A couple weekends ago, we had an inter-dojo Taikai tournament for a friendly competition between Portland area kendo clubs, with a few people who travelled all the way from Idaho and Washington. Less than half of the turnout was from Obukan, so we had a lot of guests and a lot of fun. The only downside was we only had half the gym, so there was a lot of noise from the open courts on the other side of the divider curtain.
Here’s a match (#8) where I almost hold my ground against Dan Combs from Obukan. I don’t have the strength to hold him back, but I lasted a lot longer than I expected. 🙂 He scores one hit to my kote, and like a n00b I thought the match was over. It really was, but at least I didn’t let him score two points. 🙂 I’m the guy with the white ribbon tied to my back.
In match #10, I was up against a visitor in white. I don’t know her name, but she stepped out of bounds twice with very little encouragement from me. Aside from a clean hit to her men at 1:39, I don’t think my Kendo was as good as it was in the other match. Despite all that, this is the first (and only) tournament match I’ve won to date.