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[Interview]Brandon Harada(U.S.A)

[Interview]Brandon Harada(U.S.A)

How old were you when you started kendo and why did you start?

I started Kendo at the age of 4 with my older brother.  My parents wanted me to do Kendo.

What do you find attractive about kendo?

 I love the etiquette and discipline of Kendo and the fact that it remains very much a martial art and not a sport.

Is there anyone in your family who plays kendo?

My older brother and I started Kendo together, but he quit in his early 20’s.

Have you participated in any world championships?

I was a member of Team USA at the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16 WKC.

What did you feel after participating in world championships?

I felt a great sense of accomplishment to become a member of Team USA.  I always felt so many different emotions after each WKC.  Relief that the tournament was over knowing we did everything we could, gratitude for the opportunity to compete as a member of Team USA, sadness that our Team never took 1st place

What are you proud of in kendo?

 I am very proud to have been a member and coach of Team USA

What are your future goals in kendo?

Coach Team USA to 1st place at the WKC.  Challenge 8 Dan

Do you have any kenshi whom you look up to as your goal (target) and why?

I try to learn from everyone, my students, my contemporaries and my superiors.  I also look up to the Amateur and Professional Kendoka around the world because I understand how much they have to endure and give up to achieve their own Kendo goals.

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Brandon Harada氏の記事は、剣道日本9月号に掲載しています。

A more detailed interview can be found in the September 2021 issue of Kendo Nippon!

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