2018 Fall Joint Practice

On October 27th, BUKA held its fall semester joint practice. Even though we designed it as a beginner oriented event, we are so glad to see many sensei, senpai, alumni and friends of BUKA from different dojos and schools joined our practice from 10:30am to 5pm! It was an intense experience—the 1000 suburi and keiko were challenging, but we all learned and grew after the six-hour practice. Thank everyone for participating! We are looking forward to seeing you again in our Spring joint practice next year!

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2018 Goyokai

October 7th marked the start of 19th Goyokai tournament at Canton, MA.. With 3 full teams, BUKA members competed with contestants from dojos in Japan, the U.S. and Canada. We did our best and the results are remarkable!

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Individual matches: 

Men’s kyu

Jake Lee

Arnold Hernandez

Shazor Shahid

Giulio Cassis

Alan Tan

Nawaf Alyousif

Men’s 1-2 Dan

Hiroki Kawai

Women’s Kyu

Chen Cheng Qi

Ya Lin Leung

Lingxuan Liang

Hallie Lazaro

Anja Grabner

Juliana Borrazzo

Silvia Zhang

Wenxin Gao

Maggie Sumioka

 

Team matches:

BUKA A (WYRMRIDERS OF THE HIGHLAND KINGDOM)

  1. Senpo: Silvia Zhang
  1. Jiho: Hallie Lazaro
  2. Chuken:Jake Lee
  3. Fukusho:ChenCheng Qi
  4. Taisho: Hiroki Kawai

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BUKA B (BATTLE CULTISTS OF THE ANCIENT ORDER)

  1. Senpo: Juliana Borrazzo
  1. Jiho: Wenxin Gao
  2. Chuken: Alan Tan
  3. Fukusho: Maagie Sumioka
  4. Taisho: Nawaf Alyousif

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BUKA C (SWORN SWORDS OF THE ASHEN EMPEROR)

  1. Senpo: Giulio Cassis
  1. Jiho: Shazor Shahid
  2. Chuken: Arnold Hernandez
  3. Fukusho: Ya Lin Leung
  4. Taisho: Anja Grabner

 

Results:

Cici Qi won bronze in the Women’s Kyu division. Hiroki Kawai won bronze in men’s 1-2 dan divisions. Our Coach Alex Eitoku won men’s 3 dan division and his Shufukai team won bronze in team matches. Our Eitoku sensei won silver in men’s senior division.

Congratulations to all BUKA members who participated in 2018 Goyokai tournament! We learned a lot from not only participating individual and team matches ourselves, but also observing the top kendoka’s matches and kata at opening ceremony. Like what dear Eitoku sensei said  that Kendo is a lifelong learning process, our love to kendo grew after Goyokai tournament. We will continue perfecting our skills in our weekly practices, and we look forward to Goyokai tournament in next year. BUKA faito!

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SPLASH 2018

Come find us at SPLASH on Saturday, September 8th! We will be situated somewhere in the club sports area and several of us will be walking around Nickerson so don’t be shy and say hi! We are looking forward meeting new members!

Practice Times Fall 2018

We hope that everybody is ready for the Fall semester!

Our Fall practices will take place on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays:

1. Wednesday: 8pm to 10 pm, multiuse room 3/4 in the basement behind the climbing wall
2. Saturday: 9am to 12 pm, basketball court 3 on the second floor
3. Sunday: 9am to 12 pm, basketball court 4 on the second floor 

Hope to see you all there!

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

A

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

B

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

C

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

D

  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

 

Results

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

Highlights

BU A made it to the quarterfinals before getting eliminated.

 

Kachinuki Teams Division

Omega

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

Tugboat

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

Whiskey

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

Danger

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

Gun

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

 

Results

Omega placed second in the Kachinuki teams division!

Highlights

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!

Gasshuku with Eitoku Sensei

This weekend on March 25th BUKA hosted a Gasshuku with Jimmy Eitoku sensei, father of very own our coach, Alex Eitoku, who came all the way out from California to teach us. We also invited our alumni and Shufukai members on Saturday to join us at practice. Together we made up a large group of about 30 people. We practiced a variety of drills from the basics of kendo, such as suburi and tenouchi,  to different waza techniques and keiko. Overall the gasshuku was a success and an amazing learning experience for all of our members, as we were privileged with constructive input on our kendo from Eitoku sensei. We would like to give a great big thank you to Eitoku sensei for taking his time to teach us and pass down valuable advice and instruction we will always remember when practicing kendo. Thank you to our coach Alex for connecting us with Eitoku sensei and initiating this event to make it happen. Also we would like to thank the Shufukai members, Tim Rasmusson sensei and Toshimi Yoshida sensei for joining and supporting us! BUKA hopes to host another event like this in the future.

2018 Shoryuhai Tournament

This weekend, March 17th and 18th, BUKA competed at the 22nd annual Shoryuhai Tournament hosted by Harvard University, making this BUKA’s third tournament of the year. We competed with fellow collegiate kendoka from the following schools: Brown University, Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, Northeastern University, Ohio State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, School of Visual Arts, and Stony Brook University. This year we were able to bring four teams to participate, with 21 participants total.

For many of our participants, this was their first kendo tournament ever. All of our members put in all of their spirit and energy to do their best in this competitive tournament and the results were great!

Here are the results:

Individuals

  • Alan Tan
  • Anja Feng
  • Arnold Hernandez
  • Cici Qi
  • Hiroki Kawai
  • Jake Lee
  • Jialin Zhu
  • Jinghan Peng
  • Jungsu Lee
  • Kris Najdoski
  • Maggie Sumioka
  • Mike Ruan
  • Reina Iwase
  • Ryan Shimizu
  • Sabrina Tran
  • Saleem Hallal
  • Shazor Shahid
  • Silvia Zhang
  • Take Numata
  • WenXin Gao
  • Yumeto Shigihara

Results

Yumeto Shigihara placed 3rd in the Individuals Division.

Highlights

Hiroki Kawai advanced to the quarterfinals before being eliminated.

 

Teams

A

1.       Senpo: Yumeto Shigihara

2.      Jiho: Ryan Shimizu

3.      Chuken: Reina Iwase

4.      Fukusho: Mike Ruan

5.       Taisho: Hiroki Kawai

 

B

1.       Senpo: Jialin Zhu

2.      Jiho: Cici Qi

3.      Chuken: Jake Lee

4.      Fukusho: Alan Tan

5.       Taisho: Maggie Sumioka

 

C

1.       Senpo: Take Numata

2.      Jiho: WenXin Gao

3.      Chuken: Kris Najdoski

4.      Fukusho: Saleem Hallal

5.       Taisho: Shazor Shahid

 

D

1.       Senpo: Silvia Zhang

2.      Jiho: Jinghan Peng

3.      Chuken: Arnold Hernandez

4.      Fukusho: None

5.       Taisho: Anja Feng

 

Results

BU A won placed 3rd in the teams division! They won in their court’s round robin matches and then beat NYU C in the teams quarterfinals. BU A then advanced to the semifinals where they faced off with NYU A, fighting a close match where they were unfortunately eliminated. NYU A moved on to place 2nd behind SBU A in the team division finals.

Normally one of the largest intercollegiate kendo tournaments in the East Coast, this year’s Shoryuhai may have been a smaller tournament in terms of the number of participants, but yet again it was a truly enriching experience from which we were able to learn a lot from. On the first day of the tournament following the individual matches, we were provided the valuable opportunity to attend a seminar by the tournament’s shinpancho, Hironori Tahara Sensei (8 Dan hanshi), where we focused on the vital basics of kendo, sensei and students together. We also participated in goodwill keiko following the tournament matches.

Overall, Shoryuhai 2018 finished smoothly; we not only got the chance to see what we have improved on, where else we need to improve, what are our strengths and weaknesses, but we also received the opportunity to bond with each other as a team and with our fellow collegiate kendoka. It was a great achievement for our BU A team to once again, for the 2nd year in a row following three years without placing, to bring home bronze for BUKA. Congratulations and good job to BU A! Although BU B, C and D teams may not have advanced after the preliminary rounds, all three teams definitely gained invaluable and constructive experience from their multiple round robin team matches. Now, the time following any tournament, is very important as we go back to practice with a clearer picture in mind of what we want to improve and fix as we reflect on our tournament experience.

We thank our alumni who came to not only support us but also help film our matches: Ray, Katsu and Helen! We truly appreciate all of the support! The biggest thank you goes to our coach, Alex, for preparing us for and coaching us through the tournament this weekend. Thank you so much for all you do! With a month left to prep for our final tournament of the year, our own BU tournament held at FitRec, we plan to come back as stronger competitors and as an even stronger team! Thank you for all the support and we hope to see you all there!

BU Faito!

2018 BU Joint Practice

BUKA hosted its second annual collegiate joint practice on Saturday, February 24 with BU alumni and fellow Kendoka from the following universities: Harvard University, Yale University, Brown University, Northeastern University, MIT and Wesleyan University. This year we were able to practice with about 50 people over two full courts. Our practice included a variety of drills and activities such as 1000 suburi, Uchikomi, Shiai waza, mawarigeiko and jigeiko. After a long, hard and rewarding practice everyone was able to eat lunch together and got the chance to know each other better. This year’s joint practice was an overall success and we were able to learn so much from each other. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us and make this joint practice possible! We enjoyed the valuable practice we had as we hope everyone else did too. Hopefully we will see everyone back again for a future joint practice!

2018 Shishihai Tournament

BUKA participated in its first tournament of the spring semester at Columbia University’s 3rd annual Shishihai on Saturday, February 3. We had the opportunity to compete with students from fellow universities such as Cornell University, Columbia University, New York University, Stony Brook University, Pennsylvania State University and University of Connecticut. We brought along eight competitors to make up one full and one mixed team. Everyone did their best at this tournament and the final results  showed a slight improvement from last year!

Here are the results:

Beginners

  • Jake Lee
  • Maggie Sumioka
  • Jialin Zhu

Mudansha

  • Mike Ruan
  • Ryan Shimizu
  • Alan Tan
  • Sabrina Tran

Yudansha

  • Hiroki Kawai

Results

Ryan Shimizu placed second and Alan Tan placed third overall in the Mudansha division.

Highlights

Hiroki Kawai and Maggie Sumioka made it to the second round of their divisions , Yudansha and Beginners respectively, before getting eliminated.

Teams

A

  1. Senpo: Mike Ruan
  2. Jiho: Jialin Zhu
  3. Chuken: Ryan Shimizu
  4. Fukusho: Sabrina Tran
  5. Taisho: Hiroki Kawai

Mixed

  1. Senpo: Jake Lee
  2. Jiho: Maggie Sumioka
  3. Chuken: Alan Tan
  4. Fukusho: Rahul Prasad (SBU)
  5. Taisho: John Seo (SVA)

Results

Unfortunately neither of the teams placed at this tournament, however BU A made it to the quarterfinals before being eliminated.

As the first tournament of the semester, Columbia’s Shishihai definitely demonstrated to us where we stand now, in terms of our skills, and what we need to work on and improve before our next tournament, Shoryuhai, in March. We had the great opportunity to see a wide range of Kendo skills and experience levels from people within our age group, all of which motivates us to practice harder and with more focus on areas that need improvement. With this in mind we are inspired to come back as even stronger and tougher competitors. Overall BUKA had a great and memorable tournament experience!

We thank Columbia University for inviting us to be a part of their growing tournament and we’d also like to say thank you to our BU alumni, Shawn, Lucien and Eugenia, for coming out to support us! Also, thank you to our drivers, Maggie and Ryan, for making the long drive to and from New York! Furthermore, we would like to give the biggest thank you to our Coach Alex for coming on this trip with us and giving us great support and direction throughout the tournament! Great job to all of the participants and thank you everyone for your support! Faito, BU!

2017 Goyokai Tournament

Today, BUKA participated in its first tournament of the year at the 18th Goyokai Kendo Tournament in Canton, MA. As Goyokai is a dojo hosted competition, we were able to compete with Kendoka from a wide range of age groups and experiences. We entered the tournament with 3 full teams and we brought along two beginner spectators. Every BUKA member fought their hardest today and the results showed the hard work and practice they put in!

The Individuals line up and results are as follows:

Men’s Kyu

  • Alan Tan
  • Geoffrey Gaskins
  • Jay Seabrum
  • Mike Ruan
  • Nawaf Alyousif
  • Nelson Hernandez

Women’s Kyu

  • Cici Qi
  • Evangeline Tsai
  • Jenny Zhu
  • Maggie Sumioka
  • Sabrina Tran

Women’s 1-2 Dan

  • Helen Zhou

Men’s 1-2 Dan

  • Hiroki Kawai
  • Ian Dickinson
  • Yumeto Shigihara
  • Ray Feng

Men’s 3-Dan

  • Alex Eitoku
  • Katsu Kawakami

Results

Cici Qi won bronze in the Women’s Kyu division. Nawaf Alyousif and Hiroki Kawai won gold in the divisions, Men’s Kyu division and Men’s 1-2 Dan respectively. Our Coach Alex Eitoku won silver in the Men’s 3-Dan division. BU alumni Nelson Hernandez and Ray Feng won bronze and silver medals in their divisions respectively.

Highlights

  • Evangeline Tsai advanced to the Women’s Kyu Quarterfinals before being eliminated. Ian Dickinson also advanced to the Men’s 1-2 Dan Quarterfinals before being eliminated. Yumeto Shigihara went against BU alumn and former president, Ray Feng, in his first match of the Men’s 1-2 Dan division. The fight for gold in the Men’s 1-2 Dan division came down to Hiroki Kawai and Ray Feng in the finals.

Teams

A

  1. Senpo: Yumeto Shigihara
  2. Jiho: Nawaf Alyousif
  3. Chuken: Ian Dickinson
  4. Fukusho: Helen Zhou
  5. Taisho: Hiroki Kawai

 

B

  1. Senpo: Sabrina Tran
  2. Jiho: Mike Ruan
  3. Chuken: Cici Qi
  4. Fukusho: Geoff Gaskins
  5. Taisho: Jay Seabrum

C

  1. Senpo: Jenny Zhu
  2. Jiho: Evangeline Tsai
  3. Chuken: Maggie Sumioka
  4. Fukusho: Alan Tan
  5. Taisho: Nelson Hernandez

Results

Unfortunately none of the BU teams placed during this tournament, although BU A team won their first match against NYC C team.

As the first tournament of the year, Goyokai marks only the beginning to a great year. This tournament showed us what we have improved upon since the last tournament and what we still need to work on improving. As a non-collegiate (dojo) tournament, we were able to see that when it comes to Kendo, age is just a number; practice, determination and gaining experience in Kendo are what are more important. Despite the fact that we will not be attending another tournament very soon, we will definitely come back stronger as a team and ready to  take on our next challenge! Great job to all of the participants today! Thank you for your support! BU Faito!