All U.S. Kendo Federation to Host 2014 National Championships in San Diego

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Scene from a previous tournament. (Photo by Dennis Ralutin)

Scene from a previous AUSKF championship. (Photo by Dennis Ralutin)

SAN DIEGO – The All United States Kendo Federation has announced that it will host the 2014 AUSKF National Championships in San Diego.

The event, celebrating the Japanese art of swordsmanship, will take place June 27 through June 29 at the Harry West Gym of San Diego City College on Park Boulevard.

For the first time ever, the AUSKF tournament committee has decided to bring the competition to San Diego. The 2014 AUSKF National Championships allow over 400 gifted athletes to experience kendo competition at its best. The San Diego sports commissioner has confirmed his attendance and will extend a welcome speech to guests and competitors.

Spectators, family members and kendo practitioners come together from throughout the nation to celebrate the world of kendo and the many extraordinary athletes who exhibit the physical agility and mental discipline necessary to participate in this tournament. Competitors range in age from 12 to 70 and will compete in over 20 different divisions.

“We are very excited to have this event, which will host candidates from all across the mainland U.S.,” said Vice President for Competition Tim Yuge. “It is a great way for competitors to showcase their skills and for kendo enthusiasts to come together.”

The public is invited to attend the tournament free of charge.

The AUSKF is a non-profit umbrella organization supporting 15 regional member federations with over 5,000 members across the country. It is responsible for hosting national tournaments, training a U.S. team for international competition, organizing promotional examination opportunities for higher ranks and interfacing to the International Kendo Federation (FIK). The AUSKF also provides the member federations with support programs to promote kendo in their region. For more information, visit www.auskf.info/.

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