AUSKF Education Committee

January 18, 2015

Dear AUSKF Member Federation Presidents, Senseis, Kenshi and Supporters:

Happy New Year!!  At the November 2014 AUSKF Board Meeting, I was selected as the new Vice President of Education for AUSKF.  it is with great honor and a sense of responsibility that I take this position, and I would greatly appreciate your support and guidance going forward.

First and foremost, I would like to express my tremendous appreciation for my predecessor Shozo Kato-sensei, and the many AUSKF senseis that held this position before him, as they have done all of the hard work of establishing the AUSKF Education programs that our kenshi enjoy today.

We are very excited for all of the AUSKF Education events we are planning for this year and beyond.  Please visit our new website, www.auskf-education.com, designed to keep AUSKF members apprised of all of the events throughout our country.  As you click through the page, hopefully you can learn more about some of the programs that AUSKF has to offer our kenshi!!

In another new development, we have reached out to numerous senseis throughout the US and teamed up to create new “Regional Committees” divided by time zones (Pacific, Rocky Mountain/Midwest and Eastern) to ensure that we have a better “local connection” to each region and local federation, thereby encouraging participation, interest and excitement about all of our events.  Kenshi can now reach out to the Regional Committee members with any ideas, thoughts or requests they may have.

We are committed to working together with all of you so that we can inspire and improve kendo in the US.   We hope we can all work together to increase synergies, improve information flow, create greater interest and participation in events and, most importantly, make the AUSKF kenshi feel as though they are gaining something back from our efforts.  Thank you always for your dedication and efforts to improving kendo in the United States, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Respectfully,
Chris Yang
AUSKF Education Committee
www.auskf-education.com


2015 AUSKF President New Year Greeting

January 7, 2015

As the New Year begins, I would like to say a few words about the recent changes at the AUSKF and share with you my vision as your new president.

In November the board meeting was held in Chicago where new officers were elected for the 2015-2017 term. Consequently, there are now quite a few young and vibrant members serving as officers and board members. With help from the new board and officers, I pledge to do my best to further strengthen our federation and lay a foundation for future development.

Specifically, I would like to explain how the AUSKF can better serve its membership. First, the promotion and examination committee will make an effort to issue menjos more quickly upon a request from local federations. We will also provide shinsa seminars in which the expectations are better clarified and other related questions are properly addressed.

On the competition front, we will hold regional shimpan seminars to improve the quality of judging. While young competitors practice hard daily and continue to make technical progresses, the same cannot always be said about those who judge the matches. This is one of the most pressing and important challenges, as I believe that the quality of judging determines the quality of shiai. I think that seminars will be a great opportunity to inspire higher-ranked senseis to recognize the importance of the job and encourage them to aspire to the highest level of judging.

As for education, we will continue to provide summer camp, education tours by senseis from Japan (8-Dan and All Japan Champion), and the junior Team USA camp. Additionally, we will send instructors to local federations/dojos for the purpose of improving kendo instruction, which should help retain and expand the growth of youth kendo. After all, they are the future of kendo in this country! If each instructor has the mindset of striving to improve their own art and to teach better kendo, their passion and enthusiasm will spill over to younger generations and we can expect further strengthening of US kendo from the bottom up.

2015 is a special year as the 16th World Kendo Championship will be held at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo from May 28-30. The Team USA members have been practicing extremely hard for victory. Having watched their determination and hard practice, I am convinced that they will achieve a great deal. I would like to encourage all our members to give their strongest support as well.

Finally, I will work hard to provide an environment where all kenshi in this country can practice kendo together in a friendly, fun, and correct manner.

I wish all the members of the AUSKF a great and wonderful year.

President, AUSKF
Yoshiteru Tagawa