Kenyu – June/July 2011

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Volume 25, number 6/7

June/July 2011


  1. Jul 8-10, AUSKF Kendo Education Tour, Fri/Sat/Sun, featuring Kendo 8th Dan Migita Kojiro
    1976 All Japan Champion. Friday will be a Kodansha Shinsa Seminar at Bellevue 6:30-
    9:30pm. Saturday at Kent Commons 9am-5pm, Kata, Kendo and Keiko. Dinner following,
    reservation required.

  2. Jul 16, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
  3. Jul 16/17, Zen Bu Kan Kendo Seminar, Sat/Sun, conducted by Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan Robert Stroud,
    $40.00, Alice Sheets Marriott Center for Dance, University of Utah Modern Dance Department,
    330 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, Utah.

  4. Aug 6, PNKF Shinsa, Sat, Iaido 9am-12noon; Kendo 12:30-5pm, Kent.
  5. Aug 20/21/22, Spokane Taikai, Sat/Sun/Mon.
  6. Sep 1-5, Kendo Leadership Camp, conducted by Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan Robert Stroud and Kendo
    Kyoshi 7th Dan Jeffrey Marsten, based on the AJKF Foreigners Kendo Camp. The camp is for 1st
    Kyu through 4th Dan and is limited to 30 individuals, Thompson Broadview
    Elementary/Bitterlake Community Center Annex, 13052 Greenwood Ave N., Seattle, WA 98133.
    For details and registration see

  7. Sep 9-11, Idaho Kendo Club Annual Kendo Seminar, Fri-Sun, Boise.
  8. Sep 11, Umemura Hai Kendo Championship, Sun, honoring Umemura Toshihiko Sensei, Boise, Idaho.
  9. Sep 17, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
  10. Oct 8, PNKF Shinpan Seminar, Sat, 12noon-5pm, Kent.
  11. Oct 1/2, PNKF Iaido Seminar, Sat/Sun, featuring Iaido Kyoshi 8th Dan Noguchi Hideo, Iaido Kyoshi 7th Dan
    Aoki Shigehiro, and Iaido 6th Dan Suzuki Kaoru, Rain City Fencing, 1776 136th Place NE, Bellevue, WA.

  12. Oct 22, Tacoma Taikai, Sat, 10am-4pm (tentative).
  13. Nov 5, PNKF Taikai, Sat, 9:30am, Kent.
  14. Nov 12, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
  15. Nov 19, Kent Taikai, Sat, report time 9am, start 9:30am, Kent.


  1. Jul 29-31, Moorhead Dojo MWKF Iaido Seminar, Moorhead, MN. Instructors are Kendo and Iaido Kyoshi 7th Dan Tatsuhiko Konno, and Iaido Renshi 6th Dan Pam Parker. Kendo practitioners interested in starting Iai are welcome and
    encouraged to attend.

  2. Jul 29-Aug 5, All Japan Foreign Kendo Leaders Summer Seminar, Kitamoto, Saitama, Japan.
  3. Aug 5/6/7, NCIF Summer Iaido Seminar and Shinsa, Fri/Sat/Sun, Alameda HS, Alameda, CA.
  4. Aug 12/13, AUSKF Championship, Fri/Sat, Atlanta, Georgia.
  5. Sep 2/3/4, AUSKF Kendo Summer Camp and Kodansha and Shogo Shinsa, Fri/Sat/Sun, featuring Kendo Hanshi
    8th Dan Ishizuka Yoshifumi Sensei and Kamei Toru Sensei, Ernst Cultural Center, Annandale, Virginia,
    with the assistance of Shidogakuin Washinkan. For details and forms see

  6. Nov 12, AUSKF Board.
  7. May 25-27, 2012, 15WKC, Novara, Italy.


The worldwide Kendo community reacted with profound sorrow to the untimely passing on June 16 of Yumi Anne Shimizu Murao. In losing her courageous and painful battle with cancer at only 51, she leaves behind her loving husband Ray, children Leanne and Ryan, devoted parents Tamotsu and Mitsuye Shimizu, sister Susan, niece Alyssa, her parents-in-law Toshio and Kimiyo Murao, as well as countless others of her adoring extended family and friends. Born August 3, 1959, she was a highly esteemed and influential elementary school educator specializing in supporting students for whom English is a second language, as enthusiastically attested to by a number of colleagues who spoke at the memorial Celebration. She married an eminent figure in North American and World Kendo, Ray Murao, and her two children Leanne and Ryan are themselves quite noted kenshi. She was a constant support to everyone connected with or tangent to British Columbia Kendo, and Steveston Dojo in particular. Her lovely presence and face were familiar to every person who attended the annual Steveston Kendo Taikai and any other events hosted by Steveston, even though in her modesty she tried to avoid the limelight and always downplayed her organizational skills, tireless hard work, and immense contributions behind the scenes. A Celebration of Life was attended on June 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the Steveston Community Centre by a huge standing-room-only crowd which included leading kenshi from throughout Canada, and reaching to Northern and Southern California and beyond, as well as the PNKF. All joined to express their deepest condolences to Anne’s family and loved ones.


Non-Bogu Basics Division                     Bogu 10 Years and Under
1st place - Avallon Tu, Etobicoke            1st place - Finn Komai, JCCC
2nd Place - Sean Shota Akiyama, Nikka Gakuen 2nd place - Yuta Tamaru, JCCC
3rd Place - Keith Atiyoa, Nikka Gakuen       3rd place - Jorge Sumi, JCCC
3rd place - Martine Matejoric, Eotbicoke

Bogu 11-13 Years Old                         Bogu 14-15 Years Old
1st place - Raymond Kim, JCCC                1st place - Michael Park, Jungko
2nd place - Hobi Seo, Jungko Mississauga     2nd place - Ryo Kariya, Etobicoke
3rd place - Izzak Niksan, JCCC               3rd place - Joshua Huang, JCCC
                                             3rd place - Sean Zapanta, JCCC

Teams                                        Fighting Spirit
1st place - Mississauga "A" Team             Daichi Sukuma, Detroit Kendo Club
2nd place - JCCC "A" Team
3rd place - JCCC "C" Team and 
3rd place - JCCC "E" Team

2011 OBUKAN ROSE CITY TAIKAI – June 4, 2011, Portland Community College, Sylvania

Junior 10 - 12                          Junior 13-15
1st place - J.DeJong, PNKF Girls        1st place - T. Ito, Seattle
2nd place - M. Remmu, Kent              2nd place - J. Mills, Kent
3rd place - T. Marsten, Kent            3rd place - B. Ware, Obukan
3rd place - K. Toyokawa, Tacoma         3rd place - A. Sinclair, Spokane

Women's Kyu                             Women's Dan
1st place - M. DeJong, PNKF Girls       1st place - J. Chen, PNKF Women
2nd place - P. Considine, Obukan        2nd place - J. Frazier-Day, PNKF Women
3rd place - C. Haney, Spokane           3rd place - W. Sinclair, Spokane
3rd place - M. Miracle, Spokane         3rd place - V. Marsten, Kent

Junior Team                             Men's 3 Kyu and Below
1st place - PNKF Girls (B.Lin,J.DeJong, 1st place - J. Kang, Cascade
            M.DeJong,E.DeJong,T.Yamada) 2nd place - T. Patana, Bellevue
2nd place - Spokane (T.Ito,D.Keen       3rd place - S. Le, Idaho
            B.Ware,A.Ando,A.Sinclair)   3rd place - S. Richards, Cascade

Men's 2 Kyu - 1 Dan                     Men's 2 Dan and Above
1st place - J. Duplain, Spokane         1st place - B. Imanishi, Cascade
2nd place - C. Ruiz, Spokane            2nd place - L. Tsybert, Bellevue
3rd place - S. Denardi, Spokane         3rd place - S. Choi, Obukan
3rd place - C. Blomquist, Everett       3rd place - S. McNally, UW

Men's Senior Kyu                        Men's Senior Dan
1st place - K. Kuniyasu, Cascade        1st place - C. Marsten, Kent
2nd place - N. Goobin, Tacoma           2nd place - D. DeJong, Highline
                                        3rd place - D. Yotsuuye, Bellevue
                                        3rd place - A. Tsang, Cascade
Adult Team
1st place - Obukan A (K.Lee,G.Nakayama,J.Chen,S.Choi,S.Fujimoto)
2nd place - Spokane A (J.Duplain,A.Melton,S.Denardi,D.Sinclair,W.Kuster)
3rd place - Seattle (S.Kil,I.Mohebalian,H.Ito,S.Guidi,N.Tanimura)
3rd place - Bellevue (L.Tsybert,T.Patana,A.Saltzman,J.O'Donnell,D.Yotsuuye)


Women's Individual                      Men's Individual
1st place - Nydia Tejeda, UNAM          1st place - Guillermo Flores, UNAM
2nd place - Sandy Cortes, DF            2nd place - Pedro Garcia, Edo Mex

Women's Team
1st place - UNAM (Nydia Tejeda,Paula Santoyo,Astrid Martin del Campo)
2nd place - Estado de Mexico (Paulina de la Loza,Liz Sanchez,)

Men's Team
1st place - UNAM (Guillermo Flores,Carlos Flores,Jorge Castell,Rodrigo Gutierrez,Vidal Briones)
2nd place - Distrito Federal (Yeordy Bremountz,Josue Oseguera,Fidell Nieto,Cristian Cortes,Cristian)

Juniors                                     Mudansha
1st place - Juan Antonio Rivera Medina, NL  1st place - Carlos Cruz Reyes, DF
2nd place - V?ctor Ruiz Sanchez, Edo Mex    2nd Place - Juan Manuel Ruiz Escobar, DF

Masters Division
1st place - Martin Hernandez, DF
2nd place - Alfonso Briones, DF
Participating Organizations

17TH CANADIAN NATIONAL KENDO CHAMPIONSHIPS – July 2, 2011, BC Institute of Technology, Burnaby BC

Junior Division                         Women's Division
1st place - Alex Lin, Renbu             1st place - Akiko Fukushima, Vancouver
2nd place - Louis Oka, Tozenji          2nd place - Maya Taguchi, Renfrew
3rd place - Christopher Lam, Steveston  3rd place - Takako Matisz, Saskatoon
3rd place - Eushin Lee, Renbu           3rd place - Yuki Hayashi, Renbu

Mudansh Men                             Yudansha Men
1st place - Yuta Yamada, Renbu          1st place - Shigemitsu Kamata, Etobicoke
2nd place - Ryan Lee, Etobicoke         2nd place - Suguru Asaoka, Youshinkan
3rd place - Mathew Pomeroy, UVic        3rd place - Koichi Miyamoto, Toronto
3rd place - Ta Shan Yao, Steveston      3rd place - Dean Ara, Renbu

Team                                    Fighting Spirit
1st place - Etobicoke                   Eushin Lee, Renbu
2nd place - Jung Ko                     Tim Gregersen, Etobicoke
3rd place - JCCC                        Loic D'Orangeville, McGill U
3rd place - Renfrew                     Takako Matisz, Saskatoon


IAIDO SHINSA, June 12, 2011, Kent State Ohio

1ST DAN: Frederick Fourie (AiShinKai).

Hans Anderson (AiShinKai).

Hiroaki Fukumoto (Seattle), Tsuyoshi Nishiura (San Jose).

Monica Iwakabe (Rocky Mountain Budokan), Loren Nishimura (Alaska), Steven Sasaki (Omaha).

Samuel Okuno (Norwalk).

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