2018 BU kai

This Saturday, April 21, 2018, BUKA participated in its fourth and last tournament of the year in its very own 7th Annual BU kai (Boston University Kendo Tournament) at the Fitness and Recreation Center. We competed against fellow collegiate kendoka from the following universities: Harvard University, Stony Brook University, University of Connecticut, New York University, and Northeastern University. We had four full teams and one mixed team with Northeastern and Shufukai. As this year marked the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Boston University Kendo Association, we decided to return to our roots and host a unique tournament experience by including only team match events: Round Robin Teams Division, Alumni Match, and Kachinuki Teams Division. Overall, our BUKA members put all of their efforts forward to end off our year on a high note!

Here are the results from BUKA:

Round Robin Teams


  1. Senpo: Mike Ruan
  2. Jiho: Ryan Shimizu
  3. Chuken: Reina Iwase
  4. Fukusho: Cici Qi
  5. Taisho: Hiroki Kawai


  1. Senpo: Take Numata
  2. Jiho: Hallie Lazaro
  3. Chuken: Jake Lee
  4. Fukusho: Jialin Zhu
  5. Taisho: Maggie Sumioka


  1. Senpo: Saleem Hallal
  2. Jiho: Juliana Borrazzo
  3. Chuken: Lily Gao
  4. Fukusho: Silvia Zhang
  5. Taisho: Alan Tan


  1. Senpo: Arnold Hernandez
  2. Jiho: Anja Grabner
  3. Chuken: Lingxuan Liang
  4. Fukusho: Ya Lin Leung
  5. Taisho: Joseph Gaddini

Helen & Friends

  1. Senpo: Kelton Nguyen
  2. Jiho: 
  3. Chuken: Sabrina Tran
  4. Fukusho: Helen Zhou
  5. Taisho: Anju Mukai



Unfortunately, none of the BU teams placed in this division.


BU A made it to the quarterfinals before getting eliminated.


Kachinuki Teams Division


  1. Senpo: Kelton Nguyen
  2. Jiho: Take Numata
  3. Chuken: Jialin Zhu
  4. Fukusho: Ryan Shimizu
  5. Taisho: Hiroki Kawai


  1. Senpo: Juliana Borrazzo
  2. Jiho: Hallie Lazaro
  3. Chuken: Anju Mukai
  4. Fukusho: 
  5. Taisho: Reina Iwase


  1. Senpo: Lily Gao
  2. Jiho: Jake Lee
  3. Chuken: Sabrina Tran
  4. Fukusho: Helen Zhou
  5. Taisho: Cici Qi


  1. Senpo: Anja Grabner
  2. Jiho: Ya Lin Leung
  3. Chuken:
  4. Fukusho: Alan Tan
  5. Taisho: Maggie Sumioka


  1. Senpo: Arnold Hernandez
  2. Jiho: Joseph Gaddini
  3. Chuken:
  4. Fukusho: Lingxuan Liang
  5. Taisho: Silvia Zhang



Omega placed second in the Kachinuki teams division!


In the semifinals round, Omega’s taisho Hiroki Kawai  fought four matches in a row for about 20 minutes, the last one versus the SBU taisho for about half the time, and won to push his team through to the finals round.

Great job to everyone who competed at the 7th Annual BU kai! Although we decided to change the format of our tournament to teams divisions only and strayed from a typical tournament structure, overall everything ran smoothly. This year along with the format change we also increased the number of courts to four (the most a BU tournament has ever had!). We held in order: the Round Robin Team Matches, Alumni Team Match, and Kachinuki Team Matches. The Round Robin matches consisted of two minute, 3 point matches with no encho for the preliminary rounds, and then 3 minute matches from the quarterfinals on. For the Alumni Team Match, there was one match of two alumni teams with seven kendoka per team: two minute, 3 point matches with 3 alumni and 4 students per team. And finally the Kachinuki Team Matches involved single elimination, two minute, ipponshobu matches with encho only for the taisho match. This year we invited Koichiro Sueyoshi-sensei as Shinpan-cho, Toshimi Yoshida-sensei as Fukushinpan-cho, and Tomohiko Hayashi-sensei as tournament chair. We would like to thank these senseis along with all of our volunteering shinpan for taking time out of their schedules to help make our tournament possible. The tournament would not have run as smoothly as it did without all of your help! Not only did we run on-time by our schedule, we also had time for an hour of godo keiko following the closing ceremony.

Here are the overall results from the tournament:

Round Robin Teams

  1. New York University A
  2. Stony Brook University
  3. University of Connecticut and New York University B

Alumni Teams

  1. Team Rising Dragon: Brett Simon, YiYang Li, Jinji Kim

Kachinuki Teams

  1. New York University A
  2. Omega (Boston University A)
  3. Stony Brook University

Congratulations to all!

As our last tournament of the year, BU kai definitely displayed how much, not only as individuals, but as a whole team how we have progressed, improved our skills and come together as more than just a club, but as a family. The full effort put into our hard training and practices throughout the year have paid off, as the results of this tournament showed; we were able to see just how far we have come and bettered our kendo. It was great to see all of our friends and fellow kendoka from other schools and our alumni who not only came to help out and support us, but also got the chance to put their bogu back on. Thank you to the alumni who reached out and asked some of our BUKA members to be a part of their team! It was nice to see our current and past BUKA members coming together and having fun. We would also like to especially thank our lovely volunteers who not only came to help out in 3 to 4 hour shifts, but also took time out of their schedules to get trained earlier in the week! This tournament would not have been able to run as smoothly as it did without your help! A huge thank you also goes to Sueyoshi sensei, Yoshida sensei and Hayashi sensei for helping to oversee our tournament and all of the shinpan who volunteered to help run our tournament! The biggest thank you goes to our coach, Alex Eitoku, for all of his support and everything he has done for our club and its members throughout this year!

Last, but not least, thank you to our captain Hiroki and our 2017-2018 E-board (President Ryan, VP Cici, Secretary Maggie and Treasurer Jenny) for organizing this tournament and leading a successful year for BUKA! There are big shoes to fill for next year and we hope to continue the same trend and legacy! Also to our seniors graduating this year, congratulations and thank you for being a part of BUKA; remember that no matter where you go in life following college you can always keep in contact with us and visit any time!

Thank you again for everything! And as always thank you for all your support this school year! As the new school year is on the horizon, please continue to support BUKA!

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