it looks like after all this time the rumors are actually true. he finally did it. #1 in the world:
After winning the 2010 Kendo World Championships:
I couldn't find any coverage of it other than this facebook event page:
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 12:00am
Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 9:00am
ALL Invites are meant to also include those who will be viewing commentary.
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!!!!! Congratulations to those that have secured a seat!
This is going to be the 2010 Kendo World Championships.
A 2 day event! 2 arenas, 64 competitors, single elimination.
Winner take all!
The 1st place winner receives the following:
$100,000 (or that country's equivalent)
2nd, 3rd, and 4th get a handshake and a well done as well as the prestige of placing in the top 4.
The times reflect EST that way if you want to watch the commentary( yes there will be commentary) you can at these times.
More details to come as we get closer to "go" time.
"To strengthen the mind over the body, and to push the body beyond endurance through determination and sheer will, this raises the spirit.
In the union of mind, body and spirit the rewards are potentially limitless." - Bruce Lee
TEAM USA BIOs:
Robert Bower- (Team captain) Born in Houston Texas, I started taking Wing Chun kung fu at the age of 6.
Twenty years later, I moved to North Dakota and wanted to find another martial art to study. I FOUND IT! Kendo (meaning way of the sword) I have been studying it for 10 years now and this is the first time to the world championships! On a more personal note. I have a beautiful wife named Kristin and 2 boys named Eric and Greg, who are both in their 2nd year of Kendo themselves.
Glen Croiden- About me... OK you all asked for it! I am 28 years of age. I live in Virginia with my Beagle, Patsy. After taking Shotokan Karate for several years, I took up Kendo because I wanted to learn to use the samurai sword properly. This is my second year competing but the first year on team USA. I am TOTALLY PSYCHED! that I will be facing the best in the world in 3 weeks! Go TEAM!
Emmanuel Crabtree- Wow ok the other 2 beat me to it. Well Here I go. Grew up in a sleepy little harbor town (Northport, Long Island) Came from a family of humble origins. Had a bit of a rough time in School with bullies and such, so started taking Isshin ryu Karate. Competed in that for several years, won a world amateur championship and held it for a few years. Then like the other guys here I wanted to learn the sword. Moved around a lot and took Kendo where ever I found a school. Currently, I live in Delaware and I have 8 years of Kendo Experience now and this is the first year I am competing in it and also the first time the the world championships. Glad to be among these great guys. Good luck to us all!
THIS YEAR'S CURRENT STANDINGS :
Robert Bower - Ranked 57 (42 - 22 - 3)
Glen Croiden - Ranked 12 (51 - 14 - 2)
Manny Crabtree - Ranked 2 (64 - 1 - 2)