Mask mandate update effective immediately – 8/11/2021

Effective immediately, DFWKIK will require Face Masks that cover the nose and mouth during all practices to stay in line with the updated Mask Mandate issued by Dallas County.

Kendo practitioners will go back to wearing face masks in addition to face shields when wearing the men.

In addition to wearing face masks, we strongly encourage all members to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to further prevent the spread / prevent serious symptoms / prevent hospitalization.

Please reach out to any board member if you have any questions.

New Dojo jackets are available

New dojo jackets are available and can be paid for on the Online payments page. If you would like one be sure to let Jess Alvarez know and either pay online or with a check to Verastigue-Sensei

Here is the design below:

Dojo practice resuming Thursday June 3rd!

As COVID-19 cases continue to decline and vaccinations become more readily available, the Board has decided to return to In-Dojo practice resuming Thursday June 3rd, 2021!

Schedule will return to our pre-covid practice times on Thursdays and Sundays. In person Tuesday practices will be omitted in favor of virtual practices.

Members participating In Dojo practice are expected to resume paying membership dues. If you are not planning on returning at this time, the Board has temporarily lifted the “reinitiation” due for those that have taken an extended break from the dojo but plan on returning.

As we transition back to practicing within the dojo, please take the time to go over the provided document to understand what to expect upon returning back to the dojo.

DFWKIK COVID-19 Guidelines

Action Items for all members returning:

1. Inspect your gear. Many of us have practiced in over a year. Check your Iaito, Gi, Hakama, Shinai, & Bogu.
2. READ the document and be prepared
3. Fill out the attached waiver form and bring to class
4. Before each practice, expect to fill out a form online (accessible via QR Code). This will not only help with attendance but also help with contact tracing / screening for COVID
5. Pay your dues

As stated in the document – Change at home – we will not be able to use the locker rooms and bathrooms are to be used one and at a time

For kendo practitioners in bogu, we are requiring mask and shield in the men to help reduce the spread. A couple board members have pre-emptively purchased the mask shields for members. They are approximately $10 each.

From the All Japan Kendo Federation:

For further explanation please refer to: AJKF translated findings

MASKING:
Masks reduced the amount of spray by around 90%.
Shield reduced droplet spray by around 70%.
Masks with shields block droplets by almost 95%.
Breathing difficulties are alleviated when wearing a Men-mask if a small space is made between the mask and the mouth. You can wear a Men-mask with the nose uncovered.

TSUBA-ZERIAI:

Abiding by the guidelines set out by the All Japan Kendo Federation, competitors should avoid tsuba-zeriai. If tsuba-zeriai is unavoidable, both competitors should separate immediately, or attempt hiki-waza. Competitors should not shout at each other (kakegoe). (Hassei will be permitted in the case of hiki-waza. If the competitors do not separate forthwith, the Shinpan should announce “Wakare” without delay.)

Updated Waiver is available as well as a form for those members who have been vaccinated:

Updated Waiver

Covid Vaccine Form

AUSKF and SWKIF annual renewal

Members, please remember that the AUSKF and SWKIF membership drive has started.
Fees have gone down from last year:

AUSKF fees now $40 per adult (down from $60)

Youth is $20 (down from $30)

SWKIF fees will be $5 for all ages.

This change was recently submitted by the regional board in an effort to get membership numbers up.
Total expense for AUSKF and SWKIF should be $45.

All members planning on being in person and virtual practices should be AUSKF members.
Please sign up via https://unitedstateskendo.com

SWKIF Virtual Kendo Seminar – 2/26 – 2/27

There will be a virtual kendo seminar hosted by Tulsa Kendo on Friday 2/26 until Saturday 2/27. The seminar is free but Limited to AUSKF members only, due to the presence of the USA national team. This is a free event using the APP “ZOOM.”(Download) Please be prepared with a shinai, or bokuto, that can be safely swung indoors. Brief Q&A session to follow each practice so please hold all questions until then.

Up to date details can be found in the links below:
Facebook Event
Tulsa Kendo Website

Schedule:

Feb 26, Friday
Koki Abe
Focus: Bokuto-ni-yoru kihon keiko-ho
Time 6:00-7:00PM CST

Feb 27, Saturday
Christopher Yang
Focus: Kendo conditioning drills
Time 10:00-11:00AM CST

Brandon Harada
Focus: Kendo conditioning drills
Time 1:00-2:00PM CST

Koki Abe
Focus: General Kendo practice
Time 6:00-7:00PM CST

ZOOM APP LINK
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86144583890
Meeting ID: 861 4458 3890

WEB BROWSER LINK
https://zoom.us/wc/join/86144583890
– Link will be active 10 Minutes before each session
– Please mute yourself upon entering the practice
– PIN the main speaker during each session

Minato Sensei

It is with great sadness and heartbreak to advise that Yunosuke “Max” Minato Sensei, passed away on the 17th of January.

Minato Sensei, a great Sensei and Mentor of many DFWKIK members for both Iaido and Kendo for over 40 years, was the former owner of Mr. Sushi Restaurant in Addison, and a founding member of Kiyari Daiko Taiko Group.

Sensei, you touched many lives in and out of the Dojo, and we thank you for it, you will be missed greatly.

Our deepest condolences to his family

L

AUSKF/SWKIF Annual Spring Membership Drive 15-31 March 2020 – Deadline is Fast Approaching

****URGENT REMINDER****

The Deadline for AUSKF/SWKIF Membership Registration/Renewal of the 31st of March is fast approaching, please complete it ASAP!!!

The AUSKF/SWKIF Annual Spring Membership Drive is now open for Registration/Renewal starting today and will run through the 31st of March.

www.unitedstateskendo.com

When going to the 2020 Membership Dues Page to select the Amount to pay, please be aware that both the AUSKF and SWKIF fees are showing the combined total (i.e. AUSKF 18 & Over: $60.00 and SWKIF 18yrs & Over: $30.00 so the amount showing to select is $90.00).
If you are registering for the first time, a One Time New Member Initiation Fee of $10.00 – AUSKF and $5.00 – SWKIF will be added.
If you have any questions or problems, please reach out immediately so we can work to resolve it, before the deadline, especially since we are on a hiatus.

Nathan or Simon

Dojo Closure due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

After consulting with DFWKIK Board, we have made the unanimous decision to suspend practice immediately through, at the minimum, the end of March due to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
The health and safety of our members and community are our top priority and will continue to monitor the outbreak.
Should we need to suspend practice past March, we will make sure to communicate these changes. Until then, please say safe and healthy.
Thank you,
Masayuki Mizuuchi
DFWKIK President

2020 AUSKF/SWKIF Membership Drive

The Annual AUSKF/SWKIF Membership Drive will start on the 15th of March, and will run through the 31st of March.

If you plan on testing for promotion or participating in any AUSKF or SWKIF Sponsored event, you must be a member of the National and Regional Federation.

Registration/Renewal is done online via www.unitedstateskendo.com

AUSKF Membership Fees:

Adult (18 years and over) – $60.00

Children (17 years and under) – $30.00

Full time students – $30.00

One time Initiation Fee – $10.00

SWKIF Membership Fees:

18 Years & Over – $30.00

17 Yrs & Under – $15.00

New Member Initiation Fee – $5.00

If you have any issues or need your AUSKF Membership Number, please let Nathan Williams or Simon Martinez know, so we can work to get it resolved.

SWKIF Nationals Men’s Team Tryouts and Godo Keiko – March 7th in Dallas

The SWKIF Men’s Team Tryouts will be held on Saturday, March 7th starting at 12pm to 4pm in Dallas, the address is listed below:
MAC Sports Center
200 West Continental Drive
Lewisville, TX 75067
Godo Keiko will follow, time permitting.
There is a $20.00 fee to cover the court rental cost.
This is an excellent opportunity to practice with fellow Kenshi of the regional federation.

*****Schedule Update*****

The Annual Dojo Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, the 8th of December at May Dragon Restaurant in Addison,- 4848 Beltline Rd. Dallas, TX 75254 starting at 6pm (Sign-up Sheet will be posted soon.)
The Last Practice of the year will be on Sunday, the 22nd of December 2019.
The First Practice of the New Year, will be on Sunday the 5th of January 2020.

****Schedule Change****

Basic and Advanced Iaido has been moved to the following Tuesday 10/15 due to Shiai Prep for the Longhorn Taikai next weekend.
Tuesday will be a Full Dress Rehearsal for the Taikai on Saturday, all Team Members are highly encouraged to attend
We will need help with setting up the Shiai-Jo, and timekeeping, scorekeeping etc. so those not participating in the Taikai please come out to help.

Free Kendo Lesson Event at MAC Sports Center

Tuesday’s Night Practice will our Free Kendo Lesson Event at the MAC Sports Center in Lewisville (address below), starting at 8:00pm until 10:00pm
200 Continental Dr.
Lewisville, TX 75067
Please bring any spare Serviceable Shinai you may have for our potential new students to use during this Free Lesson.
We need as many members available as possible for this event.