So the Japan National Team for the upcoming World Kendo Championships was just announced, and to the surprise of many, the men's team includes 19yr old university student Keita Hoshiko, and the women's team includes 17yr old high school student Maika Seno. So let's have a look at these young bloods, that have managed to achieve one of the most prestigious titles in Japanese Kendo - that of Nihon Daihyou (Country Representative).
Here's a collection of points scored by Hoshiko whilst he was a high school student, at Kendo powerhouse - Kyushu Gakuin.
And here's a look at last year's All Japan High School Championships, Women's Individual Divison - Seno is the competitor with the white ribbon (but navy Kendogi and Hakama). Her first point is at about 3 minutes 20 seconds, and the final point is about 4 minutes in - and it's an impressive one!