2016 New Year’s Greeting from AUSKF President

December 29, 2015

Happy New Year !

Reflecting on the past year, the biggest event was the 16th World Kendo Championship held in Tokyo on May 29-31. I would like to congratulate that, as a result of long preparations and hard practices, Team USA won the third place for both men’s and women’s team division. In the men’s individual division, all the four competitors won their preliminary rounds and advanced to court finals and finals against Japanese players. The crowd’s applause to our players and continued fairly long afterwards as they competed very well with a lot of spirit. As for the women’s, they advanced all the way to the semi-final after beating Germany, who they had lost to in the last championship. It was wonderful to see them show a lot of character and team work.

Going forward, I am optimistic about the future performance of Team USA as long as we do both of the followings: (1) to expand membership for young kenshi and nurture their growth, (2) to raise the overall skill levels of instructors as they strive to improve their own kendo and thereby inspire their students to follow their footsteps.

Let me briefly comment below on the activities of the AUSKF for the past year and our plans going forward.

The education committee plans to host a number of seminars. In addition to the annual events such as summer camp, the 8-dan tour, the Japanese champion tour, and the junior Team USA camp, we plan to add seminars designed specifically for mudansha, women, and instructors.

When it comes to competition, I always feel that the level of shinpan needs to be raised further. We plan to offer shinpan seminars in different geographical zones, which I strongly encourage all the eligible kenshi to attend and learn from.

As for promotion, we are working hard to coordinate with local federations and share with them the same perspectives. We will try to expedite application and delivery processes for certificates as well. Finally, we will consider incorporating “bokuto-ni-yoru-kendo-kihon-waza-keiko-ho” by holding seminars to educate and spread the method.

As for iaido, four senseis that hold the rank of 7 dan are working together with local federations to improve the skill levels and increase the membership for iaido practitioners in this country.

Finally, I will continue to work hard so that you can enjoy learning the correct kendo in the collegial and friendly environment. Let’s work together!

I hope that this year will be a good one for you.

Yoshiteru Tagawa
President of All United States Kendo Federation


2016 AUSKF Team USA Prospects

December 16, 2015

Dear AUSKF Regional Federation Leaders:

Team USA will be hosting a series of Team USA Prospects Training Camps
throughout 2016 to identify and select prospective team members to
represent AUSKF in the 17th World Kendo Championships.

We are excited to be able to train and prepare the next generation of U.S.
kenshi to represent AUSKF. Those kenshi that dream to become Team USA
members should plan to attend all of these Team USA Prospects Training
Camps, to the extent possible, so that they can understand what it takes
to be a Team USA member.

Participants must be at least Sho-dan (1 dan) and registered members of
AUSKF. There are no age restrictions but kenshi must be willing and able
to participate in high-level national team level trainings.

Please pass along this information and encourage the future generation to
challenge themselves by joining these Camps. Together lets create a
strong U.S. National Team for generations to come.

Regards,
Chris Yang
AUSKF VP of Education

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update 1/12/16: the deadline to register for the first Team USA
Prospects Training Camp (February 20-21st in San Jose, CA) is 2/1/16


2016 AJKF Summer Seminar (Kitamoto 7/22-29/16)

December 2, 2015

Dear 2015-2016 AUSKF Member Federation Presidents:

RE:      2016 AJKF Invitation Summer Seminar
Request From AUSKF President Yoshiteru Tagawa
AUSKF Member Federation President Recommendation of Participants DUE DATE: January 31, 2016

On behalf of Yoshiteru Tagawa sensei/AUSKF President, here is the Invitation Information for the 2016 AJKF Summer Seminar to be held on July 22-July 29, 2016, in Kitamoto City, Japan.

Each of the AUSKF member federation presidents are requested to please give NOTICE and the attached AJKF Invitation information to your respective AUSKF member federations dojos; and to submit by e-mail, to Yoshiteru Tagawa sensei by the DUE DATE: January 31, 2016, the name(s) recommended to participate in the 2016 AJKF Foreign Kendo Leader’s Summer Seminar.

At the November 14 & 15, 2015 AUSKF Board of Directors meeting the AUSKF PPG Appendix D was updated regarding the 2016 rotation order that will be considered to prioritize the four (4) AUSKF participants submitted for the 2016 AJKF Foreign Kendo Leader’s Summer Seminar; the rotation order for 2016, is as follows:   #1. SWUSKIF.  #2. RMKF.  #3. EUSKF.  #4. SCKO.  5. MWKF. 6. NCKF. 7. SEUSKF.  8. ECUSKF.  9. WKF.  10. AEUSKF.  11. SUSKIF.  12. PNKF.  13. GNEUSKF.  14. CCKF.  15. SCKF.
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During the 2016 selection procedure by Yoshiteru Tagawa sensei/AUSKF President; the above noted rotation order will be used, AFTER the DUE DATE: January 31, 2016, from the names of the interested AUSKF participants, received from the fifteen (15) AUSKF member federations.  Subsequently, four (4) AUSKF recommended particpants will be submitted to the AJKF administration officials.  [Note: In the past years of the AUSKF participation in the AJKF Foreign Kendo Leader’s Summer Seminar; the AUSKF has been approved a minimum of two (2) participants each year.  Thereafter, due to limitations of the AJKF accommodations, etc., any additional AUSKF particpants, exceeding the two (2) AUSKF selected participants, have generally not been allowed, to date].

Please provide, by the DUE DATE: January 31, 2016, the following information for EACH recommended AUSKF participant, to:
Yoshiteru Tagawa, AUSKF President e-mail address: duketagawa@gmail.com:

1. Given Name & Family Name of the Particpant(s) recommended; if more than one participant name is submitted, indicate priority order: e.g. #1, #2, etc.
2. Gender: M /F.
3. Date of Birth:  Year/Month/Day  (age)
4.  Dan     [Note: Recommended kendo rank is 3 Dan up to 6 Dan in principle]
5. Home address of recommended participant(s).
6. Telephone & Fax number of recommended participant(s).
7. e-mail address of recommended participant(s).

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

Sincerely,
Norman K. Otani, AUSKF Secretary-Historian for:
Yoshiteru Tagawa, AUSKF President