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3rd European Championship in Sports Chanbara,
Salerno, ITALY, April 2006

On 30th of April 2006 the 3rd European Sports Chanbara Championship was held in Salerno, Italy. Following countries have participated on this nice event: Italy, France, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Georgia and Poland. There were near 150 competitors divided in several age and sex categories. Near 60 senior male competitors fought in disciplines of Kihon Dosa (basic form), Kodachi (short sword), Choken Free (long sword - free style), Choken Ryote (long sword - traditional double grip), Tate Kodachi (shield and short sword), Nito (two swords, short and long) and Tanto (knife).  

In final matches between winners in all disciplines young Alain Girot (1985) from France won the title of Grandchampion. The most successful teams by number of medals were from Italy, France and Russia. KIAI and SBC member Ivica Zdravkovic won silver medal in Tanto. 

Whole event was supervised by Chanbara founder Tetsundo Tanabe. He was assisted by excellent Kenichi Hosokawa sensei, former world champion and main referee, and also by Yamanaka sensei, who gave a superb demonstration of Eishin Ryu iaido during introductory seminar. Seminar was ran by Yan Poedinkov sensei from Russia and the host, Giovanni Desidario sensei from Italy. Next European Championship is scheduled for May 2007 in Odessa, Ukraine. 

Dana 30. aprila 2006. godine odrzan je 3. Sampionat Evrope u Sportskoj Chanbari, u gradu Salernu u Italiji. Na ovom izvanrednom dogadjaju ucestvovale su sledece zemlje: Italija, Francuska, Rusija, Ukrajina, Estonija, Nemacka, Latvija, Gruzija i Poljska. Bilo je oko 150 takmicara, podeljenih prema starosti i polu u nekoliko grupa. Blizu 60 seniora borilo se u disciplinama Kihon Dosa (osnovna kata), Kodachi (kratki mac), Choken Free (dugacki mac - slobodnim stilom), Choken Ryote (dugacki mac - tradicionalni dvorucni hvat), Tate Kodachi (stit i kratki mac), Nito (dva maca, kratki i dugacki), i Tanto (noz). 

U zavrsnim borbama izmedju pobednika iz svih disciplina mladi Alain Girot (1985) iz Francuske domogao se titule Grandsampiona. Najuspesniji po broju medalja bili su timovi iz Italije, Francuske i Rusije. KIAI i BSS clan, Ivica Zdravkovic, osvojio je srebrnu medalju u disciplini Tanto. 

Ceo dogadjaj protekao je pod nadzorom osnivaca Chanbare, Tetsundo Tanabea. Njemu su pomagali odlicni Kenichi Hosokawa sensei, bivsi svetski prvak i glavni sudija, kao i Yamanaka sensei, koji je izveo vrhunsku demonstraciju Eishin Ryu iaidoa tokom uvodnog seminara. Seminar su vodili Yan Poedinkov sensei iz Rusije i domacin, Giovanni Desidario sensei iz Italije. Sledeci evropski sampionat zakazan je za maj 2007. godinu u Odesi, gradu u Ukrajini.


Lineup before the beginning of seminar, Saturday 29th of April.

 

Chanbara Seminar, headed by Yan Poedinkov sensei (holding microphone)

 

Yamanaka sensei performing Iai kata

 

L-R: Yamanaka sensei, Tanabe sensei, Ivica Zdravkovic and Srdjan Spasic

 

Competition day, Sunday 30th of April. Hosokawa sensei in red gi judging.

 

Medal ceremony

 

Grandchampion Alain Girot with Tanabe sensei and Giovanni Desidario sensei from Italy.


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