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THE TOURNAMENT >> FOREWORD


FROM THE HARVARD-RADCLIFFE KENDO CLUB ::

The Harvard Invitational Shoryuhai Intercollegiate Kendo Tournament is the most important project undertaken by the Harvard-Radcliffe Kendo Club. For us, the Shoryuhai is not just a competition: it is the embodiment of our hopes and aspirations for the future of collegiate kendo. The term "collegiate kendo" itself has only become meaningful in the last several years. Prior to this, collegiate clubs were isolated by geography and by lack of recognition, often struggling to find instruction, equipment and practice space. However, the collegiate kendo community in North America has begun the slow process of consolidating into a recognizable entity. The two-fold membership increase in collegiate kendo clubs across North America since 1997 is a hopeful sign that collegiate kendo is about to blossom.

It is with this in mind that the Shoryuhai tournament was conceived. Once a year, the Shoryuhai seeks to bring together a growing number of these clubs in order to develop intercollegiate relationships, to build a stronger collegiate kendo community.

To realize this vision, the Harvard-Radcliffe Kendo Club welcomes kendo organizations from all over North America to the Shoryuhai. Through this competition, collegiate kendo's trend as a rising dragon - a "shoryu" - may be maintained for future kenshi. We look forward to having you join us.

Respectfully yours,

The Harvard-Radcliffe Kendo Club






FROM HIS EXCELLENCY RYUTARO HASHIMOTO ::

I would like to express my congratulations on the grand opening of the Annual Harvard Invitational Shoryuhai Championship Kendo Tournament. As you may know, the name of "Shoryuhai" has been newly added to this Tournament this year.

I had the opportunity of practicing Kendo with students of Harvard last summer, and was strongly impressed with the purposes and prospects of this Tournament, as well as with the sincerity of the students.

As a token of my appreciation, I would like to present this trophy in my name.

Kendo is one of the martial arts which has been cultivated in the long history and traditions of our country. It holds as its purpose the pursuit of spiritual and physical maturity as human beings through discipline and training.

As I, myself, am an avid kendoist, not a great one but one who is striving for such a goal, I strongly hope that Kendo will continue its growth without losing its distinctive character.

Today, Kendo has become popular and has expanded throughout the world, not to mention Japan. I would like to express my sincere respect for the efforts of all those who have been involved in the making of this Tournament.

As we head into the 21st century, I believe that in order to have a world which is peaceful, happy, and full of hope, it is necessary to pursue not only material wealth but spiritual richness. Each and every person must nurture a sound mind in a sound body. This goal indeed coincides with that of Kendo, which aims to build character through training.

I hope that all of you participants in this Tournament will strive for the essence of Kendo while fully exhibiting the fruits of your daily training and by promoting friendship and goodwill among the kendoists who have gathered here from various parts of North America. I wish you luck and look forward to the future growth and success of the Tournament.


President of All-Japan Student Kendo Association
Member of Japanese Diet

Ryutaro Hashimoto

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