2017 National Championships, 7th Junior Open National Championships

January 31, 2017

Greetings Federation Presidents and Representatives,

We are excited to announce that the 2017 AUSKF National Championships and 7th AUSKF Junior Open National Championships will be taking place on June 22 – 25, 2017 in San Jose, California.

The following website contains information on the tournaments, travel, and registration: auskf-nationals.com.

Please note the following important dates:

3/15/2017 – Pre-registration forms for both tournaments are due. The forms are available here: http://auskf-nationals.com/register.html. During pre-registration federations will only need to indicate how many players they want to register for each division. Please review all details here (http://auskf-nationals.com/info.html) when registering participants. Note that age requirements vary between the two tournaments.

4/15/2017 – The tournament committee sends brackets to federations. These brackets will contain slots for players of each federation. Federations will then fill in their players into whatever positions they wish.

4/30/2017 – Federations submit which players will be in specific positions in each division.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact info@auskf-nationals.com. Thank you for your time and cooperation. We look forward to seeing you soon!

– AUSKF Tournament Committee



Updated Promotion Exam Fees

January 29, 2017

Dear AUSKF Member Federation Presidents & Vice-Presidents of Promotion,

Since 1997, the promotion exam & menjo (certificate/register) fees have not changed. After 20 years of unchanged fees, AUSKF decided to revise the fees based on its necessities and current fees practiced in other countries. I’ve attached the revised AUSKF Promotion Exam & Certificate (Register) Fee structure which was approved by the AUSKF Board of Directors on November 13, 2016 and takes effect for any promotion exam conducted on or after April 1, 2017 by the AUSKF or AUSKF Member Federations.

Please distribute the revised schedule to the appropriate members of your federation.

Shinobu Maeda
VP Promotion & Examination, AUSKF

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2nd AUSKF Women’s Kendo Seminar in New Jersey

January 26, 2017

Dear Federation Representatives:

We are excited to announce that the 2nd AUSKF Women’s Kendo Seminar will
be held on March 11-12, 2017 on the East Coast in Englewood, New Jersey!!!
This will be the first time we are bringing the Women’s seminar to the
East Coast, so we are looking forward to a great turnout.

This year, we will welcome back former Team Japan and World Champion
Yukiko Takami, together with former Team Japan member Mana Kawagoe!! We
are hopeful that this event will bring together the girls and women
throughout the United States to learn kendo from two of the top female
kenshi in Japan as well as top instructors from AUSKF!

We will have a full day seminar on March 11th (Saturday) and a half-day on
March 12th (Sunday). For more information and to register, please visit

AUSKF Education Committee

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2017 AUSKF Summer Camp – Location

January 22, 2017

Dear Federation Leaders and Fellow AUSKF Kenshi:

Thank you for your continued support of AUSKF and AUSKF Education Activities.

We are currently looking into locations to hold the 2017 AUSKF Summer
Camp, and would like to invite member federations to “raise their hand” to
host this year’s event. As you know, the 2016 AUSKF Summer Camp was a
huge success, and we are looking forward to building on the momentum of
last year’s event and have a productive, educational event for all

Costs for the Summer Camp will largely be covered by AUSKF Education
Committee, but we will need to work closely with the hosting federation
with respect to logistics and volunteers. We will need to find a location
that is large enough to hold both a national seminar as well as a shinsa.
Please contact us directly at info@auskf-education.com if you are
interested or if you need any additional information.

Kind regards,
AUSKF Education Committee

Team USA Prospects Training Camp – April 2016 (Los Angeles, CA)

January 16, 2017

Dear Federation Representatives:

Team USA will be holding its 4th Prospects Training Camp/Tryout to
identify and select team members to represent AUSKF at the 17th World
Kendo Championships on April 1st-2nd in Los Angeles, California.

Participants must be at least shodan (1 Dan) and registered members of
AUSKF. There is no age limit, but Kenshi must be willing and able to
participate in high-level national team level training.

Details for the event are as follow:

4/1: 8am-5pm
4/2: 8am-12pm

Saturday (4/1):
Charles H Wilson Park
2200 Crenshaw Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90501

Sunday (4/2):
Marina High School
15781 Springdale Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92649


This will be the last prospective camp before the team is officially
selected. Kenshi who do not attend this event will not be considered for
Team USA unless otherwise approved by the Manager of Team USA.

More information will be provided to registered participants. The deadline
for interested Kenshi to register is MARCH 5TH, 2017. For further
questions regarding details of the Training Camp, please contact

Yuji Onitsuka
Team USA 2016-2018 Manager

AUSKF Newsletter Volume 19 No. 1

January 5, 2017

Happy New Year 2017 ! I hope that everyone had a nice holiday season.

AUSKF Newsletter Volume 19 No. 1 is now online. This will be the FINAL edition during my eighteen (18) years [since 1998] tenure as the AUSKF Newsletter editor. I would like to thank all of the AUSKF member federations for their contributions of your local kendo events and activities, which I was able to use with editorial discretion, to include in some of the past issues of the AUSKF Newsletter.

Effective 2017, a “new” AUSKF Newsletter editorial staff under the leadership of Tim Yuge sensei, AUSKF Executive VP & Chairperson/Development Committee, will takeover the duties of the publication of the AUSKF Newsletter, under the supervision of this respective AUSKF officer. I understand that a “new” design/look will be introduced for the AUSKF Newsletter that will utilize modern information technology e.g. photos, Facebook, etc., to transition our AUSKF organization operations into the modern computer age.

Best wishes to the “new” AUSKF editorial staff on the successful launching of the “new” design/look for the AUSKF Newsletter sometime in 2017.


Norman K. Otani, AUSKF Newsletter Editor [For the last time]

Greetings for 2017

January 2, 2017

Dear AUSKF Regional Presidents and member federations:

The AUSKF Board of Directors would like to thank all of you for your support this past year and we look forward to continuing our great relationships with you and your members in 2017. We will do our best to ensure that your federation and members receive the the highest support and opportunity in kendo knowledge and training this coming year.

Wishing all of you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Best wishes from the AUSKF Board of Directors,

Y. Tagawa, President
T. Yuge S. Maeda
Y. Onitsuka C. Yang
N. Otani K. Yoshida
S. Kato S. Koike
C. Tanouye J. Marsten
M. Kajitani G. Inoshita
T. Kato J. Kodama
B. Harada S. Shinada

PS: The AUSKF calendar has a few events on the 2017 calendar, please see: http://www.auskf.info/calendar.htm