■August 31, 2020
Indonesia Federation (PERKEMI) opened its Virtual Tandoku Embu Taikai for two days on August 13 and 14, 2020, broadcasting the event live on YouTube.
Solo embu were performed by about 200 kenshi at the local facility of Ministry of Communication and Information of Indonesia in their town in all 34 provinces of Indonesia connected online, and the judges in Jakarta and other locations evaluated each embu watching their screen.
Seven categories of this Taikai were Men Kyu Kenshi, Women Kyu Kenshi, Men Shodan, Women Shodan, Men 2nd & 3rd Dan, Women 2nd & 3rd Dan, and Groups.
At the main site in Jakarta, the opening ceremony started at 9 am on August 13. Greeting addresses were presented by the Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI PUSAT), Minister of Youth and Sports Republic of Indonesia, Minister of Communication and Information of Indonesia among others, and also by WSKO President connected from Japan.
On August 14, the second day, the final round of each category started at 9:15am.
This Taikai was conducted with full technical support provided by the Ministry of Communication and Information of Indonesia and Indonesia Telecommunication Corporation (PT Telkom).
As the COVID-19 spread around the world, Indonesia practiced lockdown and self-isolation orders across the country like many other countries. Holding events like competitions was banned. However, Indonesian Federation has been organizing online sessions since the early days of the pandemic. This Taikai has become a model case in our attempt to find the new ways under the circumstance where we are greatly restricted from doing what we had considered normal activities.