Mariko Yamamoto (山本真理子)Sensei Seminar hosted by GKA in Atlanta – Jan. 16-17, 2016

Mariko Yamamoto(山本真理子)Sensei (26 years old, 5 Dan) won 1st place in All Japan Women‘s Kendo Championship in 2012 and 2013; 3rd place in 2014 and 2015. She has also been a member of the Japanese national kendo team to win 1st place in WKC in 2009, 2013 and 2015. Her father Masahiko Yamamoto (山本雅彦) is a Hachi Dan Kyoshi (specializing in Jodan 上段) and one of the coaches at Osaka Police Department, where Mariko Sensei now works.


The seminar fee will be $30 for the two days.

Registration packet

SWKIF 2015 Fall Shinsa Result

This past weekend the SWKIF held the Fall Seminar and Shinsa in Little Rock, AR, hosted by Kajitani Sensei and the Arkansas Kendo Club. Guest sensei includes Onitsuka Sensei, Harada Sensei and Tamura Sensei. The Dan level (incl. 1-kyu) Shinpan Panel Sensei are: Yuji Onitsuka, Brandon Harada, Mark Uchida, Michio Kajitani, Katsuyuki Ken Tamura, Russell Ichimura Sensei. The Kyu level (2-kyu and below) Shinpan Panel Sensei are: David Cooper, Steve Sasaki, Makiko Adachi, Peter Houston and Michael Moscoso Sensei.

Many of our members tested and received ranks:

Apinya Premprajaks – 4 Dan
Noemí Arnal – 3 Dan
Denise Verastigue – 3 Dan
Jennyrayne Colangan – 1 Dan
Sangki Lee – 1 Dan
Séan Zhu – 1 Kyu
Nathan Williams – 1 Kyu
Rory Casey – 2 Kyu
Nguyen Ly – 2 Kyu
Simon Martinez – 3 Kyu
Peter Shih – 3 Kyu
Debi Blanco – 4 Kyu
Sarah Wheeler – 4 Kyu
Colin Haney – 4 Kyu
Judy Chan – 4 Kyu
Ryan Lu – 4 Kyu
Austin Mackintosh – 4 Kyu

Congratulations to everyone on their hard work and dedication!

1st AUSKF Adult/Mudansha Kendo Seminar – Las Vegas – Jan. 16-17, 2016 – deadline 12/25/2015

The 1st AUSKF Adult/Mudansha Kendo Seminar is scheduled in Las Vegas on January 16-17, 2016.

Current kyu kenshi as well as yudansha who started kendo as an adult are welcome to participate. We are charging a participant fee of $50 per person, which will include lunch for both days of the Seminar.

Providing Customized Instruction and Guidance to Adult Kenshi
It is with great excitement that the AUSKF Education Committee announce the 1st AUSKF Adult / Mudansha Kendo Seminar. This Seminar will provide tailored instruction and guidance to AUSKF kenshi that first started kendo as an adult (18+ years). Instructors will be top-level AUSKF senseis from all over the U.S.

Participants will be divided into similar age/rank groups so that instructors can provide personalized instruction and also act as a mentor to adult kenshi. Group activities will also be organized to encourage interaction and friendship among fellow adult kenshi.

Jan 16th : 9am – 5pm
Jan 17th : 9am – 3pm

Dol Sol High School
3100 E Patrick Ln
Las Vegas, NV 89120
(Less than 2 miles east of LAS airport)

Yuji Onitsuka 7 Dan (NCKF)
Hayato Okawa 7 Dan (SCKO)
Christopher Yang 7 Dan (SCKF)
Michio Kajitani 7 Dan (SWKIF)
Shuntaro Shinada 6 Dan (SCKF)
Ken Hatakeyama 6 Dan (SUSKIF)
Brandon Harada 6 Dan (SCKF)
Sandip Ghodgaonkar 6 Dan (SCKO)
Daniel Yang 6 Dan (SCKF)
Koji Takahashi 6 Dan (AEUSKF)

We are expecting a very large turnout so please register at:

AUSKF Vegas Jan. 2016 Seminar Registration

Currently half of those who already registered are yudansha.
The registration deadline is 12/25/2015.

Event Hotel:

4520 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169 USA
T +1 702 369 3366

Group rate of $149 per night + tax (total = $166.88 per night and total of $333.76 for two nights) for the nights of January 15th and 16th. Please call the hotel directly at 702-369-3366 or 888-492-8847 and use the Group Code G-KEMA to receive the group rate.

HKK Fall Female Kendo Practice – Nov. 21, 2015 – due date 11/10

Houston Kendo Kyokai will be hosting the 2015 All Ladies’ Kendo Practice. The event will be held 9am-1pm, Saturday, November 21, 2015. This event is open to full bogu wearing female kenshi that are members of Southwest U.S. Kendo & Iaido Federation (SWKIF), and ladies who are currently regularly practicing at a SWKIF affiliated dojo.

This practice will be conducted by two instructors from HKK: Makiko Adachi (安達麻紀子) sensei (5 dan) and Hiroaki Kimura (木村洋明)sensei (4 dan). Practice will focus on improving kendo skills particularly relevant to female kenshi, with open keiko at the end of practice.
Practice is going to be held at the Houston Chinese Community Center, located at 9800 Town Park Dr. Houston, TX 77036. Please complete the registration and waiver forms and email them back before Friday, November 10.

HKK Fall All Ladies Kendo Practice Registration Packet

2015 SCKF Iaido Seminar and Shinsa – Nov. 21-22, 2015 – Anaheim, CA – deadline 11/13

Southern California Kendo Federation (SCKF) is hosting an iaido seminar and shinsa featuring guest instructor Shozo Kato Sensei, the current AUSKF Iaido chairman. He carries the Kyoshi 8 dan in kendo and Kyoshi 7 dan in Iaido.

The seminar will be held at the OCB Kendo Dojo in Anaheim, CA on Saturday November 21, 2015 and Sunday November 22, 2015.

An Iaido shinsa will be held on Sunday November 22, 2015, open to all AUSKF members eligible to test for ranks 1 Dan and below.

All applications and fees must be received by Friday November 13, 2015.

2015 SCKF Iaido Seminar Shinsa
2015 SCKF Iaido seminar shinsa fee statement

14th Texas Longhorn Kendo Taikai Result

Congratulations to the following teams:

1st place:  Southern California Venice
2nd place:  New York Kenshinkai
3rd place:  Houston Kendo Kyokai;  Dallas A

Noemí Arnal and Sangki Lee from Dallas B team were the only two who won the Longhorn Award this year!

Our dojo sent 5 teams this year: Dallas A, Dallas B, UTD A, UTD B, and UTA team. Good job everyone!!