Team USA T-Shirt Fundraiser

February 5, 2018

Dear Federation Representatives:

Thank you for your continued support of Team USA Kendo. With the 17th World Kendo Championships quickly approaching, each and every team member has been hard at work preparing to represent AUSKF in Incheon, South Korea.

Starting this month, we will begin our Team USA t-shirt fundraiser. As in previous years, all proceeds will go toward supporting the team. Your support of not only Team USA, but this program in particular, has always been a huge part of our success at the World Kendo Championships.

All details regarding sizes, payment, contact information, and additional donation opportunities can be found on the attached form. Please note that all orders received by February 28th, 2018, will be delivered to federation representatives at the AUSKF Junior Open National Championships in April.

Please forward this email and order form to your federation’s dojo’s – we’d like to spread the word about this fundraiser to as many people as possible.

Thank you in advance for all of your support.

Yuji Onitsuka
Team USA Manager, 2018

Attachment

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auskf.org

February 4, 2018

Dear federation presidents,

Back in 2006, auskf.org became the official domain name for the AUSKF website. Auskf.info was deprecated, because we could not gain ownership of it (long story).

If anyone contacts you about the auskf website being down, please direct them to auskf.org, which is alive and well.

In the meantime, we are trying once again to reach the owner of auskf.info, but the results are not certain.

Regardless, please be sure to use auskf.org going forward.

Thank you!
Jean Kodama, Webmaster


No Foreign Kendo Leader’s Seminar in Kitamoto this year

February 4, 2018

Dear President of AUSKF Member Federation.

Thank you very much for understanding and supporting AUSKF. I received a notece from All Japan Kendo Federation as follows. Please distribute.to your member clubs and members.

AJKF will not hold the Foreign Kendo Leader’s Seminar in Kitamoto this year.

Sincerely,
Shinobu Maeda
Exec VP, AUSKF


All Japan Kendo Enbu Taikai (Kyoto Taikai) Application

January 26, 2018

To AUSKF Member Federation President,

Please distribute the attached information of All Japan Kendo Enbu Taikai (Kyoto Taikai) to your members and clubs.

Since AJKF’s deadline is February 20 (Tue), 2018, applicants should email
① Application Form
② A Copy of Rank (Dan) Menjo
③ A Copy of Shogo Menjo
to Shinobu Maeda (maeda.shinobu@gmail.com)
by February 17(Sat), 2018

Sinicerely,
Shinobu Maeda
Exec VP, AUSKF

Attachments
information (pdf)
application form (xls)


Kendo High rank and Shogo examination on April 15, 2018

January 23, 2018

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 15, 2018 (Sunday) after the board meeting at:
Marina High School
15871 Springdale St, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

followed by critiques and seminar.

Please distribute the attached information to your member clubs.

The deadline of the application is March 30, 2018 (Friday).

Sincerely,
Michio Kajitani
VP Promotion & Examination, AUSKF

Attachments:
info packet (updated 1/24/18 to correct title)
Marina High map
hotel info

Update 2/6/2017:
Please also distribute the link below and encourage the applicants to fill this form in the link. That will help us organize the shinsa without error. Thank you very much for your corporation.
https://goo.gl/forms/BzYEf305YW3NX0ck2


Jr. Nationals 2018 Details

January 21, 2018

Greetings AUSKF board members and federation presidents,

Attached is the registration form the 2018 AUSKF Jr. Nationals. Please return the completed form to us by March 1, 2018 to register@auskf-jrnationals.com.

We ask for your cooperation in returning completed forms on time to help the tournament committee construct brackets which will subsequently be shared.

Cheers and thank you!

AUSKF Tournament Committee
http://www.auskf-jrnationals.com
http://www.facebook.com/auskfjrnationals

Attachment: registration form (xlsx) updated, see below

Update 1/25/18:
The registration form has been upated. The previous form did not include registration for the number of teams federations will be entering in the teams division. Federations can enter up to 2 teams for each division adhering to the age guidelines outlined here: http://auskf-jrnationals.com/info

Update 1/30/18:

  • Shiai rules have been posted, see link
  • Like last year, we will be selecting 5 kenshi from the 14-15 years old division to represent the AUSKF in the All Japan Dojo Youth Kendo Tournament in July 2018 in Tokyo Japan. We encourage you to share this with eligible kenshi to motivate them to sign up and participate.
  • Shinpan who are considering signing up to volunteer should be available one hour before the tournament starts for a shinpan meeting.
  • Selected shinpan who reside outside of Southern California will have hotels booked on their behalf. Those residing in Southern California are expected to have their own accommodations already coordinated.

All the above information is available on our Info page (http://auskf-jrnationals.com/info.html) and Travel page (http://auskf-jrnationals.com/travel.html).


Progress of the online registration

January 15, 2018

Greetings,

We hope your new year is off to a good start.

We would like to report to you on the progress of the online registration. To remind you, the impetus for the new system is to automate the work flow, centralize data security, and correct errors in the existing database by having individual members verify their profiles and records. Travis Stronach and Steve Hoff have been volunteering their time for software development and improvement. The system is and will be a work in progress for many years to come, but it is now equipped with many of the convenient and flexible features that you requested, including the following:

(1) Each federation can set their own fee schedules online;
(2) Members can register online and pay by check via federation representatives;
(3) Dojo representatives can verify members’ eligibility and control their registrations;
(4) Dojo representatives can merge multiple dojo data into one (e.g., the system currently recognizes the University of Chicago Kendo Club and the Univ. of Chicago Kendo Club as two separate dojos. The dojo rep can merge the two);
(5) Users can merge multiple records (quite a few members have multiple IDs for various reasons); and
(6) Federations, if they choose to do so, can import spreadsheet to register their members;

So far, seven federations (AEUSKF, ECUSKF, GNEUSKF, MWKF, PNKF, SEUSKF, and SWKIF) have signed up to use the new system. We would like to encourage that the remaining federations will join us. It will either eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of work at every step of the way–dojo reps, federation reps, and the AUSKF will all be freed from a lot of mundane, manual work. It will also allow individual kenshi to take ownership of their accounts and keep their profiles current. Furthermore, we believe that the new system is more secure against potential data exposure than in the previous system where registrations data changed hands in multiple stages before getting to the AUSKF.

We will give more detailed instructions in March for the new registration that spans 4/1/2018-3/31/2019. Meanwhile, we encourage that the federation representatives will start entering the bank account information and submit to us a list of dojo representatives as well as those who should be given administrative access to. We also encourage that the dojo and federation representatives merge duplicate records, which unfortunately exist in the current database, before the registration rolls out. We expect that this work will significantly reduce the amount of confusion.

Lastly, Travis Stronach and Steve Hoff can use some helping hands in further adding new features and maintaining the existing system. The required skills include working experiences in

  • MVC.NET and C#
  • AngularJS and Angular 4
  • .NET Web Api
  • Experience with .NET Core is desired.
  • MS Sql Server
  • Entity Framework
  • A good understanding of SOLID principles and common software patterns.
  • Talent in UI design/HTML/CSS is a plus

We would appreciate it if you could ask your members about this volunteering opportunities for the benefit of the general membership of the AUSKF.

We look forward to working with you. Thank you.

Keiko Umemura, Kotaro Yoshida, Travis Stronach, and Steve Hoff