Kendo Kata Canceled & Entrance Changed on Sunday, April 5th

In preparation for the up-coming Nabeshima Cup, Kendo Kata is canceled on Sunday, April 5th. Kendo practice will start at 10:40 am and end at 12:30 pm. Iaido practice remain unchanged.

Also, on the same day, the Hornet Rd. entrance of GreenHill Schoole is closed. Please used the entrance on Spring Valley Rd.


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.

Annual Summer Pool Party!

This year’s pool party will be held on Saturday, August 16, from 3pm to 7pm. Al and Lucy are kindly hosting the party at their house. Due to privacy reasons, the address will be announced in the dojo only.

AUSKF Shinpan Seminar Information

The DFWKIK will be hosting the 2014 AUSKF Zone 6 Shinpan Seminar on May 3-4. For members with kendo rank of sandan and above are highly encouraged to attend, and it will be a good learning experience for those who are nidan and below. There will be no fee to attend the two day seminar, however you can pre-order the lunch ($12/each per day) and banquet dinner ($30/person). If you are interested in attending, please see Yong Cho at practice for the registration form.  The dojo deadline will be April 13.


Ito Cup

This year’s Ito cup will be held May 17, 2014.  Members who will be participating must fill out the following waiver form (page 6).  Liability forms should be turned in at class before the deadline.

Please see the attached document for tournament location and information.

2014_ITOCUP_Registration Packet

SWKIF Spring Promotional Exam

Please find attached the registration document and written exam for the Promotional Exam to be held in Denver on Sunday, May 18th.  If you plan to attend and take the exam:

1)      Discuss it with Ichimura Sensei

2)      Attain his signature

3)      Compile all the forms and two checks

4)      Turn them in to David Cooper sensei

The deadline for DFWKIK members to turn in their forms to David Cooper sensei is Sunday, April 27th.  No late applications will be taken, so please don’t wait until the last minute.


Shinsa Application DFWKIK 2014 Denver, Colorado

Parking Lot Closure in GreenHill High School from 3/10 to 3/15

The two parking lots of Green Hill High School will be closed from 3/10 to 3/15 for restriping. Parking for Tuesday (3/11) and Thursday (3/13) will be affected. However, two parking lots will not be closed at the same time.Whenever one is closed, the other is open. Please see the detail of closure listed below.

Tuesday practice, Match 11
Hornet Road gate & parking lot close (the one we normally park; “O” on the map)
Please use Spring Valley gate & parking lot (“N” on the map) as the alternate.

Thursday practice, March 13
Spring Valley gate & parking lot close (“N” on the map)
Please use Hornet Road gate & parking lot as alternate. (the one we normally park; “O” on the map)

p.s. point H on map is the building we practice in.


Spring SWKIF/AUSKF 2014 Membership Drive

For all members of DFWKIK, please complete the attached form and return it, along with either a check payable to DFWKIK or a receipt of your online payment, to Alison or Simon before Sunday, March 9th. Please note that if you had submitted a membership form last fall, you will still need to submit this membership form. In addition, there is an $5 initiation fee for the NEW members.

While it is not a requirement for DFWKIK members to join the SWKIF or AUSKF, we highly encourage it in order to support regional and national activities and insurance coverage. If you plan to attend a regional or national event (seminar, tournament, or promotional exam), it is required to be a member of the SWKIF and AUSKF.

SWKIF/AUSKF Membership Form 2014.pdf

SWKIF Fall Seminar & Testing

When: October 25th, 26th, and 27th. Kendo.
Where: Tulsa, OK – Webster Auxiliary Gymnasium.
What: 2-day Seminar, SWKIF Board Meeting, & Promotional Exam for Kyu to 3 Dan.

Seminar Deadline: Please return the registration form along with the waiver of liability, meal selection form, and a check by October 8th, 2013.

Testing Forms: The exam application, a copy of the latest menjo, written exam, and checks must be given to your Dojo Representative (David Cooper) on or before Thursday, October 10. Please see that Ichimura Sensei signs off on applications well before that.

Friday – October 25th, 2013
6:30 – 9:00 PM SWKIF Board of Directors Meeting (Hampton Inn Meeting Room)
6:30 – 9:00 PM: Kendo seminar (Webster Auxiliary Gymnasium)

Saturday – October 26th, 2013
Webster Auxiliary Gymnasium
8:30 – 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 – 9:10 AM Opening Events
9:10 – 12:00 AM Kendo Seminar
12:00 – 1:00 PM. Lunch Served
1:00 – 4:30 PM Kendo Seminar
4:30 – 5:30 PM Keiko
7:30 PM Dinner at A Sensu Japanese Restaurant
(7123 S 92nd East Ave • Tulsa)
(918) 252-0333

Sunday – October 27th, 2013
Webster Auxiliary Gymnasium
9:00 – 12:00 AM Kendo Rank Promotions; as soon as promotions have been completed,
keiko will begin.
12:00 – 1:00 PM Keiko

Forms are available for download by clicking the links below:

Fall Membership Drive – SWKIF-AUSKF

For members who missed the Annual Fall Membership Drive, please complete the attached form and return it to Alison before Sunday, September 15th. While it is not a requirement for DFWKIK members to join the SWKIF or AUSKF, we highly encourage it in order to support regional and national activities and insurance coverage. If you plan to attend a regional or national event (seminar, tournament, or promotional exam), it is required to be a member of the SWKIF and AUSKF. If you plan to attend the seminar or promotional exam in Tulsa this October, you must be a member.

DFWKIK Summer Pool Party

When: Saturday, August 24, 5:00 til …
Where: Cooper’s House

All family and significant others are welcome and encouraged to attend and celebrate our kendo family.

Maps will be distributed in class. Please signup to bring ice, drinks, or your favorite dish.

5th PNKF North American Women’s Taikai Results

Congratulations to all the SWKIF Team Members and Participants!

1st place – Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation 1
(A. Kikkawa, J. Chen, N. Grimes, J. Frazier-Day, A. Takado)
2nd place – Butokuden
(V.Kuo, Y.Saito, L.Gibbons, M.Harigai, H.Nohara)
3rd place – Southern California Kendo Federation
(Y.Kil, C.Tada, E.Kim, C.Yoon, N.Sano)
3rd place – Southwest Kendo & Iaido Federation 1
(H.Dang, S.Mizukami, A.Darrah, A.Premprajaks, S. Sugimoto)

1st place – J. DeJong, PNKF
2nd place – K. Lam, Steveston
3rd place – S. Ma, PNKF
3rd place – C. Tada, SCKF

1st place – A. Takado, PNKF
2nd place – A. Kikkawa, PNKF
3rd place – E. DeJong, PNKF
3rd place – W. Robilliard, BCKF
4th place – C. Yoon, SCKF
4th place – N. Sano, SCKF
4th place – B. Lin, PNKF
4th place – M. Harigai, Butokuden

A special thanks to Jennyrayne for helping me find the results.

2013 US Iaido Championships – Results

Congratulations to all who participated in the 2013 US Iaido Championships held Saturday June 29 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

0 Kyu to 2 Kyu Division
1st Place Allen Smith Mushinkan – SWKIF
2nd Place Michael Miyamoto Rocky Mtn. Budokan – RMKIF
3rd Place David Aguero Salinas – NCKF
3rd Place Ruth Alessi Gulf Coast Kendo – SEUSKF
Kantosho Jennifer Mayo Castle Rock Iaido – RMKIF

1 Kyu and 1 Dan Division
1st Place Sean Hannon Castle Rock Iaido – RMKIF
2nd Place John Mullin Ken Zen – AEUSKF
3rd Place Douglas Picard San Jose – NCKF
3rd Place Serena Tang Nichibukan (JSS) – EUSKF
Kantosho Lynn Miyauchi Musokai – PNKF

2 Dan and 3 Dan Division
1st Place Kevin Loughlin Ken Zen – AEUSKF
2nd Place Gordon Hall Ken Zen – AEUSKF
3rd Place Hiroaki Fukumoto Seattle Kendo Kai – PNKF
3rd Place Gunner Goerlitz Musokai – PNKF
Kantosho Yuko Nishida Shidogakuin, NY – GNEUSKF

4 Dan and Above Division
1st Place Susan Sekreta Ken Zen – AEUSKF
2nd Place Paul Shin Shidogakuin, NY – GNEUSKF
3rd Place Terry Fukui Ken Zen – GNEUSKF
3rd Place Jason Hankins Zen Bu Kan – RMKIF
Kantosho Debi Farmer Shidogakuin, NY – GNEUSKF

Iaido Classes Cancelled on 6/27 and 6/30

Because many of our senior members will be out of town for the National Iaido Taikai and Seminar, iaido classes will not be held on Thursday evening, June 27th and on Sunday morning, June 30th. KENDO CLASS WILL BE HELD at the usual time for kendo on Thursday. Please arrive early to prepare the wrestling room. On Sunday morning, kendo kata practice will be held at the usual time, followed by kendo practice.