Kenyu – January/February 2012

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Volume 26, number 1/2

January/February 2012


  1. Mar 3, Highline Taikai, Sat, 10am, White Center Community Center.
  2. Mar 15/20, two Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan Hiroshima Sensei visit Obukan, featuring Tsuchida
    Kichibee and Sasaki Sadao Sensei, Thu/Tue. See

  3. Mar 17, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
  4. Mar 22-25, All Japan Kendo Dojo Junior High champion team, individual boy, individual girl, and Kendo essay contest winner, with Kendo Hanshi 8th Dan Ota Tadanori and Toyomura Sensei. Trainings at Spokane Kendo Club: Thurs 6:00pm, Fri 9am and 6pm, Sat 9am and 3pm. Farewell BBQ Sat. 7:00pm.
  5. Mar 31, PNKF Shinpan Seminar, Sat, 9am-1pm, open keiko 1-1:45pm. Seminar 9am for
    those judging; 10am start for those participating in matches. South Park Community
    Center, 8319 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108. The South Park 14th Avenue S. Bridge is now
    closed. You cannot come from the North through South Park to get to the Center. You must
    use the 1st Avenue South Bridge. There is limited parking in the lot. Lots of
    on-street parking.

  6. Apr 7, UW Taikai, Sat, 10am, IMA.
  7. Apr 14/15, Cherry Blossom Festival, PNKF demo, Seattle Center.
  8. May 5, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
  9. May 12, PNKF Iaido Shinpan Seminar and Taikai, Sat, 9am-3pm, Spartan Recreation Center,
    202 N.E. 185th Street, Shoreline (tentative).

  10. May 19, Bellevue Junior Taikai, Sat, 9:30am-3pm.
  11. Jun 2, Rose City Taikai, Sat, 10am (tentative).
  12. Jul 14, PNKF Junior Seminar (tentative).
  13. Jul 14, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
  14. Aug 11, PNKF Shinsa, Sat, Iaido 9am-12noon; Kendo 12:30-4pm, open keiko 4-5pm, Kent.
  15. Aug 18 or 25, Spokane Seminar and Taikai (tentative).
  16. Sep 7/9, Annual Idaho Kendo Seminar and Umemura Cup, Fri,Sat,Sun, Boise.
  17. Sep 15, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
  18. Oct 6, PNKF Shinpan Seminar, 12noon-4pm, open keiko 4-5pm, Kent.
  19. Oct 20, Tacoma Taikai, Sat, 10am-4pm, Washington High School, 12420 Ainsworth Avenue
    South, Tacoma, WA (tentative).

  20. Nov 3, PNKF Taikai, Sat, 9:30am, Kent.
  21. Nov 10, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
  22. Nov 17, Kent Taikai, Sat, report time 9am, start 9:30am, Kent.


  1. Mar 24/25, 16th Annual Harvard/Radcliffe Shoryuhai Kendo Tournament, Malkin
    Athletic Center, Cambridge.

  2. Mar 30/Apr 1, 24th Annual Cleveland Kendo Tournament/GNEUSKF Championships,
    Fri/Sun, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.

  3. Apr 14, AUSKF Board meeting.
  4. Apr 14, AUSKF open practice, Sat, 5:30-6:30pm, Tyee Educational Complex, 4424 S. 188th Street, SeaTac,
    located right off I-5 at S. 188th Street.

  5. Apr 15, AUSKF Kodansha Shinsa, Sun, 12:30-4pm, Tyee Educational Complex, 4424 S. 188th Street, SeaTac,
    located right off I-5 at S. 188th Street.

  6. May 25-27, 2012, 15WKC, Novara, Italy.

  7. Jun 20-24, 2012 AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp, Wed-Sun. Lodging available in campus dorms. June 20: Welcome
    Party. June 21-22: Iaido Seminar, June 23am: Taikai; June 23pm: Sayonara Party. June 24am: Iaido Shinsa.
    June 24pm: Jodo Workshop (Tentative). Contact
    Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue S., Tacoma, WA 98447 (253)

  8. Jun 29-Jul 1, 5th Annual US Nito Kendo Seminar, Fri/Sun, with Kendo 7th Dan Fujii Ryoichi,
    and Kendo 6th Dan Ishimura Ako, Niten Ichi Ryu Musashi Kai from Japan. Open to kenshi of all levels, Ittoh
    and Nito practitioners alike. Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon (tentative).


Unexpectedly and without warning we were stunned and devastated by the sudden loss at age 52 of a great
and beautiful kenshi. Sachiko Yamauchi Prough, Naginata Kyoshi and Iaido 4th Dan, President of the
United States Naginata Federation and founder of the Nichibukan Naginata School in New York and New Jersey,
was born March 4, 1959 in Matsuyama Ehime Shikoku Japan. She started her Naginata training at the Naginata
Club of Matsuyama Shinonome Junior High School. At 16 she had reached 1st Dan, and in 1996 she was the
youngest ever to be promoted to Naginata Kyoshi (equivalent to Kendo 7th Dan). Winner of national
tournaments in high school, college, and after, she worked tirelessly supporting the Matsuyama City Sports
Association, Ehime Naginata Federation, Ehime Prefecture Sports Association, and the All Japan College
Naginata Federation. In 1999 Yamauchi Sensei moved permanently to New Jersey. November 30, 2000 she married
our friend the Japanese Swordsmanship Society’s founder John Prough. She had already established herself as
a major leader in U.S. and Canadian Naginata. Meantime, she rapidly advanced in the study of Muso Shinden
Ryu and ZenKen Iai. She encouraged students to work hard both inside and outside the Dojo, saying
“Everything is part of training, from breathing to walking.” Her own breathing was famously powerfully
smooth and controlled. Her sudden death was caused by an aneurysm which struck her on New Year’s Day and
rapidly destroyed the brain. Many tests over the next few days continued to confirm the worst, but even
after she was finally taken off life support on January 5 her awesome physical strength allowed her heart
and lungs to continue running on their own for another forty minutes. Her father was the late Moriaki
Yamauchi. Our sincere condolences to her mother Chieko Yamauchi, sister Miwa Shigematsu, and her beloved
Prough Sensei.


At their January 28, 2012 meeting, the PNKF Board was pleased to welcome Tonbo Iaido Dojo as a
PNKF Dojo with probationary status. Head instructor AUSKF Iaido 4th Dan Ed Olson is an exponent of ZenKen
Iai, and his Koryu is Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu. He has studied at Zen Ken Institute in New York City, and his
teacher Pam Parker Sensei has granted him permission to teach. Classes meet at the Silverdale YMCA, 1404
Marguerite Avenue, Bremerton, Tuesday and Thursday, officially from 7-8pm. Usually, there is an additional
hour to 90 minutes of study available for interested students.

COPA JAPON 2012 KENDO TAIKAI – January 29, 2012, Santiago, Chile

1st Place, Miguel Ulivarri, AMK Metropolitan Kendo Association, Santiago, Chile
2nd Place, Patricio Patino, NKC Nihon Kendo Chile, Santiago, Chile
3rd Place, Javier Barrientos, KAIKEN Club de Kendo Vi?a, Vi?a del Mar, Chile
3rd Place, Alejandro Madriaza, NKC Nihon Kendo Chile, Santiago, Chile
Attendees included people from Argentina, Peru, and from across Chile.

50th ANNUAL STEVESTON KENDO TOURNAMENT – February 11, 2012, McMath High School

10 Years and Under                  11 to 13 Years                    14 to 15 Years
1st place - R. Kim, Renbu           1st place - T. Hori, SCKF         1st place - K. Fujimoto, NCKF
2nd place - M. Fukuoka, Tozenji     2nd place - C. Yoon, SCKF         2nd place - A. Lee, Vancouver
3rd place - I. Kim, Renbu           3rd place - G. Sugino, NCKF       3rd place - C. Lam, Steveston
3rd place - S. Park, NCKF           3rd place - T. Katayama, NCKF     3rd place - T. Okitsu, Tozenji

Non-Degree 0-4 Kyu                  Non-Degree 1-3 Kyu                Ladies 1 Dan and Under
1st place - F. Hong, Youshinkan     1st place - H. Christianson, UW   1st place - B. Hsu, SFU
2nd place - T. Sugawara, Cascade    2nd place - D. Minaki, NCKF       2nd place - B. Lin, Bellevue
3rd place - K. D'Souza, Steveston   3rd place - G. McIvor, Kelowna    3rd place - J. Lee, Renbu
3rd place - B. Murphy, Steveston    3rd place - J. Olieira, SFU       3rd place - K. Leung, UBC

Ladies 2 Dan and Above              1-2 Dan                           3 Dan
1st place - M. Taguchi, Renfrew     1st place - A. Teranuma, Hawaii   1st place - B. Fukutomi, Hawaii
2nd place - M. Cabral, NCKF         2nd place - A. Eitoku, NCKF       2nd place - Y. Kariya, SCKF
3rd place - A. Takado, Obukan       3rd place - I. Miki, Steveston    3rd place - T. Kikuchi, Steveston
3rd place - W. Robillard, Steveston 3rd place - K. Knecht, Steveston  3rd place - T. Hamanaka, UBC

4 Dan and Above
1st place - S. Kamata, Etobicoke
2nd place - S. Asaoka, Youshinkan
3rd place - T. Yamada, Vancouver
3rd place - R. Tamaru, JCCC

Junior Team                                       Senior Team
1st place - Kent (Y.Sandberg,K.McManus,T.Marsten, 1st place - Team Canada Men (E.Altilia,R.Tamaru,
              A.Sinclair,J.Mills)                               T.Yamada,E.Yamashita,S.Asaoka)
2nd place - SCKF (D.Hahn,C.Yoon,C.Tesar,T.Horii,  2nd place - NCKF (J.Kim,S.Lee,K.Park,
              A.Lee)                                            H.Ichimura,J.Eitoku)
3rd place - Steveston (K.Muramatsu,J.Chao,C.Lam,  3rd place - Hawaii (B.Fukutomi,G.Matsumoto,
              B.Kato,J.Tubajon)                                 G.Matsubayashi,S.Harris,A.Fujimoto)
3rd place - Renbu (E.Lee,A.Lin,H.Shim,A.Tseng,    3rd place - Vancouver (S.Ueno,S.Jung,J.Schmidt,
              K.Fujita)                                         D.Banbury,R.Kato)


Congratulations to all the members selected. Men: Suguru Asaoka (captain), Shigemitsu Kamata, Eddie
Yamashita, Ryo Tamaru, Takashi Yamada, Tuan Anh Hoang, Elliott Altilia, Tsuyoshi Hamanaka (development
prospect). Women: Maya Taguchi (captain), Akiko Fukushima, Tania Delage, Bree Yang, Man-San Ma, Hanaca
Yamada, Misato Hamanaka, Ayaka Sugiyama (development prospect).


PNKF IAIDO SHINSA, February 25, 2012, Tyee Educational Complex

5TH KYU: Anthony Hill (Tonbo). 4TH KYU: Isaac Meyer (UW). 3RD KYU: Masami Hill (Tonbo), John Salazar (Tonbo), Kathleen Shipley (Tonbo), Lynda Shipley (Tonbo), Gina Taylor (Tonbo). 2ND KYU: Truman Lee (UW), Bertram Tsutakawa (Highline), Aaron Yen (Seattle). 1ST DAN: Lynn Miyauchi (Musokai).

PNKF KENDO SHINSA, February 25, 2012, Tyee Educational Complex

7TH KYU: Hitoshi Kuida (Seattle). 6TH KYU: Haven Allen (Bellevue). 5TH KYU: Alexandra Frederick (Northwest), Tatsuya Gould (Federal Way), Sean Kelly (Federal Way), Hannah Kim (Bellevue), Phillip Saltzman (Bellevue). 4TH KYU: Maya Blechschmidt (Bellevue), Yamauchi Colter (Cascade), Tobi Du (Bellevue), Alexander Fukusawa (Tacoma), Drake Imanishi (Seattle), Phillip Kinsley (Cascade), Allison Kojima (Bellevue), Tatsuki Kuida (Seattle), Dennis Lee (Federal Way), Brian Liao (Bellevue), Mina Liao (Bellevue), David Lin (Bellevue), Kenji Lin (Seatle), Colin Marshall (UW), Anna Neshyba (Tacoma), Tenma Rollins (Federal Way), Jeremiah Sargent (Federal Way), Leo Shibata (Bellevue), Fiona Yang (Bellevue), Joe Yang (Bellevue), Andy Yuen (Seattle). 3RD KYU: Michael Alfonso (Obukan), Eric Chesley (Seattle), Amy Drackert (Bellevue), Jessa Gray (Spokane), Kiana Niki Johnson-Kugimiya (Northwest), Alex Kanemasu (Kent), Andrea Kayser (Pocatello), Nichelle Kim (Northwest), Ryan Kim (Cascade) Takako Kuida (Seattle), Kenny Lee (Cascade), Keeley McManus (Kent), Nathan McRae (Spokane), Alina Saltzman (Bellevue), Yarrow Sandberg (Spokane), Kenny Sato (Spokane), Ricky Sato (Spokane), Riley Tetzloff (Kent), Kaoru Toyokawa (Tacoma), Morgan Ward (Idaho), Wynn Wee (Bellevue). 2ND KYU: Dana Chinn (Bellevue), James Crabbe (Tacoma), Jaered Croes (Portland), Jennifer DeJong (Highline), Eric Dominey (UW), Sean Gillespie (Seattle), Billy Joe Griffin (Spokane), Joshua Hill (Tacoma), Tiarnan Marsten (Kent), Terry McManus (Kent), Changmin Park (Obukan), Dan Park (Bellevue), Nick Petersen (Ren Ma), Michael Song (Cascade), Shawn Stern (UW), Rio Takayanagi (Obukan). 1ST KYU: Patrick Dunlap (Everett), Erica Kim (Northwest), Truman Lee (UW), Jorren Mills (Kent), Emily Morgan (Cascade), Hogyun Park (OSU), Tero Patana (SnoKing), Yumiko Shinoda (Bellevue). 1ST DAN: Timothy Bishop (Cascade), Harley Christianson (UW), Melanie DeJong (Highline), Wes Horn (Idaho), Bernice Lin (Bellevue), Chris Ruiz (Spokane), Andrew Sinclair (Spokane), Ted Tagami (UW), Sam Wilkins (Everett), Matthew Wolf (Spokane), Trent Yamada (Bellevue). 2ND DAN: Yury Bogucharov (Bellevue), Seth DeNardi (Spokane), Jeff Lamb (Spokane), Aaron Melton (Spokane), Marek Nelson (Spokane), Finn Pond (Spokane). 3RD DAN: Stephen Burgess (Bellevue), Nathan Holtorf (Obukan), Donglok Kim (Bellevue), William Kuster (Spokane), Ian Morgan (Kent), Brad Nelson (Bellevue), Gregory Phancenek (Seattle), Haruka Takano (Seattle). 4TH DAN: Sean Blechschmidt (Bellevue), George Nakayama (Obukan), Andy Tsang (Cascade), Leonid Tsybert (Bellevue), Stephen Uchida (Ren Ma).

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