AJKF Dojo Renmei Taikai

July 12, 2016

The All U.S. Kendo Federation is happy to announce that for the first time, a team from USA will be participating in the All Japan Kendo Dojo Renmei Taikai (for middle school children). The tournament will be held at the Tokyo Budokan on July 27, 2016. The team from the US will be represented by:
– Group Leader: Mr. Yoshiteru Tagawa
– Team Coach/Mgr: Mr. Danny Yang
– Team members (Region/age):
– Arata Ogikubo, SCKO, 15yrs
– Tyler Barrone, MWKF, 15yrs
– Noah Suzuki, SCKF, 14yrs
– Tylor Wang, WKF, 14yrs
– Tomohide Katayama, ECUSKF, 13yrs
These members were selected by Tagawa-sensei and Yang-sensei based upon their performance and kendo merit displayed at the recent 2016 Jr. Nationals held in Detroit, MI last month. They will depart for Japan on 7/22, have 2 days of practice then attend the events on the weekend and return to the US immediately following the tournament.

We wish these young kenshi well and we know they will do their best to represent our youth from throughout the USA!

Gambatte!!! We are proud of all of you! Good Luck and best wishes to them!

Tim Yuge

6th AUSKF Junior Open Results

June 28, 2016

Results are available (see pdf file) for the AUSKF Junior Open National Championships held 6/25/16 in Detroit.

Congratulations to all!

Update 7//3/16: see thank you letter and photo gallery

AUSKF Summer Camp 2016 – Guest Sensei Announcement

June 7, 2016

We are very excited to be able to confirm that the two guest sensei from
Japan for the 2016 AUSKF Summer Camp will be Toru Kamei sensei (8dan
Hanshi – Kumamoto Prefecture) and Toshiya Ishida sensei (8dan Kyoshi –
Tokyo Prefecture). While both senseis are renowned throughout Japan and
the world, here is a short list of some of their achievements:

Hanshi 8 Dan
All Japan Kendo Championship 2nd Place
All Japan 8th Dan Championship 2nd Place
All Japan 7th Dan Championship 1st Place (5 times)
All Japan Police Team Championship 1st Place

Kyoshi 8 Dan
World Kendo Championships 1st Place Team Division
World Kendo Championships 3rd Place Individual Division
All Japan Kendo Championship 1st Place (2 times)
All Japan 8th Dan Championship 1st Place
All Japan 7th Dan Championship 1st Place (2 times)
All Japan Police Team Championship 1st Place (3 times)
All Japan Police Individual Championship 1st Place

We are extremely excited to have both Kamei sensei and Ishida sensei
joining us for this event! Please forward this information on to your
federation members.

As a reminder, you can register for the AUSKF Summer Camp here:
http://auskf-education.com/?p=700. Please note the deadline for
registration is JULY 6th.

AUSKF Education Committee

Update 6/9/16:
Kodansha shinsa general information has been uploaded.
Note: federation signature is required, so check with your federation for its deadline.

AUSKF Zone 2 Referee Seminar – CHICAGO (June 11 & 12, 2016)

May 12, 2016

Midwest Kendo Federation
East Central US Kendo Federation
Greater N.E. US Kendo Federation (Ohio area)
and other Regional AUSKF Federation members and kenshi

Dear Sensei and Kenshi:

The AUSKF Competition Committee (Referee Committee), would like to announce the following seminar coming to your regional area.

AUSKF Zone 2 Referee Seminar (Chicago)
June 11 & 12, 2016
(Sat: 9:30 am to 5pm, Sun: 8:30am to 12:30pm)

This seminar is important as it is in preparation for the upcoming Jr. Nationals and future AUSKF and regional tournament events. Besides referee and kendo instructions, it will also feature discussion about AUSKF insurance and due diligence by dojo to ensure safe practice and tournament environments for kendo and other forms of instruction.

The seminar will concentrate on those who are 3dan to 6dan, however, 1-2dan and higher kyu may attend although they may not get to referee. We may ask some to be shiaisha, which is a great opportunity to also learn about kendo. Everyone must bring kendo dogu.
Everyone must register if planning to attend.

There is a non-refundable registration fee of $10 for the 2-days. There are also bento and dinner party (Sat.) options. Everyone is invited to attend the dinner party.

Note: You do not have to attend both days, but it is highly recommended. If you cannot make this seminar, there will be other Zone seminars in 2017 which you may attend or repeat. We will be having a seminar in 2017 (TBA) in the New Jersey/New York area, as well as in the Southeast, Pacific North, and Southwest regions.

All 7-dan sensei (and higher) will assist as instructors, however we ask that they register as well. (After they register, we will waive their registration and bento fees.)

To register, please click on the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/JqoFWGPe6i

A dojo rep may also register on-line for sensei and members if others are not comfortable with registering “on-line”. I will send a confirmation list to all federations by June 7th, for distribution to individual dojo, this will let them know who signed up.

For those dojo who wish to register via a “classic” form (spreadsheet), I have also attached a spreadsheet, however the spreadsheet must be returned to me by June 3rd. Please return sheet or for questions, email to: tim.yuge@auskf.org

Thank you and hope to see you at the seminar!

Y. Onitsuka


Zone 1 AUSKF Referee Seminar 5/21-22/16 in Southern California

April 29, 2016

Dear SCKO, WKF and SCKF:

We are happy to announce that AUSKF will be having it’s first 2016-2017 Referee Zone Seminar in Southern California.  This will be in preparation for AUSKF National events and federation regional events in the coming 3 years.  This is an important seminar as we strive to create a referee training that will be comprehensive and put all referees on the same path of judging a match fairly to everyone’s satisfaction.

We invite all your members 3 dan and above to attend.  We also would like your federation 7 Dan sensei to assist with teaching our kenshi as well, so we ask for their assistance.
Lower rank yudansha (1 – 2 Dan) are invited to attend, however they must register.  They should also bring their dogu as they can participate as shiai-sha.  It is an opportunity to learn about kendo for them as well.  Unfortunately they will not be able to participate actively as referees, only as shiai-sha.
The seminar will be over 2 days, those who would like to be eligible for certification, should plan to be there at least 9 hours (75% of the time), and actively participate over the two days.  Members of other AUSKF regional federations may also attend as all zone seminars will be conducted in the same manner.
The seminar will be:
 – Date:  Sat & Sun, May 21-22, 2016
 – Time:  Sat: 9am to 4pm, Sun: 9am to 3pm
 – Location:  West (Torrance) HIgh School – see below for directions
 – Registration deadline:  May 16, 2016
 – Fee:  $10 seminar fee (non-refundable)
 – Options:  Bento for each day $9  (7-dan sensei is complimentary)
                   Saturday Dinner banquet:  $30 (includes tax/tip)
                   EVERYONE is invited to join the dinner and enjoy the company of kenshi and sensei.  It’s an opportunity to discuss and learn more about the day’s event!
– Payments will be collected at the seminar by check or cash.
      Fee:  cash or check to: All US Kendo Federation
      Options: cash or check to: Southern California Kendo Federation
Cancellations after May 16th is responsibility of individual and dojo.
Registration is “on-line” by individuals or a dojo representative may complete registration for each of their members.
All 7-dan sensei should register as well (7-Dan fees will be waived after registration and verification of attendance).
On May 17th, we will send each dojo a copy of their participating kenshi for verification. 
TO REGISTER, go to:  http://goo.gl/forms/rZKyhKfG72
Please be sure to bring: 
 – Shinpan Ki (Referee Flags)
 – Mejiryushi (Red/White Ribbon tags)
 – Referee Booklet (2006 ver.) – Contact local Kendo equipment suppliers to purchase
 – Kendo Dogu and Shinai
 – Optional:  AJKF Shinpan Tebiki (Referee Handbook)
SEMINAR LOCATION: West (Torrance) High School, 20401 Victor St, Torrance, CA 90503
DINNER Option (Saturday):  5pm at Szechwan Chinese Restaurant, 2107 Pacific Coast Hwy, Lomita, CA 90717
If you have any questions, please email:  tim.yuge@auskf.org
Thank you and we hope to see you there!
Yuji Onitsuka
AUSKF VP Competition, Referee Committee Chair
Tim Yuge, Court Tanouye
AUSKF Referee Committee

AUSKF Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Fund

April 28, 2016

Dear AUSKF Regional Presidents, Regional Federations, Dojo, Kenshi and Friends:

As you are aware, this past month the Kumamoto area of Japan suffered a great and tragic earthquake.  If you have family or friends in the area, we hope and wish for their well-being in this time.
In the spirit of Ken-Yu ( ), the AUSKF Board of Directors has voted unanimously to donate to a relief effort for the victims, particularly those areas or persons who have relationships with kendo.  We have contacted the All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF) and they have a plan to assist those affected by this disaster.  As such, it was determined that AUSKF would pass on any donations to AJKF for proper distribution.
On behalf of the AUSKF Board of Directors, we would like to ask for your voluntary participation in this program.  If you are able, any amount of donation would be recognized and greatly appreciated.
Please pass on this message to your federation members and dojo members as soon as possible.  We will have this program until the end of May, at which time we will forward all donations to AJKF.
To expedite this process, we have set up a website to donate the funds. 
For donations, please click or paste the following link:

As we will not accept cash or checks, please use this site for submitting funds.  All donations will be recognized by AUSKF and passed on to AJKF.
Please note, AUSKF is a charitable organization, but please consult with your tax advisor if you wish to consider deductions.
Thank you so much for your kind consideration.
Yoshiteru Tagawa
President, AUSKF
Tim Yuge
Executive VP, AUSKF
The AUSKF Board of Directors

Update 4/29/16:
Once you complete your donation on the paypal site, a confirmation page will appear.
  1. You can print your donation receipt by following the blue link below the confirmation number.
  2. You can also obtain a thank-you letter as well as the organizational information of AUSKF (address, EIN, etc.) if you follow the link “Return to AUSKF” in the orange box at the bottom of the page.
Kotaro Yoshida, Treasurer

April 2016 Kodansha Exam Results

April 18, 2016

Congratulations to all who passed the kodansha promotional exam held 4/10/16 in Seattle WA:

Renshi  Rod              Faghani     GNEUSKF
7 Dan   Vincent Jr-Peng  Lan         EUSKF
6 Dan   Ken              Ikeda       SCKO
6 Dan   Youn-Soo         Shin        SCKO
6 Dan   Won Chel         Yong        AEUSKF
5 Dan   Takuya           Hasegawa    SCKF
5 Dan   David            Hiromura    AEUSKF
5 Dan   Yoshijiro        Kariya      SCKF
5 Dan   Alex             Kim         GNEUSKF
5 Dan   Pavel            Litterback  SEUSKF
5 Dan   Hajime           Mori        SCKO
5 Dan   Arisa            Nakamori    NCKF
5 Dan   George           Nakayama    PNKF
5 Dan   Jung Sik         Pak         AEUSKF
5 Dan   Sean             Park        SCKO
5 Dan   Tim              Rasmusson   AEUSKF
5 Dan   William Patrick  Register    SEUSKF
5 Dan   Teruki           Tsukioka    AEUSKF


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