Jolanda’s Career as a Kendoka

After Jolanda’s stay in Kanazawa in 1981/1982, she developed a great skill as a Kendoka and became very successful in Kendo Shiai.

Here is a list of some of Jolanda’s main awards as a Kendoka, but she also won fighting spirit awards at the WKC, and even joined the best 8 on the WKC, only to be beaten by a Japanese Kendoka. She also won many smaller Kendo tournaments in The Netherlands and Belgium.


In the early 1980’s the Mumeishi tournament in London was the biggest Kendo event in Europe, much bigger than the EKC at the time. The first time Jolanda joined it she became 2nd, and then she won it three times in a row.

Mumeishi 1983 2nd place


Mumeishi 1984 1st place


Mumeishi 1985 1st place


Mumeishi 1986 1st place


Jolanda also entered in the Nederlandse Kendo Kampioenschappen, which were a mixed tournament in the old days, so she was fighting with the men and women.

NKK individual 1983 3rd place


NKK individual 1984 Fighting Spirit


NKK 1986 team 1st place


NKK 1987 team 3rd place


NKK team 1988 3rd place


Another major Kendo Taikai in Europe is the Tournoi de Paris. Here Jolanda won as well.

Tournoi de Paris 1989 1st place

Also at the famous Nakakura Cup she was successful, but we don’t know exactly in which years.

Nakakura Cup 2nd place


Nakakura Cup 3rd place


In 1985 there was no official ladies division for the WKC, there was a women goodwill tournament.

Only an American Japanese Kendoka was strong enough to beat Jolanda!

The first editions of the Iijima Cup were mixed, so she had to fight the men as well. Still she won the Taikai 2 times, once in 1993 and once in 1996.

Iijima Cup 1993, 1st place


Iijima Cup 1996, 1st place


1989 was the first time an official lady’s division was held on the EKC, in Amsterdam.

EKC individual 1989 1st place


EKC individual 1990 fighting spirit


EKC individual 1993 fighting spirit


EKC individual  1996 2nd place



In 1997, Jo was already 39 years old, she still was active in Kendo Shiai, and was able to compete with much younger opponents.

1997 WKC Kyoto, Fighting Spirit


Overview of other medals Jo won, such Dutch Championships, Coupe des Coupes, etc



In July 2000 Jolanda participated in the Kawasaki city amateur Kendo championships, Ladies Division.

Here she won 3rd place. Please keep in mind that Kendo in Kanagawa prefecture and Kawasaki is extremely high level, even in Japan, so this is no small feat!



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