Shoryuhai

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The Harvard Invitational Shoryuhai Intercollegiate Kendo Tournament, or Shoryuhai (昇龍杯, Shōryuhai) for short, is the largest intercollegiate kendo tournament in North America.[1] Currently in its 22nd year, the Shoryuhai is hosted annually by the Harvard Radcliffe Kendo Club each spring. This year's Shoryuhai will be held March 17-18, 2018. Teams come from all over North America and Europe, including teams from Canada and Mexico and Germany. The tournament is held in the Harvard University Malkin Athletic Center (MAC) basketball court. The fundamental purpose of the Shoryuhai is to promote kendo at the collegiate level.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

In April 1997, several Northeast-region college students came together at Harvard for an informal good-will kendo tournament. The tournament was sparsely attended - totaling not more than 15 competitors. The following year, attendance increased three-fold, and included teams from Harvard, Yale, Cornell, McGill University, the University of Connecticut and the University of Waterloo in Canada. In 2009, a team from the University of Muenster in Germany joined the competition for the first time, making it the first European team to participate.

The Trophies[edit]

"The Permanent Trophy"

In 1998, the two tournament trophies were donated by the former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Ryutaro Hashimoto, as tokens of his encouragement.[2] At the time, Hashimoto-sensei saw this tournament and all of North American collegiate kendo as a "rising dragon," or 昇龍 (shōryu), hence the name shoryuhai. The first of the trophies - permanently held at Harvard - bears the engraved names of each year's victorious team. The second, traveling trophy is loaned to each year's winning team to be displayed at their respective university or college until the following year's tournament.

Format[edit]

The tournament is divided into team and individual rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

Results[edit]

Team Tournament[edit]

Year Final Third Place
Winner Runner-up
2017 Stony Brook University New York University A Team Boston University A Team New York University B Team
2016 New York University A Team University of California, Los Angeles A Team University of California, San Diego A Team University of California, Riverside A Team
2015 New York University A Team University of California, Los Angeles A Team University of California, Santa Barbara A Team University of Washington
2014 New York University A Team University of California, San Diego A Team Boston University A Team University of California, Riverside A Team
2013 University of California, San Diego A Team University of California, Riverside A Team Boston University A Team Stony Brook University A Team
2012 University of Washington University of California, San Diego A Team New York University A Team Soka University of America
2011 University of California, San Diego A Team Boston University A Team Boston University B Team State University of New York at Stony Brook A Team
2010 University of California, Los Angeles A Team University of Washington State University of New York at Stony Brook Soka University of America
2009 University of California, Los Angeles A Team State University of New York at Stony Brook A Team University of California, Davis University of California, San Diego
2008 University of California, Davis University of California, San Diego Cornell University A Team State University of New York at Stony Brook A Team
2007 University of California, Los Angeles A Team University of California, San Diego A Team Harvard University A Team State University of New York at Stony Brook B Team
2006 University of California, Los Angeles A Team University of California, San Diego A Team University of California, San Diego B Team University of Washington
2005 University of California, San Diego Salem State College State University of New York at Stony Brook University of California, Los Angeles
2004 University of California, Los Angeles University of California, San Diego State University of New York at Stony Brook A Team Virginia Polytechnic Institute
2003 University of Waterloo State University of New York at Stony Brook A Team Cornell University Harvard University A Team
2002 Harvard University A Team George Washington University Cornell University State University of New York at Stony Brook
2001 Cornell University A Team University of Washington Harvard University A Team McGill University
2000 University of Connecticut Harvard University A Team Cornell University A Team McGill University
1999 McGill University Cornell University A Team Cornell University B Team University of Connecticut
1998 University of Waterloo Harvard University A Team Cornell University A Team Yale University
1997 Harvard University A Team Not Recorded Not Recorded Not Recorded

Individuals Tournament[edit]

Year Final Third Place
Winner Runner-up
2018 Masayuki Katsumi, Stony Brook University Sungha Park, Columbia University Alissa Mori, Columbia University Yumeto Shigihara, Boston University
2017 Masayuki Katsumi, Stony Brook University Sung Hun Choi, New York University Chihiro Shiromoto, Tufts University Colin Smith, New York University
2016 Sung Hun Choi, New York University Hwoyoung Choi, University of California, Los Angeles Keishi Okazaki, Brown University Mashiro Yamazaki, Bergen Community College
2015 Naonori Suto, San Diego State University Damian Williams, University of California, Santa Barbara Viet Nguyen, University of California, San Diego Philip Kwon, San Diego State University
2014 Shintaro Takahashi, University of California, San Diego Sung Hun Choi, New York University David Moon, University of California, Riverside Colin Smith, New York University
2013 Fumiaki Ayabe, University of California, San Diego Terima Nagatani, University of California, Merced Isabel Lorimer, University of California, Riverside Matthew Yang, Rutgers University
2012 Yannis Hachouf, University of California, San Diego Mevlana Gemici, Cornell University Matthew Yang, Rutgers University Tomoyuki Fujiyama, Columbia University
2011 Matthew Yang, Rutgers University Hojin Park, University of California, San Diego Takashi Ohashi, Cornell University Mevlana Gemici, Cornell University
2010 Hideto Kinjo, University of California, Riverside Julian Amano, University of California, Los Angeles Tenji Takino, Soka University of America Alex Eitoku, Boston University
2009 Takeshi Yokoyama, University of California, Los Angeles Aki Goya, University of California, Los Angeles Keisuke Shimoyamada, University of California, Los Angeles Teppei Shima, University of California, San Diego
2008 Mizuo Kudo, University of California, Los Angeles Matthew Yang, Rutgers University Eugenia Yang, Boston University Antoine Fortier, McGill University
2007 Tenji Takino, Soka University of America Aki Goya, University of California, Los Angeles Antoine Fortier, McGill University Hojin Park, University of California, San Diego
2006 Tenji Takino, Soka University of America Ann Tamura, University of California, San Diego Katsushi Chinen, Mt. San Antonio College Hirotsuga Takahashi, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2005 Sadanobu Inoue, Salem State College Nathan Makino, University of California, Los Angeles Eugenia Yang, Boston University Yoshihiro Homma, University of California, Los Angeles
2004 Daniel Han, Cornell University Randall Iwashita, University of California, San Diego Nathan Makino, University of California, Los Angeles Young Shik Cho, University of California, San Diego
2003 Shinya Deguchi, George Washington University Hyungjin Lim, State University of New York at Stony Brook Arthur Nam, Thomas Jefferson University Daniel Han, Cornell University
2002 Takashi Kido, University of Bridgeport Tomohiko Hayashi, Boston University Shinya Deguchi, George Washington University Kentaro Fujita, New York University
2001 Miyuki Koga, Wesleyan University Tomohiko Hayashi, Boston University Shinya Deguchi, George Washington University Oliver Nguyen, McGill University
2000 Shinya Deguchi, George Washington University Manabu Ito, McGill University Hyunsik Jeong, University of Connecticut Tomohiko Hayashi, Boston University
1999 Mitsuhiro Sudo, Yale University Jon Shishido, Harvard University Manabu Ito, McGill University Tomohiko Hayashi, Boston University
1998 Robin Tanaka, University of Waterloo Hyun June Choi, University of Waterloo Not Recorded Not Recorded
1997 Not Recorded Not Recorded Not Recorded Not Recorded

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sobin, Mia L. (23 March 2013). "Scene and Heard: The Shoryuhai Tournament". The Harvard Crimson. Boston. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Tribou, Doug (24 April 2010). "At Harvard Tournament, Japanese Martial Art Leaves Its Mark Anew". WBUR. Boston. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 

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