[CLASSIC VIDEO] - 25yr Old Kazuo Furukawa Sensei vs 31yr Old Hironori Yamada!

Kazuo Furukawa Sensei - now Hanshi 8th Dan - of Hokkaido prefecture, is a well known Kendo Sensei, being the former High School teacher of none other than Naoki Eiga Sensei. There are plenty of videos of Furukawa Sensei competing in super-high level matches, such as the 8th Dan tournament, but very few of him from his younger days.

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Hironori Yamada Sensei - also currently Hanshi 8th Dan -  is one of the Kendo Superstars of yesteryear. He was All Japan Champion in 1973, and Individual World Champion in 1979. I have had the privilege of practicing with Yamada Sensei, at his Dojo in Japan, and it truly was one of the most memorable practices of my life.

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This video takes us on a journey back to the 1979 All Japan Kendo Championships, where a 25yr Old, 5th Dan, Furukawa Sensei faces off with 31yr Old, 7th Dan, Yamada Sensei. This is in fact a re-match, from the Individual World Championships' final from earlier that year. It's a thrilling match, with some great Ippon! I won't spoil the outcome, as it is well worth watching the entire match:

 

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