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Saturday, October 6, 2018

The Gyokuryuki Kendo Tournament.


One of the high school students' famous competitions in Japan is the Gyokuryuki Kendo Tournament.
It is held every July.
Only qualifications for participation are high school students. More than 500 teams from all over Japan will gather tournaments, from strong team to normal team.
This competition has characteristics different from other competitions.
It is a winning battle.

Normally, only players in the same position as senpo vs senpo, jiho vs jiho ... will play games, but at the Gyokuryuki Kendo Tournament, the winning player will play the next player as it is. If they draw, the next player will play a match in both teams. The team that taisho loses earlier will lose.
Ex)
TeamA vs TeamB(〇;win,×;draw
senpo-senpo
senpo-jiho
senpo×chuken
jiho×fukusho
chuken-taisho
fukusho×taisho
taisho-taisho
TeamA is winner.

On a team with a strong senpo, it is often that only the senpo will play a game and the team will win.
Ex)
TeamC vs TeamD
senpo-senpo
senpo-jiho
senpo-chuken
senpo-fukusho
senpo-taisho
TeamC is winner.
If you win five people you will be honored.

If Taisho is strong, even if the previous four people lose, there is a chance of victory.
Ex)
TeamE vs TeamF
senpo-senpo
senpo-jiho
senpo-chuken
senpo-fukusho
senpo -taisho
jiho-taisho
chuken-taisho
fukusho-taisho
taisho-taisho
TeamF is winner.(It's very long match!)

It seems that athletes who won the most in the past have won 24 people.
Recently, Kakeru Umegatagani, a taisho of Fukuoka Ohori High School in 2013, led the team to the victory with 11 persons withdraw at the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final match. He became a legend of the competition on this occasion.

When he was high school students, you might notice he preferred Hiki-Men, Kote and tricky techniques, but in university, he chose more normal Men than before. it is also interesting to see his growth, so I will show you future article.

There are many videos of Gyokuryuki Ippon omnibus, it is fun to watch!


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