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Boise State Kendo Club to Host International Camp

Boise State Kendo Club to Host International Camp

Group of people dressed in Japanese Kendo outfits being taught a new technique using a shinai or bamboo practice sword.This weekend the Boise State Kendo (Japanese fencing) Club will be hosting the 9th US Nito Kendo Camp, featuring guest instructor Mr. Tadao Toda of Tokyo Japan. Participants cover the range of skill from beginners to advanced level Japanese fencers some with 40+ years of experience. Participants are traveling to Boise State for this unique event from Japan, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Chile, and all corners of the United States.  This year’s camp will be lead by a group of six high level Japanese Kendo Sensei (teachers) including Mr. Tadao Toda, and Mr. Ryoichi Fujii. These Sensei are the only two kendo teachers to pass the grueling 8 dan test using nito (two swords). The Japanese 8 dan test has a 0.6% pass rate and is considered the hardest test in all of Japan regardless of disciple or pursuit. Toda sensei passed 8 dan in 1995, and Fujii sensei was successful in May earlier this year.  Stop by Campus Recreation Friday. June 17 through Sunday, June 19 to check out this unique and exciting event.

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