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 Tozai Taikai; 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 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 of the participants is also taken into consideration.

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 (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.

Bonus

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

Schedule 2022

LocationStockholm
DatePreliminary 10 & 11 september
ScheduleSaturday: Seminar/Workshop, Ji-geiko, Afterparty
Sunday: Hoku Tozai Taikai and ji geiko
ApplicationAll participants should use the form on this page (opens later).

Costs

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

Posts in the Hoku Tozai Taikai category

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