Nikkei Games Kendo Tournament Results


A large crowd gathered at Cypress College on August 21 as kendo returned to in-person competition for the 2022 Nikkei Games. (Photos courtesy of YUJI HOSOKAWA)

On August 21, the Southern California Kendo Federation hosted the 2022 Nikkei Games Kendo Tournament at Cypress College.

Hundreds of people gathered to watch the more than 140 contestants who came from all over California to participate.

KYU ADULT DIVISION

1st: Samuel Jo, Chuo

2nd: Abraham Ruiz, Torrance

3rd: Michael Smith, Reedly

3rd: Lex Smith, Reedly

Kantosho: Ksandro Pappa, Gedatsu

Kantosho: Takeo Ogami, Gardena

1DAN DIVISION

1st: Jacob Huh, Chuo

2nd: Dave Nam, Torrance

3rd: Ryan Kim, Norwalk

3rd: Ty Fujinami, Venice

Kantosho: Freeman Baldwin, Valley

DIVISION 2 DAN

1st: Taiyo Ariga, Butokuden

2nd: Noah Nakayama, Industry Sheriffs

3rd: Corey Kim, Chuo

3rd: Andrew Kang, Chuo

Kantosho: Daichi Sakai, UCLA

DIVISION 3 DAN

1st: Won Jae Jang, City of Los Angeles

2nd: Francis Lee, Covina

3rd: Juan Villadona, Sho Tokyo

3rd: Haru Sakamoto, OSULA

Kantosho: Kai Stallone, Long Beach

DIVISION 4 DAN AND ABOVE

1st: Masao Suzuki, Torrance

2nd: Julian Williams, Torrance

3rd: Kenichiro Mizobe, Sho Tokyo

3rd: Kunishige Takizawa, Butokuden

Kantosho: Ryo Ichimura, HSSK

WOMEN’S DIVISION

1st: Daphne Chen, Gedatsu

2nd: Nako Kitada, Gardena

3rd: Jill Hirasawa, Butokuden

3rd: Asaki Shinada, Alhambra

Kantosho: Mayumi Suzuki, Venice

Kantosho: Kanon Saito, Venice

4 Kyu to 1 Kyu Team Division

1st: Gardena

Luke Ido, Kanon Sawabe, Riku Ido

2nd: Chuo

Colleene Chang, Ian Moon, Demian Roh

3rd: Butokuden A

William Chung, Irene Kim, Yuma Sugawara

3rd: Venice A

Erin Nagai, Noah Kusano, Kanon Saito

Kantosho: Mai Mori, Long Beach

Kantosho: Erika Kusano, Venice

Kantosho: Kagetora Ghodaonkar, Gardena

Kantosho: Bailey Shinada, Alhambra

Kantosho: Ian Song, Norwalk

Kantosho: Nico Liu, Alhambra

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