Kenyu – January/February/March 2017

Volume 31, number 1/2/3

January/February/March 2017

PNKF DATEBOOK


March 2017

  • 3/25: PNKF Board, Sat, 9-11am, Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1610 S. King Street, Seattle. Please enter at
    the street level behind the big bowl shaped tree planter off King Street.

  • 3/31-4/2: 29th Cleveland GNEUSKF Championships, Albert Gymnasium, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland,
    Ohio.


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.
  • 4/21,22,23: Cherry Blossom probable date.
  • 4/22: UW Taikai, Sat, 10am, Intramural Activities Building (IMA), UW campus, Montlake Boulevard NE.


May 2017

  • 5/6: PNKF Board, Sat, 2-4pm, 525 4th Avenue N. (corner of 4th and James St.) Kent.
  • 5/13: 52nd Annual Vancouver Kendo Club Taikai, Sat, 10am, Byrne Creek Secondary School, 7777 18th Street,
    Burnaby, B.C.

  • 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.
  • 6/25: Leeward Oahu Kendo Tournament, Sun, Mililani District Park Gym, Hawaii.


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.
  • 9/22-9/24: 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
      (tentative).


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, Incheon, Korea.

12th ANNUAL PACIFIC INTERCOLLEGIATE TOURNAMENT – January 28, 2017, Langara College, Vancouver, BC

 
Women                               Non-Bogu
1st place - Bernice Lin, UW         1st place - Gene Ju, SFU
2nd place - Erica DeJong, UW        2nd place - Edward Li, SFU
3rd place - Kaylyn Kale, UBC        3rd place - Sean Lu, SFU
3rd place - Becca Hsu, SFU          3rd place - Eric Gao, SFU

Men 1 Kyu and Above                 Men 2 Kyu and Below
1st place - Tsuyoshi Hamanaka, UBC  1st place - Brandon Vernon, Langara
2nd place - Ryota Kuki, UBC         2nd place - Kevin Chiang, UBC
3rd place - Andrew Chen, UBC        3rd place - Chris Tang, SFU
3rd place - Tiarnan Marsten, UW     3rd place - Jason Tang, Langara

Teams
1st place - UBC (Andrew Chen, Kaylyn Kale, Aya Hioki, Kevin Chiang, Ellis Cheng, Ryota Kuki)
2nd place - SFU (Chris Tang, PoWei Chen, Michael Hong, Spencer Myrtle, Gabriel Ng)
3rd place - UVic (T. Koyano, Matt Pomeroy, S. Nichols, Kirk Mercer, Mark Pomeroy, S. Shan, Makiko Tahara)
3rd place - UW (Bernice Lin, Khang Le, Erica DeJong, Corey Chan, Marco Eum, Anna Ngo, Connor Blomquist, Tiarnan Marsten)

55th ANNUAL STEVESTON KENDO TOURNAMENT – February 11, 2017, McMath High School


10 Years and Under                  11 to 13 Years                       14 to 15 Years
1st place - T. Ariga, Butokuden     1st place - J. Huang, NCKF           1st place - P. Ikeda, NCKF
2nd place - K. Yoshimura, Renbu     2nd place - A. Onitsuka, NCKF        2nd place - R. Kim, Renbu
3rd place - N. Son, Renbu           3rd place - B. Miki, Steveston       3rd place - E. Chui, Steveston
3rd place - S. Tominaga, Renbu      3rd place - C. Robillard, Steveston  3rd place - ET Chen, NCKF

0-4 Kyu                             1-3 Kyu                              Women 1 Dan and Under
1st place - R. Soriano, UW          1st place - J. Yoon, SCKF            1st place - A. Kojima, Bellevue
2nd place - K. Fukuda, Cascade      2nd place - T. Shiomi, Zousoukan     2nd place - C. Ikeda, NCKF
3rd place - JS Lee, Central         3rd place - S. Myrtle, SFU           3rd place - S. Maekawa, SCKF
3rd place - A. Drake, Kelowna       3rd place - M. Park, Central         3rd place - I. Kim, Renbu

Women 2 Dan and Over                1-2 Dan                              3 Dan
1st place - H. Yamada, Vancouver    1st place - M. Uto, NCKF             1st place - J. Williams, SCKF
2nd place - J. Kurahashi, Renbu     2nd place - E. Lee, Renbu            2nd place - R. Asato, Vancouver
3rd place - M. Otsuka, NCKF         3rd place - J. Croes, Portland       3rd place - K. Mizobe, SCKF
3rd place - E. Marsten, Highline    3rd place - T. Marsten, Kent         3rd place - B. Shin, Central

4 Dan and Above
1st place - D. Huh, SCKF
2nd place - J. Chang, SCKF
3rd place - R. Yasumura, Ontario
3rd place - J. Brown, SCKF

Junior Team                                    Senior Team
1st place - NCKF A (Chen,Onitsuka,             1st place - SCKF (J.Williams,J.Chang, 
             Chen,Ikeda,Park)                               D.Huh,J.Hakakeyama,J.Brown)
2nd place - Steveston A (Robillard,Miki,       2nd place - Renbu (H.Shim,E.Kita,
             E.Chui,M.Iwai,S.Ito)                           J.Kurahashi,D.Taguchi,D.Ara)
3rd place - Tozenji (Shimizu,Kanauchi,         3rd place - Century (D.Hong,IS.Chun
             Kanauchi,Mereigh,Fukuoka,Kono)                 J.Lee,B.Shin,HK.Ryu,M.Park)
3rd place - NCKF B (Hong,Ikeda                 3rd place - JungKo (K.Lee,I.Park,
             Huang,Vasquez,Fan)                             H.Kim,K.Kim,J.Choi)

Sportsmanship Pledge - Leanne Kiyomi Murao

41st ANNIVERSARY HIGHLINE MUDANSHA CHALLENGE CUP – March 18, 2017, White Center


Yudansha                          Mudansha
1st place - T. Marsten, Kent      1st place - R. Soriano, UW
2nd place - K. McManus, Kent      2nd place - A. Yorita, UW
3rd place - J. DeJong, Highline   3rd place - K. Wang, UW
3rd place - P. Lin, Bellevue      3rd place - V. Blancarte, Sno-King

Teams
1st place - UW, 47 points   2nd place - Bellevue, 25 points   Portland - 23 points

Sportsmanship Pledge - Jennifer DeJong, Highline

SHINKYU SHINSA


PNKF IAIDO SHINSA, January 8, 2017, Boise State

2ND KYU: Rhett Atagi (Idaho), Jared Bowler (Zenbukan RMKF), Hiroyuki Maeda (Idaho), Gary Moulder (Palo Alto
NCKF), Tyler Peterson (Idaho). 1ST KYU: Cliff Asai (Venice SCKF), Nathan Williams (Dallas RMKIF). 1ST
DAN:
Frank Hauser (Alaska), Aleasha Jay (RMBK RMKIF), Sangki Lee (Dallas NCKF), Ashley Moore (Dallas SWKIF),
Denise Verastigue (Dallas SWKIF), Sean Zhu (Dallas SWKIF).


PNKF IAIDO SHINSA, February 25, 2017, Middle School, SeaTac

3RD KYU: Yuriko Lee (Obukan), William Setunsky (Tacoma), Nikhil Varma (Seattle), Nicodemus Edwin Widjonarko
(Obukan). 2ND KYU: Khoi Duong (Kent). 1ST KYU: Mikako Barlow (Musokai), Sean Horita (Musokai).
1ST DAN: Victor Whitman (Seattle). 3RD DAN: Benjamin Cassel (RenMa), Ronen Totonchi (Musokai).


PNKF KENDO SHINSA, February 25, 2017, Middle School, SeaTac

6TH KYU: Jordan Bone (Northwest), Selin Kim (Bellevue), David Sterling (Northwest), Jonathan Yu (Northwest).
5TH KYU: Kristofer Chiu (Obukan), Kyle Chiu (Northwest), Nicholas Chu (Bellevue), Devin Chung (Cascade), Teo
Dage (Bellevue), Justin Davis (Northwest), Matt Miyamoto (Northwest), Taiki Miyamoto (Northwest), Daniel Shilov
(Bellevue), Ethan Sugimoto (Kent), Nina Underhill (Northwest). 4TH KYU: Matheus Bandur (Cascade), Danny Chung
(Cascade), Nikolas Faulkner (Edmonds), Kyle Hale (Seattle), Hayeon Kim (Bellevue), Isabella Lee (Federal Way), Ian
McAbee (Meadowbrook), Sergio Ortega (Seattle), Kassidy Ting (Northwest), Timaeus Ting (Northwest), Nikhil Varma
(Seattle), David Yip (Cascade). 3RD KYU: Kamia Acoba (Everett), Victor Blancarte (Sno-King), James Faulkner
(Edmonds), Helen Fukuda (Cascade), Kiana Fukuda (Cascade), Kyle Fukuda (Cascade), Tom Fukuda (Cascade), Keila Kimura
(Federal Way), Sudhanvi Koneti (UW), Noah Larson (Federal Way), Khang Le (UW), Daniel Lee (Tacoma), Simon Lee
(Federal Way), Benjamin Marx (Federal Way), Jason Nguyen (UW), Poul Nichols (Edmonds), Rouen de la O (Edmonds),
Nagato Orita (Seattle), Lea Reuter (Alaska), Michele Soleimani (Portland), Blake Sprenger (Obukan), Fred Wang (UW),
Francis Welsh (UW), Gerald Whitmarsh (Edmonds), Nicodemus Edwin Widjonarko (Obukan). 2ND KYU: Hien Katayama
(Edmonds), Josh Kim (Bellevue), Sandra Mizuno (Seattle), Jamie Mulvihill (Edmonds), Leonardo Ohata (Bellevue),
Michizane Ohata (Bellevue), Chi Pak (Portland), Edward Park (Bellevue),Ann Rubin (Tacoma), Keiji Underhill
(Northwest), Yuki Wakasaki (Obukan), Shun Wetlesen (Obukan), Victor Whitman (Seattle), Donna Wilson (Seattle), Binah
Yeung (Seattle). 1ST KYU: Brian LeSmith (Edmonds), David Nash (Edmonds), Tyler Peterson (Idaho). 1ST
DAN:
Cougar Capoeman (Tacoma), Allison Kojima (Bellevue), Spencer Kua (UW), Yuriko Lee (Obukan), Charles Matthews
(Cascade), Dan McLean (Portland), Camille Nagasawa (Bellevue), Peter Palmer (Northwest), Betty Park (Bellevue),
Gregory Vielhaber (Portland), Tyler Yamashita (Seattle). 2ND DAN: Murray Bratland (Highline), Jacob Colter
(Cascade), Van Le (Obukan), Mikiyo Ohashi (Edmonds), Jason Yu (Northwest). 3RD DAN: Jaered Croes (Portland),
Tiarnan Marsten (Kent), Masumi Rinaldi (Bellevue). 4TH DAN: Sean DeBlieck (Sno-King), Young Kim (Northwest),
Marko Scott (Sno-King).

THE LAST WORD

In the Water Book are all the specific instructions for the skills of Kendo: bearing, stance, gaze, grip, footwork,
attitude, approaches, timing, cuts, parries, communications. If I did 10 or 50 suburi per week in Hawaii, I did 50 to
100 per day at Busen, just for warm-up. I made so many strikes that I forgot I was striking. Pushed physically beyond
all thought and concept, the sword truly became an extension of my body just as the hand is an extension of the arm
and taken completely for granted. It felt natural. If one thinks about the action, it does not produce the natural
smooth and effective motion that though not hurried, is quick. I learned Zanshin, practiced best when exhaustion is
so great that no more physical movement can be imagined. The literal translation for Zanshin is “remaining spirit.”
No matter how conclusive a strike may be, whether in the battlefield or in the sports match where the final point is
seemingly won, the kendoist must not quit; the kendoist is always prepared! The spirit must remain. Training – the
10,000, the 100,000 suburi – is to achieve spontaneity, to teach the body to act without thought. Always alert,
always present, never over eager or uptight or assuming victory, Zanshin as “Kokoro Ga Nokoru” (the heart remains) is
the essence of Kendo spirit. Zanshin can only occur when the sword and the swordsman are one, itchi, and sword
actions are as natural as walking calmly and easily along a street. And so, we practiced and practiced and practiced
some more at Busen. This I now realize was the wisdom of Ogawa Sensei requiring kirikaeshi for an hour a day for an
entire year. Zanshin is essential aspect of the Nihon Kendo Kata. The Kata, or forms, were a significant part of our
practice. Not only do the forms use all of the techniques, but also necessitate relationship with the opponent as the
Kendo Kata is always performed by two people. Usually the Sensei or the senior kendoist plays the “Uchi Tachi” and
the student or less experienced kendoist plays the “Shi Dachi.”

–Rod Nobuto Omoto, Autobiography, edited by Charlotte Omoto, 2014, p. 24-25.
Available as free download at lulu.com.

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Kenyu – October/November/December 2016

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Volume 30, number 10/11/12

October/November/December 2016

PNKF DATEBOOK


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.
  • 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, Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1610 S. King Street, Seattle. Please enter at the street level behind the big bowl shaped tree planter off King Street.
  • 3/31-4/2: 29th Cleveland GNEUSKF Championships, Albert Gymnasium, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.


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.
  • 4/21,22,23: Cherry Blossom probable date.
  • 4/22: UW Taikai, Sat, 10am, Intramural Activities Building (IMA), UW campus, Montlake Boulevard NE.


May 2017

  • 5/6: PNKF Board, Sat, 9-11am, Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1610 S. King Street, Seattle.
  • 5/13: 52nd Annual Vancouver Kendo Club Taikai, Sat, 10am, Byrne Creek Secondary School, 7777 18th Street, Burnaby, B.C.
  • 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
      (tentative).


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.

PNKF BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2016/2017

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

20th ANNUAL KENT KENDO CLUB INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT – December 10, 2016, Kent Commons


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

PASSAGE

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.

THE LAST WORD

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.
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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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.
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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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April 2016

  • 4/1-3: 28th Cleveland Kendo Tournament / GNEUSKF Championships, Fri-Sun, weekend-long
    exciting and instructive activities featuring Kendo Hanshi 8th Dan Mitsuru Hamasaki, former chief instructor of Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Case Western Reserve University.

  • 4/2: PNKF Shinpan Seminar, 12noon-4pm, open keiko 4-5pm, Kent Commons Recreation Center,
    525 4th Avenue N. (corner of 4th & James St.) Kent.

  • 4/9-10: AUSKF Board meeting, Radisson Hotel, 18118 International Blvd; and Kodansha Shinsa, Odyssey at Tyee Educational Complex, 4424 S. 188th Street, SeaTac. Shinsa schedule: April 9, Sat, building doors open at 4pm, gym available until 6:30pm. AUSKF Godo Keiko 5-6pm, must vacate building by 7pm. April 10, Sun, building doors open at 10:30am, gym available for warmup. Shinsa registration 12:30pm, Shinsa test begins at 1pm. Must clear building by 5:30pm.
  • 4/16: UW Taikai, Sat, 10am, Intramural Activities Building (IMA), UW campus, Montlake
    Boulevard NE.

  • 4/24: Cherry Blossom, Sun, 2:30-3pm, Seattle Center Armory (former name Center House),
    main stage.

  • 4/29-30: SWKIF Kendo Seminar, Fri, 6:30-8pm; Tsutomu Ito Women’s Team Taikai and Ito Cup
    Team
    Taikai, Sat, 8:30am-5pm, Standley Lake High School, 9300 W. 104th Ave, Westminster, Colorado.

  • 4/30: 5th Garden State Kendo Tournament, Sat, 8:30am-6pm, City Sports Complex, 62 Route 4
    East, Englewood, NJ.


May 2016

  • 5/1: SWKIF Kendo Shinsa, up through 4th Dan, Sun, 8am-12noon, Standley Lake High School,
    9300 W. 104th Ave, Westminster, Colorado.

  • 5/7: PNKF Board, Sat, 9-11am, Seattle location, 4001 Aurorah Avenue N., Seattle 98103.
  • 5/21: Bellevue Junior Taikai, Sat, 9:30am-3pm, Highland Park Community Center, 14224
    Bel-Red Road, Bellevue.

  • 5/28: 51st Annual Vancouver Kendo Tournament, Sat, 10am-6pm, gym open at 9am, Byrne Creek
    Secondary School, 7777 18th Street, Burnaby, BC.

  • 5/29: AEUSKF Kendo Tournament, Sun, John Jay College Gym, 10th Avenue and 58th Street, New
    York City.

June 2016

  • 6/11: Rose City Taikai, Sat, time and location TBD, Portland.
  • 6/17-19/2016: 9th US Nito Kendo Camp, Boise State University Campus, Boise, Idaho. Guest
    instructors: Tadao TODA, Tokyo, Hanshi 8 dan; Yoshihiro UGAJIN, Tokyo, Kyoshi 7 dan; Hirotsugu SASAKI, Miyagi, Kyoshi 7 dan; Ryoichi FUJII, Yamaguchi, Kyoshi 7 dan; Futoshi SATO, Chiba, Renshi 7 dan; Ako FUJII, Yamaguchi, 6 dan.

  • 6/23-27: AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp, Thu thru Mon, Dallas Sportsplex, 5702 Alpha Road,
    Dallas, TX.

    • Thursday and Friday, June 23/24: Iaido seminar led by guest sensei from Japan to be
      announced

    • Saturday, June 25: 2016 AUSKF Iaido Championships
    • Sunday, June 26: Iaido Shinsa, followed by afternoon Jodo workshop
    • Monday morning, June 27: Jodo workshop ending at 12 noon
  • 6/26: Leeward Oahu Kendo Tournament, Sun, 8:30am, Mililani District Park Gym, 94-1150 Lanikuhana Avenue, Mililani.


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.

  • 9/23-25: 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 2016

  • 10/8: PNKF Shinpan Seminar, 12noon-4pm, open keiko 4-5pm, location TBD.
  • 10/22: Tacoma Taikai
    • 9:30am Opening Ceremonies (doors open at 8:30am), Curtis High School, 8425 40th Street
      West, University Place, WA 98466 (tentative).


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.


December 2016

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


September 2018

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

MUSOKAI NEW LOCATION AND PRACTICE TIME

Starting April 6, Musokai training will move to the North Court of Rain City Fencing Center
(RCFC), 1776 136th Place NE, Bellevue, and will be on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9pm.

11th ANNUAL PACIFIC INTERCOLLEGIATE TOURNAMENT – January 16, 2016, UBC, University Hill Secondary School


Non-Bogu                         Women 1 Kyu and Under
1st place - Po Chen, SFU         1st place - Jasmine Chao, Langara
2nd place - John Wragg, UBC      2nd place - Klaudine Go, UBC
3rd place - Colton Johnson, UBC  3rd place - Anna Ngo, UBC
3rd place - Erin Boe, Langara    3rd place - Aya Hioki, UBC

Women 1 Dan and Above            Men No Rank
1st place - Erica DeJong, UW     1st place - Matthew Chu, UBC
2nd place - Bernice Lin, UW      2nd place - Kevin Chiang, UBC
3rd place - Becca Hsu, SFU       3rd place - Johnson Nguyen, UBC
3rd place - Nikki Asano, SFU     3rd place - Jason Tang, Langara

Men 1 Kyu and 1 Dan              Men 2 Dan and Above
1st place - John Magaling, SFU   1st place - Tsuyoshi Hamanaka, UBC
2nd place - Spencer Myrtle, SFU  2nd place - Ryota Kuki, UBC
3rd place - Andrew Chen, UBC     3rd place - Masamitsu Sawaoka, SFU
3rd place - Long Le, UW          3rd place - Matthew Pomeroy, UVic

Teams
1st place - UBC (T.Hamanaka,R.Kuki,K.Leung,J.Ohara,J.Li,A.Chen,R.Jacinto,E.Cheng,M.Chu)
2nd place - SFU (J.Magaling,K.Lee,C.Cheng,S.Ikoma,M.Morgan,B.Hsu,M.Sawaoka)
3rd place - UVic (T.Koyano,MattPomeroy,S.Nichols,K.Mercer,MarkPomeroy,S.Shan,M.Tahara)
3rd place - UW (B.Lin,L.Le,E.DeJong,C.Chan,M.Eum,A.Ngo,C.Blomquist)

Fighting Spirit Award - Andrew Chen, UBC

54th ANNUAL STEVESTON KENDO TOURNAMENT – February 20, 2016, McMath High School


10 Years and Under                  11 to 13 Years                       14 to 15 Years
1st place - T. Ariga, Butokuden     1st place - M. Fukuoka, Tozenji      1st place - E. Lee, Renbu
2nd place - Y. Lee, Renbu           2nd place - K. Squance, Renbu        2nd place - S. Nichols, UVic
3rd place - K. Yoshimura, Renbu     3rd place - M. Iwai, Steveston       3rd place - K. Fukuda, Cascade
3rd place - I. Fujita, Renbu        3rd place - C. Robillard, Steveston  3rd place - K. Muramatsu, Steveston

0-4 Kyu                             1-3 Kyu                              Ladies 1 Dan and Under
1st place - M. Park, Central        1st place - J. Magaling, SFU         1st place - K. McManus, Kent
2nd place - M. Chu, UBC             2nd place - D. Imanishi, Seattle     2nd place - J. Chao, Steveston
3rd place - N. Gardiner, Langara    3rd place - C. Capoeman, Tacoma      3rd place - S. Maekawa, SCKF
3rd place - F. Yoshimura, Renbu     3rd place - T. Shiomi, SFM           3rd place - A. Hioki, UBC

Ladies 2 Dan and Over               1-2 Dan                              3 Dan
1st place - C. Takeuchi, Youshinkan 1st place - H. Nagano, UVic          1st place - R. Asato, Vancouver
2nd place - S. Suzuki, Tozenji      2nd place - S. Kim, Renbu            2nd place - S. Masamitsu, SFU
2nd place - J. Kurahashi, Renbu     3rd place - T. Koyano, UVic          3rd place - T. Okitsu, Tozenji
3rd place - L. Murao, Steveston     3rd place - S. O'Sullivan, Steveston 3rd place - I. Takagaki, Steveston

4 Dan and Above
1st place - T. Nozawa, Tozenji
2nd place - S. Kamata, Etobicoke
3rd place - T. Ariga, Butokuden
3rd place - D. Ara, Renbu

Junior Team                                    Senior Team
1st place - Renbu A (K.Itagaki,R.Kim,          1st place - Ontario (E.Jeong,I.Lin
             H.Chun,I.Kim,E.Lee)                            M.Otabe,E.Hung,S.Kamata)
2nd place - Steveston A (E.Chui,K.Muramatsu,   2nd place - Renbu (H.Shim,T.Kabata,
             M.Iwai,A.Iwai,S.Ito)                            O.Young,E.Kita,J.Kurahashi)
3rd place - Bellevue (L.Ohata,B.Park,          3rd place - Youshinkan (J.Chien,Ke.Takeuchi,
             M.Ohata,M.Blechschmidt,A.Kojima)               Ka.Takeuchi,K.Kobayashi,C.Takeuchi)
3rd place - Steveston B (D.Chui,C.Robillard,   3rd place - Bellevue (D.Yu,F.Wessbecher,
             A.Ito,A.Chang,R.Nakano)                        L.Tsybert,S.Blechschmidt,D.Park)

Sportsmanship Pledge - Jeremy Chiang  Consul General of Japan S. Okada Trophy - C. Takeuchi, Youshinkan

2016 EAST COAST IAIDO SEMINAR TAIKAI – March 13, 2016, Holy Ghost Prep. School, Bensalem, Pennsylvania


Mudansha C                                  Mudansha B
1st place - Albert Valentin III (IttoKai)   1st place - Minsoo Seon (Princeton)
2nd place - Shiro Kondo (KenZen)            2nd place - Kevin Huang (Shidogakuin)
3rd place - Benjamin Wingate (IttoKai)      3rd place - Michael Temple (Doshikai)
3rd place - Terry Lewis (Norwalk)           3rd place - Jeremie Clark (Doshikai)

Mudansha A                                  1st Dan
1st place - David Dudek (KenZen)            1st place - Mitko Botev (Doshikai)
2rd place - Maryann Amici (KenZen)          2nd place - Jeffrey Heinze Fry (SeiZanKai)
3rd place - Abel Erives (Doshikai)          3rd place - Alec Milton (KenZen)
3rd place - Noriko Ambe (KenZen)            3rd place - James Cody Kroll (IttoKai)

2nd Dan                                     3rd Dan
1st place - Stephen Tomshaw (Shidogakuin)   1st place - Kevin Thibedeau (Ken Zen)
2nd place - John Mullin (KenZen),           2nd place - Narbeh Bagdasarian (PCIKendo)
3rd place - Leslie Williams (KenZen)        3rd place - Ji Ni (Nichibukan)
3rd place - Justin Lee (MuMonKai)           3rd place - Phillip VanDenBerghe (BaltimoreAnnapolis)

4th Dan                                     5th Dan
1st place - Patrick Suen (MuMonKai)         1st place - Paul Shin (Shidogakuin)
2nd place - Takanori Furuta (IttoKai)       2nd place - Terry Fukui (KenZen)
3rd place - Aram Kailian (Shidogakuin)      3nd place - Barry Poitras (Doshikai)
3rd place - Hanna Ikeda-Suen (MuMonKai)     3rd place - Isabella Church (Shidogakuin)

TATER TAIKAI – March 13, 2016, Boise State University


Kachinuki - Tie for first, Logan Lewis (Ore-Ida), Ken Tawara (BSU)
Kojin sen, Individual - Ken Tawara (BSU), Matt Miller (Idaho)
Dantai Sen, Red vs White Team Match - White Team

39th ANNIVERSARY HIGHLINE MUDANSHA CHALLENGE CUP – March 19, 2016, White Center


Yudansha                          Mudansha
1st place - T. Marsten, Kent      1st place - C. Capoeman, Tacoma
2nd place - K. McManus, Kent      2nd place - G. Wroblewski, Bellevue
3rd place - A. Law, Sno-King      3rd place - A. Yorita, UW
3rd place - J. DeJong, Highline   3rd place - S. Kua, UW

Teams
1st place - Bellevue, 34 points   2nd place - UW, 31 points

Sportsmanship Pledge - D. Sasaki, Highline

PASSAGE


Koji (Frank) Fukawa

On December 21, 2015, a major Southern California presence left us when Kendo Renshi 6th
Dan Koji (Frank) Fukawa passed away. Born November 16, 1926 in Lompoc, he lived there until
1942 when he and his family were interned at Poston, where they stayed until 1945, when they
moved to Ontario, Oregon. Enlisting in the Army, he served as an intelligence analyst during
the Allied occupation of Japan, 1946-1949, reaching the rank of sergeant. He then received an
AA degree from LA City College, and in 1955 married Kazumi Uwate, moving to La Marada in 1964.
An industrial chemist, Fukawa Sensei was an instructor at Norwalk Kendo Club, President, Vice
President, and Secretary of the SCKF, and a member of the Orange County Buddhist Temple.

Henry Shigeru Asai

A great friend and encouragement to many in the PNKF, Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan and Iaido 4th
Dan Henry Shigeru Asai passed away December 24, 2015. Born in Walnut Grove January 1, 1920
where the family farmed, he later moved with them to Nagoya, but as war loomed in the late
1930s Henry was sent back to the US, and graduating from LA Polytechnic High School, he
enlisted in the Army. He was offered battlefield interpreting in MIS, but preferred to
complete cooking and baking school, serving in England, France, Italy, and Germany, followed by
a 40+ year career with Vons Markets. He began Kendo at age 50 at West LA, and went on to
contribute greatly to the formation of Venice Dojo and its programs. Traveling extensively to
participate vigorously in seminars, tournaments, and shinsa, with his life wisdom and unfailing
good humor, Asai Sensei was hugely kind and inspirational to many, especially those who may
have started Kendo later in life.

Our deepest condolences to the families and many friends of Fukawa Sensei and Asai
Sensei.

SHINKYU SHINSA

AJKF KODANSHA SHINSA, November 24, 2015, Nippon Budokan, Tokyo

KYOSHI: Iwao Sato (Wahiawa).


AJNF GODAN SHINSA, January 24, 2016, Nippon Budokan, Tokyo

5TH DAN: Karen Yesowich Schmucker, (PNNF), Kei Tsukamaki (PNNF).


PNKF IAIDO SHINSA, February 27, 2016, Tyee Educational Complex, SeaTac

3RD KYU: Ball (Tonbo), Khoi Duong (Kent), Ian Otto (Seattle), Donald Wentworth (Tonbo).
2ND KYU:
Mikako Barlow (AiShinKai), Adam Clark (AiShinKai), Victor Whitman (Seattle).
1ST KYU:
Thane Mittelstaedt (AiShinKai), Ken Tawara (Idaho). 1ST DAN: Ryan Atagi
(Idaho), Mart Hughes (Obukan), Francis Maier (Everett), Richard Milde (Tonbo). 2ND DAN:
Sam Wilkins (Everett). 3RD DAN: Narbeh Bagdasarian (SCKF), Frederick Fourie
(AiShinKai), Callie Goeke (RenMa), Lynn Miyauchi (Musokai).

PNKF KENDO SHINSA, February 27, 2016, Tyee Educational Complex, SeaTac

6TH KYU: Sean Kim (Seattle), Kai Kubal-Komoto (Federal Way), Aneurin Mabale (Seattle),
Taiki Miyamoto (Northwest), Uno Tate (Alaska), Kassidy Ting (Northwest), Timaeus Ting
(Northwest). 5TH KYU: Kyle Hale (Seattle), Daniel Kao (Tacoma), Hana Koob (Bellevue),
Drew Migita (Seattle). 4TH KYU: Kira Campbell (Sno-King), Emily Cho (Cascade), Helen
Fukuda (Cascade), Kiana Fukuda (Cascade), Kyle Fukuda (Cascade), Tom Fukuda (Cascade), Eugene
Kim (Seattle), Whitney Langford (Obukan), Ffion Mabale (Seattle), Francis Maier (Everett),
Darren Migita (Seattle), Sandra Mizuno (Seattle), Aska Mooko (Bellevue), Leonardo Ohata
(Bellevue), Michizane Ohata (Bellevue), Nagato Orita (Seattle), Joshua Paik (Tacoma), Keiji
Underhill (Northwest), Victor Whitman (Seattle), Donna Wilson (Seattle), Binah Yeung (Seattle).
3RD KYU: Benet Garcia (Bellevue), Hyunjun Jang (Cascade), Jinho Jeon (Bellevue), Mia Kao
(Tacoma), Raymond Kao (Tacoma), Josh Kim (Federal Way), Kasey Kitchel (Sno-King), Terry
Langford (Obukan), Elysia Midorikawa (Bellevue), Young-ki Paik (Tacoma), Catherine Park
(Bellevue), Tyler Peterson (Idaho), Ann Rubin (Tacoma), Sarah Tyree (UW), Kengo Underhill
(Northwest), Brayan Valdez-Cruz (Northwest). 2ND KYU: Cougar Capoeman (Tacoma), Timothy
Jaybush (Bellevue), Sunghi Kim (Northwest), Allison Kojima (Bellevue), Rachel Koo (Bellevue),
Evan Kriechbaum (Portland), Spencer Kua (UW), Elijah Lam (Everett), Long Le (UW), Brian LeSmith
(Edmonds), Carlos Matutes (Idaho), Gregory Vielhaber (Portland), Chris Vitale (OSU), Adrienne
Wilburn (Portland), Joshua Zheng (OSU). 1ST KYU: Clyde Bailey (Portland), Maya
Blechschmidt (Bellevue), Vincent DeBellis (Portland), Jihan Kim (OSU), Soo-Hyung Kim (Seattle),
Dan McLean (Portland), Peter Palmer (Northwest), Stephen Ting (Northwest), Adesanjo Wolfe
(Alaska), Tyler Yamashita (Seattle). 1ST DAN: Fritz Borchardt (Edmonds), Murray
Bratland (Bellevue), Addison Knappett (OSU), Alick Law (Sno-King), Soohmin Lee (Bellevue),
Brian Liao (Bellevue), Andrew Miller (Portland), Mikiyo Ohashi (Edmonds), Leo Shibata
(Bellevue), Andrew Yuen (Seattle). 2ND DAN: Fang-Ying Chu (Sno-King), Jane Higa
(Bellevue), Terry McManus (Kent), Andrew Nagasawa (Bellevue). 3RD DAN: Erik
Christianson (Edmonds), Mark Frederick (Northwest), Brandon Goh (Seattle), Apurva Jantrania
(Obukan), Su Hwan Kim (Northwest), Richard Lei (Seattle), Tero Patana (Sno-King). 4TH
DAN:
CJ Chaney (Sno-King), Stephen Day (Kent), Masami Suzuki (Sno-King), Alfred Tan
(Northwest), Valera Vulfson (Northwest).

EAST COAST IAIDO SEMINAR SHINSA, March 13, 2016, Holy Ghost Prep. School, Bensalem,
Pennsylvania

4TH KYU: Davin Hattaway (Princeton), Chris Kim (Princeton), Andrew Park (Princeton).
3RD KYU: Dylan Abrams (Princeton), Dominique Alfandari (SeiZanKai), Enver Bajraktarevic
(KenZen), Soochul Bang (Shidogakuin), Helene Cousin (SeiZanKai), Kevin Ding (Princeton), James
Dover (Princeton), Ritchard Higham (KenZen), Peter Kim (Doshikai), Terry Lewis (Norwalk), Ina
Park (Princeton), Yoojin Seon (Princeton), Albert Valentin III (Itto Kai), Jonathan Velazco
(Princeton), Kathleen Villemaire (Doshikai), Di Wang (Shidogakuin), Benjamin Wingate (Itto
Kai), Jing Ye (Nichibukan). 2ND KYU: Axel Anderson (Doshikai), Jason Carl (Princeton),
Jerry Chen (Nichibukan), Jeremie Clark (Doshikai), Garry Dodd (Princeton), Kevin Huang
(Shidogakuin), Shiro Kondo (KenZen), Minsoo Seon (Princeton), Louis Thauvin (KenZen), Joshua
Yang (Princeton). 1ST KYU: Noriko Ambe (Ken Zen), Maryann Amici (Ken Zen), Mark
Gottlieb (Shidogakuin), Charles Johnson (Baltimore-Annapolis), Dmitry Murashchik
(Balt-Annapolis), Michael Temple (Doshikai), Akihiko Watanabe (Shidogakuin), Joseph Wong
(Shidogakuin. 1ST DAN: Victor Betts (Doshikai), Gary Cotton (Doshikai), David Dudek
(KenZen), Abel Erives (Doshikai). 2ND DAN: Mitko Botev (Doshikai), Jeffrey Heinze Fry
(SeiZanKai), Michael Kamish (Itto Kai), Szilvia Kovari-Krecsmary (Shidogakuin), James Cody
Kroll (Itto Kai), Yoonhee Macke (Shidogakuin). 3RD DAN: John Mullin (Ken Zen), Stephen
Tomshaw (Shidogakin).

THE LAST WORD

Ogawa Sensei taught me the traditional Japanese culture of Kyoto and how to endure and adapt to
cold and suffering, to gain confidence and become a Nihon Kendoist. Once in Kyoto, I had no
time to analyze, to be nervous. I did what others told me and thereby adjusted to the
circumstances (“Rin Ki Oh Hen”) of my new life. I say, no “Big Deal!” Day in and day out all I
did was:

   sleep, then get up;
   eat, then move;
   sleep again, then get up again:
   Ne Te Oki Te;
   Tabe Te Ugoi Te
   Ne Te Oki Te.

The noodle shop gave me the only time – practically no time – for thinking, because my body
just got on with the job of eating by itself. “Move” meant chores, which continued because I
remained in my room at Kodo Kan, never living with my fellow students even after I finally
passed the entrance exam for Busen after graduating from Japanese high school and studying in
night school and was accepted as a formal student at Busen. Of course, “move” mostly meant
kendo practice.

Every morning from 6 AM to 7 AM I would do kangeiko, morning practice, at Busen. For the first
year, we only trained kirikaeshi the basic exercise of repeating side head cuts. That was for
the whole year! This is a very basic cut, and other students who had been tops in their high
schools were bored and would complain that they had already trained kote and other cuts
considered more advanced. “All you do is kirikaeshi; if you don?t like it, go home!” the
sempais would answer. These were the instructions of Ogawa Sensei and were not to be
contradicted. After the morning practice, from 7 AM to 8 AM, we ate breakfast.

Once I was officially accepted into Busen, I attended lectures from 8 AM to noon consisting of
more Japanese language, both modern and classic, and Japanese calligraphy. Calligraphy has long
been associated with the Samurai. In the first page of the Ground Book Miyamoto Musashi noted
that the “warrior’s is the two-fold Way of brush and sword, and he should have a taste for both
Ways.” Young men of the Japanese nobility of the Tokugawa period were educated solely in the
Chinese classics and exercising in word techniques. Brush and sword were to be in accord “bunbu
Itchi.”

Lunch was from noon to 1 PM. And then more keiko from 1 PM to 3 PM. Then from 3 PM to 4 PM was
afternoon practice, Koshuka (short training after regular training). This was the “voluntary
practice” which I had already learned was not really voluntary. If you didn’t attend, unless
you were a senior with other commitments to assist in keiko somewhere else, you didn’t belong
in Busen. After 4 PM I would go home to study. But I continued to clean the dojo and do all of
the chores I had done since arriving.

Finally it was time for evening practice at Kodo Kan when I would practice with Ogawa Sensei.
Kendo practice was a minimum of about six hours per day, but still less than the keiko of
Miyamoto Musashi! You could never practice too much.

–Rod Nobuto Omoto,
Autobiography,
edited by Charlotte Omoto, 2014, p. 23-24. Available as free download
at
lulu.com.

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