2015 AUSKF Iaido Camp – June 18-22 @San Jose, CA

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:


Yasuo Sakono (迫野康雄) sensei (Muso Shinden Ryu|夢想神伝流, Iaido Hanshi 8-dan) from Fukuoka, Japan
Masato Nakamura (中村正人) sensei (Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu|無双直伝英信流, Iaido Kyoshi 8-dan) from Ishikawa, Japan


AUSKF Sensei:

  • 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


Taikai Chairman: Sue Sekreta – Iaido Renshi 6 Dan
Shinsa Chairman: Pamela Parker – Iaido Renshi 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.

AUSKF Spring Iaido Seminar – March 16-17, 2015

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.

URGENT – Sunday February 22, 2015 practice @ Episcopal School of Dallas

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.

15th Nabeshima Cup & 9th Texas Open Kendo Taikai – April 17-19, 2015

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.

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 .