Hoku Tozai Taikai – 北東西 大会

Hoku Tozai Taikai is a good will event where Sweden/West and Finland/East meets in one single great team match.

The teams are allowed to bring on anyone to fight on their behalf.

The name of the event is a reference to the japanese East West championships Tozai Taikai; Hoku ToZai Taikai basically means Northern 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/West or Finland/East. 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 managers of the teams will review rosters and will try to match the players, as closely as possible in both age, grade and experience.
In case of beginners and juniors, a high safety level for the participants is also taken into consideration.

Because of this we also do not have any full time referees (everyone should compete!) 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.


It is also a great opportunity for bonding within the country if the visiting team chooses to travel by boat over the baltic sea.

Facts and Schedule 2022

LocationLöthallen, Sundbyberg, Stockholm
Date10 & 11 september Confirmed
ScheduleSaturday 9-17: Seminar, HTZT Tournament, Ji-geiko, Party!
Sunday 9-15: Open Tournament “Hocus Pocus Taikai” and ji-geiko
ApplicationApplication is closed
AccommodationThere are plenty of reasonably priced hotels but home stay is also an option and can be requested in the application form.

Tournament 2022

Team West will put together a team that matches the challengers from team East so that we maintain the East-West tradition.
See drawing here!

In addition there will be an individual tournament, working title Hocus-Pocus Taikai so that we maximize the Kendo-output over the weekend.
See drawing here!


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

Programme 2022


08:3009:00Sports hall opens
09:0009:50Kendo seminar
10:0011:00Kendo seminar
11:1512:00Kendo seminar
12:0013:30Lunch (arrange individually)
13:3015:30HTZT Tournament!


08:30Sports hall opens
08:50Line up
09:0011:30Hocus-Pocus Taikai
11:3012:00Lunch (arrange individually)
12:0013:45 Hocus-Pocus Taikai
14:3014:45Closing adress

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