The Founder of GOLDEN DRAGONS Prof. Dr. S.M. SIDDIQ MAHMOODI, the PIONEER of SPORTS CHANBARA in India, A master of high spirit and etiquette, dedicated for the cause of education through Martial Science, is introducing it in India from Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh.
Golden Dragons was established in the year 1986 to promote Japanese sportive martial arts in India, which has produced many National & State players of JUDO / KARATE.
Prof. Siddiq started learning the basics of KENDO from which SPORTS CHANBARA has evolved, in the late 70’s under the guidance and supervision of one of the great master of Hyderabad Sensei Behram Mistry.  Later he has the opportunity to refine and learn the advance techniques of SPORTS CHANBARA under the Japanese SPORTS CHANBARA master & Supervising International Director Kenshi Kenichi Hosokawa Sensei.
Prof. Siddiq achieved 5th Degree Black Belt and "SHIHAN" title in SPORTS CHANBARA under the guidance of Kenshi Kenichi Hosokawa Sensei the highest ranking SPORTS CHANBARA master & assistant under Kaicho Tetsundo Tanabe founder.

With the dawn of new decade of the century the year 2009, Prof. Siddiq started teaching SPORTS CHANBARA.  In process of promoting this unique martial sport SPORTS CHANBARA many demonstrations were presented at various institutions and organizations

To highlight the role of India in sportive martial sport like SPORTS CHANBARA, for the first time in Independent India and in celebration of Silver Jubilee of Golden Dragons association, SPORTS CHANBARA ASSOCIATION OF ANDHRA PRADESH with the top banner as SPORTS CHANBARA INDIA FEDERATION was formed.
SPORTS CHANBARA with the support of Golden Dragons team. By taking the initiative to promote the art of SPORTS CHANBARA from Hyderabad with a motto of bringing India on the fore front in the International SPORTS
CHANBARA Championships, Prof. Siddiq conducted the first ever seminar in Hyderabad.

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The 1st ever team of India represented the Nation in the ASIAN-OCEANIA CHANBARA CHAMPIONSHIPS in Kathmandu,Nepal. Where India bagged 2 gold & 1 silver medal.
From this point the founder of SPOCHAN Mr.Tanabe personally invited Indian team to participate in the 35th World Championships to be held in Yokohama, Japan.
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Mr.Akheel Ahmed captain of the Asian-Oceania team being invited by Mr.Tanabe to Japan.
Captain of the 1st Indian team with the name card
1st Indian team for the 35th World Championships in Yokohama stadium Japan.
The 1st Team of Indian Spochan players participated in the 35th World Championships in Nov 2009 at Yokohama, Japan under the Captainship of Mr.S.M.Ali Mohiuddin Makki, Mr.Mahesh Babu & MrShamsuddin represented India & brought laurels for the nation as all 3 of them were qualified as International referees for Spochan & Mahesh Babu bagged a silver medal in the double sword category.

Mahesh Babu flying the TIRANGA high on the second place
Under the patronage of GHMC, we presented a demonstration of SPORTS CHANBARA in the opening ceremony of the summer coaching camps 2010, on 26th April Monday and this martial sport has been included for the first time in India by a Government Department in a program like Summer Coaching Camp organized by GHMC. 
GHMC summer camp inauguration at Victory play grounds on 26th April 2010
It is an honor for the country and a great privilege and a moment of pride for SPORTS CHANBARA in India, that an Indian Citizen and pioneer of SPORTS CHANBARA in India and Founder President Prof. Dr. S.M. Siddiq Mahmoodi has been awarded with the title of Honorary Citizenship of Miyoshi City, Hiroshima, Japan on 27th July 2006 by the Mayor Hirokoji Yoshioka in the council hall of Miyoshi city.

Certificate of Hon. Citizenship
Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. S.M. Siddiq Mahmoodi International Sports Chanbara Association has presented its Directorship of India.
1st time in SPORTS CHANBARA history India has been invited to host the 5th ASIAN-OCEANIA SPORTS CHANBARA Tournament,  This proud moment for our country & State, That has become possible only because of the representation given by Prof. Dr.S.M.Siddiq Mahmoodi who is the pioneer of SPORTS CHANBARA in India. 
Till date Spochan India team has bagged the following






2009 - 4th Asian-Oceania championships Nepal - 2 gold & 1 Silver for India
2009 - World Championships Yokohama Japan - 1st silver for India.
2010 - World Championships Tokyo Japan - Best referee trophy to Dr.Siddiq
2011 - 1st Nationals in Hyderabad & team selection for the Asian championships
2011 - 5th Asian-Oceania championships Nepal 11 medals & 3 trophies for India
2011 - Maharashtra chapter seminar & workshop
2012 - 2nd Nationals in Mumbai & 1st Tanabe cup championships
2012 - Tamilnadu chapter seminar & workshop
2012 - World Championships Tokyo Japan - Gold medal for referee to Dr.Siddiq
2012 - instructor seminar in Hyderabad.
2013 - 3rd Nationals & 1st Hosokawa cup championships in Hyderabad.
2014 - 40th WORLD SPOCHAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2nd Nov 2014, Komazawa Stadium, 40th World Sports Chanbara Championships Indian team bagged 1 Gold and 1 Bronze
2015 -5th Nationals ,Sports Chanbara Championships Hyderabad - India
2015 -41st World Spochan Championships, November 1, 2015 in JAPAN, bagged 1 silver, 1 Bronze and also a trophy for being a referee in the final matches
2015 - In 41st World Spochan Championships, Prof. Dr. S.M. Siddiq Mahmoodi has been Awarded with Grand Master Medal for the contribution of Art in INDIA




Kodachi  (Under 60 cm) The kodachi is such a popular division of sports chanbara they even say "you start sports chanbara from the kodachi", kodachi is about the size of a wooden stick or truncheon which can be practical, female players are particularly in favour of this division.

Choken ( Under 100 cm)

The choken was at first played either with a single hand or with two hands. As players furthered their experience in competitions, however, many of them turned out to adopt the single-hand handling. In other words the two -hand handling, exemplified by kendo.

Nito:-The nito is two-hand style, however, taken roots among the Japanese, and is irresistibly attractive to them. The Japanese kendo style falls short of defense capacity so that if he attacks straight towards his opponent, he may inevitably be struck as well.

Tanto (under 60cm)

The tanto is actually a dagger, therefore a player using tanto will try to stab his opponent, also in a tanto match, you can use your hands to stop your opponent's. Kicking is also allowed, but you can't score with a kick.

Long weapons

Jo (128 cm) A short staff also used in aikido and jodo/jojutsu, this weapon is very versatile when mastered and properly used. Both ends can be used.

Bou(210 cm) Once accustomed, a player can exert a variety of exciting techniques with a bou. It shows its strength in fighting against the choken or nito. It sometimes displays unexpected movements because it uses the both ends.

Yari(210 cm) The Yari is a spear. No other swords have achieved such an exclusive performance as the yari has done. Characterized by its simple and direct power, it used to contribute to battles to a great extent in old times.

Naginata The naginata is a polearm with a long blade. While the yari is used mainly in thrusting attacks, the naginata can be used to perform slashing as well as thrusting attacks. The sports chanbara version of the naginata has the same overall length as the yari, but has a longer "blade" portion.


Tate (45cm) The tate is a shield used in a style of fighting known as "tate kodachi" which consists of the tate and a kodachi.

Protective equipment

Men (face mask)

The Men used in Sports Chanbara can be either a light face mask, or a padded foam helmet, both of which have a plastic face shield to protect against blows to sensitive areas of the face. As Sports Chanbara is played using safe inflatable "airsoft" or padded Actionflex weaponry, the Men is the only compulsory protective equipment.


The men wore gloves made from different types of sportive material for protection of hands..

As mentioned before the originator of Sports Chanbara is president Tanabe, an instructor of the art of self-defense.
It was the beginning that Mr.Tanabe noticed not the restricted sports but the Chanbara Playing holding sticks and running about the precincts of shrines and the fields, mountains wildly and freely.
He developed new tools and rules, and then Sports Chanbara became a modern sport.
By doing this he placed Sports Chanbara on the stage of Sports World as a modern Chanbara Playing conducted on a safe and fair basis in gymnasiums.
The weapons are soft sticks named air soft swords. Contents in that is air existing all over the world.
With the introduction of these weapons people all over the world are now able to play on common ground.
Before the invention of air soft weapons players could not compete on a fair basis with the earlier sponge swords varying in consistency and material in the various countries and districts.

In the case of a difference in the ability level and physique of players such as the case of adults against juveniles, playing can be conducted with the unequal length Emono(swords).
For example, in the case of Kodachi(60cm) against Choken(100cm) with handicaps, the difference is overcome.
To take the extreme in the case of a battle between the World Champion and three or four children with Choken, the children are sometimes victorious.
Running about gymnasiums, grounds, fields and hills with playmates in Kassen and Ransen (team match) shy and weak children can have enough exercise and get rid of everyday stress in a single stroke.
Through Sports Chanbara we are able to make friends with foreigners, breaking the language barriers between them and us using the "air-soft" sword. Spochan Playing like "Balloon Breaking Game" (the game of breaking a balloon placed on the head protector) is useful to help mutual affinity between teachers and pupils, parents and children. And so Spochan Playing can create friendship.

Events for the handicapped are held in many places and give them rehabilitation's training and the chance to have communication with those not handicapped. We are promoting Sports Chanbara so that instructors and players in various situations may make good use of Spochan according to each one's situation.
And we are promoting Sports Chanbara so that all the people may enjoy themselves naturally in a very relaxed atmosphere disregarding the differences in physique and age of young and old, men and women.
Abilities in spirit and physical strength of Spochan extend to the various aspects and we are sure that the fighting spirit can be developed naturally in a very relaxed atmosphere disregarding the differences in the ability level and physique.

1.Tanto (dagger)   under 60cm (2009/8/1 revise a rule)




In this division, the men and the do are the areas mainly aimed at. Therefore, you need to pay special attention to protect these critically important areas. Strikes on the men are valid here. A player cannot get a game-deciding point as long as he strikes the defending arm or the legs. Abdominal areas as well as the chest or the throat are important parts for earning points.

On judging matches, it is remembered that referees have some likelihood of misjudgment due to the circumstances where players place themselves close to one another, and move quickly. Referees have also to draw a line between the atedome and mikiri. They need, therefore to be trained to perceive subtle differences in techniques.


2.Kodachi (short sword)   under 60cm




The kodashi is such a popular division of sports chan-bara that we even say "you start sports chanbara from the kodachi, and pursue the way only to find yourself with the kodachi in the end." The kodachi is also the introduction to this sports.(As for the details of the use of the kodachi, refer to "Kodachi Goshindo" by Tetsundo Tanabe, published by Sobunsha) For practice, you can substitute a kodachi with something like a magazine. The kodachi is about the size of a wooden stick or truncheon, which can be a practical, handy means of self-defense. Sports chanbara is very casual to play as you can thus use a newspaper as a sword. You will enjoy playing only by learning some basic strikes like Ogi uchi, and kakoi-nuki for defense. Although the sword itself is short, skilled player's handling of the kodachi is surprisingly quick that it sometimes surpasses a long sword. This is a sports suit-able to a sports festival.


3.Morote Choken (long sword, both-hands gripping basically)   under 100cm


(Please remember Japanese Kendo style.)


Exhibition game

This is posture peculiar in Japan, while the single-hand handling prevails profoundly over many other places of the world.


4.Choken Free (long sword,free gripping)   under 100cm


(This is a free handed style like rapiers and sabers in Europe.)



The choken was at first played either with a single hand or with two hands. As Players furthered their experience in competitions, however, many of them turned out to adopt the single-hand handling. In other words, the two-hand handling, exemplified by kendo, have given way to the single-hand handling. Also, in the one-hand handling, a saber's sweeping cut is seen as more advantageous than a rapier's stabbing. Ashibarai (sweeping on the leg) is a particularly effective action, which often helps decide a match.


5.Nito (Kodachi and Choken, two handed style)


(sponge buckler in one hand and Kodachi in the other.)


Exhibition game

This two-hand style has, however, taken roots among the Japanese, and is irresistibly attractive to them. Underlying this are old Japanese sentiments towards chanbara plays in childhood or historical dramas. This Japanese kendo style falls short of defense capacity so that if he attacks straight towards his opponent, he may inevitably be struck as well. That is to say, aiuchi (simultaneous strokes) is frequently observed in this style, which should be the issue that needs to draw attention for further consideration.


6.Tate Kodachi (Buckler and Kodachi, two handed style)



There are few examples for the use of the tate or shield in Japan, which I observe is because the sword has, ever since the Momoyama period, been understood to be handled by two hands. On the other hand, however, the shield is highly developed as part of swordsmanship in areas like Europe or Africa. It is a rational means for fighting as it enables simultaneous attack and protection.


7.Bo, jo (long stick)   under 200cm



Exhibition game

Once accustomed, a player can exert a variety of exciting techniques with a bo. It shows its strength in fighting against the choken or the nito-ryu. It does not, however, work well against something like the yari. It sometimes displays unexpected movements such as sayuu-chi, which uses both ends of a bo one after the other, kaiten (spin and strike), yokomen-uchi, or ashiuchi.

There are two kinds of jo. One is a short version of bo and the other is the choken with a long grip. In addition, other various swords like three piece rod, chigirigi, nunchaku, kusarigama and Tonfa are all included in this division.


8.Tanso   (choso under 100cm It uses choso.)



9.Choso, Naginata   under 200cm





It is really meaningful to explore the yari as a sports. With the exception of missiles, no other swords have achieved such an exclusive performance as the yari has done. Characterized by its simple, direct power, it used to contribute to battles to a great extent in old times. Nowadays, you can still find in traditional houses a kakeyari on nageshi, which explains samurai's prosperous past. The yari was so much familiar to people of that time.

If swordsmanship is three times as advantageous as unarmed combat, spearman ship could then be three times as advantageous as swordsmanship is. Despite its excel-lency, the art of yari only remains in some old martial arts, and otherwise does not attract attention. Taking care of the yari as a sports would be part of our responsibility, which we have so far failed to do. In the Olympic Games, one can only find it used in Javelin. In Japan, it would be more familiar for us to hold it with two hands.

We need, as learners of sports chanbara, to recognize this linear, elaborate, and powerful sports.


Technically speaking, there is not much difference in the ways the naginata, nagamaki, Oomiyari and other spears are handled. These spears are named differently to one another depending on which is the major handling, thrusting or sweeping, for each of them. In fighting, however, there observed a mixture of thrusting, sweep-ing, tripping, beating, striking and so forth. Partisans in Europe use all but these kinds of handling.


Sports Chanbara Playing is divided into these eight categories.


In a tournament, The champion from each category fights in the last match and the final champions is admired as the only World Champion that year.
To be impartial, this final match has been played using Free Choken recently.


Other competition


The Katsusen (team match) was a common way of fighting in old days, so it is rather unnatural that there has been no match of this way these days.
With the call of "hajime" for start, its practice is carried out by two groups (red and white team) consisting of more or less the same number of players.
Judging can be difficult in the katsusen as many players are on the contest area at the same time. Therefore, a self-assessment system is adopted. Players are to recognize their own defeats when they have had any effective strokes. In this case, they either fall down on the floor or retreat. As a matter of fact, matches can be melees, involving atouchi (delayed blows), mikatauchi (attacks from companies), and 2 or one or 3 on one (simultaneous attacks from some opponents), and so on.
The katsusen is divided into two kinds of matches. One is called gentei-sen (limited-sword match), where the kind of the equipment that can be used is set in a certain range, such as a match where only the kodachi is used. The other is called weapon jiyu-sen (free-equipment match). In a free match with long swords of over two meters, it is better to coincide the number of players between the two teams. The most essential thing here is the self-assessment. Only when the players acknowledge their defeats does the match work. If there are any players who fall short of this self-assessment or respectable behavior, the match cannot bo carried out. SportsChanbara, in this context, has an element of helping a player form established personality. It aims to encourage him to be the one who does not stick to victory or defeat, and is not hesitant to recognize his defeat and willing to congratulate his opponent.


Tanin-Gake is a way of fighting that puts a group of contestants against another group that comprises a different number of contestants, such as a few contestants against one, or three to five against two. It is seen in the fighting where the two team that are the same in number play. It fosters various aspects of human relations that cannot be acquired through one-on-one, individual matches. Players will learn things like taking care of others, co-operation, solidarity, union for protection, recognition of one's standpoint, role, responsibility and fellowship within a group.
That comes from the fundamental of the art of self-defense, which plays virtually important roles for the cultivation of aesthetic sensitivity, such as fostering the sense of taking care of others like friends and family members.
In the field of the Ransen or Katstsen, some potentials that help people develop new relations, which is not seen in individual matches, are sometime recognized. How an individual plays his role in a group is a very important issue. In this respect, this kind of fighting means a lot as it enables players to experience, through fighting, the way to survive, to behave, and to understand the activity and psychology of a group.



  • The duration of a match is three minutes with an allowance of extra two minutes for an extension of the match.
  • When the match cannot be decided by an extension, further extensions will follow.
  • Ippon-shobu is a match that is decided by one valid stroke.
  • Sanbon-shobu is a match that is decided by the first player to gain two points.
  • In an Ippon-shobu, an aiuchi means both sides lose. In a sanbon-shobu, a first aiuchi gives one point to each side. If there is a second aiuchi, both sides will lose.
  • In each category, players fight with the same weapons.
  • In deciding the grand champion, champions from each category fight in tournament style(ippon-shobu) with choken -free.
  • The match area is a rectangle with six to seven meters on each side.
  • Each match is decided by an ippon-shobu. The finals can be decided by sanbon-shobu.
  • When kabaite is called the player being warned against Kabaite must carry on the match without the use of Kabaite again