Kenyu – September/October/November 2022

Volume 36, number 9/10/11

September/October/November 2022

PNKF DATEBOOK

November 2022

  • 11/30: Western Kendo Federation Year End Kendo Championship, Sun, 8:00am, doors open 7:00am, Buena Park High School, 8833 Academy Drive, Buena Park, California 90621. http://wkfapp102.azurewebsites.net

December 2022

  • 12/3: Camas Workshop, Camas, WA.
  • 12/3-4: AUSKF Shinpan Seminar, Sat, Long Beach, CA.
  • 12/10-11: AUSKF Zone 7 PNKF Shinpan Seminar, Sat, 9am-5pm, Sun, 9am-12noon, Tyee High School Gym, 4424 South 188th Street, SeaTac, WA, seminar fee $25, lunch for Sat $15, welcome dinner party Sat, TBD.
  • 12/9-11, Fri, Sat, Sun AUSKF National Jodo Seminar and Shinsa, Grand Rapids, MI.

January 2023

  • 1/14: PNKF Board meeting, 9-11am, Sat, via Zoom.
  • 1/21: BHSK Inter-Dojo Taikai, Sat, Sno-King Dojo (big gymnasium), 13052 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133.

February 2023

  • 2/11: Steveston Taikai, Sat, McMath High School, Steveston.
  • 2/18: PNKF Kendo Shinsa, Sat, time and place TBD.
  • 2/24-26: FIK America Zone Shinpan Seminar, Fri-Sun, Torrance, CA.

March 2023

  • 3/12: PNKF Board meeting, 9-11am, Sat, via Zoom.
  • 3/25: Highline Kendo Taikai, Sat, TBD.

April 2023

  • 4/??: UW Taikai, Sat, Intramural Activities (IMA), UW campus, Montlake Boulevard NE.

May 2023

  • 5/13: PNKF Board meeting, 9-11am, Sat, via Zoom.
  • 5/20: Bellevue Kendo Junior Taikai, Sat, 9:30am start time, Highland Park Community Center, 14224 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue.

June 2023

  • 6/30-7/2: AUSKF National Kendo Championships, Fri-Sun, Detroit, MI.
  • 6/??: Rose City Kendo Taikai, Sat, time and place TBD.

July 2023

  • 7/15: PNKF Board meeting, 9-11am, Sat, via Zoom.

August 2023

  • 8/10-15: AUSKF National Iaido Seminar and Shinsa, Thu-Tue, Houston, TX.
  • 8/19: PNKF Summer Kendo Shinsa, Sun, time and place TBD.
  • 8/25-27: AUSKF Kendo Summmer Camp and Shinsa, Fri-Sun, Las Vegas, NV.

September 2023

  • 9/16: PNKF Board meeting, 9-11am, Sat, via Zoom.

October 2023

  • 10/21: Tacoma Kendo Taikai, Sat, time and place TBD.

November 2023

  • 11/4: PNKF Kendo Taikai, Sat, Kent, TBD.
  • 11/11-12: AUSKF Board Meeting and Kendo Shinsa, Sat-Sun, Los Angeles, CA.
  • * 11/18: PNKF Board meeting and General Election, 9-11am, Sat, via Zoom.

PNKF BOARD NEWS

At their November 19, 2022 meeting, the 2022/2023 Board was seated, and Officers were elected.

President – Doug Imanishi (Seattle), Vice President – An Giang (Northwest), Treasurer – Stephen Ting (Northwest), Membership Administrator – Naoaki Tanimura (Edmonds), IT Support – Mark Verrey (Sno-King), Secretary – Sue Vanasouk (Cascade).

Other Board members are: Jonathan Bannister (AiShinKai), Sean Blechschmidt (Bellevue), Julie Chen (Kirkland), Steve Choi (Portland), An Giang (Northwest), Richard Lei (Seattle), Tiarnan Marsten (Federal Way), Vicki Marsten (Federal Way), Motoya Nakamura (Obukan), Matthew Price (Seattle), Chris Ruiz (Spokane), Russ Sinclair (Spokane), Blake Sprenger (Obukan), Naoaki Tanimura (Edmonds), Stephen Ting (Northwest), Frank Wessbecher (Highline), Andy Yuen (UW), David Yotsuuye (Bellevue).

8th PNKF NORTH AMERICAN WOMEN’S KENDO CHAMPIONSHIPS – October 2, 2022, University of Washington IMA, Seattle

1 Dan and Below                          2 Dan and Above
1st place – Hiyori Tominaga, Renbu       1st place – Elizabeth Marsten, PNKF
2nd place – Yura Kawabe, Renbu           2nd place – Wendy Robillard, BCKF
3rd place – Sue Vanasouk, Cascade        3rd place – Melanie DeJong, PNKF
3rd place – Yuka Lee, Renbu              3rd place – Noelle Grimes, PNKF
Team
1st place – PNKF A (Van Le, Melanie DeJong, Noelle Grimes, Elizabeth Marsten, Ai Nakayama)
2nd place – Renbu (Miyu Hashimoto, Hiyori Tominaga, Yura Kawabe, Anita Espiritu, Yuka Lee)
3rd place – Orange (Emi Ichimura, Chunyan Tinder, Karla De la Loza, Erika Hill, Pau De la Loza)
3rd place – PNKF B (Betty Park, Julie Chen, Janell Frazier-Day, Erica Tam, Masami Suzuki)
Fighting Spirit
1 Dan and Below – Yuka Lee. Renbu
2 Dan and Above – Ai Nakamura, PNKF
Team – Emi Ichimura, NCKF
Shinpan-Cho – Erika Hill, Hawaii

6th HIROSHI KAMIO CUP KENDO TAIKAI – October 8, 2022, Sedena Sports Heroes of the Revolution, Mexico City

Women’s Yudansha                         Men’s 2nd Dan and Up 
1st place – Noelle Grimes                1st place – Carlos Flores
2nd place – Olivia Enriquez              2nd place – Guillermo Flores
3rd place – Claudia Buitron              3rd place – Marco Polo Sanchez
 Kantosho – Paulina de la Loza            Kantosho – Roberto Ramirez M.

Women’s Mudansha                         Men’s 1st Dan and Below
1st place – Alexa Ruiz                   1st place – Axl Gamez
2nd place – Reyna Farina                 2nd place – Ignacio Canalizo
3rd place – Almaldianeli Ortiz           3rd place – Javier Ayala
 Kantosho – Nayelli Sumano                 Kantosho – Ivan Rivera

Women’s Teams
1st place – Team Kitsune (Noelle Grimes, Karla de la Loza, Melisa Martinez)
2nd place – Team Karakasa (Olivia Enriquez, Mayra Orosco, Alexa Ruiz, Almaldianeli Ortiz)
3rd place – Team Nekomata (Claudia Bultron, Erica Tam, Elizabeth Hernardez)

Men’s Teams
1st place – Team Byakko (Pedro Garcia, Emilio Porras, Leonid Tsybert, J. Roberto Ramirez, Jesus Garcia)
2nd place – Team Tanuki (Joan Gonzalez, Luis del Rio, Yaotl Gonzalez, Arno Burkholder, Marco P. Sanchez)
3rd place – Team Kappa (Darrick Lew, Darrian Yang, Mario Torruco, Ian Blas, Axl Gamez)

2022 PNKF IAIDO TAIKAI – October 8, 2022, Rain City Fencing Center, Bellevue

0 – 3 Kyu                                2 Kyu – 1 Dan 
1st place – Ian Agrela De Freites, Miami 1st place – Rae Podrebarac, AiShinKai
2nd place – Michael Mabale, Seattle      2nd place – Mario Nakane, Palo Alto
3rd place – Riku Todaka, Salt Lake City  3rd place – Derek Reynolds, Alaska
3rd place – Matthew Acevedo, Miami       3rd place – Wakako Maeda, Idaho
2 - 3 Dan                                4 - 5 Dan
1st place – Hiroyuki Maeda, Idaho        1st place – Takanori Furuta, Ittokai
2nd place – Brian Burton, AiShinKai      2nd place – Orsolya Kiss, Cleveland
3rd place – Alden Vanderspek, AiShinKai  3rd place – Masayasu Ando, Alaska
3rd place – Jennifer Mayo, Castle Rock   3rd place – Monica Iwakabe, Rocky Mountain
Competitor’s Pledge   Brian Burton, AiShinKai

PNKF IAIDO SHINSA, October 9, 2022, Rain City Fencing Center, Bellevue

3RD KYU:
Matthew Krueger (Alaska), Hyuga Todaka (SWKIF).
2ND KYU:
Matthew Acevedo (SEUSKF, Ian Agrela De Freites (SEUSKF), Wrennik Andrus (AiShinKai), Yuichiro Baba (Idaho), 
Christopher Campos (SEUSKF), Salvador Eng Deng (Musokai), Michael Mabale (Seattle), James Thieu (Musokai), Riku Todaka (SWKIF), 
Adalei Webster (RMKIF), Kathryn Webster (RMKIF).
1ST KYU:
Yuriko Lee (RenMa), Wakako Maeda (Idaho), Carter Webster (RMKIF), Michael Webster (RMKIF).
1ST DAN:
Teodoro Jose Boado (Musokai), Breanne Leach (RMKIF), Rae Podrebarac (AiShinKai).
2ND DAN:
Mario Nakane (NCKF), Derek Reynolds (Alaska), Sarah Scherr (MWKF), Andy Webster (RMKIF).
3RD DAN:
Michael Jacobson (MWKF), Jennifer Mayo (RMKIF), Ryuichi Shimizu (Seattle).
4TH DAN:
Sardinas Benjamin (Miami Budokan).
5TH DAN:
Anderson Bradley (Agassiz Dojo), Luis Cervantes Genaro (FIK Iaido Mexico Asia), 
Gunnar Goerlitz (Musokai), Heins Katherine (Mitsubachi Dojo), Jean Kodama (Norwalk), Susan Kozawa (Seattle).

46th PNKF TAIKAI – November 6, 2022, Curtis Junior High School, 3725 Grandview Drive West, University Place, WA

10 and Under                           Master’s
1st place – S. Ara, Renbu              1st place – C. Marsten, Kent
2nd place – R. Liao, Renbu             2nd place – F. Yoshimura, Renbu
3rd place – Y. Kobayashi, Youshinkan   3rd place – J. Kliem, Tacoma
3rd place – H. Johnson, Seattle        3rd place – B. Lee, Bellevue

11-12                                  1-2 Dan
1st place – M. Tanimura, Edmonds       1st place – K. Underhill, Northwest
2nd place – S. Johnson, Seattle        2nd place – K. Fukuda, UW
3rd place – H. Ara, Renbu              3rd place – A. Mabale, Seattle
3rd place – M. Chong, Steveston        3rd place – T. Espinal Highline

13-15                                  3 Dan
1st place – KE Yoshimura, Renbu        1st place – I. So, Hawaii
2nd place – N. Chu, Bellevue           2nd place – B. Pae, Northwest
3rd place – KA Yoshimura, Renbu        3rd place – S. Nichols, Renfrew
3rd place – C. Liao, Renbu             3rd place – A. Yuen, UW

0-4 Kyu                                4 Dan and Above
1st place – M. Remmu, Seattle          1st place – H. Kim, Vancouver 
2nd place – N. Le, UW                  2nd place – KE Kobayashi, Youshinkan
3rd place – A. Fan, UW                 3rd place – T. Marsten, Kent 
3rd place – A. Hinman, Camas           3rd place – L. Hancock, Hawaii

 3-1 Kyu                               Women’s Kyu
1st place – D. Chung, Cascade          1st place – J. Lee, Federal Way
2nd place – AL Yuen, Seattle           2nd place – N. Underhill, Northwest 
3rd place – T. Miyamoto, Northwest     3rd place – A. Tan, Cascade
3rd place – S. Kim, Seattle            3rd place – Y. Wu, UW

Women’s Dan
1st place – A. Nakayama, Camas 
2nd place – J. Paik, Tacoma 
3rd place – V. Le, Kenchikai 
3rd place – Y. Lee, Renbu

Junior Team
1st place – Renbu A (KA Yoshimura, N. Son, C. Liao, KE Yoshimura)
2nd place – Steveston (M. Chong, E. Nakano, E. Chui, M. Lin, R. Kao)
3rd place – Bellevue (S. Faso, J. Paik (Tacoma), N. Chu, C. Burke (Kent), R. Kawamoto)
3rd place – Mixed Team 2 (Y. Kobayashi (You), J. Takeuchi (Cms), I. Ohashi (Obu), K. Pierce (Knt) S. Johnson (Sea))

Senior Team 
1st place – Renfrew (K. Muramatsu, S. Nichols, T. Tsuchiya, W. Blades, M. Rose)
2nd place – Hawaii (I. So, S. Ishida, E. Hill, L. Hancock, I. Sato)
3rd place – UW (B. Liao, H. Hu, B. Park, A. Yuen, K. Fukuda)
3rd place – Steveston (E. Chui, R. Nakano, D. Yao, L. Takahae, D. Chui)

Shinpan-cho – Shinichi Koike
Sportsmanship Pledge – Juah Paik, Tacoma
Shoji Inspirational Spirit Award for 2022 – Jonathan Yu, Northwest
Shoji Inspirational Spirit Award for 2021 – Juah Paik, Tacoma
Shoji Inspirational Spirit Award for 2020 – Josh Paik, Tacoma (accepted by Juah in Josh’s absence)
Taikai Co-chairs – Sue Vanasouk and Taryn Imanishi
Head Scorekeepers – John Kliem and Ikaika Yoshikawa

THE LAST WORD

My translating job with the CIC expanded and became more exciting as well. I became a spy to a small degree. I found several informers, listened to the information they provided about the JCP and then reported to the CIC. I was to find the facts: who participated, when and where meetings were held and what was discussed. Captain Parker was especially interested in the gun trade. All the information I reported, checked out to be correct. I accompanied the Matsue police and CIC when they went to parties, to interpret, of course, but to also keep my eyes and ears alert. This duty included trips to Tamatsukuri Onsen, a hot spring town near Matsue. I did get to know the hot spring hotels and geishas quite well, an activity that was usually restricted to the wealthy, but I had to be on the alert. Visit to the Tamatsukuri Onsen My next assignment was more dangerous. I took the girls to buy ice cream cones at a little shop in town. One of the informant agreed to let me hide and listen to a meeting of the JCP planned to take place at his house. I went to listen, hidden in a small closet and heard first hand all the plans for a coming demonstration. I had to remain still, cramped and hardly breathing for a long time. I had learned to do this at Busen. If I had been caught, I could have been killed. My two daughters, Kazumi (Charlotte) on the bicycle and Miyuki (Norma) in the background at the public housing. That short stint was the end of my career as a spy. Captain Parker was transferred. Major Cassidy then hired me to continue to work for the CIC at Miho Air Force Base in the small town of Oshinozu near Matsue in the adjoining Tottori Prefecture. I was promoted to Head Translator/Interpreter, and `managed to instruct all the translators, who were mostly Japanese, and couldn’t interpret, or interpreters, who did not know enough Japanese to converse freely with Japanese. This gave me more time to associate with Major Cassidy. I could still play kendo when I went back to Matsue. Housing was scarce so Dr. Kanno, who owned and operated a hospital in Matsue got me public housing for my family in Matsue. Every day, I used my collapsible bicycle from Matsue Station to Yonago Station, then changed trains from Yonago to Oshinozu Station. Then I unfolded my bicycle and peddled my way to Miho Air Base. Dr. Kanno ran for Matsue city council, and I campaign for him. After winning a seat on the city council, Dr. Kanno asked me to teach his sons English. I accepted it, and after work, I stopped by at Dr. Kanno’s house and taught English to his two sons and another boy who was a son of Dr. Kanno’s friend, and also a doctor. After teaching them, I got to bathe in his nice big bath tub and enjoyed a great meal. The public housing that we had did not have baths so bathing was in a public bath, though in the summer time, we bathed our daughters in an outside cement square tub. Of course, food was still scarce so me eating at Kanno’s gave more food to my wife and daughters.

–Rod Nobuto Omoto, Autobiography, edited by Charlotte Omoto, 2014, p. 51-52. Available as free download at lulu.com.

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