Kenyu – November/December 2012

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Volume 26, number 11/12

November/December 2012


  1. Jan 12, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
  2. Jan 19, PNKF Kata Seminar, Sat, 1-5pm, open keiko 4-5pm, Rain City
    Fencing, 1776 136th Place NE, Bellevue, WA 98005

  3. Feb 7/8, AUSKF Iaido Education Tour, Thu/Fri, with Chihiro Kishimoto Sensei,
    Iaido Hanshi 8th Dan, Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan, and Jodo Kyoshi 7th Dan. Also accompanied by
    Shozo Kato Sensei, Iaido Kyoshi 7th Dan and Kendo Kyoshi 8th Dan. Probable location
    Rain City Fencing, 1776 136th Place NE, Bellevue, WA 98005 (tentative).

  4. Mar 2, PNKF Shinsa, Sat, Iaido 9am-12noon; Kendo 12:30-4pm, open keiko 4-5pm,
    Tyee Educational Complex, 4424 S. 188th Street, SeaTac, located right off I-5 at S.
    188th Street.

  5. Mar 9, Highline Taikai, Sat, 10am, White Center Community Center.
  6. Mar 16, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
  7. Mar 30, PNKF Shinpan Seminar, Sat, 12noon-5pm, Kent.
  8. Apr 13, UW Taikai, Sat, 10am, IMA.
  9. Apr 13/14, Cherry Blossom Festival, PNKF demo, Seattle Center.
  10. May, PNKF Oregon Kendo Shinsa up to 1st Dan, Obukan/Portland/Renma Dojo, date and
    place to be determined.

  11. May 4, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
  12. May 18, Bellevue Junior Taikai, Sat, 9:30am-3pm.
  13. Jun 1, Rose City Taikai, Sat, 10am (tentative).
  14. Jul 6/12, PNKF Women’s Seminar, Sat/Fri (tentative).
  15. Jul 13, PNKF North American Women’s Kendo Tournament, Sat, Renton Community

  16. Jul 20, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
  17. Aug 10, PNKF Shinsa, Sat, Iaido 9am-12noon; Kendo 12:30-4pm, open
    keiko 4-5pm, Kent.

  18. Aug 31/Sep 1 and 2, Yano Sensei visit (tentative).
  19. Sep 14, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
  20. Oct 5, PNKF Shinpan Seminar, 12noon-4pm, open keiko 4-5pm, Kent.
  21. Oct 19, Tacoma Taikai, Sat, 10am-4pm, Washington High School, 12420
    Ainsworth Avenue South, Tacoma, WA (tentative).

  22. Nov 2, PNKF Taikai, Sat, 9:30am, Kent.
  23. Nov 16, PNKF Board, Sat, 3-5pm, Renton.
  24. Nov 23 or Dec 7, Kent Taikai, Sat, report time 9am, start 9:30am, Kent.


  1. Feb 23, Steveston Taikai, Sat, 9:30am, McMath High School, 4251 Garry
    Street, Richmond BC.

  2. Apr, 25th European Kendo Championships, Berlin.
  3. Apr 6/7, 25th Anniversary Cleveland Kendo Tournament/GNEUSKF Championships,
    Adelbert Gym.

  4. Apr 27, Vancouver Taikai (probable date).
  5. Apr 13, AUSKF Board meeting.
  6. Jun 27-30, AUSKF Iaido Seminar, Iowa School for the Deaf (ISD), 3501 Harry
    Langdon Blvd, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503.


At their November 10, 2012 meeting, the PNKF Board elected officers. President –
C. Marsten; Vice President – D. Yotsuuye; Treasurer – B. Blomquist; Recording
Secretary – T. Bolling; and Secretary of Internal Affairs – D. Ichinaga. The other
Board members are: Amy Arsenault (Highline), Jonathan Bannister (AiShinKai), Brian
Edwards (Everett), Shinichi Koike (Northwest), Tatsuhiko Konno (Musokai), Tsu Pan Lui
(OSU), Vicki Marsten (Kent), Iraj Mohebalian (Seattle), Mike Rigler (Sno-King), Russ
Sinclair (Spokane), Benjamin Stabley (Obukan), Haruka Takano (Seattle), Stephen Uchida
(Ren Ma), Frank Wessbecher (UW), and Moki Yoshikawa (Tacoma). Jeff Marsten (Bellevue/
Highline/Sno-King) continues as PNKF Advisor. Jeff Marsten is Executive Vice President
and Shinichi Koike is a member of the AUSKF Board of Directors. Elizabeth Marsten
(Highline) was re-elected as UW Advisor.


Due to a conflict with the basketball schedule at the Everett Boys and Girls
Club, the Kendo and Iaido programs have been moved to Sunday evening for the duration
of Winter Quarter. The Monday/Wednesday schedule should come back for Spring Quarter
starting in mid March. Iaido is 5-6:30pm and Kendo is 7-9pm on Sundays from December 2
through February 17 with a two week break for Christmas and New Year’s.


Many gathered on November 25 for the PNKF’s long serving, loyal, thoughtful,
generous, and immensely creative supporter, Toshiko Okada Imanishi, born May 10, 1924
in Wenatchee, and passed away on November 12. The location of her funeral was Seattle
Betsuin, which had been the scene of many early Taikai where she had contributed so
much, treasured sweet memories of delicious food and a beautiful blue handmade hakama.
We extend our deepest condolences to her five children, Teresa, Douglas and Daryl,
three of our prominent kenshi, and two more daughters, Arleen and Kathleen, along with
spouses, grandchildren, numerous members of the extended family, and countless

38th ANNUAL PNKF KENDO TOURNAMENT – November 3, 2012, Kent

10 Years and Under                    11-12 Years
1st place - M. Fukuoka, Tozenji       1st place - S. Nichols, UVic
2nd place - A. Shimizu, Tozenji       2nd place - K. McManus, Kent
                                      3rd place - B. Liao, Bellevue
                                      3rd place - B. Park, Bellevue

15 Years and Under                    High School Boys
1st place - T. Ito, Seattle           1st place - S. O'Sullivan, Steveston
2nd place - T. Okitsu, Tozenji        2nd place - D. Sinclair, Spokane
3rd place - C. Kim, UBC               3rd place - A. Melton, Spokane
3rd place - T. Yamada, Bellevue       3rd place - A. Sinclair, Spokane

High School Girls                     Women's Kyu
1st place - E. DeJong, Highline       1st place - E. Takami, East Bay 
2nd place - B. Lin, Bellevue          2nd place - V. Le, UW

Junior Team
1st place - Kent (D.Lee,K.McManus,A.Kanemasu,T.Marsten,J.Mills)
2nd place - Bellevue (B.Park,H.Kim,B.Liao,D.Lin,J.DeJong)
3rd place - Tozenji (M.Fukuoka,N.Kono,R.Holzner,L.Oka,K.Okitsu)
3rd place - Youshinkan (J.Ho,N.Asaoka,B.Lin,M.Hong,K.Uto)

Senior Non-Degree                     Women's Dan
1st place - J. Li, UBC                1st place - A. Kikkawa, UW
2nd place - K. Kato, Alaska           2nd place - W. Robillard, Steveston
3rd place - T. McManus, Kent          3rd place - M. Hamanaka, Tozenji
3rd place - T. Lui, OSU               3rd place - R. Ono, Hawaii

1-2 Dan                               3 Dan
1st place - S. Denardi, Spokane       1st place - S. Smith, Highline
2nd place - C. Ruiz, Spokane          2nd place - I. Morgan, Kent
3rd place - R. Murao, Steveston       3rd place - A. Zee, Sno-King
3rd place - A. Song, SFU              3rd place - J. Murakami, Vancouver

4 Dan and Up
1st place - S. Asaoka, Youshinkan
2nd place - M. Asaoka, Youshinkan
3rd place - S. Harris, Hawaii
3rd place - G. Suzaka, Seattle

Senior Team
1st place - Hawaii (J.Okada,R.Ono,S.Harris,A.Fujimoto,K.Sato)
2nd place - Youshinkan (K.Takeuchi,A.Campbell,J.Chien,S.Asaoka,M.Asaoka)
3rd place - Vancouver (J.Murakami,A.Lee,K.Beppu,A.Fukushima,A.Leung)
3rd place - Steveston (L.Leung,S.O'Sullivan,R.Murao,D.Yao,P.Lee)

Shoji Trophy - Bernice Lin, Bellevue 
Sportsmanship Pledge - Daniel Sinclair, Spokane 
Shinpan Cho - Robert Stroud, Idaho


12 Years and Under                          13-15 Years
1st place - D. Lin, Bellevue                1st place - J. DeJong, Highline
2nd place - B. Liao, Bellevue               2nd place - J. Mills, Kent
3rd place - M. Blechschmidt, Bellevue       3rd place - T. Marsten, Kent
3rd place - H. Kim, Bellevue                3rd place - Me. DeJong, Highline

Junior Team
1st place - Kent (D.Lee,A.Kanemasu,K.McManus,T.Marsten,J.Mills)
2nd place - Bellevue Red (M.Blechschmidt,H.Kim,B.Liao,A.Nagasawa,J.Higa)
3rd place - Bellevue White (D.Lin,JW.Chen,L.Shibata,A.Kojima,M.Liao)
3rd place - PNW (H.Allen,E.Underhill,K.Aparicio,J.DeJong,Me.DeJong)

4 Kyu and Under                             3-1 Kyu
1st place - Z. Neale, UW                    1st place - R. Tetzloff, Kent
2nd place - N. Tang, UW                     2nd place - T. McManus, Kent
3rd place - D. Peterson, Spokane            3rd place - Y. Sandberg, Spokane
3rd place - C. Courney, Everett             3rd place - S. Stern, UW

Women                                       1-3 Dan
1st place - N. Grimes, Sno-King             1st place - W. Kuster, Spokane
2nd place - Me. DeJong, Highline            2nd place - A. Yen, Seattle
3rd place - T. Ying, Highline               3rd place - S. DeNardi, Spokane
3rd place - A. Kikkawa, UW                  3rd place - A. Kikkawa, UW
                                            4th place - C. Marsten, Kent
1-3 Dan Seniors                             4th place - N. Grimes, Sno-King
1st place - M. Nelson, Spokane              4th place - A. Melton, Spokane
2nd place - DL Kim, Bellevue                4th place - A. Zee, Sno-King
3rd place - Je. Lamb, Spokane
3rd place - Ma. DeJong, Highline

Senior Team
1st place - Sno-King (M.Scott,A.Zee,N.Grimes,T.Patana,C.Chaney)
2nd place - Spokane A (J.Duplain,A.Sinclair,C.Ruiz,S.DeNardi,W.Kuster)
3rd place - Bellevue A (S.Deblieck,B.Lin,T.Yamada,DL.Kim,S.Shilov)
3rd place - UW A (Y.Shim,H.Christianson,D.Cheng,A.Kikkawa,S.Stern)

Sportsmanship Pledge - Ian Morgan 
Junior Spirit of the Day - Hannah Kim, Bellevue 
Senior Spirit of the Day - Hana Lee, Highline 
Shinpan Cho - Shinichi Koike, Northwest
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