All Japan Kendo Enbu Taikai (Kyoto Taikai) Application

January 26, 2018

To AUSKF Member Federation President,

Please distribute the attached information of All Japan Kendo Enbu Taikai (Kyoto Taikai) to your members and clubs.

Since AJKF’s deadline is February 20 (Tue), 2018, applicants should email
① Application Form
② A Copy of Rank (Dan) Menjo
③ A Copy of Shogo Menjo
to Shinobu Maeda (
by February 17(Sat), 2018

Shinobu Maeda

information (pdf)
application form (xls)


Kendo High rank and Shogo examination on April 15, 2018

January 23, 2018

Dear Presidents of AUSKF Member Kendo Federations,

AUSKF Kendo Promotion Exam (5-7 dan and Shogo (Renshi, and Kyoshi) will be held in the afternoon of April 15, 2018 (Sunday) after the board meeting at:
Marina High School
15871 Springdale St, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

followed by critiques and seminar.

Please distribute the attached information to your member clubs.

The deadline of the application is March 30, 2018 (Friday).

Michio Kajitani
VP Promotion & Examination, AUSKF

Note: federation signature is required, so check with your federation for its deadline and procedure.

info packet (updated 1/24/18 to correct title)
Marina High map
hotel info

Update 2/6/2018:
Please also distribute the link below and encourage the applicants to fill this form in the link. That will help us organize the shinsa without error. Thank you very much for your corporation.

Update 3/11/2018:
I have been receiving applications. Please let the applicants know if they send the mail with ‘signature required’ mail, it will most likely be returned. My work schedule just does not allow me to stay home nor go to the post office to pick up the mail.

Thank you,
Michio Kajitani

Jr. Nationals 2018 Details

January 21, 2018

Greetings AUSKF board members and federation presidents,

Attached is the registration form the 2018 AUSKF Jr. Nationals. Please return the completed form to us by March 1, 2018 to

We ask for your cooperation in returning completed forms on time to help the tournament committee construct brackets which will subsequently be shared.

Cheers and thank you!

AUSKF Tournament Committee

Attachment: registration form (xlsx) updated, see below

Update 1/25/18:
The registration form has been updated. The previous form did not include registration for the number of teams federations will be entering in the teams division. Federations can enter up to 2 teams for each division adhering to the age guidelines outlined here:

Update 1/30/18:
– Shiai rules have been posted, see link
– Like last year, we will be selecting 5 kenshi from the 14-15 years old division to represent the AUSKF in the All Japan Dojo Youth Kendo Tournament in July 2018 in Tokyo Japan. We encourage you to share this with eligible kenshi to motivate them to sign up and participate.
– Shinpan who are considering signing up to volunteer should be available one hour before the tournament starts for a shinpan meeting.
– Selected shinpan who reside outside of Southern California will have hotels booked on their behalf. Those residing in Southern California are expected to have their own accommodations already coordinated.

All the above information is available on our Info page ( and Travel page (

Update 2/26/18:
This a friendly reminder that registration forms are due by Thursday, March 1, 2018 to

Also we’ve had a few questions about girls entering both a girls division AND a mixed boys/girls division. To clarify, please note that a kenshi can only enter one individual division and one team division.

We ask for your cooperation in returning completed forms on time to help the tournament committee construct brackets which will subsequently be shared.

Update 2/28/18:
Regarding payment:
– Please make checks payable to: All United States Kendo Federation
– Mail them to this address: Yuji Onitsuka, 1830 Chablis Way, Gonzales Ca 93926

Update 3/8/18:
Brackets for the Junior Open Nationals 2018 are now available. They can be viewed in the Brackets section of our Info page:

Zip files of both preliminary round and tournament round brackets are also attached:
preliminary brackets
tournament brackets

Update 319/18:
A basic schedule for the 2018 Jr. National Open Championships is available on our site:

Progress of the online registration

January 15, 2018


We hope your new year is off to a good start.

We would like to report to you on the progress of the online registration. To remind you, the impetus for the new system is to automate the work flow, centralize data security, and correct errors in the existing database by having individual members verify their profiles and records. Travis Stronach and Steve Hoff have been volunteering their time for software development and improvement. The system is and will be a work in progress for many years to come, but it is now equipped with many of the convenient and flexible features that you requested, including the following:

(1) Each federation can set their own fee schedules online;
(2) Members can register online and pay by check via federation representatives;
(3) Dojo representatives can verify members’ eligibility and control their registrations;
(4) Dojo representatives can merge multiple dojo data into one (e.g., the system currently recognizes the University of Chicago Kendo Club and the Univ. of Chicago Kendo Club as two separate dojos. The dojo rep can merge the two);
(5) Users can merge multiple records (quite a few members have multiple IDs for various reasons); and
(6) Federations, if they choose to do so, can import spreadsheet to register their members;

So far, seven federations (AEUSKF, ECUSKF, GNEUSKF, MWKF, PNKF, SEUSKF, and SWKIF) have signed up to use the new system. We would like to encourage that the remaining federations will join us. It will either eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of work at every step of the way–dojo reps, federation reps, and the AUSKF will all be freed from a lot of mundane, manual work. It will also allow individual kenshi to take ownership of their accounts and keep their profiles current. Furthermore, we believe that the new system is more secure against potential data exposure than in the previous system where registrations data changed hands in multiple stages before getting to the AUSKF.

We will give more detailed instructions in March for the new registration that spans 4/1/2018-3/31/2019. Meanwhile, we encourage that the federation representatives will start entering the bank account information and submit to us a list of dojo representatives as well as those who should be given administrative access to. We also encourage that the dojo and federation representatives merge duplicate records, which unfortunately exist in the current database, before the registration rolls out. We expect that this work will significantly reduce the amount of confusion.

Lastly, Travis Stronach and Steve Hoff can use some helping hands in further adding new features and maintaining the existing system. The required skills include working experiences in

  • MVC.NET and C#
  • AngularJS and Angular 4
  • .NET Web Api
  • Experience with .NET Core is desired.
  • MS Sql Server
  • Entity Framework
  • A good understanding of SOLID principles and common software patterns.
  • Talent in UI design/HTML/CSS is a plus

We would appreciate it if you could ask your members about this volunteering opportunities for the benefit of the general membership of the AUSKF.

We look forward to working with you. Thank you.

Keiko Umemura, Kotaro Yoshida, Travis Stronach, and Steve Hoff

Update 2/28/2018:
See 2018 membership registration announcement and instruction letter

Iaido shinsa information

January 14, 2018

Dear Regional Federation Presidents,

I hope you are doing well and enjoyed the holidays!

I would like to share the following information with you and your members who practice Iaido.

At the November 2017 AUSKF Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting, the following two items were voted on.

(1) Procedures for Requesting Qualified Examiners for Iaido Shinsa (Promotional Examination) from AUSKF

Regional federations (RF) unable to set up a qualified promotional examination board (PEB) may request assistance from AUSKF (AUSKF Policy and Procedures, Appendix A, Section I, Article 4).

  • Submit your email request via your RF president to the Iaido Committee Chairperson at least three months in advance of your scheduled shinsa
  • Include the date, location, names of RF examiners and their current rank and promotion ranks being offered in your request
  • After reviewing request, Iaido Committee Chairperson will forward request to AUSKF VP of Promotions for approval

Remember, RFs are limited to one request for AUSKF assistance per year. It is highly recommended RFs work with other nearby federations to set up a qualified a PEB.

(2) Shinsa for 5-Dan & Above in Iaido at the 2018 AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp

AUSKF Board voted at the November 2017 BOD Meeting to accept International Kendo Federation’s (FIK) recommendation to join Canadian Kendo Federation (CKF) in creating a North American Kodansha Iaido Shinsa.

The original recommendation was sent to AUSKF in 2016. Prior to 2018, FIK has been sending an official Iaido delegation to the USA to teach the seminar and sit on the shinsa board. CKF members wanting to be promoted to 5-dan and 6-dan attended the AUSKF Iaido Summer Camps. In 2017, FIK approved to only send one official delegation to the North America region starting in 2018. With Canada and USA possessing the majority of Iaido practitioners in North America , it was determine that FIK will send an official Iaido delegation to Canada in 2018 and to the USA in 2019 and 2020.


  • Shinsa at the 2018 AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp will only be provided for those testing up to 4-Dan
    • AUSKF does not have enough examiners to offer a shinsa for 5-dan or above per AUSKF Policy & Procedures, Appendix A, Section III, Article 4
    • The All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF) Senseis attending the summer camp will not be sitting on the board because they have not been sent at official delegates by FIK
    • Number effected by change (based on records available to me)
      • Eight 5-dan qualify to test for 6-dan in 2018 (PNKF 3, MWKF 1, GNEUSKF 1, AEUSKF 2, SWKIF 1)
      • Fifteen 4-dan qualify to test for 5-dan in 2018 (PNKF 2, MWKF 1, GNEUSKF 4, AEUSKF 5, EUSKF 1, NCKF 1, SCKF 1)
    • Every third year, the Kodansha shinsa will be held in Canada
    • AUSKF Iaido members challenging the Kodansha shinsa in Canada will not be charged the administration fee per examination application by AUSKF for the 2018 North American Iaido Shinsa
    • CKF plans to hold the shinsa either in November or December 2018
      • Details will be provided as soon as they are available

Please share this information with your Iaido members along with the camp information below. If there are any questions, please send me an email at .

I look forward to seeing everyone at the 2018 AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp, Taikai, Shinsa and/or Jodo Workshop. We have great Iaido instructors from AJKF joining us – Mitani, Teruo Sensei (8-Dan Hanshi from Kochi Prefecture) and Hatakenaka, Atsumi Sensei (8-Dan Kyoshi from Tokyo Prefecture). Additional Information.

Monica Iwakabe
AUSKF Iaido Committee Chairperson

Direction for testing in Japan

January 7, 2018

For testing in Japan, please see the attachment.

Michio Kajitani


November 2017 Kodansha Exam Results

January 7, 2018

Congratulations to all who passed the kodansha promotional exam held 11/12/17 in Atlanta GA:

Rank    Name                  Federation
5 dan   Tatsuya Ogami         SCKO
5 dan   Beongjoon Kang        AEUSKF
5 dan   Akiyo Kawamura Powell NCKF
5 dan   Goro Abe              AEUSKF
5 dan   Miyun Kang            GNEKF
5 dan   Taiyueh Andre Chen    GNEKF
5 dan   Jonathan Berry        MWKF
5 dan   Steven Kim            SCKF
5 dan   Behzad Hadizadeh      AEUSKF
5 dan   Byung Chan Ahn        WKF
6 dan   Nathan Makino         SCKO
6 dan   Elizabeth Marsten     PNKF
6 dan   Shun Shigematsu       SCKF
6 dan   Junko Inoue-Winters   AEUKF
7 dan   Alexandre Ebihara     SEUSKF
7 dan   Takehiko Kaku         SWKIF
Renshi  Katsuyuki Tamura      SEUSKF