We are thrilled to announce that Sei Tou Ken Yu Kai Canterbury Kendo Club members took out all major titles at the 2019 South Island Championships. Women’s Kyu: 1st: Eunice Song 2nd: Mayce Ballentyne Women’s Open/Yuko Hirabayashi Memorial Cup: 1st: Tania Butterfield Men’s Kyu: 1st: Ryan Hamilton 2nd: Eric George Men’s Open: 1st: Yuma Tamaki 3rd: Kai Edwards Team
Open Kyu: Gold: Ryan Hamilton Silver: Eric George Bronze: Martin O'Connor Men’s Dan: Gold: Kai Edwards Silver: Masa Matsunami Bronze: Yuma Tamaki Kata: Gold: Chris McGill and Masa Matsunami Teams Event: Gold: Canterbury A (Martin O'Connor, Kai Edwards and Masa Matsunami) Bronze: Canterbury B (Eric George, Yuma Tamaki and Tania Butterfield)
Men's Kyu Grade New Zealand Champion: Eric George Men's Dan Grade New Zealand Champion: Masa Matsunami Bronze: Kai Edwards Men's Team Event New Zealand Champions: Canterbury Members: Eric George Yuma Tamaki Chris McGill Kai Edwards Masa Matsunami Thank you to the New Zealand Racing Board who helped fund our participation in this event.
Source: Monique Steele, The Press A Christchurch Japanese fencer has scored a unique coup for the local kendo club. Christchurch man Eynon Phillips is the first New Zealand kendo player to be awarded his fourth dan grading in Nitto-ryu (two-sword fighting) in kendo. Phillips coaches kendo and has trained for around 12 years at Sei Tou Ken Yu Kai Canterbury Kendo Club on Blenhei