[SPOTLIGHT] - Ryoichi Uchimura Sensei's 7th Dan Grading Exam
by Andy Fisher
Ever wondered what it looks like when one of the world's most successful Kendo competitors sits a high-level grading? Do they change their Kendo? Or does it remain the same? Does their fame affect the outcome?
Well, let's have a look at an example! Here is a video from the legendary Ryouchi Uchimura's successful attempt at 7th Dan:
A quick look at the comments on this video shows that viewers seem to be split on their opinions regarding his performance. One person notes 'Still tournament style', whilst another writes 'He would have failed if he wasn't so famous'. In any case, Uchimura Sensei makes some clear and decisive strikes in this grading.