Volume 32, number 7/8/9
- 9/28-9/30: PNKF West Coast Iaido Seminar, Tournament, and Shinsa, Fri, Sat, Sun, Rain City Fencing, 1776 136th
Place NE, Bellevue.
- Teachers: Iaido Kyoshi 8th Dan Hideo Noguchi; and Iaido Kyoshi 7th Dan Shigehiro Aoki and Kaoru Suzuki.
- Schedule: Fri, 7-9pm; Sat, 9am-5pm Iaido; Sun, 9am-1pm Tournament; 2-4:30pm Shinsa/Seminar.
- 10/6-10/7: AUSKF Shinpan Seminar, Sat, 9am-5pm, and Sun, 9am-1pm, with asageiko 7:30-8:30am, Chinook Middle School, 18650 42nd Avenue S., SeaTac, WA 98188. There will be a $15 seminar fee to be paid in CASH and collected at the door. In addition, Bento are available for lunch on Saturday at $10 each which will also be collected at the door Saturday morning. Dinner Party — Saturday night there will be a dinner and all are invited and encouraged to attend, details to follow. REGISTER ON-LINE NOW AT: https://goo.gl/forms/4biLMEpPvIkTDMLt2
- 10/20: Tacoma Taikai, Sat — CANCELLED.
- 11/3: PNKF Taikai, Sat, Kent Commons Recreation Center, 525 4th Avenue N. (corner of 4th and James St.) Kent.
- 11/10: AUSKF Board meeting, Sat/Sun, Crowne Plaza Dallas, 14315 Midway Road, Addison, Texas.
- 11/11: Kodansha Shinsa, Sun, 12:30pm, Greenhill School Cox Gym, 4141 Spring Valley Road, Addison, Texas.
- 11/16: Jodo Seminar, Fri, 6:30-9:30pm, Hastings Community Centre, 3096 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC.
- 11/17: Jodo Seminar, Sat, 1:30-5:30pm, SHIFT Movement and Healing Arts, 3517 Stone Way N., Seattle
- 11/17: PNKF Board meeting, 9-11am, Sat, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1610 S. King Street, Seattle.
- 12/8: Kent Taikai, Sat, Kent Commons Recreational Center, 525 4th Avenue N. (corner of 4th and James St.) Kent.
- 12/9: PNKF Jodo Shinsa.
- 4/6: AUSKF Junior Open National Championships, Sat, South Forsyth High School, 585 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, Georgia 30041 http://auskf-jrnationals.com/.
- 6/14-6/16: 12th Annual US Nito Kendo Summer Camp, Fri/Sat/Sun, College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho
- 7/6-7/13: 7th North American Women’s Kendo Tournament and Seminar, with Chinatsu Murayama Sensei, Renshi 7th Dan, 5-time All Japan Women’s Kendo Champion. Seminar: 7/6-7/11 Sat-Thu; Godo Keiko: 7/12; Taikai: 7/13, Sat, Bitterlake Community Center Annex, Sno-King Kendo Club, 13052 Greenwood Ave N., Seattle, WA 98133
17th WORLD KENDO CHAMPIONSHIPS – September 14,15,16 2018, Namdong Gymnasium, Incheon, Korea.
Men Individuals 1st place – Sho Ando, Japan 2nd place – Jin Yong, Korea 3rd place – Byung Hoon Park, Korea 3rd place – Yuya Takenouchi, Japan Fighting Spirit Makoto Grosfils, Belgium Borna Ban, Croatia Yosuke Katumi, Japan Jarrod Hatakeyama, USA Dwight Park, Australia Man Uk Jang, Korea Celso Tsuyoshi Takayama, Brazil Julian Williams, USA Women Individuals 1st place – Mizuki Matsumoto, Japan 2nd place – Mariko Yamamoto, Japan 3rd place – Mei Fujimoto, Japan 3rd place – Maika Senoo, Japan Fighting Spirit Kumi Sato, Sweden Nicole Chun, Hawaii Asteria Akyla, Greece Esther Kim, USA Kasey Tada, USA Sayo Van Der Woude, Netherlands Hwa Yeong Lee, Korea Ju Won Choi, Korea Women Teams 1st place – Japan (T. Watanabe, Moeko Takahashi, H. Tominaga, M. Yamamoto, M. Matsumoto) 2nd place – Korea (S. Jung, J. Choi, Y. Ryu, H. Han, H. Lee) 3rd place – Canada (Bree Yang, Akiko Fukushima, Kyrene Kim, Man-San Ma, Hanaca Yamada) 3rd place – Australia (Jenny Song, Julie Feng, Daesul Chun, Alex Kambara, Vivian Yung) Fighting Spirit Pauline Stolarz, France Teodora Dimitric, Serbia Saadet Kok, Turkey Maia Bober, Poland Haruko Tsuzuki, New Zealand Sayo Van Der Woude, Netherlands Elina Hideko Onaka, Brazil Yuri Kil, USA Men Teams 1st place – Japan (Y. Maeda, K. Hoshiko, Y. Takenouchi, H. Nishimura, S. Ando 2nd place – Korea (B. Park, I. Park, M. Lee, MU Jang, J. Jo) 3rd place – USA (Lee, Yamaoka, Hill, Brown, Williams, Steele, Wang) 3rd place – Taiwan (C. Chu, PT Peng, HC Weng, CW Liu, C. Tsai) Fighting Spirit Wilfried Olivier, France Winston Dollee, Netherlands Joel Salmela, Finland Miodrag Dimic, Serbia Jonathan Bertout, France Edson Jundi Toida, Brazil Wang Hon Kwok, Hong Kong Dario Baeli, Italy
11th ANNUAL PNKF WEST COAST IAIDO TAIKAI – September 30, 2018, Rain City Fencing Center, Bellevue, Washington
Sportsmanship Pledge – Hans Andersen, AiShinKai Mudansha Yudansha 1-2 Dan 1st place – B. Burton, AiShinKai 1st place – V. Whitman, Seattle 2nd place – N. Varma, Seattle 2nd place – K. Duong, Musokai 3rd place – S. Gose, Musokai 3rd place – M. Hughes, Obukan 3rd place – K. Chang, Musokai 3rd place – S. Horita, Musokai Yudansha 3-4 Dan (Noguchi Cup) 1st place – H. Fukumoto, Seattle 2nd place – F. Fourie, AiShinKai 3rd place – B. Blomquist, Everett 3rd place – C. Goeke, Renma Special PNKF Iaido Committee Commendation Award – September 29, 2018 Presented to Iaido Kyoshi 8th Dan Hideo Noguchi in appreciation of his long-term commitment of teaching Iaido at PNKF Annual Seminars.
PNKF KENDO SHINSA, August 11, 2018, Kent Commons Recreation Center, Kent, Washington
6TH KYU: Darwin Beck (Sno-King), DongYun Ryu (Cascade). 5TH KYU: Ezra Corcoro Marx (Federal Way), Joe Kabeshita (Obukan), DongHyun Ryu (Cascade), Tenu Ahn (Cascade), Matthew Park (Cascade). 4TH KYU: Drew Migita (Seattle), Lucien Jesequel (Obukan), Hoeun Son (Federal Way), Nina Underhill (Northwest), Juno Lee (Federal Way). 3RD KYU: Alec Yuen (Seattle), Sean Kim (Seattle), Aneurin Mabale (Seattle), Takakazu Maxfield-Matsumoto (Highline), Ian Krupp (Cascade), Theo Koob (Bellevue), Zhaoyuan Xu (UW), David Yip (Cascade), Espen Hellevik (UW), Krysta Hart (OSU), Willard Wiseman (OSU), Tai Enrico (Seattle), Gavin Higham (Seattle), Ju Oh (Highline), Derek Woodward (Everett), Kate Rice (Portland), Andrea Calhoun (Portland), Mayumi Simpson (Portland). 2ND KYU: Hana Koob (Bellevue), William Wellborn (Bellevue), Suepapone Vanasouk (UW), Zhengnan Liu (OSU), Yuning Gao (OSU), Krystal McIntosh (Federal Way), Emilio Peralta (Obukan), Gen Li (OSU), Yue Chen (Seattle), Haoran Su (Bellevue), Robin Allen (Portland), Matt Miyamoto (Northwest), Justin Davis (Northwest), Dan Rosanova (Seattle), Benjamin Marx (Federal Way), Chizuko Heyer (Edmonds), Raymond Fish (Edmonds). 1ST KYU: Catherine Park (Bellevue), Keiji Underhill (Northwest), Timaeus Ting (Northwest), Eugene Kim (Seattle), Ffion Mabale (Seattle), Koki Takamatsu (Bellevue), Kassidy Ting (Northwest), Elysia Midorikawa (UW), Kyle Wang (UW), Aidan Chervin (Portland), Timothy Jaybush (Bellevue), Daniel Lee (Tacoma), Raymond Kao (Tacoma), Bruce Alter (Portland). 1ST DAN: Shota Wetlesen (Obukan), Michizane Ohata (Bellevue), Kengo Underhill (Northwest), Kyle Fukuda (Cascade), Kasey Kitchel (Sno-King), Blake Sprenger (Obukan), Jason Nguyen (UW), Francis Walsh (UW), Binah Yeung (Seattle), Athena Epilepsia (Bellevue), Victor Blancarte (Sno-King), Chi Pak (Portland). 2ND DAN: Drake Imanishi (Seattle). 3RD DAN: Jane Higa (UW), Richard Carroll (Cascade). 4TH DAN: Melanie DeJong (Highline), Austen Samkange (Bellevue), Sergey Shilov (Bellevue).
PNKF WEST COAST IAIDO SHINSA, September 30, 2018, Rain City Fencing Center, Bellevue, Washington
3RD KYU: James Thorne (AiShinKai). 2ND KYU: Brian Burton (AiShinKai), Alex Chang (Musokai), Kevin Chang (Musokai), Steve Gose (Musokai), Manuel Teran (AiShinKai). 1ST DAN: Nikhil Varma (Seattle). 2ND DAN: Victor Whitman (Seattle).
THE LAST WORD
All kendoists and most Japanese know and revere Musashi, but I had not yet penetrated more than about twelve pages of the copy of the Gorin no Sho in the book called Kendo by Takao Sasaburo given to me by Miura Sensei when I left for Japan. And here I was in Kumamoto with no time for sight-seeing or study. But even a fool could appreciate the surrounding exquisite natural beauty. And I later realized that my response to the horses reflected Takano Sasaburo attitude on relationships, which was part of my body’s knowledge, between Uchi Tachi and Shitachi in Kata. For our morning training, we would run three miles to Suizenji Park, a thoroughly pleasant exercise. Then we learned how to dismantle buggies and cannons, pack them onto horses, and transport the parts into the hills to reassemble the cannons there. I groomed, fed, and cared for the horses. Being with the horses was my favorite duty. I respected and gained the trust of the horses, just as my father had as a blacksmith in Wahiawa. A quiet spirit is necessary as the horse can feel fear and will respond with fear by kicking or rearing or refusing to be still. During the cold winter, I snuggled with the horses and was saved from freezing. The horses had moist warmth and shared his flank with me. Kendo training helped me with the horses, something I would never have anticipated. Miyamoto Musashi taught that “Both in fighting and in everyday life you should be determined though calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased.” Every practice begins and ends with mei so. Generally the meditation period is brief, less than a few minutes, but that is time enough to leave behind all other concerns, leaving the mind open and the spirit to settle and quiet. In addition, we learned the kendo “gaze”. Described by Musashi, the gaze is twofold: perception and sight. “It is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things…to look to both sides without moving the eyes.” Thus the gaze is large and broad. So when I approached the horses, I was calm. I respected their power and their intelligence. I spoke to them softly, and noting how they communicated with each other by sharing breath, breathed into their nostrils. I did not stare into their eyes, which I now understand can both frighten and challenge them. My gaze was perception, not challenge. My attitude was acknowledged and reflected back to me. But food helped. When I could, I fed them their favorite foods, apples and carrots. I loved the horses and for about six months actually enjoyed my training at Kumamoto, unlike the other soldiers who never slept with the horses. After this training, I was sent back to Hiroshima, where I was designated Minarai Shikan, a graduate of military war school. I don’t know why. Promotion just happened in the Japanese army, not necessarily connected to time in service or aptitudes. An officer said I was Minarai Shikan, and so I was. At a young age, I came to appreciate the random nature of our lives.
–Rod Nobuto Omoto, Autobiography, edited by Charlotte Omoto, 2014, p. 35-36.
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