Members of the Dojo participated in the 3rd Latin American Kendo Championships held on 15th and 16th Nov 2013 at Medellin University in Medellin, Colombia. More than 300 Kenshi from 16 countries were participating in the events as well. Becerra Sensei was asked to couch the Venezuela team during the event. He had previous experience as the couch for the Venezuelan team at the 10th international Kendo Championship in Kyoto, Japan. Two members of the Venezuela team were from Toku Bu kan, Auvert Sensei (4th Dan) and Jose Contreras (2nd Dan). They both did very well, and made it thru the first day of the championship when many other people were eliminated quickly. However, on the following day they both almost made it to the finals but were eliminated. Becerra Sensei was very proud of how well they did and gave this commented, “The quality of their kendo was very good.”
About Toku Bu Kan Dojo
The true winning is not by power, trickery nor anger, because winning using these things will create feeling of revenge or feeling of unhappiness, however wining by true virtue (Toku) is true winning, even your opponent will thank you when defeated by you and respect your quality.
Therefore we are using this Virtue (Toku 徳)for the Dojo’s first kanji, and for the second kanji we use Bu ( 武) as in Budo. And the last kanji is Kan ( 館) as in group.
(徳武館) Tokubukan has a deep meaning and is giving us a goal to strive for.