RIP, Arthur Ichiro Murakami Sensei

Arthur Ichiro Murakami Sensei passed away last night peacefully while sleeping. Murakami Sensei was battling with throat cancer for the past 8 months. He was the former president of AUSKF who signed a lot of our menjos. Murakami Sensei (Kendo Nana Dan Kyoshi, Iaido Roku Dan) was also one of the 4 VPs of International Kendo Federation (FIK), representing the American Zone from 2012 to 2015.

Here is some news coverage of Arthur Ichiro Murakami Sensei in 2012. His daughter Julia had his iPod engraved with “Kendo is my life. My life is Kendo.” according to the Rafu Shimpo news report.

SWKIF and AUSKF 2015 membership drive

Since our dojo is going to host a bunch of events this year including Nabeshima Cup, let’s get the membership drive done the earlier the better, March 1, 2015 being the official cutoff date. Please give the completed 2015 Annual Membership Forms and payment/receipt to Ashley. The easiest way to pay is by using dojo online payments and print the receipt.

**Membership to SWKIF/AUSKF is REQUIRED for participation in ALL federation events such as Nabeshima Cup, AUSKF Iaido camp and Kendo Summer Camp, Taikai, Shinsa (Test for Ranks), Seminars, etc.

Basically EVERY Dallas dojo member including the UTA folks should start/renew the SWFIF/AUSFK membership. A few big Iaido/Kendo events in 2015 will be hosted by our dojo right here in Dallas. No travel cost, hint, hint **

8th US Nito Kendo Seminar: June 26-28, 2015 @TVCC Gym, Ontario, Oregon

Instruction is provided by Niten Ichi Ryu Musashi Kai (二天一流武藏会) at this biggest Nito kendo camp. Both Nito and Itto kenshi worldwide are welcome to this unique learning experience. Seminar is open to both beginners and advanced rank. The closest airport to Ontario, Oregon is Boise, Idaho (BOI).

List of guest sensei:

Tadao Toda Sensei (戸田忠男)Hanshi 8 Dan

Yoshihiro Ugajin Sensei (宇賀神良博)Kyoshi 7 Dan

Hirotsugu Sasaki Sensei (佐々木博嗣)Kyoshi 7 Dan

Futoshi Sato Sensei (佐藤太)Kyoshi 7 Dan

Ryoichi Fujii Sensei(藤井良一) Kyoshi 7 Dan

Ako (Ishimura) Fujii Sensei(藤井(石村)あ子) Renshi 6 Dan (Female)

More details will be provided at here.

A short report of the 2nd US Nito Kendo Seminar held in the D.C. area in 2009 written by Brian Sherry from Nova Budokai can be found here.

2015 Portland Iaido Seminar – Jan 9-11, 2015

Kokusai Budo Daigaku(国際武道大学), Kazuhiza Kaneda (金田 和久) Iaido Seminar
KANEDA Kazuhisa sensei, Iaido Kyoshi 8 Dan
Instructor at International Budo University in Katsuura Japan
8 time All Japan Iaido National Champion
Author of “Iai no Kihon(居合の基本)” (Iai Basics) Book and DVD set

The schedule is as follows;

Friday, Jan 9 (10:00 am -5:00 pm)
Cascade Heights Charter School
15301 SE 92nd Ave
Clackamas OR 97015

Saturday, Jan 10 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Sunday, Jan 11 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Hillside Comm Center
653 NW Culpepper Terr
Portland OR 97210

Nearest Airport:
Portland Oregon (PDX)

Lodging Information
Please contact bogu AT cableone DOT net if you need help with lodging or suggestions for area hotels.

Seminar Cost: $120

Open to all levels. Registration must be received by December 31st, 2014 or subject to $25 late fee. Please fill out and return the registration form .

New kendo ranks of dojo members

Congratulations to our members who tested and received their new kendo ranks at the SWKIF Fall Kendo Seminar and Shinsa held last weekend in Tucson, AZ!

Alison Liu – ShoDan (初段)
Michael Lee Jr. – Ikkyu (一級)
Zach Gonzales – Ikkyu (一級)
Sangki Lee – Nikyu (二級) (1st time test & rank)

2014 dojo winter holiday schedule

The Dojo schedule for this coming winter holiday season:

November 27, 2014 (Thursday) – NO practice. Happy Thanksgiving! See you on November 30 (Sunday) at the dojo.

December 14, 2014 (Sunday) – Dojo Christmas Party (Location & Time: 6pm @Mr Sushi); Kids under 12 are $10 each, anyone else $25 per person. Pay at Dojo Online Payments using Paypal or give cash/checks to Apinya/Simon.

December 21, 2014 (Sunday) – Last practice of the year.

January 4, 2015 (Sunday) – First practice in 2015.

Enbu at The Crow Collection of Asian Art this Friday night

Our dojo has been invited to perform an Iaido and Kendo enbu at The Crow Collection of Asian Art this Friday night at 7:30pm and 8:30pm. This enbu is part of the Crow Collection After Dark – Samurai Complete at Crow Collection of Asian Art program on October 17 from 6pm to midnight.

Since October 17 is the 3rd Friday of the month, Dallas Museum of Art is having its usual monthly Late Night event when all adjacent museums (DMA, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Crow Collection of Asian Art) are open until MIDNIGHT. General admission to all three museums is FREE.

Art District Parking Info & Map:
Late Night at DMA is usually very popular. DMA underground parking ($10, free for members) fills up very quickly. Nearby street meter parking is free after 6pm. Open lot or office building parking is available around $5-$15 and you need to walk a few blocks. Details can be found in the above link. Also DART Arts District station is a few blocks away.

Austin Longhorn Taikai – Dallas A team won the 2nd place

Congratulations to the California Venice Kendo Dojo team (Katsushi Chinen, Hideki Imai, Cody Inouye, Allyson Dong, Axel Wilhite and Jamie Inouye) for winning the 1st place in last weekend’s Austin Longhorn Taikai!
Congratulations to the Dallas A team (Masayuki Mizuuchi, Huy Nguyen, Jeffrey Bang, Reggie Solitano, Victor Lee and Peter Pang) for winning the 2nd place. Congratulations to the Southern California Kendo Organization team (Yuma Kato, Gaku Sasaki, Keita Yada, Sayaka Sugeta and Shota Sugeta) for winning the 3rd place.
Applause for the Dallas B team (Chris Golden, Denise Verastigue, Alison Liu, Michael Lee, Sean Hollebeck and Ashley Moore) and SWKIF team (Amer Mujakic, Sayaka Mizukami, Theodore Kouadri, Zachary Gonzales, Javier Cantu and Jennyrayne Colangan) for the great fighting spirits.
Proud of all the team players and thank everyone who was involved.

Fall AUSKF/SWKIF Membership Drive

It’s that time again for the Fall AUSKF/SWKIF Membership Drive.
Anyone who wishes to test or attend any seminars hosted by AUSKF or SWKIF needs to be a member. For those who already signed up during the Spring Membership Drive, you don’t have to worry about it.

The form is attached and you must fill it out completely. If you need your AUSKF Membership Number we will provide it to you. You can pay by Check or use our dojo’s online payments  page.  Turn in your completed form, check or Paypal receipt to Ashley or Simon.

The Due Date will be September 9th, 2014.

SWKIF/AUSKF Membership Form 2014.pdf

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.