Kenyu – May 2012

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Volume 26, number 5

May 2012


  1. Jun 2, Rose City Taikai, Sat, 10am, doors open 9am, PCC Cascade Gym, 600
    North Killingsworth Street, Portland.

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

  10. Nov 3, PNKF Taikai, Sat, 9:30am, Kent.
  11. Nov 10, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
  12. Nov 18, Kent Taikai, Sat, report time 9am, start 9:30am, Kent.


  1. 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)

  2. Jun 29-Jul 1, 5th Annual US Nito Kendo Seminar, Fri/Sun, with Kendo 7th Dan, vice-chair/
    chief instructor of Musashi Kai, co-author of “Musashi no Ken” book, contributing author
    AJKF “Nito Guidebook” Sasaki Hirotsugu; Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan Fuji Ryoichi, and Kendo 6th Dan
    Ishimura Ako. Open to kenshi of all levels, Ittoh and Nito practitioners alike. Linfield College,
    McMinnville, Oregon.

  3. Jul 20-22, 2012 AUSKF Kendo Summer Camp and Promotion Exam, Fri-Sun, University of Nevada Las Vegas.
  4. Jul 20-22, NCIF Iaido Seminar, Fri-Sun, Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto, CA.

  5. Jul 27-29, MWKF Iaido Seminar, Fri-Sun, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN

  6. Aug 3-4, 3rd AUSKF Junior Open Championships, Fri-Sat, Kent-Meridian High School, Kent.


Kendo Renshi 6th Dan Kiyoshi Yasui,
one of the oldest living legends of American Kendo, has passed away
peacefully on Thursday, May 24, 2012. Born September 28, 1916 in Auburn, Washington as the eldest of six
children, he moved with his parents to Shiga-ken in Japan, where he began Kendo, practicing six days a week. In
matches, he always went Senpo to gear his team up and was known for his Kote offense. Returning to Seattle in
1936, he attended Broadway High School and Modern Business College, and after graduating was hired by Yokohama
Specie Bank in Seattle. He was a tournament winner in Vancouver BC in 1937. Because of his Japanese language
skill and involvement in Kendo, at the outbreak of World War II the FBI classified him as an enemy alien, and he
was incarcerated in Minidoka. In 1957 sailors of the Nippon Maru docked in Seattle asked to practice Kendo with
local kenshi, and Yasui Sensei and Kazuo Shoji Sensei joined the sailors on the ship’s deck. This led to the
revival of Kendo in Seattle. With Umajiro Imanishi Sensei, they started gathering in the second floor dance hall
of the Morrison Hotel, and thus Seattle Kendo Kai was reborn. In the 1970s when Imanishi Sensei suffered a
debilitating stroke, Yasui Sensei became head instructor. He was the founding charter Vice President of the WSKF
(now the PNKF), and continued its Advisor until his death the other day. Memorial services were held on Sunday,
May 27 at the Seattle Betsuin. Our deepest condolences to this kind, generous, cheerful and humble man’s wife of
67 years, Ruby, sons Kenneth (Joann), and Ronald, daughter Alice, and grandchildren Haeda, Hanna, Shawn and

47th ANNUAL VANCOUVER KENDO TOURNAMENT – April 21, 2012, Byrne Secondary School

9 Years and Under                 10 to 12 Years                       13 to 15 Years
1st place - M. Fukuoka, Tozenji   1st place - K. McManus, Kent         1st place - A. Lee, Vancouver
2nd place - K. McLaverty, U Vic   2nd place - E. Lee, Renbu            2nd place - Y. Okitsu, Tozenji
3rd place - A. Hayashi, U Vic     3rd place - I. Kim, Renbu            3rd place - L. Oka, Tozenji
3rd place - R. Kim, Renbu         3rd place - J. Greissel, Matsu-Kai   3rd place - C. Kim, UBC

16 to 20 Years                    21 to 30 Years                       31 to 40 Years
1st place - R. Murao, Steveston   1st place - F. Itokazu, Covina       1st place - S. Asaoka, Youshinkai
2nd place - T. Hamanaka, Tozenji  2nd place - T. Yamada, Vancouver     2nd place - M. Rose, Renfrew
3rd place - M. Pomeroy, U Vic     3rd place - G. Suzaka, Seattle       3rd place - S. Ueno, Vancouver
3rd place - R. Kita, Renbu        3rd place - S. Marumo, Matsu-Kai     3rd place - J. Chien, Youshinkai

41 Years and Over                      Women
1st place - S. Shiono, Calgary         1st place - M. Taguchi, Renfrew
2nd place - D. Yotsuuye, Bellevue      2nd place - H. Yamada, Vancouver
3rd place - R. Knecht, Steveston       3rd place - A. Fukushima, Vancouver
3rd place - M. Hasegawa, Renfrew       3rd place - N. Fukushima, Vancouver

Junior Team                            Senior Team
1st place - Tozenji (M.Fukuoka         1st place - Renfrew (M.Rose,F.Itokazu,
   A.Shimizu,N.Kono,L.Oka,T.Okitsu)                M.Hasegawa,H.Liu,M.Taguchi)
2nd place - Renbu (I.Kim,E.Lee         2nd place - Vancouver A (T.Yamada,N.Fukushima,
            H.Shim,A.Lin,A.Tseng)                  H.Yamada,A.Fukushima,J.Jung)
Fighting Spirit (Juniors) - H. Asaoka, Youshinkai and A. Lin, Renbu
Master of Ceremonies - Bill McMichael;  Seven Nationally Recognized Pioneers of Canadian Kendo and 
Founders of Vancouver Kendo Club - Kuwabara Sensei (present); and Noda, Oyama, Kimoto, Omae, Kawahira, and 
Yoshimaru Sensei;  Club President - Shitaro Ueno;  Sportsmanship Pledge - Chris Tesar


Teams                                       Individuals
1st place - UW (Y.Shim,H.Christianson       1st place - Yannis HaChouf, UCSD
            F.Wessbecher,N.Grimes,S.Stern)  2nd place - Mevlana Gemiici, Cornell
2nd place - UCSD A (Ono, Okamura, Takahashi 3rd place - Matthew Yang, Rutgers
            HaChouf,Ha)                     3rd place - Tomoyuki Fujiyama, Columbia
3rd place - NYU A (Turner,Fallon,Yang,Svrcek,Ryu)
3rd place - Soka A (Okuda,Matsukura,Ryu,Nakagome,Kamimoto)

ITO TSUTOMU CUP – May 5, 2012, Denver

Junior Youth                      Youth
1st place - Noah Huertz, Omaha    1st place - Keeley McManus, Kent
2nd place - Roman Spanke, Omaha   2nd place - Yuka Saito, Ito
3rd place - Koichi Saito, Ito     3rd place - Yecham Cho, Chung's Taekwondo and Kumdo
3rd place - Anju Ogi, Ito         3rd place - Kenny Nicoletti, Arkansas
 Kantosho - Akira Mapp, Ito        Kantosho - Tommy Lee, Chung's Taekwondo and Kumdo
            Andy Toth, Ito                    Tiarnan Marsten, Kent
1st place - Kent (I.Morgan,C.Marsten,J.Frazier-Day,S.Day,T.McManus)
2nd place - Rocky Mountain Budokan A (H.Eyman,M.Curtis,N.Ko,S.Rissmiller,J.Wong)
3rd place - Oklahoma A (I.Iwata,Z.Aleson,S.Furukawa,M.Lindsay,B.Mosley)
3rd place - Ito A (J.Aumentado,L.Angeli,B.Cooper,T.Metzinger,J.Mapp)

22st ANNUAL BELLEVUE JUNIOR TAIKAI – May 19, 2012, Bellevue

10 Years and Under                11-12 Years                   13-15 Boys
1st place - B. Park, Bellevue     1st place - W. Wee, Bellevue  1st place - T. Marsten, Kent
2nd place - P. Saltzman, Bellevue 2nd place - K. McManus, Kent  2nd place - Y. Sandberg, Spokane
3rd place - S. Kelly, Federal Way 3rd place - A. Kanemasu, Kent 3rd place - A. Sinclair, Spokane
3rd place - S. Kojima, Bellevue   3rd place - B. Liao, Bellevue 3rd place - J. Mills, Kent

13-18 Girls                       16-18 Boys
1st place - M. DeJong, Highline   1st place - S. Denardi, Spokane
2nd place - E. DeJong, Highline   2nd place - C. Marsten, Kent
3rd place - J. DeJong, Highline   3rd place - D. Sinclair, Spokane
3rd place - B. Lin, Bellevue      3rd place - A. Melton, Spokane

15 and Under Team
1st place - Kent (K.McManus,A.Kanemasu,T.Marsen,D.Lee,J.Mills)
2nd place - Bellevue Red (B.Park,W.Wee,T.Yamada,O.Saltzman,J.Higa)
3rd place - Sno-Line (J.DeJong,M.Blechschmidt,S.Maguire,J.Senter,M.DeJong)

16-18 Team
1st place - Spokane (S.Sinclair,S.Dinardi,D.Sinclair)
2nd place - Highline (A.Melton,M.Church,E.DeJong)

Head Shinpan - David Yotsuuye; Taikai Co-Chair - Bernice Lin and Alina Saltzman; National 
Anthem - Tobi Du, Bellevue; Participants' Pledge - Mia Abe; Bellevue Most Improved - Mia Abe; 
Bellevue Awesome Spirit Award - Trent Yamada, Bellevue; Centurion Bellevue Highline Sno-King Youth 
Leadership Award - Bernice Lin, Bellevue

TVCC KENDO TAIKAI – May 20, 2012, Ontario, Oregon

1st place - Tony Leischner, Pocatello   Team - Idaho over Ore-Ida
2nd place - Matt Miller, Idaho
3rd place - Wes Horn, Idaho

15th WORLD KENDO CHAMPIONSHIPS – May 25,26,27, 2012, Novara, Italy

Men Individuals                           Women Individuals
1st place - S.Takanabe, Japan             1st place - Y. Sakuma, Japan
2nd place - W. Kim, Korea                 2nd place - K. Kurokawa, Japan
3rd place - T. Kim, Korea                 3rd place - S. Shodai, Japan
3rd place - K. Furukawa, Japan            3rd place - M. Kawagoe Japan
 Fighting Spirit                           Fighting Spirit
 R. Omasa, Brazil      T. Hoang, Canada    S. Park, Korea   E. Onaka, Brazil
 K. Hatakenaka, Japan  S. Okido, Japan     S. Tamura, USA   E. Takashina, Brazil
 J. Bertout, France    C. Tange, Belgium   K. Jeon, Korea   A. Blanchard, France
 S. Jokinen, Finland   B. Park, Korea      H. Yu, Korea     S. Van Der Woude, Netherlands

Women Teams
1st place - Japan         Fighting Spirit
2nd place - Korea         S. Tamura, USA          P. Stolarz, France
3rd place - Germany       D. Yokoo, Germany       M. Taguchi, Canada
3rd place - Brazil        Y. Otsuno, Japan        E. Onaka, Brazil
                          H. Yu, Korea            V. Yung, Australia
Men Teams
1st place - Japan         Fighting Spirit
2nd place - Korea         Takayama, Brazil        Nakabayashi, France
3rd place - Team USA      S. Dubi, Hungary        Challies, New Zealand
3rd place - Hungary       Korhonen, Finland       Di Wei Chou, Taiwan
                          C. Yang, USA            Giannetto, Italy



Naginata Hanshi: Miyako Tanaka Price (El Cerrito, NCNF). (Note: Naginata Hanshi is equivalent to 8th Dan Hanshi in Kendo; Tanaka Sensei has been a member of the USNF Board of Directors for more than 20 years; USNF President for over ten years; she is now the only Naginata Hanshi who resides outside of Japan, and is also the only Naginata Hanshi who teaches in English; her Koryu is Tendo Ryu Naginata-jutsu, which she teaches weekly in El Cerrito, and she is also the sponsoring teacher for Tendo Ryu groups in both Montreal and Bellevue/Mercer Island.)

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