Japan – The 4th Annual WKN Keikokai + Social Gathering – May 2 – Kyoto

May 2, 2016
12:30 – 16:30
Keiko-kai 稽古会 (training)
Shin-zen jiai 親善試合 (Friendship tournament)
17:00 – 18:00
Party (in a Japanese-style room)

Sakyo-tobu iki-iki civic activity center, Kyoto  (京都市左京東部いきいき市民活動センタ)
Adress: 3-2 Takamine-cho Shishikatani Sakyo-ku Kyoto  (左京区鹿ケ谷高岸町3−2)

URL: http://gekken.net/SE_IKIIKI/

14th All Japan Kendo 8 Dan Championship – Sunday, April 17 – Nagoya, Japan

Many familiar kendoka will show up. For example, Eiga Brother’s sensei and last year’s Champion Furukawa Kazuo 古川和男 Sensei from Hokkaido, and Kamei Toru 亀井徹 Sensei from Kumamoto will be both competing at their 11th and 12th time respectively. You can view last year’s final match at 2015全日本選抜剣道八段戦 決勝 石田利也 対 古川和男 – Ishida vs. Furukawa 8-dan, a 1080p HD video clearly demonstrating Furukawa Sensei’s elegant sonkyo, roaring kiai, strong ki or qi, fierce seme, and indisputable men ippon, etc.


Detailed Japanese version of the participants list can be found at: 出場選手

English version of the participants list can be found here: competitor list

AJKF Official Youtube Live Stream url (@19:30 CST, Saturday, April 16): LIVE STREAM

Canadian Kendo Federation Women’s Iaido Seminar led by Atsumi Hatakenaka 畠中篤美 Sensei – July 16-17 – Toronto

On July 16 and 17, Atsumi Hatakenaka 畠中篤美 Sensei, Kyoshi 8 Dan, the most senior, active female Iaido sensei in the world, will be leading a seminar focused on developing women in Iaido. Hatakenaka Sensei specializes in MJER (無双直伝英信流) and is from the Tokyo area.

Sensei will not only work with participants on improving their own training methods and practices, but also impart her knowledge, experience, and advice for thriving in a martial arts world growing in gender diversity.

If you, or your dojo members, are interested in participating, please support the organizers by filling out the following web form: http://goo.gl/forms/AtR9FevGY8

Place: (Venue) Etobicoke Olympium
(Address) 590 Rathburn Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9C 3T3

Accommodation Recommendation:
Best Western Plus Travel Hotel Toronto Airport
5503 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, ON M9C 5K5

Preliminary Schedule:
July 16 (Sat) 2016: Seminar, Lecture “How to thrive as a woman in Iaido”, and Banquet
July 17 (Sun) 2016: Seminar, Lecture “How to teach Iaido to practitioners with different body types”, and Embu

More details to follow.

2016 AUSKF Kendo Summer Camp – August 19-21 – Palo Alto, CA – deadline 7/6

The 2016 AUSKF Kendo Summer Camp will be held on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California on Friday, August 19th through Sunday, August 21st. There will be kendo seminar and kodansha shinsa. Camp fee $95 – DUE JULY 6TH.

Instructors from Japan
-Toru Kamei Sensei 亀井徹 (Hanshi 8 Dan – Kumamoto Pref.)
-Toshiya Ishida Sensei 石田利也 (Kyoshi 8 Dan – Tokyo Pref.)

STANFORD UNIVERSITY (San Diego Room @ Ford Center)
615 Serra ST
Stanford, CA 94305

Friday, August 19th
2:30 PM-3:00 PM: Registration
3:00 PM-6:30 PM: Seminar

Saturday, August 20th
9:00 AM-9:30 AM: Registration
9:30 AM-4:00 PM: Seminar
7:00 PM-10:00 PM: Sayonara Party

Sunday, August 21st
9:30 AM-12:00 AM: Seminar
1:00 PM-4:00 PM: Promotion Exams

Please find all information and registration details at AUSKF Education – 2016 Kendo Summer Camp.

2nd Team USA Prospects Camp – May 14-15 (Novi, MI)

The 2nd Team USA Prospects Training
Camp on May 14-15 at the below location and time:

Novi Middle School (Aux Gym)
49000 Eleven Mile Rd
Novi, MI 48374
5/14 (Saturday): 8am-5pm
5/15 (Sunday): 7am-12pm

Similar to the previous Training Camp, those Kenshi who dream of becoming
members of Team USA should plan on attending this event. Participants must
be at least shodan (1 Dan) and registered members of AUSKF. There is no
age limit, but Kenshi must be willing and able to participate in
high-level national team level training.

More information can be found at the link below or on the attached flyer.
The deadline for interested Kenshi to register is April 4th, 2016. For
further questions regarding details of the Training Camp, please contact


5th Tuesday of the Month Schedule

As we have a fifth Tuesday approaching, here is our planned fifth Tuesday practice schedule in the year of 2016:

March 29: Shiai Kendo
May 31: Iaido
August 30: Kendo
November 29: Iaido

Please make sure you attend this Tuesday, March 29 night’s practice especially if you plan to participate in Ito Cup but have never been in a kendo tournament before.

Crow Collection of Asian Art Enbu this Saturday – April 2

We are invited by the Crow Collection of Asian Art to perform both an iaido and kendo enbu at 10 a.m. and again at 11 a.m on Saturday, April 2.

The Crow Collection is located at 2010 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201, across the street from the Nasher Museum and close to the Dallas Museum of Art.

They will have us perform in the outside courtyard, up the stairs from street level on Flora Street. The weather is supposed to be very nice, and they say they are expecting lots of students from DISD, so it will be a great opportunity to demonstrate our art in an appropriate setting on a beautiful day.

Let’s plan to meet (dressed) in the courtyard of the Crow Collection of Asian Art at 9:15 a.m.

Entrances to the building’s parking garage are located on both Harwood and Olive Streets. Take your parking ticket to the museum’s front desk to have it validated.

Please let Tranchin Sensei or Ichimura Sensei know if you plan to attend.

Dojo Jacket Order

Ashley is coordinating a bulk order of the official DFWKIK dojo jacket for new members. If you have not already done so, please give her your size information.


HKK Kimura Sensei Farewell Practice – Mach 5-6, 2016

Hiroaki Kimura (木村洋明)Sensei is moving back to Japan. A bunch of our dojo members including Nguyen Sensei and Tranchin Sensei, drove to Houston and participated his farewell joint kendo practice headed by Kajitani Sensei during the past weekend. Pretty sure everyone particularly enjoyed Yamaoka Sensei’s warming up drills.

Thanks HKK for the hospitality! It was a great weekend of kendo and friendship! Best luck to Kimura Sensei! We will meet again.