Volume 27, number 6
- Jul 6/12, PNKF Women’s Seminar, Sat/Fri, with Kendo Renshi 6th Dan Murayama Chinatsu
Sensei five times All Japan Women’s Champion, at several locations.
- Jul 13, PNKF North American Women’s Kendo Tournament, Sat, Renton Community Center.
- Jul 19/21, 6th US Kendo Nito Seminar, Fri/Sun, Linfield College, Ted Wilson Gym, 900
S.E. Baker Street, McMinnville, Oregon. Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan Fuji Ryoichi and Sasaki
Hirotsugu will be returning to lead this year’s event. Schedule: Friday, July 19, 10:00 am –
5:00 pm; Saturday, July 20, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sayonara Dinner Party and Auction;
Sunday, July 21, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
- Jul 20, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Des Moines Library, 21620 11th Avenue S., Des Moines.
- Aug 10, PNKF Shinsa, Sat, Iaido 9am-12noon; Kendo 12:30-4pm, open
keiko 4-5pm, Kent.
- Sep 13/14/15, Idaho Kendo Summer Camp and Kendo Shinkyu Shinsa (up to 1 Dan), Fri/Sat/Sun, Treasure Valley Community College Gymnasium, Ontario, Oregon.
- Sep 14, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
- Sep 27/28/29, PNKF Iaido Seminar, Fri/Sat/Sun, with Iaido Kyoshi 8th Dan Noguchi Hideo, Iaido Kyoshi 7th Dan Aoki Shigehiro, and Iaido Kyoshi 7th Dan Suzuki Kaoru, Rain City Fencing Center, Bellevue. Fri, Sep 27, 5–7pm, Jodo Seminar;
7-9pm Iaido Seminar; Sat, Sep 28, 9am-12noon Iaido Seminar;
12noon– 1pm Lunch; 1–5pm Iaido Seminar; Sun, Sep 29, 9am–12noon Iaido Seminar; 12noon–1pm Lunch; 1–5pm Iaido Tournament.
- Oct 5, PNKF Shinpan Seminar, 12noon-4pm, open keiko 4-5pm, Kent.
PNKF Shinpan Seminar
1. Those participating in Shinpan seminar will break into 5 Groups.
2. Each Group will rotate to the indicated position based on times. 35 minutes in each position.
5 minutes to rotate to next position.
3. All Shinpan Seminar participants will participate in Shiai.
4. Matches will be 2 minutes with rotation every 2 matches.
All those in group will continue to rotate in to Shinpan until time to rotate to next position.
5. Hantei will be called if tied after 2 minutes.
6. One Senior member (5 Dan or above) will be assigned to a group to advise group.
7. Other Senior members will be assigned to Courts and advise Shinpan on Court.
8. Those not participating as Shinpan will have Shiai on Court B.
9. While in Position C and E, Senior member should review Shinpan performance, flag handling,
Shinpan positioning, any other questions.
10. PNKF Dojo need to encourage their members to participate in Other Shiai matches.
Noon – 12:15
Opening Rei and discussion
12:15 – 12:20
Form 5 groups (Line up by rank, count off 1 to 5)
12:20 – 12:30
Go to Positions & Group 3 put Bogu On
Shinpan Court A
Shinpan Court B
Review & Bogu On
Shiai Court A
Bogu Off & Review
12:30 – 1:05
1:10 – 1:45
1:50 – 2:25
2:30 – 3:05
3:10 – 3:45
3:45 – 4:00
Discussion – Wrap Up
4:00 – 4:45
Open Floor Keiko
Shinpan Court A
Shinpan Court B
Review & Bogu On
Shiai Court A
Other Attendees Shiai –
Youth Mudansha Yudansha
Bogu Off & Review
- Oct 19, Tacoma Taikai, Sat, 10am-4pm, Washington High School, 12420
Ainsworth Avenue South, Tacoma.
- Nov 2, PNKF Taikai, Sat, 9:30am, Kent.
- Nov 16, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Des Moines Library, 21620 11th Avenue S., Des Moines.
- Nov 23, Kent Taikai, Sat, report time 9am, start 9:30am, Kent.
- Aug 24, 1st Annual Joint Vancouver/Renbu Kendo Seminar, Sat, 10am-4pm, followed by one hour Q&A, with
Kendo Renshi 6th Dan Kawakami Arimitsu Sensei. Justice Institute of BC, New Westminster.
Rod Nobuto Omoto, Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan, a major figure in the history of American Kendo, died peacefully on
June 1, 2013 at the age of 94. He famously always accentuated the positive in everything he did, unfailingly cheerful
and optimistic no matter what. Born eldest son of seven children September 9, 1918 in Wahiawa, Hawaii, the
happy-go-lucky Hawaii boy started Kendo at age 14 in 1932 with Miura Kenji, and was 2nd Dan when he graduated from
Leilehua High School in 1938. On recommendation of Miura Sensei, he was sent to Ogawa Kinnosuke’s own personal training
hall, Kodo Kan, in Kyoto, where he lived and waited on Ogawa Sensei while studying at Ritsumeikan, prior to entering
Budo Senmon Gakko. Omoto Sensei was to have graduated in Busen’s 31st class, but the school closed in 1942 and all the
teachers, students, and Omoto Sensei were drafted into the Japanese army. There he taught Kendo and Jukendo and
commanded a transportation unit as a second lieutenant in Hiroshima. By good luck he and his four-truck company were
out in the country the Monday morning when the atom bomb exploded. He served as translator for various Allied
occupation organizations, married Mutsuko Mildred Kawakami, and they had two daughters. For some years banned by the
Allied Powers, Kendo gradually rose back to the surface. For example, Omoto Sensei was active in the “Shinai Kyogi”
movement, a sportive version of Kendo practiced in western athletic clothes. In Matsue City Omoto Sensei encountered
the great Ono Soichiro, whose student, Mori Torao, is another legend of American Kendo. Other teachers in Omoto
Sensei’s Japan period include Miyazaki Mosaburo, Tsuzaki Kenkei, Sato Chuzo, Kurozumi Ryushiro, Wakabayashi Shinji,
Sato Toyonosuke, and Shido Taisuke. In 1960, the family moved to the US, where he earned his BS in Engineering at
Oregon State University in 1966. They moved to Tacoma, where Kendo was re-started at the Tacoma Buddhist Temple in 1967
as a Boy Scout activity, and continued from there. In 1972 he began helping the Kendo Club at UW to form, and also was
elected to the Board of the Kendo Federation of the USA. In 1973 he competed in the 2WKC at Los Angeles. In 1974/1975
he helped establish the Washington State Kendo Federation (now the PNKF) and was Founding Charter President. For a
Kendo demonstration at the 1974 Spokane World’s Fair he and Tanabe Sensei used shinken, as they had no habiki. Some of
Omoto Sensei’s classic sayings include: “In Kendo, you have to be wide awake.” “Don’t anticipate. Be cool.” “I want to
encourage, not discourage.” “Whoever holds a shinai is a friend of mine.” Our deepest condolences to his daughters
Charlotte Kazumi Omoto and Norma Miyuki Wakatsuki, grandson Ryan Wakatsuki, and many nieces and nephews.
John Prough, known to many in the PNKF, died June 20, 2013 in New Jersey. Born in Detroit October 18, 1940,
all his life he pursued martial arts and ways and encouraged others to train, including Judo (1st Dan), Karate, Jodo,
Iaido (4th Dan; 5th Dan in Takeshi Mitsuzuka’s SanShinKai), and Naginata (3rd Dan), continuing steadfastly as declining
health finally overtook him. His wife Naginata Kyoshi and Iaido 4th Dan Sachiko Yamauchi Prough had passed on before
him January 5, 2012. Our condolences to his students and his daughter Susanna.
2013 ROSE CITY TAIKAI – June 1, 2013, Portland Community College Sylvania
Men's Senior Dan Juniors 13-15 Men 3 Dan and Above 1st place - C. Marsten, Kent 1st place - K. McManus, Kent 1st place - R. Atagi, Idaho 2nd place - D. Yotsuuye, Bellevue 2nd place - J. DeJong, Highline 2nd place - W. Kuster, Spokane 3rd place - H. Fukumoto, Seattle 3rd place - D. Lee, Federal Way 3rd place - N. Takahashi, Spokane 3rd place - N. Ampo, Obukan 3rd place - T. Marsten, Kent 3rd place - S. Choi, Portland Women's Division Men's 1-2 Kyu Men's 3 Kyu and Below 1st place - A. Kikkawa, UW 1st place - Y. Sandberg, Spokane 1st place - C. Ogier, UW 2nd place - Mary DeJong, Highline 2nd place - S. Richards, Cascade 2nd place - JY Lee, Obukan 3rd place - N. Grimes, Sno-King 3rd place - TP Lui, OSU 3rd place - K. Ho, Bellevue 3rd place - N. Tang, UW 3rd place - T. McManus, Kent 3rd place - Z. Neale, UW Men's 1-2 Dan 1st place - S. DeNardi, Spokane 2nd place - JP Stroud, Idaho 3rd place - A. Sinclair, Spokane 3rd place - H. Christianson, UW Junior Team 1st place - Team B (A.Kanemasu-Kent, K.McManus-Kent, T.Marsten-Kent) 2nd place - Team C (J.McLaury-Obu, D.Lee-FedWy, J.DeJong-High) 3rd place - Team A (K.Toyokawa-Tac, A. Yoshikawa-Tac, J. Wilson-Ida) Senior Team 1st place - Spokane A (C.Ruiz, N.Takahashi, S.DeNardi, A.Sinclair, W.Kuster) 2nd place - Kent (I.Morgan, C.Marsten, J.Frazier-Day, S.Day, T.McManus) 3rd place - Obukan A (N.Holtorf, B.Stabley, A.Jantrania, M.Nakamura, J.Hancock) 3rd place - Spokane B (Y.Sandberg, A.Melton, M.Wolf, M.Nelson, W.Sinclair) Shinpan-cho - Robert Stroud; Court A Judge - Curtis Marsten; Court B Judge - Moki Yoshikawa Sportsmanship Pledge - Jessica McLaury Jim Onchi Memorial Judo Demo - Obukan Judo Club
48th ANNUAL VANCOUVER KENDO TOURNAMENT – June 15, 2013, Byrne Creek Secondary School
9 Years and Under 10 to 12 Years 13 to 15 Years 1st place - N. Komukai, Vancouver 1st place - F. Lee, Renbu 1st place - L. Oka, Tozenji 2nd place - A. Lu, Vancouver 2nd place - A. Shimizu, Tozenji 2nd place - T. Okitsu, Tozenji 3rd place - MK Lee, Central 3rd place - A. Hayashi, U.Victoria 3rd place - K. Toyokawa, Tacoma 3rd place - K. Squance, Renbu 3rd place - B. Park, Bellevue 3rd place - R. Holzner, Tozenji 16 to 20 Years 21 to 30 Years 31 to 40 Years 1st place - T. Hamanaka, UBC 1st place - T. Kawanabe, Vancouver 1st place - S. Asaoka, Youshinkan 2nd place - T. Ichikawa, Bellevue 2nd place - L. Leung, Steveston 2nd place - M. Asaoka, Youshinkan 3rd place - A. Lee, Vancouver 3rd place - SJ Lee, Central 3rd place - N. Tanimura, Seattle 3rd place - K. Takeuchi, Youshinkan 3rd place - P. Son, Central 3rd place - J. Chien, Youshinkan 41 Years and Over Women 1st place - H. Hasegawa, Renfrew 1st place - A. Fukushima, Vancouver 2nd place - R. Kita, Renbu 2nd place - S. Suzuki, UBC 3rd place - Y. Komukai, Vancouver 3rd place - J. Kurahashi, Renbu 3rd place - C. Marsten, Kent 3rd place - A. Kikkawa, UW Junior Team Senior Team 1st place - Tozenji (M.Fukuoka, L.Oka, N.Kono, T.Okitsu, R.Holzner) 2nd place - Kent (B.Park, N.Oda, K.Toyokawa, K.McManus, T.Marsten) Senior Team 1st place - Youshinkan (J.Chien, A.Campbell, K.Takeuchi, A.Xie, S.Asaoka) 2nd place - Team BC (E.Kita, R.Murao, G.Mizutani, H.Song, S.Jung) Fighting Spirit Awards 10-12 Years H. Asaoka, Youshinkan and A. Hayashi, U.Victoria
LEEWARD OAHU KENDO TOURNAMENT – June 23, 2013, Mililani District Park Gym
Yonenbu 11 Years and Under Shonenbu 12-14 Years Seinenbu Open 15 Years and Over 1st place - G. Hayakawa, Aiea 1st place - D. Takenaka, Mililani 1st place - D. Corelli, Aiea 2nd place - S. Hashimoto, Wahiawa 2nd place - J. Park, Kenshikan 2nd place - K. Chun, Mililani 3rd place - J. Matsumoto, Kenshikan 3rd place - A. Cheng, Myohoji 3rd place - K. Hashimoto, Wahiawa 3rd place - C. Takenaka, Mililani Women's Mudansha Women's Yudansha Open Yudansha 1-2 Dan 1st place - Z. Yamamoto, Waipahu Sei 1st place - N. Yoshida, Mililani 1st place - S. DeNardi, Mililani 2nd place - G. Kishimoto, Myohoji 2nd place - R. Ono, Mililani 2nd place - K. Chun, Kenshikan 3rd place - J. O'Berry, Waipahu Sei 3rd place - E. Hill, Aiea 3rd place - J. Ernst, Kenshikan 3rd place - R. Hayashi, Kenkyukai 3rd place - A. Hayase, Mililani 3rd place - G. Komenaka, Wahiawa Yudansha 3 Dan and Above Yudansha Masters 3 Dan and Above 1st place - A. Fujimoto, Mililani 1st place - M. Koga, Myohoji 2nd place - B. Fukutomi, Aiea 2nd place - G. Matsumoto, Kenshikan 3rd place - S. Harris, Kenshikan 3rd place - K. Sato, Wahiawa 3rd place - C. Goodin, Aiea 3rd place - R. Miller, Waipahu Seibukan Team Parents/Kids Team James Oka Kantosho Fighting Spirit Award 1st place - Kenshikan Parents - 3 Orion Kishimoto, Myohoji 2nd place - Mililani Kids - 3 (Winners by Points taken)
14th US NAGINATA CHAMPIONSHIP – June 29, 2013, Renton Community Center
Dangai Engi Yudansha Engi 1st place - M. Reeve, D. Bernot, SCNF 1st place - C. Coppeans, B. Harrop, PNNF 2nd place - D. Trexler, A. Bernot, SCNF 2nd place - A. Rossi, J. Hernandez, SCNF 3rd place - K. Yoshikawa, S. Jensen, PNNF 3rd place - R. Ramirez, S. Lew, SCNF Zen Nihon Dangai Women Dangai Men 1st place - K. Schmucker, K. Higaki, PNNF 1st place - K. Heilman, GNYNF 1st place - D. Trexler, SCNF 2nd place - K. Saxton, A. Vyas, SCNF 2nd place - S. Jensen, PNNF 2nd place - A. Bernot, SCNF 3rd place - M. Arai, M. Nobida, NCNF 3rd place - N. Shamrell, PNNF 3rd place - M. Koenig, PNNF Yudansha Men Yudansha Women 1st place - K. Roche, GNYNF 1st place - E. Engalla, GNYNF 2nd place - N. Sarpeshkar, GNYNF 2nd place - D. Figatnew, PNNF 3rd place - S. Corchado, GNYNF 3rd place - C. Coppeans, PNNF Women's Team Men's Team 1st place - GNYNF (N.Sarpeshkar, K.Roche, S.Corchado) 1st place - PNNF (D.Figatner, B.Harrop, C.Coppeans) 2nd place - SCNF (J.Bernot, S.Lew, A.Vyas) 2nd place - NCNF (S.Ohshima, C.Goerzen, M.Nobida) 3rd place - PNNF (J.Hsieh, T.Monji, K.Higaki) 3rd place - SCNF (R.Ramirez, J.Hernandez, K.Saxton)
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