Members: Please clean up the dojo before you leave. It's clean when we get there, we should leave it as clean or cleaner than we come in.
The owner of the dojo, Tajima-sensei is concerned that we are leaving trash on the dojo floor, such as tape, pieces of bamboo from our shinais, and other things that don't belong there. Please make sure you clean up after yourselves before you leave the dojo.
GNEUSKF Promotion Exam.
Our federation will have the promotion test kyu and 1dan on May 18th (Saturday) 2013.
If any of your member are interested in it, please pass out the information.
Thank you very much.
Cleveland Kendo Association
TOURNAMENTS & SEMINARS
Godo-geiko in Cleveland
Thank you very much for forwarding this message to ECUKF members.
A couple of additional information.
(1) Now, in Cleveland, we have new sensei, Mr. Robin Tanaka, 6 dan (37 years old). He was a Canadian National Team member and he is "internationally" strong kendoist.
If you have a time to come to Cleveland, you will be able to enjoy kendo practice with him. I believe that his presence can be a good reason to come to Cleveland! (Joe's note: I have had the honor of practicing with Tanaka-sensei several times in Toronto. He is an outstanding teacher and a wonderful kenshi to know.)
(2) We are also planning to have another special Godo Practice on May 19 (Sun) morning-afternoon. Probably, we will have this practice from 9:30 am- 1 pm (with some break). I know that many of you have your own dojo practice on Saturday, and thus you may not be able to come on Saturday. But, if you are interested in coming on Sunday, please let me know.
(3) We have another special joint "Ladies only" practice on May 26 (Sunday) (and may be May 27 (Memorial Day) early morning). However, I know that most of Lady Kenshi have husband or son who do kendo. If these men (not women) come together with their wife or mother, they can practice with boys and gentleman in Cleveland in another gym room. Please let me know if you are interested in this Ladies only practice, and additional practice for lonely boys and gentlemen.
Women's Practice in Cleveland May 26, 2013
Greetings, Fellow Kenshi!
I am happy to announce what we at the Cleveland Kendo Association hope to be the first of many to come: a special Women’s Practice hosted in Cleveland, OH, on May 26th (Sunday), 2013 from 12-3pm. Please share this invitation with women members of your dojo, and we ask that interested parties RSVP by email (to email@example.com ) by Saturday, May 11th, 2013.
Why a Women’s Practice? Even with the growing diversity in US kendo, many women kenshi still have few fellow female members with whom to practice on a regular basis, which leaves tournaments as the primary venue for that experience. In my own 15-year kendo “career,” eleven of those years were spent as the only female member of my clubs and it wasn’t until 2009, when I returned to Cleveland and CKA, that I was able to practice regularly with the women kenshi here. Previously, I had only faced women at tournaments, and even then I found their kendo "strange" at first. Women kenshi often develop a distinct approach to kendo as a counter to the overpowering physicality of men's kendo. For this reason, CKA would like to provide an annual opportunity for fellow women kenshi to experience, practice, and discuss kendo from our own perspectives…and then to celebrate afterwards!
To those of you who will be attending CKA's First Annual Women's Practice on Sunday May, 2013, there has been a change of location.
Practice will be held at the same time, 12pm - 3pm, but will be held at:
Red Fitness 24/7 Map
Located in Severance Town Center
3554 Mayfield Road
Cleveland Heights, OH
Please make a note of this change in location, and we will see you next Sunday!
Junior Team USA Program
Dear Federation Presidents and Senseis:
It is with great excitement that AUSKF announces the creation of the AUSKF Junior Team USA Program.
This program will consist of training camps (gasshukus) that will bring together AUSKF kenshi between 15-21 years of age from all over the United States.
Instruction will be provided by current and former members of the U.S. National Kendo Team, and it will be a great opportunity for younger kenshi to improve their kendo while bonding with fellow kenshi from other regions.
In order to fully benefit from this program, participating kenshi should be competitive in their local region and be capable of participating in a full two-day training camp.
The first Junior Team USA Training Camp will be held on April 27-28, 2013. Participants must arrive in Los Angeles, California by Friday night, April 26th.
A stipend of $500 will be provided to each federation outside the hosting region that sends at least one kenshi to participate (to be used to assist kenshi(s) in costs to attend).
The participation fee per kenshi will be $50. We are currently limiting this program to male kenshi, but will incorporate female kenshi if we can stimulate enough interest in the program.
We have attached the relevant documentation for the Program.
All participating kenshi must be recommended/approved by the local federation.
Please send one application per federation no later than April 1, 2013 to our attention at the following email address:
After April 1st, We will reach out to the individual participants to complete the individual Participant Information and Waiver Forms.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation. We look forward to working with you to create opportunities for the next generation of AUSKF kenshi.
AUSKF Junior Team USA Program
AUSKF Referee Seminars (2013-2014)
Dear AUSKF Regional Federations:
Please find attached the general information regarding the 2013-2014 AUSKF Referee Seminar Schedule.
Beginning in 2013, the AUSKF Competition Committee will be having 5 national seminars in 5 zones for the period 2013-2014. The
particulars for these seminars is included in the attachment. Please
advise your federation members of these events. The goal is have
national seminars with the same instruction for all AUSKF members. In doing so, we hope to improve the quality of referees in the United
The first seminar will take place in "Zone 1" in January 2013. The
faclitator will be contacting each Zone 1 federation within the next
week to begin the process.
Thank you and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact.me.
Wishing you and all your regional members a very happy holiday season!
Vice-President of Competition, All U.S. Kendo Federation (AUSKF)
President, Southern California Kendo Federation (SCKF)
Head Instructor, Torrance Kendo Dojo
Farewell Kakari-geiko with Ariga-sensei September 2, 2012
Koizumi-sensei has uploaded a video of the kakari-geiko onto YouTube. You can watch it here.
Bessho-sensei has also uploaded a series of photographs of the kakari-geiko. You can watch it here.
Ariga-sensei is moving to S. Carolina, but he will continue being the President of our federation and come back to Fall Promotion/JC Tournament.
Updated Miami Valley Kendo Club Practice Times
Hello Miami Valley KC members and visitors,
Columbus School Kendo Club has started their fall term, so our practice time will go back to 11:00 AM ~ 1:00 PM
Thanks for your support!
No Current Liability Insurance for AUSKF Members
Hello ECUSKF Dojo Representatives,
Please distribute to your members.
There is an update to this situation. The letter from AUSKF is attached.
Results of 2013 Cleveland Kendo Tournament Team Matches
Miami Valley Kendo Club won 2nd place at the Cleveland Tournament. The Semi-final and Final match videos are courtesy of Koizumi-sensei. Congratulations to the team!
2nd Match をUp load しました
2nd Match は次の URL で視聴できます:
Semi-Final は次の URL で視聴できます:
Final は次の URL で視聴できます:
New Owner for Akashi Sushi Bar and New Parking Instructions for MVKC members.
Hello Ito Sensei and Koizumi Sensei,
After Isa's Karate class today, Master Tajima asked me to pass on two requests:
1. The dojo back door is a new door (this door now opens to the outside of the dojo, due to fire code regulations). There is no need for the bar(stick) to be on the door anymore since it now opens to the outside, but he would like someone to make extra sure it is locked at the end of training/practice.
2. The Akashi Restaurant has a new owner who will open on Saturdays and Sundays. Master Tajima is requesting we park our cars in three places:
a. behind the dojo (we can move the wooden horse barrier to the side, maybe 2/3 cars can fit there)
b. behind the restaurant (by the kitchen entrance and by the back door of the dojo on the side road next to the building)
c. the parking places directly to the right hand side of the dojo (away from the restaurant entrance)
Aerial photo of parking places. Kendo Parking is outlined in Red, Akashi Sushi Bar parking is outlined in Green. Blue indicates how the cars are parked.
The idea is that we try to park away from the entrance of the restaurant to allow the customers to park near the restaurant entrance as much as possible.
I let Master Tajima know that this Saturday(4/6/2013) there will not be any training/practice because of the Cleveland tournament.
If it is helpful I am sure you can call Master Tajima if needed for more details.
Nils and Family
We regret to announce that Carl Basham's mother passed away on Friday, March 29, in Wheeling, WV. Our condolences go out to Carl and his family.
Picture Slideshow from 2013 Kentucky Tournament
Pictures courtesy of Shigemi Ishii from Central Kentucky Kendo Club
MVKC Practice Times
Kendo on Sport Japan TV
Hello MVKC members and visitors,
Bessho-sensei introduced us an interesting short TV show on the you tube.
Please watch and find something essentially important.
You tube 内で、 NHK World よる剣道紹介番組を見つけました。
SPORTS JAPAN -- Kendo
Japan Kanagawa Prefecture Police Practice
Hello MVKC members and visitors,
<Japan Kanagawa Prefecture Police practice>
Please watch the youtube video "from 8:28 to 9:40" and imagine how you can copy the practice at MVKC.
We cannot simply copy and adapt their whole practice to MVKC practice, but I want to adapt and adjust only one practice for MVKC.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4aWQH0zvHk&feature=related (Entire video)
http://www.miamivalleykendo.org/Kanagawa Prefecture Police Practice clip.wmv (8:28 - 9:40)
Minutes from ECUSKF Board Meeting Spring 2013
Minutes are in .pdf format, and can be viewed here.
An excellent article on suburi.
Many thanks to Mon Lu at Minnehaha Kendo Club. The article is a treatise on how suburi is performed.
Latest Update May 18, 2013