thomas
  3. Chuken: John Yi
  4. Fukusho: Jessica Alexandria
  5. Taisho: Alex Eitoku

 

B

  1. Senpo: Brandon Kesselly
  2. Jiho: Julie Zhu
  3. Chuken: Joseph Yi
  4. Fukusho: Naveed Ahmed (NYU)
  5. Taisho: Priank Ravichandar

 

Results

Unfortunately, no BU teams placed during this tournament.

 

Highlights

  • BU A advanced to the Quarterfinal round before being eliminated!

 

GSK was a learning experience for us. We did not play at our usual caliber that day, but we were also faced with a much stronger crowd of competition than the average college tournament. Our performance has inspired us to make our last stand a superb effort during the final tournament of the year: our very own BU tournament! Faito!

The Season, Part 5: Harvard

This past weekend, BUKA competed at the 18th Harvard Shoryuhai Taikai.  Harvard is the largest intercollegiate kendo tournament in the Americas, and tends to draw competitors from both coasts as well as overseas. Here are the results and highlights of the weekend:

 

Day 1 – Individuals

The first day of the Harvard Shoryuhai was individuals. BU sent 21 competitors of varying skill levels to compete in the single-elimination event:

  • Jessica Alexandria
  • Genevieve Boudreau
  • Raymond Feng
  • Kayla Gillespie
  • Reina Iwase
  • Brandon Kesselly
  • Christina Lupoli
  • Jennifer McEldoon
  • Billy Pratama
  • Priank Ravichandar
  • Taryn Ross
  • Shawn Shou
  • Yevgeniy Temchenko
  • Lucien Thomas
  • Deniz Varol
  • Kathie Zhang
  • Julie Zhu
  • Ye Wang
  • Youming Ye
  • John Yi
  • Joseph Yi

 

Results

Unfortunately, none of BU’s members were able to place this tournament.

Highlights

  • Club Captain John Yi advanced to the Quarterfinal round before being eliminated!

 

Day 2 – Teams

The second day was teams. BU sent 3 5-man teams – A, B, and C – to compete in a 24-team round robin.

 

A

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

 

B

  1.  Senpo: Reina Iwase
  2. Jiho: Yevgeniy Temchenko
  3. Chuken: Joseph Yi
  4. Fukusho: Julie Zhu
  5. Taisho: Raymond Feng

 

C

  1.  Senpo: Genevieve Boudreau
  2. Jiho: Taryn Ross
  3. Chuken: Kayla Gillespie
  4. Fukusho: Christina Lupoli
  5. Taisho: Priank Ravichandar

 

Results

  • 3rd Place – Boston University A

BU A was the only team to advance, winning it’s round robin group after 5 wins and 0 losses. BU A placed 3rd overall after a nail-biting match against University of California San Diego.

 

Highlights

  • BU A placed 3rd overall!
  • BU A won its round robin group 5-0!
  • C Team member Christina Lupoli scored her first tournament point!

 

This year, Shoryuhai was a trying experience. For many of us, it was our first time competing or our first Shoryuhai. For many of us – mostly the A team – it was our last Shoryuhai, and we fought with pride and ambition. We did our absolute best to make it to where we were and our defeat was by a single point in a very memorable match. Regardless of the results, we are proud of our achievements, and we are proud of our younger members. We realize that we may have left some tough shoes to fill for them, but we have faith that they will persevere come next year’s tournament. BU Kendo is not done yet! Faito!