TUFS Students Place Second with Japan Team at 10th Cheerleading World Championships

December 5, 2019

On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of November, the 10th Cheerleading World Championships were held at the Takasaki Arena in Takasaki City, Gunma. TUFS students UENO Yuki (School of Language and Culture Studies, Spanish language studies, fourth year), SUZUKI Kensuke (School of Language and Culture Studies, Russian language studies, fourth year) and ICHIKAWA Takahiro (School of International and Area Studies, Southwest European studies/French language studies, second year) competed as members of the Japan team, which placed second in their division.

<Thoughts on the Championships>

  • UENO Yuki
    Thanks to the support and cooperation of many people, we were able to successfully compete in the World Championships. Thank you very much. We were only one step away from our goal of World Champions, and while I can’t say I have no regrets about this result, I was able to enjoy this competition, and it has become one of my greatest memories, so I am satisfied. I am very grateful to all who were involved in this experience. Thank you for the support.
  • SUZUKI Kensuke
    I participated in the 10th Cheerleading World Championships that were held on the 23rd and 24th of November in Takasaki, Japan. We placed second in the world. Despite having a short practice period of three months, in which members were gathered from all over Japan, we were able to give an outstanding performance on the second day of the competition. I am very happy to have had this great experience and result during my last year of university. I won’t give up hope for first place, and I believe the new Japan representatives will be able to achieve this two years down the track at the next world championships. Thank you for all the support and cooperation!
  • ICHIKAWA Takahiro
    The 10th Cheerleading World Championships, held on November 23rd and 24th, has come to an end. We came in second place, and although we didn’t achieve our goal of first place, I think the amount of practice and training that got us this far is of great significance and something we should be proud of. It was a short period of three months, but I have only gratitude for the friends I made from around Japan, and the coaches and parents who supported us. I definitely want Japan to come first in the next championships in two years’ time. Thank you very much for the encouragement and support.

Their performance can be viewed here:

From left: Suzuki, Ueno, Ichikawa
The Japan Team
The Japan Team’s performance
The Japan Team’s performance