TO READ: Kendo Shiai and Shinpan Related Books

Please take time to read the two eBooks (downloadable pdf’s) in the “Kendo Shiai/Shinpan Related Information:” section on our Dojo Training Guides page.

1) The First Steps to Becoming A Referee – Basic Rules of Kendo Tournaments and Refereeing by Terry Holt Sensei

2) Kendo Shiai Shinpan Administration Essentials Guide Shinpan Tebiki
剣道試合・審判・ 運営要領の手引き
(English & Japanese) Official FIK doc translated by Robert Stroud Sensei  (This is not the Rules book, simplified version)

Different parts will apply for different people in their roles for the upcoming Nabeshima Taikai. Please note the sections on scoring and setup, but everyone can gain a better understanding of the working parts of managing competitions.

Tomorrow night Kendo Only & Minor schedule change on Easter Sunday, April 5

Practice tomorrow (Tuesday, March 31) will be kendo only, focusing on taikai preparation. A regulation size shiaijo (court) will be laid out. The practice is highly beneficial to members who will compete in Nabeshima Cup. Please make your best effort to join the practice and arrive early to help set up the shiaijo.

In order to provide more time for kendo taikai preparation, kendo kata practice is canceled on Sunday, April 5. Iaido practice remains unchanged.

Tuesday nights schedule through April

Due to the incoming Nabeshima Taikai, we are making some adjustment to our regular Tuesday night practice.
Here is the Tuesday night schedule through April:

March 31:  Advanced Kendo, Shiai Keiko
April 7:      Kendo Shiai Keiko, Taikai Management Training *
April 14:    Kendo Shiai Keiko
April 21:    Basic & Advanced Iaido
April 28:    Advanced Iaido & Advanced Kendo

*Everyone including the volunteers please plan to be here on this night (April 7) so we can go over scorekeeping, shiaijo management, scoreboard management, etc.

2015 AUSKF Iaido Camp – June 18-22 @San Jose, CA

2015 AUSKF Iaido Camp will be hosted by Northern California Iaido Association on June 18-22, 2015 at San Jose City College in San Jose, CA. The visiting sensei this year will be the same as in NY 2014:


Yasuo Sakono (迫野康雄) sensei (Muso Shinden Ryu|夢想神伝流, Iaido Hanshi 8-dan) from Fukuoka, Japan
Masato Nakamura (中村正人) sensei (Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu|無双直伝英信流, Iaido Kyoshi 8-dan) from Ishikawa, Japan


AUSKF Sensei:

  • Shozo Kato (加藤彰三) – Iaido Kyoshi 7 Dan, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan
  • Tatsuhiko Konno (今野龍彦) – Iaido Kyoshi 7 Dan, Kendo Kyoshi 7 Dan


Taikai Chairman: Sue Sekreta – Iaido Renshi 6 Dan
Shinsa Chairman: Pamela Parker – Iaido Renshi 7 Dan

6/18 – 6/19 (Thur – Fri) Iaido Seminar
6/20 (Sat) Iaido Taikai
6/21 (Sun morning) Iaido Shinsa
6/21 (Sun Afternoon – Mon) Jodo Seminar

The final version of registration packet which includes the shins form is here. Please bring your AJKF Iaido Manual per Nakamura Sensei’s request.

For further details, please refer to NCKF site.