15th Nabeshima Cup & 9th Texas Open Kendo Taikai – April 17-19, 2015

Our dojo is pleased to announce the 15th Nabeshima Cup (第15回鍋島杯) and 9th Texas Open Kendo Taikai(第9回テキサスオープン)will commence on Saturday, April 18, 2015. The 2015 Nabeshima Cup Taikai will be offering four divisions: Mudansha (1 Kyu and below), Yudansha (1 Dan to 3 Dan), Women (3 Dan and below), and Youth. The Texas Open will be open to 4 Dan and above.

Location is changed this year. It will be held at:

Middle & Upper School Campus of Episcopal School of Dallas(Campus Map)
4100 Merrell Road • Dallas, Texas • 75229

April 17: Seminar and SWKIF Board Meeting
April 18: 15th Nabeshima Cup & 9th Texas Open Taikai, banquet at night
April 19: SWKIF Shinsa

Here is the Shinsa Registration Packet for DFWKIK members.

This happens to be the weekend for the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards in Dallas. So please plan your trip as early as possible. The Event Special rate at Hilton Lincoln Center is good until March 20, 2015. After that, it would be regular rate.

RIP, Arthur Ichiro Murakami Sensei

Arthur Ichiro Murakami Sensei passed away last night peacefully while sleeping. Murakami Sensei was battling with throat cancer for the past 8 months. He was the former president of AUSKF who signed a lot of our menjos. Murakami Sensei (Kendo Nana Dan Kyoshi, Iaido Roku Dan) was also one of the 4 VPs of International Kendo Federation (FIK), representing the American Zone from 2012 to 2015.

Here is some news coverage of Arthur Ichiro Murakami Sensei in 2012. His daughter Julia had his iPod engraved with “Kendo is my life. My life is Kendo.” according to the Rafu Shimpo news report.

SWKIF and AUSKF 2015 membership drive

Since our dojo is going to host a bunch of events this year including Nabeshima Cup, let’s get the membership drive done the earlier the better, March 1, 2015 being the official cutoff date. Please give the completed 2015 Annual Membership Forms and payment/receipt to Ashley. The easiest way to pay is by using dojo online payments and print the receipt.

**Membership to SWKIF/AUSKF is REQUIRED for participation in ALL federation events such as Nabeshima Cup, AUSKF Iaido camp and Kendo Summer Camp, Taikai, Shinsa (Test for Ranks), Seminars, etc.

Basically EVERY Dallas dojo member including the UTA folks should start/renew the SWFIF/AUSFK membership. A few big Iaido/Kendo events in 2015 will be hosted by our dojo right here in Dallas. No travel cost, hint, hint **

8th US Nito Kendo Seminar: June 26-28, 2015 @TVCC Gym, Ontario, Oregon

Instruction is provided by Niten Ichi Ryu Musashi Kai (二天一流武藏会) at this biggest Nito kendo camp. Both Nito and Itto kenshi worldwide are welcome to this unique learning experience. Seminar is open to both beginners and advanced rank. The closest airport to Ontario, Oregon is Boise, Idaho (BOI).

List of guest sensei:

Tadao Toda Sensei (戸田忠男)Hanshi 8 Dan

Yoshihiro Ugajin Sensei (宇賀神良博)Kyoshi 7 Dan

Hirotsugu Sasaki Sensei (佐々木博嗣)Kyoshi 7 Dan

Futoshi Sato Sensei (佐藤太)Kyoshi 7 Dan

Ryoichi Fujii Sensei(藤井良一) Kyoshi 7 Dan

Ako (Ishimura) Fujii Sensei(藤井(石村)あ子) Renshi 6 Dan (Female)

More details will be provided at here.

A short report of the 2nd US Nito Kendo Seminar held in the D.C. area in 2009 written by Brian Sherry from Nova Budokai can be found here.