Kenyu – October/November/December 2016

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Volume 30, number 10/11/12

October/November/December 2016


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
  • 1/14: PNKF Board, Sat, 9-11am, 525 4th Avenue N. (corner of 4th and James St.) Kent.
  • 1/21-22: FIK America Zone Shinpan Seminar, Sat/Sun, Feldman Recreation Center, 8800 W. Kathy Lane, Niles, IL 60714.
    • 1/21: Seminar, Goodwill Keiko 9am-4:30pm; Welcome Party 7-9pm.
    • 1/22: Seminar, Goodwill Keiko 8:30am-12noon.

February 2017

  • 2/4: PNKF Kata Seminar, Sat, 12noon-4pm, open keiko 4-5pm, Chinook Middle School, 18650 42nd Ave S, SeaTac, located right off I-5 at S. 188th Street.
  • 2/11: Steveston Taikai, Sat, 9am, McMath High School, 4251 Garry Street, Richmond BC.
  • 2/25: PNKF Shinsa, Sat, Iaido 9am-12noon; Kendo 12:30-3:30pm, Godo Keiko 3:30-4:30pm, Chinook Middle School, 18650 42nd Ave S, SeaTac, located right off I-5 at S. 188th Street. Stroud Sensei wants to emphasize the importance of this Godo Keiko, and he would encourage all PNKF members to make an effort to attend. Some of his fondest memories of coming up through the Kyu and early Dan ranks were associated with PNKF Godo keiko events. For him, we can all benefit from a chance to keiko with each other, cross shinai with people who we seldom see, and get a chance to work on our own keiko. He will be trying to be the first one on the floor.

March 2017

  • 3/18: Highline Taikai, Sat, 10am, White Center Community Center.
  • 3/25: PNKF Board, Sat, 9-11am, 525 4th Avenue N. (corner of 4th and James St.) Kent.

April 2017

  • 4/1: PNKF Shinpan Seminar, 12noon-4pm, open keiko 4-5pm, 525 4th Avenue N. (corner of 4th and James St.) Kent.
  • 4/8-9: AUSKF Board meeting and Kodansha Shinsa.
  • 4/15: UW Taikai, Sat, 10am, Intramural Activities Building (IMA), UW campus, Montlake Boulevard NE.
  • 4/21,22,23: Cherry Blossom probable date.

May 2017

  • 5/6: PNKF Board, Sat, 9-11am, 525 4th Avenue N. (corner of 4th and James St.) Kent.
  • 5/20: Bellevue Junior Taikai, Sat, 9:30am-3pm, Highland Park Community Center, 14224 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue.

June 2017

  • 6/10: Rose City Taikai, Sat, 10am, Portland.
  • 6/10-13/2017: AUSKF Iaido Seminar.
  • 6/22-26: AUSKF Championships and Junior Championships, 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.

July 2017

  • 7/6-9: 10th US Nito Seminar and Shinsa, Thu-Mon, Boise State University, Rec Center Main Gym, 1515 University
    Drive, Boise, Idaho.

  • 7/22: PNKF Board, Sat, 9-11am, 525 4th Avenue N. (corner of 4th and James St.) Kent.

August 2017

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

September 2017

  • 9/16: PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, 525 4th Avenue N. (corner of 4th and James St.) Kent.
  • 9/28-10/1: PNKF Iaido Seminar, Fri/Sat/Sun.
    • Rain 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.

October 2017

  • 10/7: PNKF Shinpan Seminar, 12noon-4pm, open keiko 4-5pm, Tyee Educational Complex, 4424 S. 188th Street, SeaTac, located
    right off I-5 at S. 188th Street.

  • 10/21: Tacoma Taikai
    • 9:30am Opening Ceremonies (doors open at 8:30am), Curtis High School, 8425 40th Street West, University Place, WA 98466

November 2017

  • 11/4: PNKF Taikai, Sat, 9:30am,525 4th Avenue N. (corner of 4th and James St.) Kent.
  • 11/11-12, AUSKF Board and Kodansha Shinsa, Sat/Sun, TBD.
  • 11/18: PNKF Board, Sat, 9-11am, 525 4th Avenue N. (corner of 4th and James St.) Kent.

December 2017

  • 12/??: Kent Taikai, Sat, report time 9am, start 9:30am, 525 4th Avenue N. (corner of 4th and James St.) Kent.

September 2018

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


A special meeting was convened the evening of Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Saint Peter’s Church, to count the ballots from the
Board election. This tally determined the composition of the Board for 2016/2017. The proctors doing the counting were: T. Bolling
(Bellevue), CJ Chaney (Sno-King), Noelle Grimes (Sno-King), Doug Imanishi (Seattle), Damon Tsai (Sno-King), Frank Wessbecher (Highline),
Aaron Yen (Seattle), and David Yotsuuye (Bellevue).

Then, at their December 17, 2016 meeting, the new PNKF Board elected officers. President – CJ Chaney (Sno-King); Vice President –
Robert Stroud (Idaho); Treasurer – Mary DeJong (Highline); Recording Secretary – Thomas Bolling (Bellevue); Secretary of Internal Affairs
– Elizabeth Marsten (Highline).

The other Board members are: Sean Blechschmidt (Bellevue), Brian Blomquist (Everett), Connor Blomquist (UW), Cougar Capoeman
(Tacoma), Janell Frazier-Day (Kent), Mark Frederick (Northwest), Noelle Grimes (Sno-King), Doug Imanishi (Seattle), Van Le (Obukan),
Michael Mabale (Seattle), Edward Olson (Tonbo), Russ Sinclair (Spokane), James Smith (AiShinKai), Frank Wessbecher (Highline), and David
Yotsuuye (Bellevue). Jeff Marsten (Bellevue/Highline/Sno-King) continues as Advisor. CJ Chaney (Sno-King) continues as UW Advisor.

17th INVITATIONAL TACOMA KENDO TAIKAI – October 22, 2016, Curtis High School, University Place

9 and Under                               10-12 Years Kyu
1st place - Jonathan Yu, Northwest        1st place - Josh Kim, Federal Way
2nd place - Nicholas Chu, Bellevue        2nd place - Joshua Paik, Tacoma
3rd place - Daniel Shilov, Highline       3rd place - Keiji Underhill, Northwest
Participant - Nina Underhill, Northwest
Participant - Katie Larson, Federal Way
Participant - Dan Terao, Cascade
Participant - Juah Paik, Tacoma

13-15 Years Kyu                           16-18 Years Kyu 
1st place - Betty Park, Bellevue          1st place - Drake Imanishi, Seattle
2nd place - Yuki Wakasaki, Obukan         2nd place - Kyle Fukuda, Cascade
3rd place - Michizane Ohata, Bellevue     3rd place - Allison Kojima, Bellevue

Adult 0-2 Kyu                             Adult 1 Kyu-1 Dan
1st place - Rafael Soriano, UW            1st place - Jake Yamauchi, Cascade
2nd place - Tom Fukuda, Cascade           2nd place - Caleb Ogier, UW
3rd place - Chi Tak, Portland             3rd place - Andrew Miller, Portland

Youth Dan                                 Adult 2-3 Dan
1st place - Andrew Nagasawa, Bellevue     1st place - Frank Wessbecher, Highline
2nd place - Andy Yuen, Seattle            2nd place - Erica DeJong, UW
3rd place - Tiarnan Marsten, Kent         3rd place - Bernice Lin, UW

15 and Under Team
1st place - Northwest A (B. Underhill, T. Miyamoto, E. Underhill)
2nd place - Bellevue A (B. Park, T. Koob, M. Ohata)

16-18 Team
1st place - Bellevue A (J. DeJong, J. Higa, A. Kojima)
2nd place - Bellevue B (M. Blechschmidt, -0-, A. Nagasawa)

Senior Team
1st place - Obukan (D. Anzai, R. Wakasaki, N. Holtorf)
2nd place - Sno-King (M. Verrey, V. Blancarte, T. Patana)

National Anthem Singer - Josie Asi
Sportsmanship Pledge - Joshua Paik
Award Distribution Service - Taryn Imanishi
Shinpan Cho - Doug Imanishi

42nd ANNUAL PNKF KENDO TOURNAMENT – November 5, 2016, Kent Commons Recreation Center

10 Years and Under                        11-12 Years
1st place - L. Takahae, Steveston         1st place - B. Miki, Steveston
2nd place - K. Yoshimura, Renbu           2nd place - K. Squance, Renbu
3rd place - M. Gardner, U Vic             3rd place - C. Robillard, Steveston
3rd place - E. Chui, Steveston            3rd place - Y. Lee, Renbu

13-15 Years                               High School Girls
1st place - K. Muramatsu, Renfrew         1st place - J. DeJong, Highline
2nd place - M. Iwai, Steveston            2nd place - JW An, Tozenji
3rd place - E. Chui, Steveston            3rd place - J. Higa, Bellevue
3rd place - M. Fukuoka, Tozenji           3rd place - I. Kim, Renbu

High School Boys                          0-4 Kyu
1st place - E. Lee, Renbu                 1st place - V. Blancarte, Sno-King
2nd place - T. Marsten, Kent              2nd place - J. Tang, UBC
3rd place - A. Nagasawa, Bellevue         3rd place - T. Fukuda Cascade
3rd place - B. Liao, Bellevue             3rd place - J. Nguyen, UW

3-1 Kyu                                   Women Dan
1st place - Y. Chen, UBC                  1st place - J. Kurahashi, Renbu
2nd place - C. Pak, Portland              2nd place - E. Marsten, Highline
3rd place - Y. Paik, Tacoma               3rd place - W. Robillard, Steveston
3rd place - G. Vielhaber, Portland        3rd place - B. Lin, UW

1-2 Dan                                   3 Dan
1st place - D. Yao, Steveston             1st place - S. Kawai, Bellevue
2nd place - J. Jeong, Youshinkan          2nd place - E. Kita, Renbu
3rd place - JW Lee, Portland              3rd place - T. Okitsu, 
3rd place - J. Lamb, Spokane              3rd place - K. Chun, Hawaii

4 Dan and Above
1st place - S. Harris, Hawaii
2nd place - B. Imanishi, Cascade
3rd place - A. Giang, Northwest
3rd place - W. Fujimoto, Hawaii

Junior Team
1st place - Renbu (Y.Lee, A. Son, I. Kim, K. Squance, R. Kim)
2nd place - Steveston (D. Chui, E. Chui, B. Miki, M. Iwai, C. Robillard)
3rd place - Tacoma (M. Kao, D. Kao, Y. Wakasaki, J. Shim, J. Paik)
3rd place - Tozenji (N. Horikawa, U. Kanauchi, K. Kono, A. Shimizu, M. Fukuoka)

Senior Team
1st place - Hawaii (K. Chun, W. Fujimoto, H. Itokazu, S. Harris, A. Fujimoto)
2nd place - Bellevue (J. Higa, A. Kojima, M. Blechschmidt, B. Liao, L. Tsybert)
3rd place - Steveston (S. O'Sullivan, I. Miki, I. Takagaki, N. Nakano, D. Yao)
3rd place - Spokane (C. Ruiz, S. DeNardi, Ju. Lamb, Je. Lamb, M. Nelson)

Taikai Co-Chairs - CJ Chaney and Taryn Imanishi
Sportsmanship Pledge - Andrew Nagasawa   Shinpan Cho - Harry Samkange
Shoji Trophy - Allison Kojima, Bellevue
Award Distribution Service - Taryn Imanishi


10 Years and Under (Jr A)            3-1 Kyu
1st place - A. Yuen, Seattle         1st place - A. Kojima, Bellevue
2nd place - A. Mabale, Seattle       2nd place - D. Imanishi, Seattle
3rd place - DV Chung, Cascade        3rd place - Y. Paik, Tacoma
3rd place - J. Yu, Northwest         3rd place - S. Wetlesen, Obukan

11-12 Years (Jr B)                   1-2 Dan
1st place - K. Underhill, Northwest  1st place - T. Marsten, Kent
2nd place - J. Kim, Federal Way      2nd place - J. Croes, Portland
3rd place - H. Koob, Bellevue        3rd place - B. Liao, Bellevue
3rd place - L. Ohata, Bellevue       3rd place - C. Im, UW

13 to 15 Years (Jr C)                3-4 Dan
1st place - K. Underhill, Northwest  1st place - S. Kawai, Bellevue
2nd place - S. Wetlesen, Obukan      2nd place - S. Denardi, Spokane
3rd place - M. Ohata, Bellevue       3rd place - S. Day, Kent
3rd place - T. Miyamoto, Northwest   3rd place - I. Morgan, Kent
                                     4th place - V. Vulfson, Northwest
Women                                4th place - D. Pan, Bellevue
1st place - M. Suzuki, Sno-King      4th place - T. Imanishi, Cascade
2nd place - N. Grimes, Sno-King      4th place - M. Scott, Sno-King
3rd place - J. DeJong, Highline
3rd place - J. Frazier-Day, Kent

4 Kyu and Under
1st place - K. Fukuda, Cascade
2nd place - T. Fukuda, Cascade
3rd place - B. Sprenger, Obukan
3rd place - D. Yip, Cascade

Junior Team
1st place - Bellevue (H. Koob, K. Takamatsu, L. Ohata, T. Koob, M. Ohata)
2nd place - Northwest (B. Underhill, S. Yu, T. Miyamoto, T. Ting, K. Underhill)
3rd place - Federal Way (M. Day, K. Kubal-Komoto, I. Lee, S. Lee, J. Kim)
3rd place - Obukan (K Acoba, E. Jurado, S. Wetlesen, A. Mabale, Y. Wakasaki)

Senior Team
1st place - Kent Red (I. Morgan, J. Frazier-Day, T. Marsten, T. McManus, S. Day)
2nd place - Bellevue Red (S. Kawai, J. Higa, B. Liao, A. Kojima, L. Tsybert)
3rd place - Highline (F. Wessbecher, C. Chan, J. DeJong, A. Law, J. Oh)
3rd place - Sno-King (M. Scott, M. Suzuki, C. Chaney, T. Patana, D. Lew)

Sportsmanship Pledge - Ian Morgan
Head Shinpan - Curtis Marsten


Paul Hiromi Kurose.

One of the last pre-War kenshi in our area passed away on September 20, 2016 at age 88. Born in Tacoma July 15, 1928,
he was raised in Seattle and Spokane. He taught at West Seattle High School for 31 years, and one of his former
students, David Lunde, has happy memories of “his sly grin and his daily wearing of a lab coat” in biology class and
study hall. Throughout his life he loved fly fishing. Kurose Sensei studied Kendo at Maryknoll Dojo under Tomotsu
Takizaki Sensei, until Kendo was suspended following Pearl Harbor. He served in the military. He joined Seattle
Kendo Kai when it resumed after the War, and was one of the founders of the Washington State Kendo Federation, serving
for a time as Treasurer. In 1990 he became a member of Cascade Kendo Kai, and held the rank of 4th Dan. Kurose
Sensei especially liked to explain earlier ways of producing hits, for example demonstrating the amazing way Kazuo
Shoji Sensei could suddenly strike Do from tsubazeriai and go through on one knee – as in Kata Number Seven. Our
deepest condolences to his wife of 62 years, May, and their four children and two grandsons.


I reread the Chi No Maki and focused on Musashi’s words that “the true value of Kendo cannot be seen within the
confines of Kendo techniques.” Yes, I had learned the basics of Kendo in Hawaii, the ground of Kendo: the Chi. I had
learned how to breathe differently, into the hara. Balance and stability comes from the hara. I had watched animals;
the belly expands and contracts with the breath, not the upper chest. The power does not come from the head or
shoulders. “Up tight” is slang in the United States for tension, and indeed, the shoulders are raised, the breath
shallow, and the chest heaves when a person is uptight. The breath of a baby is seen as the stomach area (the hara
area) rises and falls. Such is natural breathing. And swordsmanship is based on what is natural. The Kendo stance,
solidly rooted to the ground, is powerful. The sword cuts, not from shoulder action, but from the natural pull of
gravity, guided to its target by the right hand, and cinched from the hara. I recalled the tameshi giri practice
demonstrated by Miura Sensei which focused power at the conclusion of the cut driven by the breath, the kiai or spirit
shout, from the hara. The cut was efficient and effective. In Kyoto, I added to the basics that I had learned from
Miura Sensei. And that is how it is: Nothing is ever finished.

–Rod Nobuto Omoto, Autobiography, edited by Charlotte Omoto, 2014, p. 24.
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July/August/September 2016


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


    Special Guest Instructor – Kendo Renshi 7th Dan Chinatsu Murayama

    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


    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.


    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
    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


    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


    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

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.

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.

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.

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


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