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The only tournament in Japan where you can see clashes between samurai!
Do it or get beaten!
There is only one summit!

The real clash of the Samurai can be seen in Japan! All Japan open tournament of Iai sparring!

This website is a special site for the 2024 competition to determine the strongest iaido, a martial art that deals with the sword, in a real combat iaido.
The tournament is the ‘Open Tournament “8th All Japan Iaido Jiyu-Kumitaachi Championship“.
It will take place in Tokyo, where players from all over Japan will gather to compete for the title of the only “strongest” in the world.

1 What is Jiyu-Kumitachi?

Iai has three elements: kata, kumitachi and test cutting. Of these, for kumitachi, most people practise what is left of the kata. What would it be like to actually fight with it? This question led to the development of the ‘jiyu-kumitachi’ (free kumitachi), as opposed to the kata kumitachi of the past, namely the ‘yakusoku kumitachi’ (kumitachi with rules on what to do).

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2 Official comment for this competition

‘Why do we need real competitions?’ Therein lies the future of iaido! There are many schools of iai in Japan. Why does Hogyokukai, the largest organisation of the Mugai-ryu, want to organise a Samurai tournament?

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3 Tournament overview and time schedule

This is iai!
Cut the enemy without being cut yourself!
The Jiyu-gumi Tachi competition is coming again, in which the skills of iai will be tested! The tournament is in Tokyo; it is predicted that there will be a battle for 500 seats. Be quick.

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4 IIO full contact iai rules

The rules of the tournament are the IIO (International Iaido Organization) rules. The competition is based on a real battle situation, where two warriors meet and fight, so the game starts with whether or not the fighter can use the Battou (sword).

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5 Entry

If you wish to compete, click here.

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6 Meet the competing samurai

Meet the competing samurais.Cheer them on with all your might.

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7 Ticket

Seating is by appointment only; 500 seats are up for grabs.

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8 Sponsors wanted

Help us pass on Japanese culture to the next generation.

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9 You can ask questions

If you are a visitor to Japan from abroad and would like to watch the games, or if you are an organisation or athlete wishing to enter, or if you are a member of the media wishing to cover the event, we will be happy to answer all your questions.

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