Volume 33, number 1
- 3/9: PNKF Jodan Seminar, Sat, 12noon-5pm, featuring Kendo Renshi 6th Dan Harry Samkange, Bitter Lake Community Center (small gym), Sno-King Kendo Club, 3052 Greenwood Ave N., Seattle, WA 98133.
- 3/16: Highline Taikai, Sat, doors open 8:30am, opening ceremonies 9:30am, White Center Community Center, 1321 SW 102nd Street, Seattle.
- 3/23: PNKF Board meeting, 9-11am, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1610 S. King Street, Seattle.
- 3/23-24: Harvard-Radcliffe Kendo Club 23rd Annual Harvard Shoryuhai Intercollegiate Kendo Tournament, Sat-Sun.
- 4/6: AUSKF Junior Open National Championships, Sat, South Forsyth High School, 585 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, Georgia 30041 http://auskf-jrnationals.com/.
- 4/6: UW Taikai, Sat, 10am, Intramural Activities Building (IMA), UW campus, Montlake Boulevard NE.
- 4/13: PNKF Iaido Seminar and Shinsa, Sat, 9am-4pm, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Gym (Seattle Kendo Kai), 1610 S. King Street, Seattle.
- 4/13-14: AUSKF Board meeting, Sat-Sun. Hotel is Radisson, 18118 International Blvd, Seatac, WA 98188. Gym for Saturday evening Godo Keiko 5-7pm, is Tyee Educational Complex, 4424 S. 188th Street, SeaTac, located right off I-5 at S. 188th Street
- 4/14: AUSKF Kodansha Shinsa, Sun, 11am-5pm, Tyee Educational Complex, 4424 S. 188th Street, SeaTac, located right off I-5 at S. 188th Street.
- 4/20: UW Taikai, Sat, 10am, Intramural Activities Building (IMA), UW campus, Montlake Boulevard NE.
- 4/21: Cherry Blossom demo, Sun, TBD, Seattle Center.
- 4/??: Vancouver Taikai, Sat, TBD.
- 5/4: PNKF Board meeting, 9-11am, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1610 S. King Street, Seattle.
- 5/18: Bellevue Junior Taikai, Sat, Highland Park Community Center.
- 6/14-6/15-6/16: 12th Annual US Nito Kendo Summer Camp, Fri/Sat/Sun, College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho.
We are pleased to have the following sensei attend this year’s camp:
Ryoichi FUJII, Kyoshi 8 dan, Yamaguchi Japan
Yoshihiro UGAJIN,Kyoshi 7 dan, Tokyo Japan
Futoshi SATO, Kyoshi 7 dan, Chiba Japan
Mitsuyoshi WADA, Renshi 7 dan, Tokyo Japan
Hisashi NAGASAKI, Renshi 7 dan, Oita Japan
Ako FUJII, Renshi 7 dan, Yamaguchi Japan
- 6/22: Rose City Taikai, Sat, location TBD, Portland.
- 6/27-7/1: AUSKF Iaido Seminar, Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon.
- 7/6-7/13: North American Women’s Kendo Tournament and Seminar, led by Kendo Renshi 7th Dan Chinatsu Maruyama, five time All Japan Champion, Seminar 7/6-7/11 Sat-Thu, Championship 7/13 Sat, https://womenskendo.com/
- 7/20: PNKF Board meeting, 9-11am, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1610 S. King Street, Seattle.
- 7/28: Toubukan International Friendship Kendo Summer Practice, Sun, 9am-3pm, Toubukan Dojo, Mito, Ibaraki, Japan.
- 8/10: PNKF Kendo Shinsa, Sat, TBD.
- 9/14: PNKF Board meeting, 9-11am, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1610 S. King Street, Seattle.
- 9/27-9/29: PNKF Iaido Seminar, Tournament, and Shinsa.
- 10/5: PNKF Shinpan Seminar, Sat, 12noon-5pm, Kent Commons Recreational Center, 525 4th Avenue N., Kent.
- 10/19: Tacoma Taikai.
- 11/2: PNKF Taikai, Kent Commons Recreational Center, 525 4th Avenue N., Kent.
- 11/9-10: AUSKF Board meeting.
- 11/10: AUSKF Kodansha Shinsa.
- 11/16: PNKF Board meeting, 9-11am, Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1610 S. King Street, Seattle.
- 12/7: Kent Taikai, Sat, TBD, Kent Commons Recreational Center, 525 4th Avenue N., Kent.
TOUBUKAN INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP KENDO SUMMER PRACTICE.
In the early Meiji Era, Toubukan Dojo inherited Hokushin Ittouryu, the origin of the modern Kendo. Takaharu Naito Sensei, who was sent to Kyoto Budo Semmon Gakko (Busen) from Toubukan, later produced many Kendo instructors. Through them, Kendo was introduced to the rest of the world. Gordon Warner Sensei, who taught Kendo in the USA, and with Junzo Sasamori Sensei wrote This Is Kendo, also spent time at Toubukan, which appears in his book. Practicing Kendo at this historical Dojo in Japan would be an unforgettable experience.
Program: 1) Opening 2) Demonstration - Iai - Hokushin Ittouryu - Shin Tamiyaryu - Naginata 3) Kodansha Tachiai 4) Keiko
Purpose: To nurture friendship through Kendo (Kou Ken Chi Ai).
They are keen to hold a friendship Kendo match/keiko inviting Kendoists from overseas. Our friend Katsunori Osuga Sensei has practiced extensively overseas, including here in the PNKF, so they asked him to check if anyone is interested to come. The cost for the trip and stay in Japan will have to be borne by the participants. It will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Mito City, which is a two-hour bus ride from Narita. Practicing Kendo in this famous traditional Dojo will be an unforgettable experience. toubukan.or.jp
Since time is pressed for planning, please let Osuga Sensei know if anyone is interested to come. The number of participants is not limited. Osuga Sensei’s address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
14th ANNUAL PACIFIC INTERCOLLEGIATE TOURNAMENT – January 19, 2019, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
Non-Bogu 2nd Kyu and Below 1st place – Daniel Vera, UBC 1st place – Brian Wong, UW 2nd place – Jiho Kim, SFU 2nd place – Espen Hellevik, UW 3rd place – Lily Zhang, UBC 3rd place – Abby Tan, UW 1st Kyu Shodan and Above 1st place – Tyas Kinati, UBC 1st place – Akira Fujii, UW 2nd place – David Wu, Langara 2nd place – Jane Higa, UW 3rd place – Jason Tang, Langara 3rd place – Michael Hong, SFU Seniors 2nd Dan and Above 1st place – Ryota Kuki, Langara 2nd place – Tsuyoshi Hamanaka, UBC 3rd place – Kentaro Komoto, UBC University Team 1st place – UW1 (Jason Nguyen, Jane Higa, Akira Fujii, Elysia Midorikawa, Leo Gao) 2nd place - SFU (Sean Lu, Will Wu, Gina Gu, Gene Ju, Michael Hong) 3rd place – UBC (Tyas Kinanti, Kanami Suzuki, Rory Long, Lily Ruan, Sara Lowes) 3rd place – UW2 (Brian Wong, Espen Hellevik, Abby Tan, Esther Law, Connor Mulcahey) Senior Team 1st place – UBC (Ellis Cheng, Andrew Chen, Kentaro Komoto, Joon Young Suk, Tsuyoshi Hamanaka) 2nd place – Langara (David Wu, Jason Tang, Noel Gardiner, Anthony Lee, Ryuta Kuki) Fighting Spirit Award Rory Long, UBC and Lily Ruan, UBC Ted Davis Fighting Spirit Award Gina Gu, SFU
2019 EAST COAST OPEN IAIDO TAIKAI – February 17,2019, CERC (Community Education and Recreation Center), Jersey City, NJ
Mudansha A Mudansha B 1st place – A. Zheng, Ken-Zen 1st place – P. Markunas, Ken-Zen 2nd place – S. Hess, Ken-Zen 2nd place – L. Thauvin, Ken-Zen 3rd place – P. Kim, Cherry Hill 3rd place – S. Stadtlander-Miller, Ken-Zen 3rd place – K. Ng, SeiZan 3rd place – C. Colbert, Ittokai Kantosho – Y. Seong, Cherry Hill Kantosho – D. Darlington, Shidogakuin Shodan Nidan 1st place – D. Song, Ken-Zen 1st place – M. Buonadonna, Shidogakuin 2nd place – R. Higham, Ken-Zen 2nd place – H. Cousin, SeiZan 3rd place – J. Chen, Nichibukan 3rd place – F. Domingo, MuMonKai CKF 3rd place – P. Kim, Doshikai 3rd place – A. Milton, Ken-Zen Kantosho – C. Merizalde, Shidokan CKF Kantosho – K. Kolodij, RaiUnKai CKF Sandan Yondan 1st place – W. Wagler, Kenshokan CKF 1st place – K. Miyamori, Ken-Zen 2nd place – W. Gallo, SeiZan 2nd place – D. Yang, Cherry Hill 3rd place – M. Botey, Doshikai 3rd place – J. Ni, Hichibukan 3rd place – S. Lee Goyne, Shidokan CKF 3rd place – S. Corchado, Nichibukan Kantosho – C. Matchuk, MuMonKai CKF Kantosho – T. Furuta, Ittokai Godan 1st place – P. Suen, MuMonKaiCKF 2nd place – P. Shin, Shidogakuin 3rd place – G. Hall, Zen-Ken 3rd place – M. Hodge, MuMonKai CKF Kantosho – S. Naji, Shidogakuin
57th ANNUAL STEVESTON KENDO TOURNAMENT – February 23, 2019, Hugh McRoberts Secondary School, Richmond, BC
10 Years and Under 11 to 13 Years 14 to 15 Years 1st place – L. Ido, Butokuden 1st place – J. Yu, Northwest 1st place – K. Underhill, Northwest 2nd place – Y. Onitsuka,NCKF 2nd place – R. Ido, Butokuden 2nd place – A. Son, Renbu 3rd place – K. Yoshimura, Renbu 3rd place – F. Benson, Youshinkan 3rd place – J. Kim, Federal Way 3rd place – D. Buckham, UVic 3rd place – N. Son, Renbu 3rd place – C. Robillard, Steveston 0-4 Kyu 1-3 Kyu Women 1 Dan and Under 1st place – B. Wong, UW 1st place – L. Gao, UW 1st place – T. Huang, UVic 2nd place – S. Dan, UW 2nd place – A. Yorita, UW 2nd place – A. Tan, UW 3rd place – J. Kuo, UW 3rd place – A. Rose, Renfrew 3rd place – N. Harris, Highline 3rd place – J. Lee, UW 3rd place – J. Peters, Edmonds 3rd place – K. Onosato, Calgary Women 2 Dan and Over 1-2 Dan 3 Dan 1st place – M. Kitamura, Butokuden 1st place – S. O’Sullivan, Steveston 1st place – A. Fujii, UW 2nd place – B. Park, Bellevue 2nd place – D. Yao, Steveston 2nd place – I. Miki, Steveston 3rd place – C. Takeuchi, Youshinkan 3rd place – S. Suda, Renbu 3rd place – H. Shim, Renbu 3rd place – H. Yamada, Vancouver 3rd place – R. Koyama, Vancouver 3rd place – M. Uto, NCKF 4 Dan and Above 1st place – K. Lee, Chinook 2nd place – K. Unzei, Aoi 3rd place – D. Ara, Renbu 3rd place – R. Asato, Vancouver Junior Team Senior Team 1st place - Butokuden (L.Edo,T.Miyamoto, 1st place - Hawaii (B.Fukutomi,C.Goodin, S.Imura,R.Ido,T.Ariga) D.Miura,G.Matsubayashi,G.Matsumoto) 2nd place – Steveston A (R.Nakano,C.Robillard, 2nd place - Youshinkan (K.Takeuchi,A.Xie, J.Hung,A.Chang,B.Miki) K.Kobayashi,J.Chien,C.Takeuchi) 3rd place - Northwest (N.Underhill,J.Yu, 3rd place - NCKF (K.Fukumoto,M.Uto, K.Underhill,J.Kim,T.Ting) K.Hamayama,M.Jao,S.Choi) 3rd place – Renbu B (N.Son,K.Yoshimura, 3rd place - Butokuden (R.Okawa,H.Ariga, Y.Kawabe,L.Cheung,I.Son) M.Kitamura,K.Ariga,T.Ariga) Sportsmanship Pledge - Elliott Chui
16TH KENSHIKAN KENDO CLUB TOURNAMENT IN MEMORY OF SHIGEO YOSHINAGA AND KATSUMI YAMADA, March 3, 2019, Manoa District Park Gym, Oahu, Hawaii
Novice Yonenbu Shonenbu Seinenbu 1st place – Jesse Jong 1st place – Maiki Uda 1st place – Caden Matsumoto 1st place – Joshua Simpkins 2nd place – Andrew Kim 2nd place – Kosuke Toeda 2nd place – Zachary Yamamoto 2nd place – Neil Shimabukuro 3rd place – Kanon Park 3rd place – Andrew Tomas 3rd place – Brandyn Matsumoto 3rd place – Gariel Hart 1-2 Dan Women’s Open 3 Dan 4 Dan and Above 1st place – Yunsang Park 1st place – Mari Shiveley 1st place – Daiki Miura 1st place – Hyun Kim 2nd place – Andy Cheng 2nd place – Malia Stachiewicz 2nd place – Taiyo Kanemitsu 2nd place – Jack Yamada 3rd place – Kai Kikishita 3rd place – Tina Kaku 3rd place – Nicklas Matsumoto 3rd place – Billy Kang Masters 5 Man Team 1st place – David Kikau 1st place – Kenshikan A 2nd place – Bert Shibuya 2nd place – Aiea Taiheji 3rd place – Carl Nakamura Katsumi Yamada Kantosho Award – Malia Stachiewicz
AUSKF KODANSHA SHINSA, November 11, 2018, Dallas, Texas 5TH DAN: Hiroki Fukui (ECUSKF). 7TH DAN: Brandon Harada (SCKF), Yutaro Matsuura (MWKF), Song Choi Yang (SCKF). RENSHI: Nathan Makino (SCKO), Song Choi Yang (SCKF). KYOSHI: Brandon Harada (SCKF), Christopher Yang (SCKF).
PNKF KENDO SHINSA, February 16, 2019, Tyee Educational Complex, 4424 S. 188th Street, SeaTac, Washington
6TH KYU: Hideaki Ito (Bellevue), Owen Kaufman (Portland), Emerson Lau (Bellevue). 5TH KYU: Keegan Hirata (Federal Way) Truman Lau (Bellevue), DongYun Ryu (Cascade), Jonathan Yu (Northwest), Rina Yuan (Bellevue). 4TH KYU: Issei DeBlieck (Sno-King), Seohee Jeon (Bellevue), Anthony Kelsey (Edmonds), Timothy Kim (Northwest), Tory Kim (Northwest), Juah Paik (Tacoma), DongHyun Ryu (Cascade), Shiori Tano (Obukan), Daniel Theophanes (Obukan). 3RD KYU: Thabit Ahmed (Edmonds), Lucas Bobadilla (OSU), Jeremy Chu (Bellevue), Devin Chung (Cascade), Aaron Fung (Seattle), Ashley Garr (Cascade), Lucian Jesequel (Obukan), Alex Kim (Bellevue), Yeoun Hee Kim (Bellevue), Jason Kuo (UW), Alexander Lam (Bellevue), Ethan Law (Portland), Juno Lee (UW), Maoyang Li (Bellevue), Dorrit Lin (UW), Emily McCracken (Bellevue), Mara Poor (Tacoma), Sung Won Ryu (Cascade), Daniel Shilov (Highline), Conrad Slater (UW), Hoeun Son (Federal Way), Dan Terao (Cascade), Brian Wong (UW). 2ND KYU: Matheus (Kai) Bandur (Honda) (Cascade), Danny Chung (Cascade), Espen Hellevik (UW), Esther Law (UW), Taiki Miyamoto (Northwest), Connor Mulcahy (UW), Kate Rice (Portland), Neo Smith (Bellevue), Willard Wiseman (OSU), Derek Woodward (Everett), Zhaoyuan Xu (UW), Brandon Yorker (Kent). 1ST KYU: Robin Allen (Portland), Yue Chen (Seattle), Justin Davis (Northwest), Helen Fukuda (Cascade), Tom Fukuda (Cascade), Leo Gao (UW), Yuning Gao (OSU), Kyle Hale (Seattle), Noah Larson (Federal Way), Isabella Lee (Federal Way), Gen Li (OSU), Krystal McIntosh (Federal Way), Matt Miyamoto (Northwest), Nagato Orita (Seattle), Jin Pak (Northwest) Emilio Peralta (Obukan), Jonah Redaja (Edmonds), Dan Rosanova (Seattle), Michele Soleimani (Portland), Suepapone Vanasouk (Cascade), Anthony Yorita (UW). 1ST DAN: Kamia Acoba (Everett), James Faulkner (Edmonds), Jin Ho Jeon (Bellevue), Josh Kim (Federal Way), Daniel Lee (Tacoma), Simon Lee (Federal Way). 2ND DAN: John Kliem (Tacoma), Yuriko Lee (Obukan), Hien Nguyen (Edmonds), Bryant Pae (Northwest), Young-ki Paik (Tacoma), Edward Park (Sno-King), Shun Wetlesen (Obukan). 3RD DAN: Nicholas Cook (Portland), Trinh Ho (Northwest), Van Le (Obukan), Mahya Okita (Seattle), Jason Yu (Northwest). 4TH DAN: Taryn Imanishi (Cascade), BumSoo Lee (Bellevue), Richard Lei (Seattle), Takao Yamashita (Seattle).
2019 EAST COAST IAIDO SHINSA, February 17, 2019, CERC (Community Education and Recreation Center), Jersey City, NJ
4TH KYU: E. Kwak (Cherry Hill), J. Kwak (Cherry Hill), S. Kwak (Cherry Hill). 3RD KYU: J. Burton (Wahsinkan), A. Fromqel (Shidogakui), J. Kwak Jr (Cherry Hill), D. Lin (Cherry Hill), Zhuoran Long (Ken-Zen), C. Lu (Cherry Hill), S. Scherr (Agassiz), Y. Seong (Cherry Hill), Tom Wendling (Ken-Zen), A. Zheng (Ken-Zen). 2ND KYU: P. Kim (Cherry Hill), I. Kuznetsova (Shidogakui), J. Kwak Sr (Cherry Hill), D. Ovsyannikov (Nichibukan), E. Seong (Cherry Hill). 1ST KYU: Sean Hess (Ken-Zen), K. Ng (SeiZan), J. Xie (Cherry Hill). 1ST DAN: SC Bang (Cherry Hill), C. Colbert (Ittokai), D. Darlington (Shidogakuin), K Ding (Cherry Hill), Nathalie Jaspar (Ken-Zen), C. Kim (Cherry Hill), Philip Markunas (Ken-Zen), Joshua Stadtlander-Miller (Ken-Zen), Louis Thauvin (Ken-Zen). 2ND DAN: D. Abrams (Cherry Hill), J. Chen (Nichibukan), Richard Higham (Ken-Zen), P. Kim (Doshikai), H. Maeda (Idaho). 3RD DAN: M. Buonadonna (Shidogakuin), David Ducek (Ken-Zen), Alec Milton (Ken-Zen).
THE LAST WORD
When I returned, I trained more new recruits. But this time, they were old, feeble men, often disabled and sick. All the men, college students and young men had already been drafted, leaving only the “Han” squad, these sad old men. The Japanese army was obviously in poor condition, and it was becoming apparent that Japan was losing the war. These old soldiers were throwaway men. I thought that training these old people to fight, some of whom actually belonged in a nursing home, was absurd, a waste of energy, and cruel. So I gave them time to rest and recuperate. I would lead them out of the barracks with great gusto for training, but as we approached the training field, we just lay down and rested. If I had been caught doing this, I would have been court-martialed. But I guess the happy-go-lucky Hawaiian boy had emerged, and I thought, “What the heck! These old people can’t fight. They need rest more than anything else to merely survive.” I felt very sorry for the old soldiers.
–Rod Nobuto Omoto, Autobiography, edited by Charlotte Omoto, 2014, p. 37. Available as free download at lulu.com.
Kenyu – Monthly Newsletter of the Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation PLEASE NOTE: Kenyu Online IS THE EDITION OF RECORD FOR THIS NEWSLETTER – http://www.pnkf.org/ Tom Bolling, Editor – 7318 23rd Avenue N.E., Seattle, WA 98115