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  • It was a beautiful afternoon in Tokyo.

  • Everything was going well.

  • until....

  • John....

  • How are you?

  • Fine.

  • Spochan is a sport originating in Japan.

  • based on the art of sword fighting.

  • There is an international competition with

  • hundreds of high level competitors.

  • They use air swords

  • and rely on speed and skill developed with years of practice.

  • This is TADA-san, a Spochan world champion.

  • He moves with precision, like a mangoos fighting a snake.

  • Something AOI doesn't know, is that

  • he's also my Spochan instructor.

  • Tada sensei explained the basics of Spochan to me.

  • like how to Lei, or bow.

  • then draw the air sword for battle.

  • Keeping everything at the proper angle,

  • to either attack or block more effectively.

  • It's intense, but these are air swords,

  • and it's always fun.

  • That's a "loss"

  • The air sword is soft.

  • Hit your opponent as hard as you like.

  • Doesn't hurt!

  • Tada sensei shows me the first combo.

  • 1-2, block and hit.

  • It's easy to see the strategy involved

  • in countering your opponent's movement in training.

  • After a brief intro, I was thrown into battle.

  • There is six of them.

  • I gotta fight all six of them, and there is only one thing I can do.

  • That's just do it.

  • You live by the sword,

  • you die by the sword. Good thing it's made of air!

  • Never show your opponent any fear.

  • Here are Tada sensei's top students fighting TAISEN

  • or one-on-one battle.

  • You see the movement needed to be a great Spochan competitor.

  • The winner is the first one to hit any part of the body.

  • There is a judge in competition,

  • but self reporting hits honestly is the norm.

  • That hit to the leg, ends the round.

  • Why do kids pick Spochan over sports like baseball and soccer?

  • Students told me they were attracted to the fact that anyone can play Spochan.

  • and you can be great, no matter your size.

  • In fact, a few kids with a KODACHI can take down a world champion.

  • The Spochan Association theme is, harmony of the world.

  • Bringing people together, bridging language and culture barriers.

  • Kid also learn discipline, like in all martial arts.

  • Since Spochan is new to me,

  • I asked TADA sensei to explain the sports more thoroughly.

  • They make these real light so any one can pick it up.

  • Anybody can do it.

  • This is KODACHI, a short sword with a length of 60cm.

  • It's held with one hand.

  • You can also use a padded shield, called TATE.

  • with the KODACHI.

  • This long sword is a CHOKEN.

  • It's 1m in length.

  • and can be held with one hand or two.

  • A TATE is also sometimes used with a CHOKEN.

  • Fighters can choose both KODACHI and CHOKEN.

  • Changing weapons require a different approach.

  • The YARI, can be compared to a spear or a lance.

  • It's approximately 2m in length.

  • and allows competitors to attack from a distance.

  • The bou.

  • It's a 2m, double padded spear.

  • that reminds me of DARTH MAUL's lightsaber in Star Wars.

  • So there you have it. I've been trained.

  • But what I didn't know was AOI has been training

  • for a lot longer.

  • Aoi's trainer shared some thoughts on Spochan.

  • That's not the cute little AOI that I know.

  • That's a dangerous women out for blood.

  • So let's get to the finale.

  • Lei....bow.

  • Kamae Tou!

  • Hajime (start)

  • Although my blows are powerful,

  • her speed is too much.

  • Perhaps with two air swords.

  • Go in for an all out attack!

  • Now I know her moves.

  • It's time to drop the hammer.

  • The battle raged on until....

  • she got me countering on a frontal attack.

  • So Spochan is a sport that anyone can do,

  • whether you're a child or an adult,

  • It's about having fun.

  • You don't need a lot of money and,

  • this sports is getting popularity worldwide.

  • So if you wanna challenge,

  • Try spochan.

It was a beautiful afternoon in Tokyo.

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