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Aikido Club Accomplishes Biggest Feat since its Founding; Now No. 1 in Japan in Men’s Randori Team Event

Public Relations Office        October 23, 2014

Taichi Fujikawa

Taichi Fujikawa

 The Aikido Martial Art Club of Kwansei Gakuin University won first place in the men’s randori (freestyle) team event at the 45th All-Japan Student Aikido Tournament, held at Kinki University Memorial Hall on Oct. 19. This was the first time for such a win since the club’s founding.

 A randori match is fought one on one between a tantō (attacker) and toshu (defender). Each match consists of two 90-second periods, 3 minutes in total. The roles of tantō and toshu switch period by period. Those who earned the most points wins the match. Each randori team event consists of five singles matches; five students on each university team fight in the matches, and the team with the greatest number of match winners wins the event.

 member of the team

member of the team

 Prior to the tournament, members of the KG Aikido Club thoroughly practiced the basics of kata (stylized body movements), and had a lot of practical training to respond accurately to their opponent’s moves.
 
The team won their first-round game 4–1 against Osaka University of Commerce, and then went on to the final after securing a safe win against Kinki University, 4–1. The final was against Tenri University, a powerful team with many strongest aikido athletes in Japan. The KG team won the final 3–1, and all the members of the team loudly celebrated by hugging each other in joy.

 Taichi Fujikawa, co-captain of the KG team, said excitedly, “We practiced hard to win the top prize, and had the firmest resolve to win during the tournament. Our team’s togetherness has brought us victory.”