AUSKF Championships Results

June 27, 2017

Greetings federation representatives,

First of all, thank you for making the past weekend a success! We appreciate your contributions to the US kendo community and for working with us this weekend. We enjoyed having you all out in Northern California for 4 days of intense competition and look forward to seeing you all again in the future.

Official results are now out and can be viewed:

1. Attached PDFs
2. http://auskf-nationals.com/results.html
3. https://www.facebook.com/AUSKFNationalChampionships

Cheers and thank you!

AUSKF Tournament Committee

Attachments:
Championship results
Junior Open results


​2018-2020 AUSKF Board of Directors Election Procedure

May 1, 2017

​Greetings to the 2017 AUSKF Member Federation Presidents:

On behalf of Tim Yuge, AUSKF Executive Vice-President/2018-2020 AUSKF Board of Directors Election Committee-Chairman; the following information is being provided as notification to the AUSKF member federation presidents, regarding the 2018-20120 AUSKF Board of Directors Election Procedure:

#1. On April 8, 2017, the AUSKF board of directors reviewed the attached [see below] 2018-2020 AUSKF Board of Directors Election Procedure, setting forth the election procedures in accordance with the applicable sections of the AUSKF by-laws.

#2. The initial procedure to be noted is the Record Date: May 13, 2017, which has been set in accordance with the AUSKF by-laws Article VII. Section 10.

#3. The additional 2018-2020 AUSKF Board of Directors Election Procedures, will be implemented, as noted on the attachment referenced in #1. above.

If there are any questions regarding the 2018-2020 AUSKF Board of Directors Election Procedure; please contact: Tim Yuge, AUSKF Executive Vice-President by email: yuge.kendo@gmail.com

Thank you so much for your attention to the above information.

Sincerely,

Norman K. Otani, 2018-2020 AUSKF Board of Directors Election Committee Member for:
Tim Yuge, AUSKF Executuve Vice-President/2018-2020 AUSKF Board of Directors Election Committee-Chairman

P.S. A hard copy of this email and the attachment will be sent by post-mail to the 2017 AUSKF Member Federation Presidents

See attachment


2017 AUSKF Iaido Seminar

April 26, 2017

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2017 AUSKF Iaido seminar and Jodo workshop is now open.

Please use the link below to register yourself by Friday, May 26. You will need your AUSKF ID number to register. If you do not know your AUSKF ID number, please ask your Sensei, your member federation administration, or AUSKF treasurer Yoshida Sensei.

If you do not have an AUSKF ID number, you can register with a temporary number. Directions are on the registration website. If you have previously registered with a temporary number, and cannot recall it, please contact us (info@shinken.us) and we will send it to you. We prefer that you do not create duplicate records.

For the first time, the AUSKF Iaido seminar will offer a Jodo shinsa, for 1 kyu, 1 dan and 2 dan. You may bring your own partner, who is also testing. Both partners need to register for the test. If you do not have a partner to test with, we will arrange one for you.

If you have questions about the seminar, please contact David Bressler Sensei (db@davidbressler.com) or Pam Parker Sensei (pam_a_parker@yahoo.com).

If you have questions about the registration web site, please contact info@shinken.us.

Information and registration site:
http://shinken.us/event/2017-auskf-iaido-summer-camp

Updates will be posted there and on the East Coast Iaido Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/East-Coast-Iaido-Seminar-1283011315101320/

Thank you,

David Bressler and Jonathan Corum
for the 2017 AUSKF Iaido seminar committee


Letter Explaining Fee Changes

April 23, 2017

Dear Presidents of AUSKF Member Federations,

I would like to explain recent raise of membership dues and fees regarding promotion exams. I greatly appreciate your understanding and continued support to improve Kendo in the United States.

Sincerely,

Yoshiteru Tagawa
President of AUSKF

Attachment: letter explaining fee changes


Regarding Promotional Exams in Japan

April 18, 2017

Dear President & Vice-President of AUSKF Member Federations,

The following is the request from All Japan Kendo Federation. Please inform following information to your members.

* AJKF will not accept application form individually. AUSKF must send all the application forms to AJKF together.

Please be aware of the following Exam Date & AUSKF Deadline of the examinations.

  1. Email “Foreign Exam Application (Application Request Form)” to Shinobu Maeda (VP Promotion & Examination Committee)..
  2. Request the president of member federation to email **Recommendation (Renshi, & Kyoshi applicants only) to VP Promotion & Examination prior to the AUSKF Deadline.

    This will be the information for the AUSKF President to make the applicant’s Recommendation.

    **Conditions for Recommendation for Renshi/Kyoshi

    1. Presently practice Kendo on a regular basis
    2. Play a leading role in the Kendo society of your country, possess great judgment and live sound life
    3. Have attended the official seminars organized by FIK and/or FIK affiliated organizations (including EKF/LAKC)
    4. Are recognized for having sufficient knowledge of Nippon Kendo Kata, Refereeing, Coaching methods and the competence for Jitsugi that are necessary for Renshi
    5. The President of the organization can guarantee that you possess such sufficient knowledge and competence
    6. Have retained the necessary experience in coaching and refereeing
    7. Live in your country and have been a registered member of your organization for at least 1 year; and will continue to live in your country and be a registered member of your organization at least 1 year from now
  3.  “Application Form for AJKF” will be emailed to the applicants as soon as his/her all Request Form, a copy of current rank, (**Recommendation for Renshi / Kyoshi), and a check are received by VP President of Promotion & Examination.
  4.  “Application Form to AJKF” should be filled and emailed back to the VP Promotion & Examination by the AUSKF Deadline.
  5. The direction for examination from AJKF will be distributed to each applicants.
  6. Please follow the direction from AJKF:
    https://www.kendo-fik.org/english-page/english-page2/AJKF-Event-Schedule.htm

  7. Application request (including copy of Menjo, check, and Renshi/Kyoshi recommendation) due dates to AUSKF:
    Exam Date  
    Place
     
    Examination
    AUSKF Deadline
    Aug 19 Nagano Kendo 7 Dan Jun 2
    Aug 20 Nagano Kendo 6 Dan Jun 2
    Aug 26 Fukuoka Kendo 7 Dan Jun 2
    Aug 27 Fukuoka Kendo 6 Dan Jun 2
     
    Nov 18 Nagoya Kendo 7 Dan Sep 1
    Nov 19 Nagoya Kendo 6 Dan Sep 1
    Nov 25 Hachioji Kendo 6 Dan Sep 1
    Nov 27
      or 28
    Tokyo
     
    Kendo 7 Dan
     
    Sep 1
     
    Nov 29
      or 30
    Tokyo
     
    Kendo 8 Dan
     
    Sep 1
     
     
    Nov 18 Tokyo Iaido 6, 7 Dan Sep 1
     
    Aug 4 Kumamoto Jodo 6, 7 Dan May 9
    Jan 12
    (2018)
    Tokyo
     
    Jodo 6, 7 Dan
     
    Nov 3
     
     
    Nov 27
     
    *Documentary Exam
    (Tokyo)
    Jodo, Iaido, Kendo Renshi Aug 14
     
    Nov 11
     
    (Written Test will be held in Tokyo) Kendo Kyoshi
     
    Aug 7
     

Shinobu Maeda
VP Promotion and Examination

Attachment: docx version of announcement


April 2017 Kodansha Exam Results

April 14, 2017

Congratulations to all who passed the kodansha promotional exam held 4/9/17 in San Jose CA:

Rank    Name             Federation
5 Dan   Scott Chang      SCKF
5 Dan   Cheng-yu Chen    NCKF
5 Dan   Dale Hatakeyama  NCKF
5 Dan   Hidenori Kongo   SCKF
5 Dan   Jeffrey Marsten  PNKF
5 Dan   Hitoshi Tanabe   NCKF
5 Dan   Linda Tanaka     NCKF
5 Dan   Hiroaki Yano     SCKO
5 Dan   Suzan Zau        SCKF
6 Dan   Jason Brown      SCKF
6 Dan   Dong Jin Huh     SCKF
6 Dan   Sunmi Lim        WKF
6 Dan   Taisuke Mori     MWKF
6 Dan   Shinji Onitsuka  NCKF
6 Dan   Kijae Song       WKF
6 Dan   Teruo Tamano     SCKO
7 Dan   Kevin Abe        SCKF
7 Dan   Masataka Sakaue  SCKF
Renshi  Jimmy Eitoku     NCKF
Kyoshi  Masayasu Ando    PNKF
Kyoshi  Tetsuo Komizu    SWKIF

Online Registration Live!

March 30, 2017

Hello Federation Representatives,

I am happy to announce that the new online registration site is live now after being successfully tested by a large number of MWKF members. Travis and Steve should be commended greatly for their work. While having full-time work responsibilities and family obligations (Steve had a baby recently), they have delivered. Thank you.

This email is relevant only for the following federations: CCKF, ECUSKF, MWKF, SEUSKF, and WKF. The other federations have decided to register collectively this year.

There is a set-up work you need to complete BEFORE you open it up to your membership. Below is the to-do-list:

1. Admin (Federation and dojo leaders)

This is priority #1. Identify federation and dojo leaders that have administrative privileges in this system. If you haven’t done so, please have your federation president send me and Travis Stronach (travis.stronach@gmail.com) a list of their names, AUSKF ID numbers, and email addresses. Without the privileges, you cannot complete the required steps below.

2. ACH information

Register online, go to the admin page, click on “connect account” on the left panel, and enter your federation’s bank account information. You will need to provide a tax ID number, a photo of your driver’s license, and other pertinent information.

3. Fee schedule

Go to the admin page and click on “product admin” on the left panel to specify the fee schedule. There, you need to create products that specify combined fees for both the AUSKF and your federation. For example, the Midwest has created the following products:

Adults: $100 ($60 to AUSKF and $40 to MWKF)
Students: $70 ($30 to AUSKF and $40 to MWKF)
Youth (17 or below): $55 ($30 to AUSKF and $25 to MWKF)
Seniors: (65 and above): $85 ($60 to AUSKF and $25 to MWKF)
Iaido Only: $75 ($60 to AUSKF and $15 to MWKF)

This is because the AUSKF has three categories of fees (youth=$30, student=$30, adult=$60) whereas the MWKF has four (youth=$25, adult=$40, senior=$25, and iaido_only=$15). The fee schedule for your federation may be more complicated, so please figure out carefully what products you need to offer at what prices. You do not have to specify the initiation fee as it will automatically show up in the checkout if the person needed to obtain a new ID number.

Once the payment is made (for example, $100 is paid for adults), then $40 are remitted to the account for the MWKF that was entered in 2. That money will collect as a balance for the federation’s account in the 3rd party credit card processing vendor’s system. It will be transferred to the bank account once daily.

4. Dojo/Registration Control (ONLY if you want to police it)

If you want to control who gets to register with the AUSKF and who gets to be affiliated with your dojo, you need to go to admin to check/uncheck appropriate boxes. In order to control for registration, go to federation admin, choose your federation, and check the box that says “Require Permission To Register”. In order to control dojo affiliation, go to dojo admin, choose your dojo, and uncheck the box that says “Auto Confirm Membership Requests”. If you do not want to control/police these activities, you do not have to do anything.

5. Waiver (ONLY if you want to change it)

Go to the federation admin and enter the waiver. If you leave the waiver section blank, the default waiver below will be used, automatically replacing MWKF with your federation:

I acknowledge that I have voluntarily applied, or have voluntarily allowed my child to apply to participate in kendo instruction and training at a dojo, club or federation which is affiliated with the All United States Kendo Federation (hereinafter, any and all affiliated dojo, clubs, federations are referred to as “AUSKF”). I am aware that participation in kendo, as in any sport or physical activity, may cause physical injury, damage to property, and, in rare instances, even death. I am voluntarily participating, or allowing my child to participate in this activity with knowledge of the danger involved and hereby accept any and all risk of injury, damage, and/or death. As consideration for being permitted by the AUSKF to participate in these activities and use related facilities, I hereby agree that I, my assignees, heirs, distributees, guardians, and legal representatives will not make a claim against, sue, or attack the property of AUSKF on account of injury, damage, or death resulting from the negligence or other acts, however caused, by any employee, agent, or contractor of AUSKF as a result of my, or my child’s, participation in kendo. I hereby release AUSKF from all actions, claims, or demands that I, my assignees, heirs, distributees, guardians, and legal representatives now have or may hereafter have for injury, damage or death resulting from my, or my child’s, participation in kendo. I have carefully read this release and fully understand its contents. I am aware that this is a release of liability and a contract between the AUSKF and me and I agree to its terms of my own free will.

I will be happy to assist you with the set-up process and answer any question you may have. The first order of business is for you to submit a list of admin people. So far, we have received the lists from the SEUSKF, ECUSKF, and MWKF. Once the setup above is complete, please make an announcement to the members of your federation and encourage them to register/pay as soon as possible. The website is self-explanatory, but we will try to add help documents and videos as we go along.

Thank you for having waited so patiently. Hope we can continue to work together.

Kotaro Yoshida