Hoku Tozai Taikai – 北東西 大会

Hoku Tozai Taikai is an event where Sweden and Finland meets in one single great team match.

Please note that this is not (yet?) an official national event. So far it is a good will arrangement between friends across the Baltic Sea.

The name of the event is a reference to the japanese East West championships; Hoku ToZai Taikai basically means Nothern East West Championships.

What is it all about?

The spirit of this event is to summon anyone that is willing to fight for either Sweden or Finland. Your effort is valued the same whether you are a junior, a beginner without a bogu, a national team member or a 7 dan senior.

The challenging nation sends a roster which the hosting nation will try to match, as closely as possible in both age and grade.
In case of beginners and juniors size and experience is also taken into consideration as we value safety.

Each player will go at least three individual matches but as the numbers may not add up exactly, some players will be allocated to more than 3 matches.

Because of this we also do not have any full time referees but the participants are refereeing the matches. Participants with 3 dan or higher will be referees and for the lower grades there will be two shiai-jo’s. When the referees’ matches are starting there will be only one shiai-jo.

If you are in a bogu and have experience in ji-geiko you will do regular shiai; if you are not, you will compete in Kirikaeshi, Uchikomi or similar.

Schedule 2020

LocationLöthallen, Sundbyberg
Date9-10 May 2020
ApplicationWill be published on this homepage closer to the event.


Typically the host nation will cover the costs for the arrangement as the challengers will cover trip and accommodation.

Application for participation

Each country manages it’s own roster in whatever way they see fit.

Swedish applicants see form on this page.

Posts in the Hoku Tozai Taikai category

Please note that these posts may concern previous events.

  • Hoku Tozai Taikai 2020 14 maj, 2019

    We have the sincere pleasure to announce that HTZT 2020 will be held as per the following.

    LocationLöthallen, Sundbyberg
    Date9-10 May 2020
    ApplicationWill be published on this homepage closer to the event.
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  • Hoku Tozai Taikai 2019 – Rapport 23 april, 2019

    25 Swedes went to Turkku in Finland to train with and fight 27 Finns.

    The trip there was by Viking Line and filled with anticipation.

    Whereas the day of arrival was slightly more luke warm

    We started off the Saturday with some team work wherein international groups wrere tasked with setting up shiaijo’s etc

    This was followed by general Shiai and Taikai science where instructions and advice for both Shinpan and Shiai-sha was discussed.

    In the afternoon we did shiai and shinpan practice followed by Ji-Geiko.

    Of course no kendo event is complete without a proper after tsuki and this time was no different. Our nice hosts took us to Panimoravintolakoulu were nice foods and beverages was plenty.

    On sunday we had no lesss than 80 matches where each participant did at least 3. Some videos can be found on our youtubechannel

    And the results are found here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1371oxpcCPppsceAI8on4LjyijIL8RcGPDqXz8OObkHc/edit?usp=sharing

    We finished it all off with some ji-geiko before the Ssedish team made its way to the boat and started the long journey home. Some even enjoyed balloon-keiko

    All in all it was an awesome weekend. Thank you Finland for your hospitality, we look forward to hosting the next Hoku Tozai Taikai in 2020.

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  • Drawing 2019 14 april, 2019

    You will find the math order on this link https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1371oxpcCPppsceAI8on4LjyijIL8RcGPDqXz8OObkHc/edit?usp=sharing

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  • HokuToZai Taikai 2019 Resa 21 februari, 2019

    Resan är nu bokat och ser ut likt nedan

    Stockholm -> Åbo

    Avgång med Viking Amorella klockan 20:00 den 12 april från Stadsgårdskajen

    Seaside Standard hytt (4 personer/ hytt)

    Ankomst Åbo 13 april 07:35


    Avgång med Viking Grace klockan 20:55 söndag den 14 april från Åbo

    Seaside Standard hytt (4 personer/ hytt)

    Ankomst Stockholm, Stadsgårdskajen, 15 april 06:30


    Inga måltider är bokade. Den som vill boka sådant får maila info@kendoklubben.se och säga det. Skriv “Boka måltid” i subject.

    Frukost kostar 114 SEK/st

    Middagsbuffé kostar 343 SEK/st


    Resan inklusive hytt kostar 300 kr/person

    Betala detta + eventuella måltidskostnader enligt http://kendoklubben.se/betala/ skriv ditt namn och “HTZT2019” på betalningen

    betalningen skall vara Kibo Dojo tillhanda senast 10 mars 2019.

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  • Träningshall HTZT 2019 16 februari, 2019

    2019 års arrangemang kommer att hållas på St:t Olofsskolan i Åbo.

    Boendet ligger ca 10 minuter promenad därifrån.

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  • Hoku Tozai Taikai 2019 8 januari, 2019

    2019 it is time for “the Beast From the East” to receive the challengers, “the Best from The West” in the Hoku Tozai Taikai.

    We are currently exploring available dates and will communicate next steps shortly.

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  • Hoku Tozai Taikai update 18 augusti, 2018

    After quite a few glitches we should be back on schedule tomorrow (Sunday 19 August).

    The session will be held in Konradsbergshallen on Kungsholmen from 10:00-12:00

    The content will be Shiai-geiko, Ji-geiko and perhaps a few easter eggs.

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  • Changes to schedule of Hoku Tozai Taikai 2018 15 augusti, 2018

    In this first pilot issue of HTZT we have slightly fewer participants than we hoped so we will change the schedule slightly. We have also changed the locations so read carefully.

    Schedule Version 2

    Date From To Location Activity
    Friday 17/8 18:00 20:00 Enskedehallen Goodwill Keiko. There will also be a japanese delegation joining this keiko
    Saturday 18/8 0900 1200 Konradsbergshallen Hoku Tozai Taikai and Good Will Keiko
    Sunday 19/8 1000 1200 Konradsbergshallen Mini Seminar
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  • Hoku Tozai Taikai 2018 26 juni, 2018

    2018 will be the first year for Hoku Tozai Taikai, the Northern East-West Competition.

    Stockholm will be the host this year and the date is set to 17th to 19th of August.

    The Location is Enskedehallen in south central stockholm.

    Schedule (preliminary)

    Friday 17/8: 1800-2000 Goodwill Keiko

    Saturday 18/8: 0900-1400 Hoku Tozai Taikai and Good Will Keiko

    Sunday 19/8: 1000-1300 Mini seminar (of the slightly harder kind)


    There will probably be a small fee charged to the Swedish participants to cover the cost of the venue. More on that later.

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