Davao Kendo Club turns two today. What started out as a fledgling group of six pioneer members has now over thirty kendokas in its ranks. Led by our founders Phillip Lim sensei and Mr. Johnny Teofilo Lardera Jr, DKC spent a fun weekend celebrating its second year.
Gracing the club’s two-day celebration were Cebu Kendo Club members together with 4th Dan Masato Kosuge sensei. Hong Kong-based 6th Dan Ono Masahiro sensei likewise made a suprise visit with his son Kotetsu-kun. It was Ono-sensei’s fifth visit to the club and a second for his son who joined us this time as a kendoka. At six years old, little Kotetsu-kun impressed many of his much older senpais. He carried himself in his kendo-gi and hakama well. And he looked especially adorable when he folded them all by himself after practice.
It was a fun and fruitful event of people who share the same passion and dedication for kendo. Some of the highlights include:
May 28, Saturday
3rd Dan Philip Lim sensei
3rd Dan Matsuda Kazuya senpai
1st Dan Johnny Teofilo Lardera
1st Dan Paul Minoza
Ikkyu Jasper Lardera
Kihon and Jigeiko with Ono sensei sharing tips and insights to the bogu class and visiting kendokas.
Dinner and party at Ponce Suites
May 29, Sunday
Team and Individual Shiais with Ono sensei, Masato sensei, and Kazu senpai serving as shinpans
Robert Carabuena’s team won the group shiai. He also snagged the top spot for the individual event after besting second-placer Jasper Lardera in an intense final match.
Jigeiko with the senseis and DKC’s two shodans who will be seeing action in the upcoming ASEAN Kendo Tournament in Bangkok this July.
As I look back to the two years, here’s a shout out to everyone who has been part of the club:
- Founders, instructors, officers, and ALL active and inactive members of Davao Kendo Club (1st to 6th Batch!)
- Ono Masahiro sensei
- Naoko Morishima-sensei, Tomo Akita-sensei, and all our Senpais from Manila Kendo Club
- Kristopher Inting-senpai, Rikki-senpai, Gek-senpai and Igarashi-sensei of IGA Kendo Club
- And recently met fellow kendokas from Cebu Kendo Club and Masato Kosuge sensei
Domo arigatou gozaimasu!