Hiroshi Ozawa Sensei who has visited Liverpool Kendo Club on numerous occassions has achieved the very difficult Hachidan grade [the highest available in kendo]. This test is considered one of the hardest grading procedures in the world and was immortalised in a National Geographic documentary.
The Kyoto grading took place on the 1st and 2nd of May - on the first day, from 751 participants, 9 passed (1.2% pass rate). The second day saw 12 from 779 pass (1.5% pass rate). Ozawa Sensei was one of the nine people that passed on the first day. Our deep felt congratulations go out to Ozawa Sensei and we look forward to seeing him again when he vists next or at the seminars he attends, hosted in Stoke.