Kenyu – April/May 2014

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Volume 28, number 4/5

April/May 2014


  1. 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

  2. Jul 19, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Kent.
  3. Aug 9, PNKF Shinsa, Sat, Iaido 9am-12noon; Kendo 12:30-4pm, open
    keiko 4-5pm, Kent.

  4. Sep 20, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
  5. Sep 27/28, PNKF Iaido Seminar, Sat/Sun, Rain City Fencing, 1776 136th Place NE, Bellevue.
  6. Oct 4, PNKF Shinpan Seminar, 12noon-4pm, open keiko 4-5pm, Kent.
  7. Oct 18, Tacoma Taikai, Sat, 10am-4pm, Washington High School, 12420
    Ainsworth Avenue South, Tacoma, WA.

  8. Nov 1, PNKF Taikai, Sat, 9:30am, Kent.
  9. Nov 22, Kent Taikai, Sat, report time 9am, start 9:30am, Kent.


  1. 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.

  2. Jun 27/28/29, AUSKF Championship, Fri/Sat/Sun, San Diego.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Aug 30/31, Shidogakuin 30th Anniversary Kendo Tournament, Sat/Sun, Washington DC area, Ernst Cultural
    Center, Annandale, Virginia.

  6. Nov 8/9, AUSKF Board, Sat/Sun.
  7. May 2015, 16WKC, Tokyo, Japan.


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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

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
countless students.

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