Bokuto ni yoru kihon keiko ho requirements

April 15, 2019

Dear presidents of the member federations,

Please be notified of the new guideline by AUSKF to incorporate the Bokuto ni yoru kendo kihon waza keiko ho (Bokuto Keiko) to Kyu examination at regional level starting next year.

We ask you to start testing candidates to demonstrate sufficient knowledge and skill of these techniques starting year 2020.

To assist you to be familiar with these techniques, AUSKF will be teaching these techniques at the upcoming adult kendo seminar and high rank seminar.

Below is the minimum required to conduct at each examination, and you may make changes to expand the use of it as well.

We do not require you to do this for 1 kyu and above, since they already have to demonstrate kendo kata.

We do require you to conduct the test, but Bokuto Keiko performance should not be the reason to fail the candidate.

We made this decision based on what is going on in Japan to test Kyu candidates, and encourage each dojo and member federation to learn and teach this technique.

Thank you,

Michio Kajitani
VP P&E, AUSKF

– 3 Kyu: Gokaku·keiko, (chakuso, kamae, reiho, hassei), “Bokuto Keiko hou” 1~4
– 2 Kyu: Gokaku·keiko, (chakuso, kamae, reiho, hassei, datotsu·no·sae), “Bokuto Keiko hou” 1~9

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June 2019 AUSKF New Jersey Shimpan Seminar

April 9, 2019

Regional Presidents:

Please find attached the announcement for the June, 2019 AUSKF Shimpan Seminar for the Northeast U.S. area to be held in New Jersey. Please forward to all of your members as soon as practically possible.

Online registration information to follow soon! All AUSKF members in good standing are invited to attend.

Mark Kerstein
AUSKF
Competition Committee

Attachment: announcement


2019 AUSKF Kodansha Seminar – June 1-2, 2019 in Las Vegas

March 16, 2019

Dear AUSKF Federation Presidents and Supporters:

Thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm for all of our AUSKF Education events. We are receiving great feedback and hope to continue to create programs that are aimed at various sectors of our kendo population in the US.

In furtherance of this goal, we are very pleased to announce the 1st AUSKF Kodansha Seminar to be held June 1st and 2nd in Las Vegas!!! This seminar will be led by our very own Hanshi 8 Dan, Yoshiteru Tagawa Sensei. In addition to a focus on high-level kendo techniques and instruction, we will be going over Bokuto Ni Yoru Kendo Kihon Waza Keiko Ho.

More information, including registration instructions will follow shortly, but the tentative schedule is below:

Saturday, June 1st
9-9:30AM: Registration
9:30AM-5PM: Seminar
7-10PM: Party

Sunday, June 2nd
9-9:30AM: Registration
9:30-2:PM: Seminar

Location
Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA
4141 Meadows Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89107
https://www.lasvegasymca.org/locations/bill-lillie-heinrich-ymca

Sayonara Dinner
Saturday Evening
Location – TBD

Regards,
AUSKF Education

Update 4/29/2019
Registration Open
Click the link below:
High-Rank Seminar

Update 5/14/2019
There is no deadline to register for this seminar, however bento orders will not be accepted after Thursday, May 24th.


2019 AUSKF Adult Seminar – June 1-2, 2019 in Las Vegas

March 16, 2019

Dear AUSKF Federation Presidents and Supporters:

We are so excited to announce the 4th AUSKF Adult Seminar, to be held June 1st and 2nd in Las Vegas!!! This seminar is aimed at providing motivation and support to a very important group with our AUSKF population. It will also give Adult Kenshi the opportunity to meet their fellow Kenshi from all across the United States. We will continue to focus on providing tailored instruction and guidance to those who started kendo as an adult (18+), so BOTH Adult Kyu and Yudansha are both welcome to join!

More information, including registration instructions will follow shortly, but the tentative schedule is below:

Saturday, June 1st
9-9:30AM: Registration
9:30AM-5PM: Seminar
7-10PM: Party

Sunday, June 2nd
9-9:30AM: Registration
9:30-2:00PM: Seminar

Location
Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA
4141 Meadows Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89107
https://www.lasvegasymca.org/locations/bill-lillie-heinrich-ymca

Sayonara Dinner
Saturday Evening
Location – TBD
Regards,
AUSKF Education

Update 4/29/2019
Registration Open
Click the link below:
Adult Seminar

Update 5/14/2019
There is no deadline to register for this seminar, however bento orders will not be accepted after Thursday, May 24th.


AUSKF 2019 Membership Registration

March 6, 2019

Dear President of AUSKF Member Federation,

This message finds you well. Today, I am contacting you regarding the 2019 AUSKF membership registration. The 2019 membership period is 4/1/2019 – 3/31/2020, and the 2019 membership registration due date is 3/31/2019. Please find attached letter for the registration information.

Online Registration

Travis Stronach and Steve Hoff have been volunteering their time for software development and improvement and keep making progress on the online registration portal. Last year, two more federations signed up the online registration system, and nine federations (AEUSKF, ECUSKF, EUSKF, GNEUSKF, MWKF, PNKF, SEUSKF, SUSKIF, and SWKIF) have been using the online registration system. We strongly encourage the remaining federations to join the online registration system. It will significantly reduce the amount of administrative work at every dojo, federation, and AUSKF stage, and it will also allow individual kenshi to review and update its own profile and take ownership of their accounts.
Please see more benefits here.

Spreadsheet Registration

Jean Kodama sensei and Mary DeJong have been volunteering their time and assisting the federations to import the membership data and continue working on the spreadsheet registration process. If your federation choses to remain in the spreadsheet registration, please follow the steps and instructions carefully. You can find the instructions here.

If you have any question regarding the membership registration, please feel free to contact me at keiko.umemura@auskf.org.

Sincerely,

Keiko Umemura
AUSKF Treasurer

Attachment: letter


High rank kendo shinsa April 14, 2019 Seattle, WA

February 16, 2019

Dear Presidents of AUSKF Member Kendo Federations,

AUSKF Kendo Promotion Exam (5-7 dan and Shogo (Renshi, and Kyoshi) will be held in the afternoon of April 14, 2019 (Sunday) after the ASUKF board meeting at:
Tyee Highschool: 4424 S 188th Street, Seattle, WA 98188
Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019
12:30 pm – 12:55pm Registration
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Test 5 Dan & above, Shogo
(No seminar or keiko planned after the shinsa)

We are accepting all applications online.
(Please do not mail the documents to my physical address.)
Please check the website below to access the application form.
http://auskf.org/docs/2018/Kendo5to7ApplicationDanForm.htm

All payments to be made online.
If you have any problem making online payment, please contact me.

You need to pay only for the examination on application.

Those who passed the test must pay the menjo fee within 2 weeks.

Event Hotel:
Radisson Hotel Seattle Airpot
18118 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188: (206) 244-6666 radisson.com
Courtesy Block for attendees are available: Deadline is March 14 . Let the hotel know it is at the AUSKF rate, and e-mail to David Yotsuuye sensei: yotskendo@aol.com to let him know you are staying at that hotel.

Airports:
Seattle Tacoma International airort (SEA)

If you have any question, please contact Promotion & Examination committee, AUSKF
Email: promotion@auskf.org

Please distribute this information to your members.
The deadline of the application is March 29, 2019 (Friday). No exceptions.

Sincerely,
Michio Kajitani
VP Promotion & Examination, AUSKF
Email: promotion@auskf.org

Note: federation signature is required, so check with your federation for its deadline and procedure.

Attachment: information packet (pdf)


2020 AUSKF National Championships Preliminary Information

February 10, 2019

Dear Federation Presidents,

It is my pleasure to announce that MWKF will host the next National Championships in 2020. The tournament location will be in the Detroit Area. The date and exact location will be sent later.

It is also a pleasure to announce 1 new individual division and 2 new team divisions. The new individual division is the senior women’s division (45+yrs & 3 Dan up). The new team divisions are the Girls Jr Youth Team and Girls Sr Youth team. Please see the attachments for more information.

Good luck to everyone,

Yuji Onitsuka
AUSKF VP of Competition

Attachments:
preliminary info
regulations