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Volume 30, number 7/8/9

July/August/September 2016

PNKF DATEBOOK


October 2016

  • 10/22: Tacoma Taikai
    • 9:30am Opening Ceremonies (doors open at 8:30am), Curtis High School, 8425 40th Street
      West, University Place, WA 98466.


November 2016

  • 11/5: PNKF Taikai, Sat, 9:30am, Kent Commons Recreation Center, 525 4th Avenue N. (corner
    of 4th & James St.) Kent.

  • 11/12: PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Kent Commons Recreation Center, 525 4th Avenue N. (corner
    of 4th & James St.) Kent.

  • 11/12-13: AUSKF Board, Sat/Sun, TBD.
  • 11/19: Tonbo ZenKenIai Seminar Sat, 9am-5pm, followed by Sayonara Dinner. Teachers: Iaido Renshi 7th Dan Pam Parker, Iaido
    6th Dan Susan Sekreta, and Iaido 5th Dan Jason Hankins. Location: Sheridan Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton, WA, 98310.
    Transport from the ferry terminal to the venue will be available for free. Price and details TBD.


December 2016

  • 12/10: Kent Taikai, Sat, report time 9am, start 9:30am, Kent Commons Recreation Center,
    525 4th Avenue N. (corner of 4th & James St.) Kent.


January 2017

  • 1/7-8: Boise State University Iaido Seminar & Shinsa “Kokusai Budo Daigakku, Kazuhisa Kaneda Iaido Seminar”, Sat/Sun, KANEDA
    Kazuhisa sensei, Iaido Kyoshi 8 Dan, Instructor at International Budo University in Katsuura Japan, 8 time All Japan Iaido National
    Champion,Author of “Iai no Kihon” (Iai Basics) Book and DVD set I II & III, Boise State University, Rec Center Main Gym, 1515
    University Drive, Boise Idaho 83725.

    • 1/7: 10am-5pm.
    • 1/8: 10am-3pm
    • 1/8: Iaido Shinsa testing up through 3rd Dan, Sun, 9-10am, open to PNKF members, AUSKF members, and FIK affiliates.


June 2017

  • 6/21-25: 2017 AUSKF National Championships Preliminary Information, Wed-Sun, Independence High School, San Jose, California.
    • 6/21 Manager/Referee Meetings, Wed.
    • 6/22 Junior Open National Championships, Thu.
    • 6/23-25 AUSKF National Championships, Fri-Sun.


September 2018

  • 9/14-16: 17WKC, Fri/Sat/Sun, Seoul, Korea.

    16th US NAGINATA FEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIP – July 9, 2016, El Camino College, Torrance, California

    
    Dangai Shikake-Oji                                  Yudansha Shikake-Oji
    1st place - CL Chen/M.Martinez (1st);               1st place - S. Lew/J.Tuazon
    2nd place - M.You/N.Shamrell-Harrington             2nd place - K. Tsukamaki/Karen Schmucker
    3rd place - X.Lai/T.Ott                             3rd place - C. Coppeans/B.Harrop
    
    Zen nihon no kata                                   Dangai Women's Individuals
    1st place - J.Hernandez/R. Ramirez                  1st place - Michelle You
    2nd place - T.Monji/K. Shamrell-Harrington          2nd place - Lily Hsin
    3rd place - Kei Tsukamaki/Karen Schmucker           3rd place - Michelle Young
    
    Dangai Men's Individuals                            Yudansha Women's Individuals
    1st place - CL Chen                                 K. Roche
    2nd place - James Maestas                           K. Tsukamaki
    3rd place - Aaron Tierney                           S. Lew
    
    Yudansha Men's Individuals                          Women's Team
    1st place - Martin Nobida                           1st place - Greater NY
    2nd place - Anthony Bernot                          2nd place - Southern California
    3rd place - Saiyou Ohshima                          3rd place - Pacific Northwest
    
    Men's Team
    1st place - Northern California
    2nd place - East Coast
    3rd place - Southern California
    

    PNKF 6th NORTH AMERICAN WOMEN’S TEAM TOURNAMENT – July 16, 2016, Renton


    Special Guest Instructor – Kendo Renshi 7th Dan Chinatsu Murayama

    
    Team
    1st place - PNKF-1 (J.DeJong, E.DeJong, N.Grimes, E.Marsten, A.Takado-Nakayama)
    2nd place - SWKIF-1 (H.Dang, A.Darrah, D.Verastigue, N.Arnal, A.Adachi)
    3rd place - SCKO 1 (Y.Saito, J.Kuo, I.Lorimer, N.Harigai, H.Hsueh)
    3rd place - PNKF-2 (M.Blechschmidt, M.DeJong, J.Frazier-Day, J.Chen, M.Rinaldi)
    
    Individual Mudansha                   Individual Yudansha
    1st place - Maya Blechschmidt, PNKF   1st place - Yuko Saito, SCKO
    2nd place - Binah Yeung, PNKF         2nd place - Ai Takado-Nakayama, PNKF
    3rd place - Sizhou Zou, SCKO          3rd place - Wendy Robillard, CKF
    3rd place - Lucy Tan, SWKIF           3rd place - Minako Harigai, SCKO
                                          4th place - Isabel Lorimer, SCKO
                                          4th place - Noelle Grimes, PNKF
                                          4th place - Juneko Kurahashi, CKF
                                          4th place - Elizabeth Marsten, PNKF
    Shinpan Cho - Jeff Marsten
    Sportsmanship Pledge - Ai Takado-Nakayama
    

    PASSAGE


    Maki Hiroyuki Miyahara.
    One of the greatest legacy teachers and a giant in the post-War resurgence, development, and
    flourishing of Kendo, Kendo Hanshi 8th Dan Maki Miyahara, whose roots ultimately extend deeply back into the early 20th century,
    passed to the Great Dojo on July 28, 2016. Born May 8, 1921, in Montebello, California, he said he really began Kendo the day he was
    born because he was taken along to each of the six Dojo where his father, Hiroji Miyahara, taught, Pomona, Baldwin Park, El Monte, San
    Bernardino, Riverside, and Coachella. Through his father he met the legendary Kendo Hanshi 8th Dan Torao Mori Sensei, first in 1938
    for about two or three years, and again in 1950. Mori Sensei wore the hakama so long no one could see his feet, and told him “Do
    Suriashi. Don’t stomp your feet”, and “No matter what you do, your toes should be facing toward your opponent.” When the War came, he
    was about to test for 4th Dan, but all that was put on hold. He was interned in Pomona Assembly Center and Heart Mountain Relocation
    Center in Wyoming, and served in the MIS. After the War ended, he was drafted and sent to Japan, where he was stationed in Tokyo and
    started working out of Camp Zama in Kanagawa. One day after he had been there for three months or so he was walking by the Tsukiji
    Police Station and could hear the sounds of shinai going “kacha-kacha-kacha.” At first they denied anyone was practicing Kendo, but
    he said he knew they were, so they took him back there, and he began to practice with them. He noticed they didn’t have any drinks,
    so every time he went, he brought a case of beer. To illustrate the incredible influence of Miyahara Sensei’s life, an amazing
    intersection of personalities took place, as reported by the late Benjamin Hazard Sensei. In the spring of 1948 Hazard Sensei had
    been assigned by the Army to the Allied Translator and Interpreter Service General Headquarters in Tokyo, and while on this tour of
    duty he was introduced to Kendo by his friend, Lieutenant Maki Miyahara. Hazard Sensei reports “He asked me if I wanted to go down
    and see Kendo, so I started practicing. When his unit was demobilized, I continued on my own, and I never stopped”. Miyahara Sensei
    also met his wife Noriko and got married in Zama, but they wouldn’t let him bring her back to the States, so when he was discharged in
    1949 he fortunately got a job with the military government office in Ishikawa as a Welfare Officer and worked there until he returned
    to the US in 1954. He had a degree in mechanical engineering from Park College, and worked in that profession. Miyahara Sensei was
    one of the early builders of our strong connection with Steveston, and continued as the US representative to the CKF, as well as
    outreach to Mexico. He has been SCKF President and Executive Secretary, and KFUSA Secretary and President, and wrote the constitution
    and by-laws for both the SCKF and the KFUSA. He has continued active in the AUSKF. From 1966 he was instructor at Valley Kendo Club,
    and from 1978 the head instructor of Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute Kendo Dojo. He was Kendo instructor at Pomona College from
    1972 to 1975, and advisor to the UCLA Kendo Club from 1971 to 1975. In 1973 he was on Team USA in the 2nd International Kendo
    Championship, and coached Team USA in 1979. As another example of the profoundly deep and enduring currents of his long-lasting
    influence, Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan Tim Yuge Sensei recounts how when he was nineteen and his father passed away suddenly, he felt angry
    at how his dad had spent so much time with Kendo activities. Miyahara Sensei took the initiative to ask him to attend Federation
    meetings, urging “we need you because we need young people to help run Kendo and you have your father in you” and how 42 years later
    he remains heavily involved and always thanks his dad and Miyahara Sensei for this. In 2011 the Japanese Emperor bestowed upon
    Miyahara Sensei the Order of the Rising Sun with Gold and Silver Rays. Our sincere condolences to Noriko, their three daughters
    Colleen Yuki (Chris) Brosius, Carolyn Yui (Shigeiki) Miyazawa, and Joy Kaoru (Stephen) Koba, and their four grandchildren and one
    great-grandchild, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

    Tadao nee Amemiya Nanaumi. One of the key pillars of Southern California Kendo, Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan Tadao Amemiya, passed
    away on September 6, 2016. A native Angeleno born November 21, 1921, he started Kendo at Seinan Dojo back before World War II.
    Interned first at Santa Anita, then Granada, after the War he returned to LA and soon joined Gardena JCI, where he taught with Yutaka
    Fukunaga Sensei and Hasashi Higuchi Sensei, where he remained active until a couple days before his death. Many SCKF current upper
    sensei had learned from him. Tim Yuge Sensei started Kendo in about 1961, and recalls Amemiya Sensei teaching him as a beginner to
    swing and step by holding his foot down until just before striking. Amemiya Sensei’s extremely quick multiple Kote hits followed by a
    devastating Men strike is attested to by many. His speed and dexterity were all the more remarkable as he had lost parts of three
    fingers of his left hand in a lawnmower accident. He has a place in Kendo history, too, in that he was the person who had the very
    last keiko with the legendary Torao Mori Sensei before he died. Yuge Sensei had been there watching, as Mori Sensei asked for a
    moment of rest, then collapsed. Ever after, Amemiya Sensei always spoke of Mori Sensei in the present tense, as if he continued to
    feel his presence. Amemiya Sensei never challenged 8th Dan because he felt it would be disrespectful to Mori Sensei’s level of
    greatness. Our sincere condolences to Amemiya Sensei’s family, and our dear Southern California friends.

    Brian McCarry. Noble, exemplary, and extremely brave Kendo 5th Dan and Iaido 3rd Dan Brian McCarry died on September 6, 2016
    at the end of a multi-year struggle with rare cancer originating in the appendix. Born the youngest of nine children into a typical
    Catholic family on September 14, 1963 in San Jose, California, his father Ed had been an Irish American lieutenant who had met his
    wife, Claire Marie Leveel, through being asked to be an English tutor for the daughters of a local resident along the Normandy
    seashore sometime after D-Day during World War II, and returned a year after the War to marry her. Siblings were Liz, Greg, Bernie,
    Terry, Mo, Kevin, and Michael. In high school Brian worked as a dishwasher, saved his money, and bought his favorite car, a Toyota
    Celica. He also bought a personalized license plate that read: IMLAST. Brian graduated from Gunderson high school in 1982, and went
    on to an AA degree at West Valley Community College. He wasn’t interested in any more college, so Brian followed his sister Mo
    (Maureen) up to Seattle when he was about twenty, and immediately got a job with an Alaskan fishing crew. He was gone four months
    working on a processing ship, which docked only twice during that entire time. Brian worked down below in the processing plant, which
    brought his family endless laughs because he hated fish and seafood of any and all varieties. One day he dropped his nephew off at
    Highline Community Center and happened to see the Kendo Club practicing. He went back later, asked about it, and signed up in May
    1986. Through the good offices of Mo’s husband Rick Lander, who has a degree in building construction from UW, he was encouraged to
    join the carpenter’s union, eventually leading to him being a construction superintendent on commercial buildings. When asked later
    if he regretted not having more college, he said not all, that he couldn’t think of another job he’d rather have had. He worked
    independently, solved puzzles all day long, and he was outdoors. When his sister asked one of the best days he can remember, Brian
    described a beautiful summer day erecting trusses in Snoqualmie, with the Cascades right there, and thinking to himself, “Look where I
    am, what I’m doing, and I’m getting paid for this!!” Along with Kendo, he loved skiing, and golf. He helped organize great golf
    outings with other kenshi, even tournament play with Highline vs. Tacoma, which are remembered as great fun for all participants. In
    Kendo itself, he was fully active in participating in all occasions and seminars, including trips to Japan and Korea. In addition he
    visited his relatives France, and also visited Italy. In mid-May 2013 he began to feel sharp pains like charlie horses up the right
    side of his abdomen. Doctors were running some tests on him, but he couldn’t take the worsening pain, and his belly beginning to
    swell up, so he checked himself into the emergency room. He had cancer studs all along the wall of his abdomen. In July he was
    diagnosed with stage four adenocarcinoma, and was told he had five to six months to live. Thus began his protracted siege using chemo
    and multiple surgeries. He surely must’ve realized he was terminal, as did his friends, certainly, but starting right then he
    cheerfully took on each successive battle using the Kendo spirit of a challenge that could be won. On September 8, 2013, dreading the
    worst, many dozens of kenshi made the journey to Poulsbo where he was being lovingly nursed at Mo’s house, and we all gathered in The
    Loft down on the waterfront, in fact rather overwhelming the restaurant, really, so we could all see him and cheer him on. We knew
    he’d had surgeries, with apparatus like hoses, drains, i.v. connectors, and so on, so no one was sure what to expect, maybe a
    wheelchair, or what. Looking down at the dock from the windows, suddenly we saw him there – dapper, upright, striding briskly along
    toward us, like nothing was any different. And of course, it was HE who cheered all the rest of us on!! His witty, almost sarcastic
    joking was all there as always. And on closer examination, there were indeed medical installations on his arm, and who knows where
    else. Still, it didn’t seem like he’d be back to regular keiko anytime soon, if ever. But by the following spring he was back to
    work, where he worked steadily for another year. Around that time, coming back into the main gym at Bellevue after working with the
    beginners in the small gym, there it was – a shinai soaring through the air clear across the Dojo! Oh! McCarry’s back!! Amazing!
    Brian McCarry Sensei was an implacable competitor in tournaments, whether with one or two shinai. Throwing his opponent’s shinai
    through the air was absolutely one of his trademarks. Often he opted to the two-sword Nito attack, and on occasion, he was also fond
    of giving you a pair of sune and whipping his naginata around freely. He pretended to be ferocious, but the children saw through the
    bluff and adored practicing with him, fondly calling him “McScarry Sensei”. He was also a sharp-eyed and knowledgeable shinpan, who
    continued to serve at every tournament, the latest at the North American Women’s Taikai a few short weeks ago. He always carried
    himself splendidly and never let on that anything was wrong. At the Highline Kendo Taikai on March 14, 2015, he was presented with
    the Highline Ki Award = Outstanding spirit leader, voted in by the membership, and only given out sparingly. Perhaps most
    people did not know or had essentially forgotten his terminal illness. At the close of practice we can still hear an echo of his
    shouts of “Line up!! Spread out!!” Our deepest condolences to his dear extended family.

    SHINKYU SHINSA

    PNKF IAIDO SHINSA, August 13, 2016, Kent Commons Recreational Center, Kent

    3RD KYU: Rafael De Anda (Everett), Tyler Peterson (Idaho). 2ND KYU: Sean Horita (Musokai), Donald Wentworth (Tonbo).
    1ST KYU: Victor Whitman (Seattle). 1ST DAN: Thane Mittelstaedt (AiShinKai), Ken Tawara (Idaho).


    PNKF KENDO SHINSA, August 13, 2016, Kent Commons Recreation Center, Kent

    6TH KYU: Nicholas Chu (Bellevue), Justin Davis (Northwest), Kaito Hasabe (Bellevue), Matt Miyamoto (Northwest), Adam Nagai
    (Bellevue), Nina Underhill (Northwest). 5TH KYU: Thabit Ahmed (Edmonds), Nikolas Faulkner (Edmonds), Quirin Fish (Edmonds),
    Sean Kim (Seattle), Aneurin Mabale (Seattle), Ian Otto (Seattle), Joseph Ruckman (Edmonds), Kassidy Ting (Northwest), Timaeus Ting
    (Northwest), Alec Yuen (Seattle). 4TH KYU: James Faulkner (Edmonds), Raymond Fish (Edmonds), Christina Martinez Galvez (OSU),
    Daniel Koo (Bellevue), Hana Koob (Bellevue), Khang Le (UW), Jierong James Lee (UW), Benjamin Marx (Federal Way), Christopher McDougall
    (Seattle), Poul Nichols (Edmonds), Michele Soleimani (Portland), William Wellborn (Bellevue), Nicodemus Edwin Widjonarko (Obukan).
    3RD KYU: Eugene Kim (Seattle), Ffion Mabale (Seattle), Sandra Mizuno (Seattle), Leonardo Ohata (Bellevue), Michizane Ohata
    (Bellevue), Timothy Okamura (Bellevue), Joshua Paik (Tacoma), Chi Pak (Portland), Edward Park (Bellevue), Keiji Underhill (Northwest),
    Yuki Wakasaki (Obukan), Jonathan Wang (RenMa), Shota Wetlesen (Obukan), Shun Wetlesen (Obukan), Victor Whitman (Seattle), Donna Wilson
    (Seattle), Binah Yeung (Seattle). 2ND KYU: Athena Epilepsia (Bellevue), Benet Garcia (Bellevue), Young-ki Paik (Tacoma), Tyler
    Peterson (Idaho), Greg Wroblewski (Bellevue), Kengo Underhill (Northwest), Brayan Valdez-Cruz (Northwest). 1ST KYU: Cougar
    Capoeman (Tacoma), Allison Kojima (Bellevue), Spencer Kua (UW), Yuriko Lee (Obukan), Carlos Matutes (Idaho), Gregory Vielhaber
    (Portland), Chris Vitale (OSU), Joshua Zheng (OSU). 1ST DAN: Clyde Bailey (Portland), Maya Blechschmidt (Bellevue), Vincent
    DeBellis (Obukan), Mart Hughes (Obukan), Jihan Kim (OSU), Soo-Hyung Kim (Seattle), Vincente Matsunaga (Edmonds), Stephen Ting
    (Northwest), Adesanjo Wolfe (Alaska). 2ND DAN: Corey Chan (UW), Nicholas Cook (Portland), Trinh Ho (Northwest), Branson
    Sweezea (Northwest). 3RD DAN: Khoi Duong (Kent), Ren Orwig (Kent), Hogyun Park (OSU), Bor-Duan Shieh (Cascade). 4TH
    DAN:
    Aaron Yen (Seattle).


    CKF JODO SHINSA, August 14, 2016, Vancouver BC

    1ST KYU: Joe Bourguigon (Hoshu Portland), Levi Dettwyler (Hoshu Portland), Roy Gawlick (Hoshu Vancouver), Ronen Totonchi (Hoshu
    Seattle), Francois Wessels (Hoshu Portland), Stephen Yu (Hoshu Seattle). 1ST DAN: Will Blades (Hoshu Vancouver), Denis Boko
    (Hoshu Vancouver), Kathleen Jorgensen (Tonbo), James Maestas (Boulder), Robert Manley (Tonbo), Gary Moulder (San Francisco), Naoki
    Tamesue (Boulder), Bruce Vail (Hoshu Seattle). 2ND DAN: Patrick Allard (Hoshu Vancouver), Justin Chan (Hoshu Vancouver),
    Arthur Wolak (Hoshu Vancouver).


    AUSKF KENDO SHINSA, August 21, 2016, Stanford University, Palo Alto

    5TH DAN: Warren Wonil Kim (WKF), Katsunori Matsushita (AEUSKF), George Ogawa (NCKF), Brian Olson (SCKF), Minoru Segawa (SCKO),
    Young Yoon (SCKF). 6TH DAN: Atsushi Kajioka (SCKO), Yukiko Miura (SCKO), Masayasu Miyajima (MWKF), Ai Takado-Nakayama (PNKF),
    Takaaki Sato (MWKF), Yasuyuki Shimada (NCKF), Takeshi Tokunaga (NCKF), Keiko Umemura (AEUSKF). 7TH DAN: Jimmy Ken Eitoku
    (NCKF). RENSHI: Sandip Ghodgaonkar (SCKO), Hiroshi Ichimura (NCKF), Dong Su Lee (WKF), Akira Mizunoue (NCKF), Naoki Nagatani
    (SCKF).

    THE LAST WORD

    Kendo, I thought, is about adapting, adjusting, how to be ready for any situation, or any emergency. Miyamoto Musashi declares in The
    Water Book of the Book of Five Rings that the “spirit of the Ni Ten Ichi school of strategy is based on water” The first book, The
    Ground Book is the body of the Way of strategy, as “a straight road mapped out on the ground” but with “water as the basis, the spirit
    becomes like water. Water adopts the shape of its receptacle, it is sometimes a trickle and sometimes a wild sea. Water has a clear
    blue color.” The principle of strategy is to know one thing and thereby the “ten thousand things” – things written in the Water book.
    “Adapting, yes,” Ogawa Sensei mused as I hesitantly mumbled what I thought was a profound insight, hard earned because now knowing
    classical Japanese, I had been privately studying The Book of Five Rings. “But in the Mizu No Maki,” he continued, “Musashi is
    discussing application, or adapting, the techniques of swordsmanship.” He paused, then slowly told me that “bushido is not something
    you adapt to your life, but it means changing your life in almost every way. You began with Miura Sensei, but the sword will continue
    to change you as long as you practice. You will never be finished. More is expected of the bugeisha than of an ordinary person.
    Reflect on that,” he concluded.

    –Rod Nobuto Omoto, Autobiography, edited by Charlotte Omoto, 2014, p. 24.
    Available as free download at lulu.com.

    PLEASE NOTE – THIS KENYU ONLINE IS THE EDITION OF RECORD

    Kenyu – Monthly Newsletter of the Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation
    Tom Bolling, Editor – 7318 23rd Avenue N.E., Seattle, WA 98115


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PNKF Kendo/Iaido Shinsa 08/13/16

PNKF KENDO SHINSA, August 13th, 2016, Kent, WA
6 KYU: Nina Underhill (Northwest), Nicholas Chu (Bellevue), Adam Nagai (Bellevue), Kaito Hasebe (Bellevue), Matt Miyamoto (Northwest), Justin Davis (Northwest) 5 KYU: Timaeus Ting (Northwest), Kassidy Ting (Northwest), Joseph Ruckman (Edmonds), Thabit Ahmed (Edmonds), Nikolas Faulkner (Edmonds), Quirin Fish (Edmonds), Ian Otto (Seattle), Alec Yuen (Seattle), Sean Kim (Seattle), Aneurin Mabale (Seattle) 4 KYU: Daniel Koo (Bellevue), Hana Koob (Bellevue), William Wellborn (Bellevue), Jierong James Lee (UW), Khang Le (UW), Christina Martinez Galvez (OSU), Christopher McDougall (Seattle), Nicodemus Edwin Widjonarko (Obukan), Benjamin Marx (Federal Way), James Faulkner (Edmonds), Michele Soleimani (Portland), Poul Nichols (Edmonds), Raymond Fish (Edmonds) 3 KYU: Eugene Kim (Seattle), Ffion Mabale (Seattle), Joshua Paik (Tacoma), Keiji Underhill (Northwest), Leonardo Ohata (Bellevue), Shota Wetlesen (Obukan), Yuki Wakasaki (Obukan), Michizane Ohata (Bellevue), Jonathan Wang (RenMa), Shun Wetlesen (Obukan), Timothy Okamura (Bellevue), Binah Yeung (Seattle), Donna Wilson (Seattle), Edward Park (Bellevue), Chi Pak (Portland), Victor Whitman (Seattle), Sandra Mizuno (Seattle) 2 KYU: Kengo Underhill (Northwest), Brayan Valdez-Cruz (Northwest), Athena Epilepsia (Bellevue), Young-ki Paik (Tacoma), Tyler Peterson (Idaho), Greg Wroblewski (Bellevue), Benet Garcia (Bellevue) 1 KYU: Allison Kojima (Bellevue), Joshua Zheng (OSU), Spencer Kua (UW), Chris Vitale (OSU), Cougar Capoeman (Tacoma), Gregory Vielhaber (Portland), Carlos Matutes (Idaho), Yuriko Lee (Obukan) 1 DAN: Adesanjo Wolfe (Alaska), Maya Blechschmidt (Bellevue), Jihan Kim (OSU), Vincent DeBellis (Obukan), Soo-Hyung Kim (Seattle), Stephen Ting (Northwest), Clyde Bailey (Portland), Vincente Matsunaga (Edmonds), Mart Hughes (Obukan) 2 DAN: Corey Chan (UW), Trinh Ho (Northwest), Nicholas Cook (Portland), Brandon Sweezea (Northwest) 3 DAN: Ren Orwig (Kent), Hogyun Park (OSU), Khoi Duong (Kent), Bor-Duan Shieh (Cascade) 4 DAN: Aaron Yen (Seattle)

PNKF IAIDO SHINSA, August 13th, 2016, Kent, WA
3 KYU: Rafael De Anda (Everett), Tyler Peterson (Idaho) 2 KYU: Donald Wentworth (Tonbo), Sean Horita (Musokai) 1 KYU: Victor Whitman (Seattle) 1 DAN: Thane Mittelstaedt (AiShinKai), Ken Tawara (Idaho)

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6th PNKF North American Women’s Taikai

PNKF hosted Chinatsu Murayama Sensei, 7Dan, for the second time as our guest for the 6th North American Women’s Kendo Taikai, held on July 16, 2016 at the Renton Community Center. The seminar held the prior to the taikai for ladies only had an average attendance of 25 per weekday and 35 on the weekend from the PNKF and from all over the US, Canada and Mexico. The taikai had over 83 participants on 16 teams from the Greater Seattle and Portland areas and guests from British Columbia, Edmonton, Montreal, Northern California, Hawaii, Texas and Mexico City to name a few places. This event, held only every 3 years, is one of the only events of this size, scope and depth just for ladies, outside of Japan and Korea.

For full results, including the entire brackets for point by point action, check out Women’s Kendo.com

PNKF is proud to say that for the team event, we once again captured the Team Championship. Congrats to our ladies and their coach, Jeff Marsten Sensei, founder of the taikai and creator of our training program.

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Photo: Kendo Photography

Thank you to all of the PNKF members who volunteered countless hours and a lot of emails to organize, host and execute on the seminar, activities, transportation and of course, the actual day of running of the taikai.

Join us in 2019! We’ll be back!

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2016 AUSKF Junior Open

The AUSKF held the annual Junior Open June 23rd in Detroit, Michigan, with a seminar the following day. There were about 170 participants in total from across the US, 18 of which were from PNKF.

The highlight of our PNKF medal count goes to our Girls Teams! 1st AND 2nd place finishers.
junior-open

Many thanks to members of PNKF for the time and energy you devoted to our young kenshi and for the financial support. Special thanks to coach Jeff Marsten sensei, as well as to V. Marsten and C. Marsten sensei who attended as shimpan.

PNKF RESULTS
1st in Girls Team: PNKF A (Betty Park, Jane Higa, Jennifer DeJong)
2nd in Girls Team: PNKF B (Keeley McManus, Allison Kojima, Maya Blechschmidt)
4th place in 13 & Under girls: Hana Koob
4th place in 12-13 year boys: Josh Kim and Taiki Miyamoto
4th place in 14-15 year boys: Brian Liao
3rd place In 14-18 girls: Maya Blechschmidt
4th place in 14-18 girls: Jennifer DeJong

Congratulations!

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Kenyu – April/May/June

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Volume 30, number 4/5/6

April/May/June 2016

PNKF DATEBOOK


July 2016

  • 7/9-15: North American Women’s Seminar, Sat thru Fri, Broadview-Thompson Elementary School
    East Gym/Bitter Lake Community Center Annex, 13052 Greenwood Ave N., Seattle.

  • 7/16: 6th PNKF North American Women’s Kendo Taikai, Sat, 9am, Renton Community Center,
    1715 SE Maple Valley Highway, Renton.

  • 7/22-29: AJKF Foreign Leaders’ Seminar, Fri/Fri, Kitamoto, Japan.
  • 7/23: PNKF Board, Sat, 9-11am, Seattle location, 4001 Aurora Avenue N., Seattle 98103.


August 2016

  • 8/13: PNKF Shinsa, Sat, Iaido 9am-12noon; Kendo 12:30-4pm, open keiko 4-5pm, Kent Commons Recreation Center, 525
    4th Avenue N. (corner of 4th and James St.) Kent.

  • 8/13-14: AJKF/CKF Jodo Seminar and Shinsa, Sat/Sun, time and location TBD, Vancouver BC.
  • 8/19-21: 2016 AUSKF Summer Camp, Fri-Sun, special guests and location TBD, Northern
    California.


September 2016

  • 9/17: PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Kent Commons Recreation Center, 525 4th Avenue N. (corner of
    4th & James St.) Kent.

  • CANCELED 9/23-25: PNKF Iaido Seminar, Fri/Sat/Sun.CANCELED
    • CANCELEDRain City Fencing, 1776 136th Place NE, Bellevue. Teachers: Iaido Kyoshi 8th Dan Hideo
      Noguchi; and
      Iaido Kyoshi 7th Dan Shigehiro Aoki and Kaoru Suzuki. Schedule: Fri, 7-9pm Jodo/Iaido; Sat, 9am-5pm
      Iaido; Sun 9am-12noon Iaido Tournament; 1-5pm Iaido. CANCELED


October 2016

  • 10/1: PNKF Shinpan Seminar, CANCELED.
  • 10/15-16: AUSKF Shinpan Seminar, Sat/Sun, Odyssey at Tyee Educational Complex
    4424 S. 188th Street, SeaTac, Washington.

  • 10/22: Tacoma Taikai
    • 9:30am Opening Ceremonies (doors open at 8:30am), Curtis High School, 8425 40th Street
      West, University Place, WA 98466.


November 2016

  • 11/5: PNKF Taikai, Sat, 9:30am, Kent Commons Recreation Center, 525 4th Avenue N. (corner
    of 4th & James St.) Kent.

  • 11/12: PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Kent Commons Recreation Center, 525 4th Avenue N. (corner
    of 4th & James St.) Kent.

  • 11/12-13: AUSKF Board, Sat/Sun, TBD.
  • 11/19: Tonbo ZenKenIai Seminar Sat, 9am-5pm, followed by Sayonara Dinner. Teachers: Iaido Renshi 7th Dan Pam Parker, Iaido 6th Dan Susan Sekreta, and Iaido 5th Dan Jason Hankins. Location: Sheridan Community Center, 680 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton, WA, 98310. Transport from the ferry terminal to the venue will be available for free. Price and details TBD.


December 2016

  • 12/10: Kent Taikai, Sat, report time 9am, start 9:30am, Kent Commons Recreation Center,
    525 4th Avenue N. (corner of 4th & James St.) Kent.


January 2017

  • 1/7-8: Boise State University Iaido Seminar & Shinsa “Kokusai Budo Daigakku, Kazuhisa Kaneda Iaido Seminar”, Sat/Sun, KANEDA Kazuhisa sensei, Iaido Kyoshi 8 Dan, Instructor at International Budo University in Katsuura Japan, 8 time All Japan Iaido National Champion, Author of “Iai no Kihon” (Iai Basics) Book and DVD set I II & III, Boise State University, Rec Center Main Gym, 1515 University Drive, Boise Idaho 83725.
    • 1/7: 10am-5pm.
    • 1/8: 10am-3pm
    • 1/8: Iaido Shinsa testing up through 3rd Dan, Sun, 9-10am, open to PNKF members, AUSKF members, and FIK affiliates.


June 2017

  • 6/21-25: 2017 AUSKF National Championships Preliminary Information, Wed-Sun, Independence High School, San Jose, California.
    • 6/21 Manager/Referee Meetings, Wed.
    • 6/22 Junior Open National Championships, Thu.
    • 6/23-25 AUSKF National Championships, Fri-Sun.


September 2018

  • 9/14-16: 17WKC, Fri/Sat/Sun, Seoul, Korea.

PASSAGE

In the morning of June 20, 2016, one of the key contributors to the resurgence of post-War American Kendo, Kendo
and Iaido Kyoshi 7th Dan Pat Yoshitsugu Murosako,
passed away at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Washington, not far
from Serene Garden, the care center where he had been living. Born January 2, 1921 to Kisayo Kanemitsu and Kaichi Murosako
in Fresno, California, he began training in Kendo with his father, and with Nakamura Tokichi Sensei, and was granted
Shodan in 1938. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, all West Coast Kendo teachers, including his father, were immediately
rounded up and sent to Federal prison, since they were obvious community leaders, and suspected of being Japanese agents
or spies. Murosako Sensei headed east to get out of the Pacific military zone. At Fort Sheridan, Illinois, he was inducted
into Army intelligence, and served in MIS, specializing in topography. As the War ended, he served in the occupation
forces in Japan, and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. At the June 2012 AUSKF Iaido Seminar, Mark Uchida
Sensei delivered Murosako Sensei’s Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award that can be bestowed by the United
States. The medal had been presented to the Nisei vets in a November 2, 2011 White House ceremony presided over by House
Speaker John Boehner. On June 29, 1952 Murosako Sensei married Susie Shizue Omura, who recently passed away February 6,
2007 from a disastrous fall on the icy front step of their beautiful woodland home. They are survived by one son, James
Kazuo Murosako, born June 11, 1956. With the end of the War, Murosako Sensei had turned to the field of art, which he
studied formally, then becoming an art director with a prominent Los Angeles ad agency. He became an active participant in
the formation of the Kendo Federation of the USA, and the Southern California Kendo Federation. He was intimately involved
with the profound argument between high-rankers which led to the split in American Kendo, followed by the birth of the
All-US Kendo Federation. Many of his intricate and beautiful Federation artwork designs for logos, tenugui, trophies, and
posters are still popular, as are his fabulous styrofoam sculptures. A trueborn artist in multiple media, Murosako Sensei
had a beautiful tenor singing voice, and could sit down at the grand piano in his livingroom and accompany himself with
great elan. Over his career he founded several Dojo, including Pasadena Buddhist Temple Kendo Club, Meadowbrook, and
Musokai. He was tough and uncompromising, almost harsh, in his approach to teaching both Kendo and Iaido, yet
compassionate and sentimental, almost tender, to a fault, and always very, very affectionate. “Did D. injure your leg?”
“Yes. I did ashi-barai on him, and it worked! But unfortunately he fell down on top of me… heh,heh,heh!” He overcame
many serious health afflictions, including Parkinson’s and cancer, and almost died June 12, 2007 from a massive dissecting
descending aortic aneurism. “They were weak… wimpy! I was showing them how to put power into each cut… then I felt
like somebody kicked me in the back!” Given only hours to live, he was rescued by a courageous young surgeon who tried a
long-shot surgical approach with about a 90% chance the patient would not survive. Sensei calmly said “Thank you very
much, yes please,” and once again came back from near death. The PNKF, the AUSKF, and the FIK have lost one of the
authentic tough-guy kenshi of legend. We who have known him may feel incredibly privileged, and eager to see him again,
Over There.

40th ANNUAL UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON INVITATIONAL KENDO TOURNAMENT – April 16, 2016


Women's                                0-4 Kyu
1st place - J. DeJong, HLN             1st place - M. Eum, UW
2nd place - B. Lin, UW                 2nd place - A. Yorita, UW
3rd place - M. Suzuki, Sno-King        3rd place - N. Macias, UW
3rd place - J. Higa, Bellevue          3rd place - T. Okamura, Bellevue

3-1 Kyu                                1-2 Dan
1st place - C. Capoeman, Tacoma        1st place - B. Liao, Bellevue
2nd place - T. Yamashita, Seattle      2nd place - J. Yamauchi, Cascade
3rd place - V. DeBellis, Obukan        3rd place - J. Ohara, UBC
3rd place - B. Valdez-Cruz, Northwest  3rd place - A. Sinclair, Spokane

3 Dan                                  4 Dan and Above
1st place - T. Okitsu, Tozenji         1st place - T. Hamanaka, Tozenji
2nd place - E. DeJong, UW              2nd place - S. Asaoka, Youshinkan
3rd place - E. Christianson, Edmonds   3rd place - N. Nakano, Steveston
3rd place - J. Okada, Cascade          3rd place - G. Suzaka, Seattle

Teams
1st place - Steveston (S.O'Sullivan, D.Yao, I.Takagaki, N.Nakano, E.Hung)
2nd place - Kent (T.Marsten, I.Morgan, C.Marsten, J.Frazier-Day, S.Day)

Taikai Chair - Erica DeJong
Head Shinpan - Jeffrey Marsten
Sportsmanship Pledge - Corey Chan
UW Most Improved - Spencer Kua
Kazuo and Tomo Shoji Inspirational Award - Corey Chan

ITO TSUTOMU CUP – April 30, 2016, Standley Lake High School, Westminster, Colorado


Women's Division  
1st place - Houston Kendo Kyokai A (Lucy Tan, Alexandra Darrah, Makiko Adachi)
2nd place - Kent (Keeley McManus, Janell Frazier-Day, Vicki Marsten)
3rd place - Bellevue-Highline-Sno-King (Bernice Lin, Erica DeJong, Andrea Kayser)
3rd place - Dallas A (Jennyrayne Colangan, Denise Verastigue, Noemi Arnal)

5-Person Teams Division
1st place - Kent (Ian Morgan, Tiarnan Marsten, Janell Frazier-Day, Terry McManus, Conor Marsten)
2nd place - Arkansas (Amer Mujakic, Jonah Wu, Michiaki Imamura, An Giang, Michio Kajitani)
3rd place - Houston Kendo Kyokai  (Makiko Adachi, Alexandra Darrah, Rocky Hui, Lucy Tan, Prudence Sheng-Yi)
3rd place - Dallas A (Zachary Gonzales, Noemi Arnal, Reggie Solitano, Adria Navarro Martin, Masayuki Mizuuchi)

Ito Cup team = Sean DeBlieck, CJ Chaney, Noelle Grimes, Bernice Lin, Erica DeJong

26th ANNUAL BELLEVUE JUNIOR TAIKAI – May 21, 2016, Bellevue


10 Years and Under                 11 to 12 Years                       13 to 14 Years
1st place - H. Koob, Bellevue      1st place - B. Underhill, Northwest  1st place - B. Park, Bellevue
2nd place - A. Mabale, Seattle     2nd place - J. Kim, Federal Way      2nd place - E. Underhill, Northwest
3rd place - N. Chu, Bellevue       3rd place - M. Tawara, Bellevue      3rd place - T. Koob, Bellevue
3rd place - T. Yuen, Seattle       3th place - L. Ohata, Bellevue       3rd place - M. Ohata, Bellevue

High School Girls                     High School Boys
1st place - J. DeJong, Highline       1st place - T. Marsten, Kent
2nd place - J. Higa, Bellevue         2nd place - B. Liao, Bellevue
3rd place - K. McManus, Kent          3rd place - A. Yuen, Seattle
3rd place - M. Blechschmidt, Bellevue 3rd place - A. Nagasawa, Bellevue

Junior Teams
1st place - Cascade White (H.Honda, D.Chung, H.Jang, K.Fukuda, S.Terao)
2nd place - Obukan (L.Jesequel, M.Gyldersleve, W.Langford, T.Langford, S.Wetlesen)

High School Teams
1st place - Bellevue White (A.Nagasawa, A.Kojima, B.Liao)
2nd place - Kent (K.McManus, T.Marsten)

Head Shinpan - Harry Samkange; Taikai Co-Chairs - Allison Kojima, Betty Park, and Jane Higa; National 
Anthem - Maya Blechschmidt; Competitors' Pledge - Allison Kojima; Master of Ceremonies - CJ Chaney; 
Awesome Spirit Award - Andrew Nagasawa, Bellevue;  Centurion Bellevue Highline Sno-King Youth Leadership 
Award - Jennifer DeJong, Highline.

51st ANNUAL VANCOUVER KENDO TOURNAMENT – May 28, 2016, Byrne Creek Secondary School


9 Years and Under                  10 to 12 Years                       13 to 15 Years
1st place - K. Yoshimura, Renbu    1st place - L. Shiomi, SFU           1st place - K. Muramatsu, Renfrew
2nd place - D. Gardner, UVic       2nd place - B. Miki, Steveston       2nd place - R. Kim, Renbu
3rd place - D. Buckham, UVic       3rd place - A. Ito, Steveston        3rd place - E. Lee, Renbu
3rd place - E. Majewski, UVic      3rd place - C. Robillard, Steveston  3rd place - E. Chui, Steveston

16 to 20 Years                     21 to 30 Years                       31 to 40 Years
1st place - A. Lee, Vancouver      1st place - T. Hamanaka, Tozenji     1st place  T. Yamada, Vancouver
2nd place - M. Sawaoka, SFU        2nd place - T. Kabata, Renbu         2nd place  D. Yao, Steveston
3rd place - H. Shim, Renbu         3rd place - R. Asato, Vancouver      3rd place  K. Kobayashi, Youshinkan
3rd place - T. Okitsu, Tozenji     3rd place - K. Takeuch, Youshinkan   3rd place  M. Rose, Renfrew

41 Years and Over                    Women
1st place - S. Asaoka, Youshinkan    1st place - J. Kurahashi, Renbu
2nd place - I. Miki, Steveston       2nd place - Ha Yamada, Vancouver
3rd place - Hi Yamada, Vancouver     3rd place - N. Fukushima, Vancouver
3rd place - J. Schmidt, Vancouver    3rd place - K. Keung, UBC

Junior Team                          Senior Team
1st place - Renbu A                  1st place - Vancouver
2nd place - Tozenji                  2nd place - Steveston

Fighting Spirit Awards - K. Squance, Renbu and D. Chiu, SFU

2016 ROSE CITY TAIKAI June 11, 2016, Portland Community College Cascade Campus


Women                                  Juniors 12 and Below
1st place - N. Grimes, Sno-King        1st place - J. Shim, Obukan
2nd place - T. Imanishi, Cascade       2nd place - B. Underhill, Northwest
3rd place - R. Wakasaki, Obukan        3rd place - J. Lee, Cascade
3rd place - J. Frazier-Day, Kent       3rd place - D. Han, Kogakukan

Juniors 13-15                          3 Kyu and Below
1st place - A. Yuen, Seattle           1st place - C. Pak, Portland
2nd place - E. Underhill, Northwest    2nd place - S. Wetlesen, Obukan
3rd place - K. Fukuda, Cascade         3rd place - G. Wroblewski, Bellevue
3rd place - T. Miyamoto, Northwest     3rd place - B. Sprenger, Obukan

2 Kyu and 1 Kyu                        1 Dan and 2 Dan
1st place - M. Blechschmidt, Bellevue  1st place - J. Lee, Portland
2nd place - O. Jeong, Kogakukan        2nd place - J. Croes, Portland
3rd place - A. Kojima, Bellevue        3rd place - H. Park, OSU
3rd place - S. Ting, Northwest         3rd place - N. Cook, Portland

3 Dan and Above                        Senior Dan
1st place - B. Imanishi, Cascade       1st place - R. Elliott, Highline
2nd place - N. Grimes, Sno-King        2nd place - M. Nakamura, Obukan
3rd place - A. Yen, Seattle            3rd place - H. Iba, Bellevue
3rd place - L. Tsybert, Bellevue       3rd place - H. Fukumoto, Seattle

Junior Team
1st place - Seattle (Y.Wakasaki, Alec Yuen, An Yuen)
2nd place - Obukan A (J.Shim, T.Langford, S.Wetlesen)
3rd place - Northwest A (B.Underhill, N.Underhill, E.Underhill)
3rd place - Cascade A (H.Jang, JY Lee, K.Fukuda)

Adult Team
1st place - Portland A (J.Lee, J.Croes, G.Nakayama, A.Nakayama, S.Choi)
2nd place - Kent (I.Morgan, V.Marsten, J.Frazier-Day, T.Marsten, S.Day)
3rd place - Obukan A (V.Le, K.Gordon, R.Wakasaki, N.Holtorf, M.Nakamura)
3rd place - Sno-King (S.DeBlieck, A.Zee, N.Grimes, R.Elliott, N.Tang)

5th AUSKF JUNIOR OPEN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – June 25, 2016, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti


9 and Under Boys                       10-11 Boys
1st place - Taiyo Ariga, SCKO          1st place - Akira Fujiwara, SCKO
2nd place - Takahide Katayama, ECUSKF  2nd place - McCartney Hong, NCKF
3rd place - Jacob Huh, SCKF            3rd place - Allen Sluss, ECUSKF
3rd place - So Imura, SCKO             3rd place - Jonathan Huang, NCKF
 Kantosho - Keith Adams, ECUSKF         Kantosho - Shingo Horiuchi, MWKF
 Kantosho - Misaki Matsunaga, ECUSKF    Kantosho - Collin Shinohara, MWKF
 Kantosho - Junnosuke Nagamatsu, SCKF   Kantosho - Peter Yu, SCKF
 Kantosho - Kenki Ogata, SCKO           Kantosho - Aidan Kwon, SCKO

12-13 Boys                             13 and Under Girls
1st place - Tomohide Katayama, ECUSKF  1st place - Aika Onitsuka, NCKF
2nd place - Tylor Wang, WKF            2nd place - Kysa Hayashi, SCKF
3rd place - Paul Ikeda, NCKF           3rd place - Kotone Ariga, SCKO
3rd place - Bryan Yoo, WKF             3rd place - Kokoro Sudo, AEUSKF
 Kantosho - Josh Kim, PNKF              Kantosho - Hana Koob, PNKF
 Kantosho - Taiki Miyamoto, PNKF        Kantosho - Chika Hotta, ECUSKF
 Kantosho - Daichi Sakuma, MWKF         Kantosho - Mahana Koike, ECUSKF
 Kantosho - Evan Chen, NCKF             Kantosho - Summer Kwon, SCKO

14-18 Girls                            14-15 Boys
1st place - Taery Kim, SCKF            1st place - Rinnosuke Nagamatsu, SCKF
2nd place - Jaime Tada, SCKF           2nd place - Noah Suzuki, SCKF
3rd place - Maya Blechschmidt, PNKF    3rd place - Kenta Tamura, ECUSKF
3rd place - Sae-Young Hyun, SEUSKF     3rd place - Noah Nakayama, SCKF
 Kantosho - Jennifer DeJong, PNKF       Kantosho - Brian Liao, PNKF
 Kantosho - Kasey Tada, SCKF            Kantosho - Tyler Barrone, MWKF
 Kantosho - Hanako Kiuchi, SCKO         Kantosho - Arata Ogikubo, SCKO
 Kantosho - Anne Morita, SCKO           Kantosho - Steven Yoo, WKF

16-18 Boys
1st place - Ian Kotake, SCKO
2nd place - Michael Farmer, SEUSKF
3rd place - Colin Sherrod, MWKF
3rd place - Gen Takahashi, SCKO
 Kantosho - Thomas Koizumi, ECUSKF
 Kantosho - Daniel Choi, SEUSKF
 Kantosho - Daniel Lee, WKF
 Kantosho - Branden Wang, WKF

Team
Youth                  Boys                 Girls
1st place - SCKO B     1st place - ECUSKF   1st place - PNKF A (B.Park, J.Higa, J.DeJong)
2nd place - SCKF B     2nd place - SCKO A   2nd place - PNKF B (Keeley McManus,Allison Kojima, Maya Blechschmidt)
3rd place - ECUSKF A   3rd place - SCKF A   3rd place - SCKF B
3rd place - NCKF       3rd place - SCKO B   3rd place - SCKO A

AUSKF 2016 IAIDO CHAMPIONSHIP – June 25, 2016, Dallas


0-2 Kyu Mudansha                         Murakami Cup 1 Kyu and 1 Dan
1st place - Denise Verastigue, SWKIF     1st place - Jennifer Mayo, RMKIF
2nd place - Nathan Williams, SWKIF       2nd place - Kelly Maier, MWKF
3rd place - Rory Casey, SWKIF            3rd place - Aleasha Jay, RMKIF
3rd place - Gina Konstantopoulos, AEUSKF 3rd place - Celeste Rosell, RMKIF
 Kantosho - Keita Tanabe, NCKF            Kantosho - Thane Mittelstaedt, PNKF

Murosako Cup 2 Dan and 3 Dan             Yamaguchi Cup 4 Dan and Above
1st place - Yoshimasa Watanabe, NCKF     1st place - Debi Farmer, GNEUSKF
2nd place - Kevin Thibedeau, AEUSKF      2nd place - Joe Sheldon, SUSKIF
3rd place - Richard Davis, RMKIF         3rd place - Jonathan Bannister, PNKF
3rd place - Keiko Miyamori, AEUSKF       3rd place - David Bressler, AEUSKF
 Kantosho - Rob Tranchin, SWKIF           Kantosho - Tsuyoshi George Nishiura, NCKF

LEEWARD OAHU KENDO TOURNAMENT – June 26, 2016, Mililani District Park Gym


Yonenbu 11 Years and Under             Seinenbu Open
1st place - Brandyn Matsumoto          1st place - Eric Young
2nd place - Jacob Amano                2nd place - Lotus De Asis
3rd place - Abigail Mejia              3rd place - Zen White
3rd place - Zachary Yamamoto           3rd place - Joshua Amano

Shonenbu 12-14 Years                   Yudansha 1-2 Dan
1st place - Go Hayakawa                1st place - Chase Takenaka
2nd place - Yukinari Ito               2nd place - Kenton Chun

Women's Yudansha                       Yudansha 3-4 Dan
1st place - Gina Kishimoto             1st place - Chris Gooding
2nd place - Gale Mejia                 2nd place - Yusuke Masumo
                                       3rd place - Kevin Chun
                                       3rd place - Jordan Miller

Yudansha 5 Dan and Above               Yudansha Masters 3 Dan and Above Over 40 Years of Age
1st place - Garrett Matsumoto          1st place - Keith Hui
2nd place - Mark Miyamoto              2nd place - Ron Miller
3rd place - Andy Fujimoto              3rd place - Jon Shishido
3rd place - Wesley Fujimoto            3rd place - Jay Suemori

Team                                           Parents/Kids Team
1st place - Mililani                           Kids - 7
2nd place - Kenshikan                          Parents - 1

James Oka Kantosho Fighting Spirit Award - Ron Miller

SHINKYU SHINSA

AJKF KODANSHA SHINSA, May 6, 2016, Butokuden, Kyoto.

RENSHI: Tomoko Suzuki (Youshinkan).


AUSKF IAIDO SHINSA, June 26, 2016, Dallas

3RD KYU: Jared Bowler (Zen Bu Kan RMKIF), Shamina Chang (Chiba Hokushin Itto Ryu SUSKIF), Hiroyuki Maeda (Idaho PNKF),
Huong Tran (Dallas-Fort Worth SWKIF). 2ND KYU: Rory Casey Dallas-Fort Worth SWKIF), Colin Haney (Dallas-Fort Worth
SWKIF), Gina Konstantopoulos (Ken-Zen AEUSKF), Apinya Premprajaks (Dallas-Fort Worth SWKIF), Nathan Williams (Dallas-Fort
Worth (SWKIF). 1ST KYU: Lora Berger (Castle Rock RMKIF), David Carroll (River City SUSKIF), Shiro Kondo (Ken-Zen
AEUSKF) Sangki Lee (Dallas Fort-Worth SWKIF), Ashley Moore (Dallas Fort-Worth SWKIF), Harry Mott (Venice SCKF), Michael
Schuldt (Musoshindenryu Agassiz MWKF) Denise Verastigue (Dallas-Fort Worth SWKIF), Joshua Yang (Princeton EUSKF), Sean Zhu
(Dallas-Fort Worth SWKIF). 1ST DAN: John Baker (Dallas-Fort Worth SWKIF), Jordy Davis (Zen Bu Kan RMKIF), Jennifer
Mayo (Castle Rock RMKIF), Celeste Rosell (Zen Bu Kan RMKIF), Jay Salazar (River City SUSKIF). 2ND DAN:
AhmedGaballa El Sayed (Shidogakuin Miami GNEUSKF), Ben Kiang (Houston SUSKIF), Kelly Maier (Musoshindenryu Agassiz MWKF),
Allen Smith (Mushinkan SWKIF). 3RD DAN: Richard Flinn (Musoshindenryu Agassiz MWKF), Sean Henderson (Rocky
Mountain RMKIF), Serena Tang (Nichibukan JSS EUSKF). 4TH DAN: Ji You Ni (Nichibukan JSS EUSKF), James Smith
(AiShinKai Fudo Myoo-Ji PNKF), Rob Tranchin (Dallas-Fort Worth SWKIF), David Yang (Princeton EUSKF). 5TH DAN:
Masayasu Ando (Alaska PNKF), Edward Olson (Tonbo PNKF), Steve Sasaki (Salt Lake SWKIF), Joe Sheldon (River City SUSKIF).
6TH DAN: Tomoko Amgwerd-Suzuki (Youshinkan BCKF).

THE LAST WORD

After evening practice, as before, I fixed dogu and made shinai, took care of the dog and scrubbed Ogawa Sensei’s or Waka
sensei’s (Ogawa’s son-in-law) baths, walked the dog and closed the gates. Exhausting, grueling, yes, but it all became
habit, “no big deal.” I was not conscious of how I was absorbing all these activities, known not in my mind but in my
body, heart and spirit, transforming me into a Kendoist. I simply recalled what was said to me by Wada Kyoichiro, my
sempai: “Everything you do, Nobuto, is Kendo practice. It is your responsibility to observe and learn. Practice, practice,
practice!” I was not explicitly forced to do anything, and complimented so rarely that I can recall no direct
encouragement. But my spirit was on fire. I felt no pain and practiced and practiced and practiced.

–Rod Nobuto Omoto,
Autobiography,
edited by Charlotte Omoto, 2014, p. 24. Available as free download
at
lulu.com.

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