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Thursday, December 2, 2010

I PAKA Kendo Championship 2010

En español

The first Kendo Championship sponsored by the Panama Kendo Association (PAKA) was held at the University of Panama Gym on Saturday the 27th November 2010. A historic event as it was the first championship ever held in the Republic of Panama. 18 registered for the tournament and participants came from the Panama and Chiriqui Provinces.

Photo by Jeannine Carrasco
Saturday morning kendo introduction and combat techniques seminar was followed by competition event. Seminar was dictated by Hsieh sensei and interpreted by Alberto Prado. Afternoon matches were exciting and all fought with Great Spirit. Final match between Rosemarie Read and Peter Gideon was riveting and ended in a very close draw. Telemetro Canal 13 (Channel 13) covered the event and the news was featured in their evening edition.

Photo by Rosemarie Read
We would like to thank the University of Panama for hosting the event, for all the junior members attending and for those who helped set up the gym. We would also like to thank the Hsieh family for sponsoring the athletes’ lunchboxes and sodas.

Special thanks go to the referees including Hsieh sensei, Batres sensei, Dacosta sensei and the many others who helped between the fights.

Photo by Rosemarie Read
Congratulations to all who were awarded with nice-looking championship medals and certificates!

A very big thank you and huge commendation to the organizers of this event, Hsieh sensei and Lopez sensei. They worked tirelessly for over a month planning and executing this first ever PAKA Kendo Championship.

1st.  Peter Gideon
2nd. Rosemarie Read
3rd. Raul Lopez Q. and Alberto Prado

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