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1st World Kenjutsu Championship - The Dream of a big dream

Ricardo Lopes (Coordinator of Niten Brasília), Sensei Jorge Kishikawa and Alexandre Amorim (Student of Niten Manaus)

Ohayou gozaimasu!! Shitsurei Shimasu!

More than a year ago, we heard from Sensei that we would have a world championship. Subsequently, the Championship was transferred to 2018, ... in the same year that NITEN Institute would celebrate 25 years !! What a bombshell!

The waiting lasted for so long ... the anxiety was increasing ... and an intense preparation! Samurais from all corners of the country and several countries of the world began their training to participate in the 1st World Championship of Kenjutsu !! The rigorous selection of those chosen to attend the historic event was enormous.

And finally, the big day arrived! Samurai gathered in a Dojo carefully prepared in every detail ... its colors, shapes, flags, flowers, speeches allowed to unite, in the best mode, the fighting spirit, the sensitivity and the lightness of the soul, fellowship and brotherhood around a common goal! Omedetou gozaimassu to EVERYBODY who directly and indirectly contributed to making a dream come true!

Every combat, every move, every defense, every precise strike ... Definitely, the samurai spirit lives and is present in all NITEN´s students. Happy are those who could feel the feel of the World Dojo in the air! "The sword that gives life!"

Thanks to the current technology and the insight of our Senpais, many NITEN members were able to follow online what was happening on the big screen, the keys and the results. Thank you also for the wonderful photos posted on the site and the filming of the speeches made at the event. It helped a lot to communicate the "essence" of the moment to those who could not participate.

Many authorities and many friends of NITEN attended the event and honored the NITEN Institute and our Sensei Jorge Kishikawa. I also had the pleasure, the happiness, the pride and the honor of meeting Sensei Yoshiaki and Sensei Mitiko.

It was for sure an incredible and exciting weekend. Sensei´s words eternalized and marked in our hearts! The story of how it all began 25 years ago, the dream, the challenges, the resistance of the unbelievers, the humiliation, the strength, the courage, the faith, the historical table, the first students, the units... Living this Moment was incredible and unforgettable!

Being able to walk the ´Warrior´s Path´, the Japanese philosophy and the samurai virtues along with Senpai Pinheiro and my friends Lins and Lauro, traveling more than 4 thousand kilometers, from Manaus to Sao Paulo, was very gratifying and edifying. And when we return we can share all this emotion with our friends from the NITEN Unit from Manaus.

Thanks for my Senpais, who welcomed me in Sao Paulo! Meeting them again was incredible! The new friendships that emerged at the event were memorable. To the Senpais who had trained us in Manaus, Senpai Silva, and Senpai Costa, omedetou for the victories and the spectacular combats. Omedetou Senpai Wenzel for the excellent organization of the event. Omedetou to Senpai Gilberto and Senpai Paula, the best samurais in the world !!! Arigatou gozaimassu to all the Senpais of ADM (Niten administration), Senpai Maryanna and Senpai Midori who always help us in the possible doubts occurred.

Arigatou gozaimashita Sensei, for your perseverance, courage, and faith believing in us, non-Easterners, we would be worthy to receive the Japanese philosophy and culture, we would be able to rescue the traditions of the samurai, to learn the millennial principles of samurai and to follow the hard way of the warrior - the Bushido.

“A Dream of a Great Dream!”

Amorim, Alexandre - Manaus Unit


1st World Kenjutsu Championship - 25 Years in the NIPPAK NEWSPAPER

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1st World Kenjutsu Championship concludes 25 years of celebrations of the Niten Institute perfectly.

Held on October 20th and 21st at the APCD - Paulista Association of Dental Surgeons - in the north area of Sao Paulo, the 1st World Championship of Kenjutsu ended the 25th-anniversary celebrations of the Niten Institute with perfection. The competition was attended by more than 400 athletes from the 70 units established in nine countries: Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Mexico, United States, Portugal, and England. At the time, the founder and president of Niten, Sensei Jorge Kishikawa received a tribute from the governor of the State of Sao Paulo, Márcio França (PSB). The plaque was delivered by Massaki Shimada of the Sao Paulo State Patrimony Council and former president of Ceagesp.

There have been contests in all categories, from children´s (5 to 11 years) to senior, including the Team Tournament. In the top category, Gilberto Vieira, from Sao Paulo, won the title among men while among women, the Argentine Paula Cintioni surprised by beating Brazilian Ana Lucia Pieri.

In the team competition, Brazil was in the first two places in the male category - with Brazil "A" and Brazil "B", respectively - while in the female category, Brazil gave "A" in first and Argentina "B" in second.

Besides the disputes, practitioners were able to watch the most real samurai duels after 400 years and also witnessed an unprecedented event in the Americas: the shooting of a Japanese musket of 1850 (hinawaju) fired by Sensei´s eldest son, Yoshimitsu Kishikawa. According to Kishikawa, the weapon is identical to that used in the movie "The Last Samurai," starring Tom Cruise.

Little push - For the students, the tournament "took a long time". "They said it took twenty-five years for us to hold such an event. But everything in life has its right moment", explains Kishikawa, realizing that even he did not expect to go that far.

"Blame", in part, for his wife, Mika, a partner for almost three decades and who has closely followed the whole trajectory of the Niten. Currently responsible for the kid´s training, Mika also guides the administrative part and it was from her the necessary "push" that allowed the expansion of Niten beyond the capital of Sao Paulo.

"At the beginning, still in Itaim Unit, by the way, our first Unit, we received many letters and emails from Rio de Janeiro, and even from Minas Gerais interested in practicing. She insisted Sensei to go to these places, but he always claimed that he could not handle a single unit, "Mika laughs, remembering that at the time Jorge Kishikawa still split his time between teachings and shifts at the General Hospital of the Army.

Mika started to do the opposite: she asked for these people to come to Sao Paulo. And they came. This is how Niten began to form its first monitors. Today there are almost a thousand practitioners who seek Niten for many different reasons.

Emptiness - "Before, people were looking for the Niten to fill the emptiness they did not find in other martial arts. Most of them were middle-aged, who had already practiced martial arts and who saw in the Institute a proposal to fill the philosophical part that they did not find in other martial arts", says Kishikawa, adding that he himself, twice a Brazilian five-time champion of Kendo, dropped the modality in search of bigger challenges.

"After I reached the peak of kendo in terms of Brazil, both medal and graduation, I felt I could not stop my way like that. I had to keep getting better, developing myself. That´s when I began to feel a spiritual emptiness, and this spiritual emptiness, in part, was the tradition calling me. So my interest turned to search for the origins of what I was doing with kendo, "says Kishikawa, adding that over the years the age group of practitioners began to shift to a younger age group and with them came many descendants of Japanese, who at first were rare.

"Many of these descendants look for the Niten in search of their origins because the Niten established itself as a reference in the search of the origins for being a place where the tradition is preserved, where the oldest things are taught, explains Sensei.

According to Kishikawa, the Niten was born not only with the purpose of spreading the millenarian teachings of the arts of the samurai sword, "but with the purpose of doing a job that was not only aimed at winning medals and graduations, giving priority to the philosophical part as well. "

"The Niten Cultural Institute is called like this because it assumes that you have to be always researching and developing yourself, not to be stagnant in your rules. That was another reason I got out of kendo. The rules are the same and can not change. That is, there is no freedom to express myself in an artistic way because everything is regulated, "says Kishikawa, noting that with the birth of his three sons - Yoshimitsu (15), Takemitsu (14) and Hiromitsu (12) - created the KIR Junior, aimed at children from 5 to 11 years old. "In KIR Junior about 70 to 80% are descendants of Japanese. They are children whose parents want children to know their origins and learn the Japanese tradition", says Kishikawa, noting that over the years, Niten has also become a reference in Japanese culture. "Even our goal in the course for children is for them to be educated in the samurai way, that is, our goal with them is education. "

Golden Moments - "I can not talk about spirituality or culture with children as I speak to adults," Kishikawa says that in Niten the students learn the technique but also the spiritual side and the philosophy passed, mainly, through conversations, the so-called Golden Moments, when, at the end of each training, the students meet around Sensei or the responsible Senpai for training to hear teachings about samurai culture and Japanese philosophy.

"In these master-disciple relationships, we approach concepts such as discipline, self-control, concentration and stress control under the samurai view, and students learn how to use the sword teachings in their daily lives," says Kishikawa, explaining that this coexistence takes place outside the usual classes, in the form of gashuku, intensive training held in parks, mountains and clubs.

"We have already done in such places like Nippon Country Club, Cooper and Pinhal Colony", says Kishikawa, who, in the future, hopes to achieve
10,000 students and have the World Championship "with at least 1,000 participants". "If we had about 400 in this, I think we will have to wait another 25 years," Kishikawa jokes, concluding that in Niten, the most important thing is to see people happy.

"I tell my students that you will not be happy reading self-help books, but training and living together. That´s the way I have if there are others I do not know. And I can say that in these 25 years I have been able to make people happy, "he says.
(Aldo Shiguti)


1st World Kenjutsu Championship held in October in Sao Paulo, gathered around 400 practitioners from nine countries.

Kishikawa receives homage from Governor Márcio França delivered by Massaki Shimada.

Yoshimitsu Kishikawa shoots with Japanese musket from 1850.

One of the first photos of Niten practitioners at Itaim Unit.

1st World Kenjutsu Championship held in October.

Over the years, the Niten Institute has also been wanted by children.


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