Posted on: 11 February 2019
Practice Makes Perfect For Harry
Year 9 student Harry Fry has been practising the martial art of Kendo since the age of 8. Kendo is a traditional Japanese martial art, which descended from swordsmanship (kenjutsu) and uses bamboo swords (shinai) and protective armour (bōgu).
Harry started at Portsmouth Kendo Club and then attended a weekly class at the Mumeishi Kendo Club near London, where his talent was spotted and he was asked to join the club.
He trains there every Sunday, and regularly enters nationwide junior Kendo competitions and tournaments in London and Birmingham, and international competitions in Belgium, France and even Japan!
Last year, Harry led his team and won first prize in several competitions, and in the British Open Junior Kendo competition for 14-17s in Birmingham he came second, despite being the youngest in the group.
In Belgium last May, Harry was in the best 10 out of 53 in his age group in an international competition from France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic etc, and again he was the youngest. In his second international competition in France last July, Harry came first in his age group.
Harry visits family in Japan for 7 weeks every summer and trains 6 days a week at high school. This is tough, as the weather is extremely hot, but last summer he completed the course and joined the high school team to take part in a competition which was a great experience for him.
Harry said, “When I’m 15 I am hoping to join the GB Squad for the European Championships, and my ambition when I’m 18 is to join the Men’s Squad to enter the World Championships! I want to take Kendo as far as I can, but my other ambition when I’m older is to work in the City.”