Tonight (March 24, 2015) there is NO iaido practice. Advanced Kendo Only. Because we used the whole day last Tuesday for the Iaido seminar.
The Crow Collection of Asian Art is having a “Samurai Spring Break” as part of the Dallas Art District’s Spring Block Party. Tonight our dojo is being invited again to present an iaido and kendo enbu at 7pm and again at 8:30pm at the museum. The address is 2010 Flora Street. The enbu is at the Grand Gallery on the 2nd floor.
There is no regular Kendo practice Tuesday, March 17, 2015 since the dojo is hosting a full day Iaido seminar that day at Walnut Hill Recreation Center.
Next week is Spring break week for Greenhill School. As usual there is annual restriping of their parking lots.
So next Thursday, March 12, 2015 we need to use the Spring Valley entrance on the south side of campus to get in and park our cars since Hornet Road entrance will be closed.
Due to inclement weather, Greenhill School has made an announcement on their site that the school will be closed all day today.
No practice tonight. Enjoy the snow and sunshine.
2015 AUSKF Iaido Camp will be hosted by Northern California Iaido Association on June 18-22, 2015 at San Jose City College in San Jose, CA. The visiting sensei this year will be the same as in NY 2014:
- Shozo Kato (加藤彰三) – Iaido Kyoshi 7 Dan, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan
- Tatsuhiko Konno (今野龍彦) – Iaido Kyoshi 7 Dan, Kendo Kyoshi 7 Dan
6/18 – 6/19 (Thur – Fri) Iaido Seminar
6/20 (Sat) Iaido Taikai
6/21 (Sun morning) Iaido Shinsa
6/21 (Sun Afternoon – Mon) Jodo Seminar
The final version of registration packet which includes the shins form is here. Please bring your AJKF Iaido Manual per Nakamura Sensei’s request.
For further details, please refer to NCKF site.
If you have not yet done so, please reserve a room at the negotiated special Event rate at Hilton Lincoln Center before March 20, 2015. After this date, it would be regular rate due to American Country Music Award being held in Dallas on the same weekend.
Due to the inclement weather, Greenhill School is closed today.
NO practice tonight. Be safe and stay warm.
Our dojo is lucky to have the following visiting Muso Shinden Ryu (夢想神伝流) Senseis to lead an Iaido seminar:
Chihiro Kishimoto (岸本千尋）Sensei; (Hanshi Iaido 8-dan, Kyoshi Jodo 7-dan), former Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei (ZNKR) Iaido Committee Chairman, from Chiba, Japan
Toshio Maehara (前原敏雄) Sensei; (Hanshi Iaido 8-dan; Kyoshi Jodo 7-dan), from Hiroshima, Japan
Shozo Kato (加藤彰三) Sensei; (Kyoshi Iaido 7-dan; Kyoshi Kendo 8-dan), from NYC, US
March 16 (Monday night): 7pm -9:30pm @Greenhill School, regular dojo meeting place
March 17 (Tuesday – full day): 9am – 4pm
@Walnut Hill Recreation Center
10011 Midway Road
Dallas, TX 75229
More details will be shared later.
In order to tour the Nabeshima Taikai facility, we will meet this coming Sunday February 22, 2015 at:
Upstairs Auxiliary Gym (better accessed by Montwood Lane, one street south of Merrell Road)
Stephen B. Swann Center (Bldg.#12 on the Campus Map)
Middle & Upper School Campus of Episcopal School of Dallas
4100 Merrell Road • Dallas, Texas • 75229
Here is the Parking Map. The Auxiliary Gym is best accessed by turning west on Montwood Lane (one street south of Merrell Road) from Midway. The security entrance is immediately on your right on Montwood Lane. Once you get in through the gate, the Stephen B. Swann Center is all the way on the left. Refer to the parking map for valid school parkings. The Auxiliary Gym is upstairs inside the Stephen B. Swann Center, on the right hand side.
Due to scheduling conflicts, this coming Tuesday’s practice will be Advanced Iaido ONLY at 8:15pm.
Due to some unforeseen scheduling conflict with Greenhill, our kendo practice tonight will start one hour later at 8:15pm instead.
Sorry about the short notice.
Our dojo is pleased to announce the 15th Nabeshima Cup （第15回鍋島杯） and 9th Texas Open Kendo Taikai（第９回テキサスオープン）will commence on Saturday, April 18, 2015. The 2015 Nabeshima Cup Taikai will be offering four divisions: Mudansha (1 Kyu and below), Yudansha (1 Dan to 3 Dan), Women (3 Dan and below), and Youth. The Texas Open will be open to 4 Dan and above.
Location is changed this year. It will be held at:
Middle & Upper School Campus of Episcopal School of Dallas(Campus Map)
4100 Merrell Road • Dallas, Texas • 75229
April 17: Seminar and SWKIF Board Meeting
April 18: 15th Nabeshima Cup & 9th Texas Open Taikai, banquet at night
April 19: SWKIF Shinsa
Here is the Shinsa Registration Packet for DFWKIK members.
This happens to be the weekend for the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards in Dallas. So please plan your trip as early as possible. The Event Special rate at Hilton Lincoln Center is good until March 20, 2015. After that, it would be regular rate.
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.
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 **
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.
Our first practice in 2015 has been rescheduled to next Tuesday on January 6, 2015 at Greenhill. NO practice this Sunday.
There is still some time to register for the upcoming Detroit kendo Tournament. The deadline is Jan. 24, 2015. (The Promotion Exam registration deadline date is 1/30/15).
Here is the registration form.
The dojo board meeting is scheduled at 9am on Sunday, January 25, 2015. Every dojo member is encouraged to participate. We will meet at the Tom Perryman Alumni Center, the conference room at the south end of Phillips Gymnasium at Greenhill.
There will be NO practice.
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
Portland Oregon (PDX)
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 .