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

Tonight’s practice start time update with Kiwada sensei

Our practice this evening with Kiwada sensei will start at 7:30 allowing us to use the big gym. Please show up at least 15-20 minutes before so that we are able to start practice right away once the gymnasium is available to us. All members are encouraged to attend this rare opportunity to learn from the All Japan Kendo Federation champion.

Event Schedule

Here are some important dates to remember:

Daiki Kiwada (木和田 大起) Sensei Visit, Renshi RokuDan, 2012 AJKF Champion – AUSKF Champion Tour
Tuesday, November 19, Regular Class Schedule and Location

Mitsuru Hamasaki(濱崎 満)Sensei Visit, Hanshi Hachidan – AUSKF Educational Tour
Tuesday, December 10, Regular Class Schedule and Location

Christmas Party
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Location & Time: TBA

Last practice of the year
Sunday, December 22, 2013

First practice of the year
Sunday, January 5, 2014

General Board Meeting
Sunday, February 2, 2014

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.

2013 AUSKF Summer Kendo Camp

When: Friday August 30 to Sunday September 1.
Where: Cleveland – Cleveland States University .

All forms and payments within the packet are due August 17. No late applications will be accepted. The camp includes seminar and promotional exam (Kodansha 5-7 Dan only). There is also a banquet Saturday evening.

Two instructors from the Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei (ZNKR) will be attending the camp:
Masahiro Shimano Sensei (Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan) from Osaka.
Masateru Ogata Sensei (Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan) from Kumamoto.

Schedule (subject to change):

Friday, August 30th 2:30 PM-3:30 PM: Registration, 3:30 PM – 7 PM: Seminar
Saturday, August 31st 8:00 AM-9:00 AM: Registration, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Seminar
Saturday, August 31st 6:00 PM-8:00 PM: Camp Dinner Party
Sunday, September 1st 8:30 AM-12:00 Noon: Seminar
Sunday, September 1st 1:00 PM-4:00 PM: Promotion Exams (5th – 7th Dan Only)

FORMS (Contact David Cooper for Promotional Exam Forms):

2013 Nabeshima Cup and Texas Open Taikai Results

Congratulations to all who participated in these events.

Youth A Division (10-13):
1st Place: Keeley McManus, Kent
2nd Place: Nathan Keplinger, RMKF
3rd Place: Noah Heuertz, Omaha
3rd Place: Akiko Kuno, DFWKIK
Kantosho: Akiko Kuno, DFWKIK

Youth B Division (14-16):
1st Place: Tiarnan Marsten, Kent
2nd Place: Sora Imamura, Arkansas
3rd Place: Kazushi Matsumoto, DFWKIK
3rd Place: Yuka Saito, Ito Dojo
Kantosho: Yuka Saito, Ito Dojo

Women’s Division (3rd Dan and below):
1st Place: Noelle Grimes, Sno King
2nd Place: Apinya Premprajaks, DFWKIK
3rd Place: Alexandra Darrah, UT
3rd Place: Moonkyung Kim, Colorado Springs
Kantosho: Huong Dang, UT
Kantosho: Reiko Mizukami, Arkansas

Mudansha Division (1 kyu and below):
1st Place: Victor Lee, DFWKIK
2nd Place: Terry McManus, Kent
3rd Place: Joshua An, UT
3rd Place: Jake Dupre, New Orleans
Kantosho: Joshua An, UT
Kantosho: Amer Mujakic, Arkansas

Yudansha Division (1 dan to 3 dan):
1st Place: Takuro Yamaoka, Bushinkan
2nd Place: Jason Wong, RMKF
3rd Place: Luis Angeli, Sen Shin Kan
3rd Place: Guido Stucco, St. Louis Kendo
Kantosho: Ben Kiang, Budokan
Kantosho: Kit Lien, Ito Dojo

Texas Open (4 dan and above):
1st Place: Michio Kajitani, Arkansas
2nd Place: An Giang, Arkansas and PNKF
3rd Place: Masayuki Mizuuchi, DFWKIK
3rd Place: Bryan Mosely, Sen Shin Kan
Kantosho: Masayuki Mizuuchi, DFWKIK