Volume 28, number 4/5
- Jul 18/20, 7th US Nito Kendo Seminar, Fri/Sun, Niten Ichi Ryu Musashi Kai, featuring Heido 9th Dan, Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan
Hirotsugu Sasaki, Vice-chairman/chief master, co-author, Musashi no Ken book, contributing author, AJKF
Nito Guidebook; and Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan Ryoichi Fujii. Please join kendo players of all skill levels
for a unique Kendo learning experience. Both Nito and Itto kenshi will benefit from this event. Seminar is
open to beginners and advanced rank. Valuable to people studying Nito now, or simply wanting to learn how to
face Nito players. Ontario, Oregon. More info and registration at http://www.idaho-kendo.com/nito/
- Jul 19, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Kent.
- Aug 9, PNKF Shinsa, Sat, Iaido 9am-12noon; Kendo 12:30-4pm, open
keiko 4-5pm, Kent.
- Sep 20, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
- Sep 27/28, PNKF Iaido Seminar, Sat/Sun, Rain City Fencing, 1776 136th Place NE, Bellevue.
- Oct 4, PNKF Shinpan Seminar, 12noon-4pm, open keiko 4-5pm, Kent.
- Oct 18, Tacoma Taikai, Sat, 10am-4pm, Washington High School, 12420
Ainsworth Avenue South, Tacoma, WA.
- Nov 1, PNKF Taikai, Sat, 9:30am, Kent.
- Nov 22, Kent Taikai, Sat, report time 9am, start 9:30am, Kent.
- Jun 12/16, AUSKF Iaido and Jodo Summer Camp, Thu/Mon. Schedule: Jun 12/13, Thu/Fri,
Iaido Seminar. Jun 14, Sat, Iaido Taikai. Jun 15, Sun morning, Iaido Shinsa. Jun 15/16,
Sun/Mon, Jodo Seminar. New York.
- Jun 27/28/29, AUSKF Championship, Fri/Sat/Sun, San Diego.
- Jul 11/12/13, AUSKF Kendo Summer Camp and Kodansha Shinsa, with Kendo Hanshi 8th Dan Hidetoshi Miyagawa
and Kendo Kyoshi 8th Dan Tatsuaki Haitani. Fri/Sat/Sun. Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue S.,
Tacoma. Application deadline: June 17.
- Aug 16, 1st Canadian Masters Kendo Tournament, with Kendo Hanshi 8th Dan Hironori Tahara, Sat, Recreation,
Athletics and Wellness Centre (RAWC) University of Toronto at Mississauga, Ontario.
- Aug 30/31, Shidogakuin 30th Anniversary Kendo Tournament, Sat/Sun, Washington DC area, Ernst Cultural
Center, Annandale, Virginia.
- Nov 8/9, AUSKF Board, Sat/Sun.
- May 2015, 16WKC, Tokyo, Japan.
ROD NOBUTO OMOTO SENSEI AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Charlotte Omoto has finished editing the long-awaited book her father started decades ago. It is now available on iTunes Store, can be read on an iPad iBooks, and is posted as a PDF on lulu.com . Omoto Sensei’s stories and words spring to life in this must-read account of an amazing lifetime adventure in Kendo.
38th ANNUAL UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON INVITATIONAL KENDO TOURNAMENT – April 14, 2014
Women's Open 3 Dan 1st place - K. Matsushita, Highline 1st place - T. Nishimura, UW 2nd place - W. Robillard, Steveston 2nd place - S. Jung, Vancouver 3rd place - H. Yamada, Vancouver 3rd place - I. Takagaki, Steveston 3rd place - E. Marsten, Highline 3rd place - N. Holtorf, Obukan 0-4 Kyu 1-3 Kyu 1st place - J. Magaling, SFU 1st place - V. Le, UW 2nd place - N. Pershing, UW 2nd place - T. McManus, Kent 3rd place - E. Lam, Kent 3rd place - L. Leung, Steveston 3rd place - J. Sipko, Bellevue 3rd place - D. Yao, Seattle 1-2 Dan 4 Dan 1st place - R. Asato, Vancouver 1st place - S. Asaoka, Youshinkan 2nd place - H. Christianson, Seattle 2nd place - G. Suzaka, Seattle 3rd place - T. Okitsu, Tozenji 3rd place - B. Chung, Steveston 3rd place - A. Lee, Vancouver 3rd place - W. Robillard, Steveston Teams 1st place - Vancouver (A.Lee, R.Asato, H. Yamada, S.Jung, T.Yamada) 2nd place - Steveston (S.O'Sullivan, I.Miki, N.Nakano, B.Chung, I.Takagaki) 3rd place - Youshinkan (A.Chang, T.Tsuzura, K.Takeuchi, J. Chien, S.Asaoka) 3rd place - Spokane (C.Ruiz, Y.Sandberg, W.Kuster, S.Debliek, W.Sinclair) Taikai Chair - Nancy Tang Head Shinpan - David Yotsuuye Sportsmanship Pledge - Kevin Tsang UW Most Improved - Van Le Kazuo and Tomo Shoji Inspirational Award - Nancy Tang
24th ANNUAL BELLEVUE JUNIOR TAIKAI – May 17, 2014, Bellevue
10 Years and Under Junior Girls Junior Boys 1st place - J. Kim, Federal Way 1st place - K. McManus, Kent 1st place - A. Hyun, Bellevue 2nd place - A. Mooko, Cascade 2nd place - A. Kojima, Bellevue 2nd place - B. Liao, Bellevue 3rd place - K. Campbell, Sno-King 3rd place - B. Park, Bellevue 3rd place - T. Marsten, Kent 4th place - K. Holt, Bellevue 4th place - H. Kim, Bellevue 4th place - A. Nagasawa, Bellevue High School Girls High School Boys 1st place - J. DeJong, Highline 1st place - T. Yamada, Bellevue 2nd place - B. Lin, Bellevue 2nd place - K. Lee, Bellevue 3rd place - M. DeJong, Highline 3rd place - E. Lam, Kent 4th place - J. Higa, Bellevue 4th place - J. Hugunin, Cascade Junior Team 1st place - Bellevue Blue (D.Hyun, D.Lin, A.Hyun, B.Liao, A.Nagasawa) 2nd place - Bellevue Red (H.Kim, M.Blechschmidt, A.Kojima, B.Park, J.Higa) 3rd place - Bellevue White (E.Yoon, L.Shibata, S.Lee, F.Yang, J.Yang) 4th place - Bellevue Gold (L.Ohata, M.Ohata, K.Holt, C.Park, E.Choi) High School Team 1st place - Team D (B.Lin, M.DeJong, J.Hugunin) 2nd place - Team A (K.Lee, S.Ma, E.Lam) Head Shinpan - D. DeJong; <b<Taikai Co-Chair - Bernice Lin and Betty Park; National Anthem - Maya Blechschmidt; Competitors' Pledge - Jane Higa; Bellevue Most Improved - Brian Liao; Awesome Spirit Award - Betty Park; Centurion Bellevue Highline Sno-King Youth Leadership Award - Andrew Nagasawa
ITO TSUTOMU CUP – May 17, 2014, Denver
Women's Three Member Team 1st place - Sno-King (A.Kayser, J. Chen, J.Frazier-Day) 2nd place - Houston (H.Dang, S.Uluh, A. Darrah) 3rd place - Dallas Fort Worth B 3rd place - Dallas Fort worth A Five Member Team 1st place - Kent (I.Morgan, C.Marsten, J.Frazier-Day, T.McManus, S.Day) 2nd place - Ito Dojo 3rd place - Rocky Mountain Budokan 3rd place - Dallas Fort Worth A
49th ANNUAL VANCOUVER KENDO TOURNAMENT – May 31, 2014, Byrne Creek Secondary School
9 Years and Under 10 to 12 Years 13 to 15 Years 1st place - L. Shiomi, SFU 1st place - K. Sakumo, Renbu 1st place - K. McManus, Kent 2nd place - K. Squance, Renbu 2nd place - M. Fukuoka, Tozenji 2nd place - J. DeJong, Highline 3rd place - T. Hentschel, Renbu 3rd place - K. Cheung, Steveston 3rd place - A. Kojima, Bellevue 3rd place - Y. Gardner, Steveston 3rd place - B. Park, Bellevue 3rd place - A. Nagasawa, Bellevue 16 to 20 Years 21 to 30 Years 31 to 40 Years 1st place - R. Asato, Vancouver 1st place - A. Tse, Youshinkan 1st place - S. Asaoka, Youshinkan 2nd place - A. Lee, Vancouver 2nd place - T. Hamanaka, Tozenji 2nd place - N. Tanimura, Seattle 3rd place - E. Kita, Renbu 3rd place - I. Takagaki, Steveston 3rd place - S. Jung, Vancouver 3rd place - S. O'Sullivan, Steveston 3rd place - K. Kobayashi, Youshinkan 3rd place - T. Yamada, Vancouver 41 Years and Over Women 1st place - D. Ara, Renbu 1st place - A. Fukushima, Vancouver 2nd place - H. Yamada, Vancouver 2nd place - T. Takahashi, Steveston 3rd place - I. Miki, Steveston 3rd place - H. Yamada, Vancouver 3rd place - C. Marsten, Kent 3rd place - N. Fukushima, Vancouver Junior Team 1st place - PNKF Girls (B.Park, A.Kojima, J.DeJong, H.Kim, K.McManus) 2nd place - PNKF Boys (N.Oda, A.Nagasawa, K.Toyokawa, B.Liao, T.Marsten) Senior Team 1st place - Vancouver (A.Lee, P.Asato, H.Yamada, S.Jung, T.Yamada) 2nd place - Youshinkan (A.Chang, A.Tse, K.Takeuchi, K.Kobayashi, T.Nakamura) Sportsmanship Pledge - Andrew Park Spirit Awards - Y. Lee, Renbu and B. Miki, Steveston
Al Sakamoto. On February 4, 2014, a cherished and respected member of the PNKF, Iaido 3rd Dan Joseph
Alan Sakamoto, passed away in Lake Stevens, Washington. Born June 17, 1945, he and his brother Eddie first
explored Kendo in 1979. He settled into Iai, and was a loyal member of Musokai. He was also 4th Dan in Shotokan
Karate. He had battled kidney cancer for over two years. He was a gentleman of tremendous grace, elegance, and
deepest commitment. Our sincere condolences to his brothers Larry and Eddie, children Kristine and Curtis,
grandchildren Keenan, Michael, Cory, and Alexis, and vast extended family.
Arnold Fukutomi. On April 21, 2014, a good friend and an immense resource for Kendo in Hawaii and
throughout the mainland including Canada, Kendo 7th Dan Dan Arnold Tetsuya Fukutomi, was out for his usual
evening jog when he suddenly died of heart failure. Born in Aiea July 3 1956, to Seiya and Ryoko Fukutomi, he
was a graduate of Aiea High School, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the Electronics Institute. He served
as Systems Operator for the City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services. He began Kendo
in 1966 with his brother, Bryant, under Noboru Akagi Sensei. His stupendous contributions to Kendo include
serving as the Hawaii Kendo Federation President, Aiea Taiheiji Kendo Club Chief Instructor, Seibukan
Instructor, eight-time Team Hawaii competitor at the WKC, and five-time Coach for Team Hawaii at the WKC. He
received an Individual Kantosho award at 2WKC; Team Kantosho award at 8WKC; and was team captain of Team
Hawaii, which placed third at 4WKC. As coach for Team Hawaii, Arnold produced four Kantosho recipients at the
WKC as well as coached two of his women’s team members into the top 16th and 32nd finishers in the women’s
competition. Our deepest condolences to wife, Cynthia, son, Braxton, daughter, Roxie and husband Desmond
Nakamoto, mother, Ryoko, brother, Bryant and wife Florence, sister, Colleen, seven nieces and one nephew,
extended Kendo family, and two grand-dogs, Ivy and Natto.
Miyako Tanaka. In the morning of May 27, 2014, Naginata Hanshi Miyako Tanaka Price passed away. Born
1942 in Osaka, her father was a sushi master, and her mother a tea master in the Urasenke line. She was a
graduate in law and in 1963 founder of the Naginata Club, Kansai University. Her teacher was Chiyoko Tokunaga
Sensei. In 1979 the Ministry of Culture sent Tanaka Sensei to teach Naginata in Southern California. Along with
Alyne and Malyne Hazard, in 1981 she participated in the WSKF (now called PNKF) Taikai at Seattle Betsuin. In
1984 she married Steve Price. She co-founded the Northern California Naginata Federation in 1990, and served as
President of the US Naginata Federation. Our condolences to her mother, two brothers, husband, and all her
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