About Kendo

Before the advent of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Kendo Tournaments (AKT), ASEAN Kendo practitioners, or Kendokas, met only occasionally at the World Kendo Championships, or at the Foreign Kendo Leaders’ Summer Seminar, held annually in the city of Kitamoto in Saitama, Japan.

However, this does not mean there were no contacts at all between ASEAN Kendo neighbours. In the late 70s-80s, Kendo enthusiasts from Malaysia and Singapore competed during the Pesta Sukan Goodwill Match held in Singapore.

Team competitions were not as formal then, and loaning a player to another country, who does not have a full team was perfectly normal; attesting to the fact that Kendokas love Competition or “Shiai”, irrespective if it’s for their own country or for another!

The 1st AKT was the fruit of the Malaysia Kendo Association’s vision and initiative. It was held in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was officiated by Malaysia’s then Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on 16 April 1988.

During this inaugural tournament, teams from three ASEAN countries - Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand participated in the event.

To further promote Kendo in ASEAN, the tournaments were expanded. Subsequently, Indonesia, Philippines and Brunei began participating in the event in 2001; and later, Vietnam in 2007. Cambodia will be joining the 10AKT as an observer this time round.

This year, the 8 participating countries from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, competing in 4 Categories of events: Men’s Individual, Women’s Individual, Men’s Team and Women’s Team events. The 10AKT will be the largest AKT in terms of country participation, and Malaysia Kendo Association is proud and honoured to be hosting this prestigious 10th edition of the ASEAN Kendo Tournament.

In organising the 10th ASEAN Kendo Tournament, MKA hopes to:

• Further promote Kendo in ASEAN

• Renew existing ties and relationships with Kendo organisations in this region

• Bring Kendo enthusiasts together so as to learn for one another.

ASEAN Kendo Tournaments:

1 AKT : 1988 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

2 AKT : 1989 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

3 AKT : 1991 (Bangkok, Thailand)

4 AKT : 1992 (Singapore, Singapore)

5 AKT : 1995 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

6 AKT : 2001 (Singapore, Singapore)

7 AKT : 2004 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

8 AKT : 2007 (Bangkok, Thailand)

9 AKT : 2010 (Singapore, Singapore)

10 AKT : 2013 (Penang, Malaysia)

The Malaysian Kendo team at the 9th AKT in Singapore (2010)

The Malaysian Kendo team at the 8th AKT in Bangkok (2007)

The Malaysian Kendo team at the 7th AKT in Malaysia (2004)


Men’s Teams result:

1st place - Singapore (A)

2nd place - Malaysia (A)

3rd place - Indonesia (A)

3rd place - Malaysia (B)

Women’s Individuals results:

1st place - Aimi Mohd. Sabri (Malaysia)

2nd place - Nurlin Amirudin (Malaysia)

3rd place - Daphne Wong (Singapore)

3rd place - Grace Lim (Singapore)

Women’s Team results:

1st place - Malaysia A

2nd place - Singapore A

3rd place - Singapore B

3rd place - Thailand A

Men’s Individuals results:

1st place - Masayuki Shii (Thailand)

2nd place - Trung Hieu Tran (Vietnam)

3rd place - Tuan Anh Dao (Vietnam)

3rd place - Razak Wong (Malaysia)