2018 New year greetings from AUSKF directors

  • Yoshiteru Tagawa (President)
    Greetings on the year of 2018.

    On August 19, 2017, the result of the election of the AUSKF directors announced. 6 new directors were elected.

    On November 10, 2017, 2018-2020 officers and chairpersons were newly elected by the new Board of Directors. In addition, we created ‘Youth Development and Education Committee’ to nurture the youth members of AUSKF.

    We will do our utmost to develop the future of the All United States Kendo Federation.

    Promotion & Examination Committee:
    We will strive to issue Menjos promptly in response to the requests forms & sheets from each member federation. In addition, we will update the AUSKF website sin order to provide easy-to-understand information of the application to process.
    I think the unifying the standards for the rank examination by each federation will be our goal.

    Competition Committee:
    In recent years there have been many competitions in each district. Although the players are constantly practicing in each dojo with the aim of improving kendo skills from day to day, referees need to brush up their skills. AUSKF conducts a referee seminar for each district. Please join these seminars as many times as possible. If the referee gets better, the match will be better. If the match gets better, Kendo will be better. I’d like you to practice refereeing.

    Education Committee:
    We will continue AUSKF Summer Camp, Educational Tour by 8-dan Sensei, AJK Champion Tour, Women’s Kendo Seminar, and Adult/Mudansha Seminar. We feel the importance of the improvement of teaching basic skills for leaders and instructors in each district. We’d like them to participate in as many seminars as possible so that they will correctly understand and teach basic skills. We’d like to respond to the requests from all the members of AUSKF.

    Youth Development Education Committee:
    This is a newly established committee. The population of youth kendo in each district is increasing recently, and the junior tournaments are held every year. The purpose of this committee is to encourage youth to develop skills to present on national level. They are the future of the Kendo in the United States. We will have training camps for Junior Team USA and opportunity to present on national level. We will continue the programs to take them to the junior high and high school students’ tournaments held in Japan.

    For all the members of the All United States Kendo Federation, I hope the year of 2018 will be another great and productive year.

  • Shinobu Maeda (Executive VP)
    I’m glad to be elected to the AUSKF Board of Director again to serve as Executive VP this term. This is my first experience in this position, and I will do my best, pursuing the prosperity of all the members of AUSKF.

  • Michio Kajitani (VP Promotion &Examination)
    I am honored to serve as an AUSKF board officer for the second term, and assume a responsibility as VP Promotion & Examination.  I will be looking forward to working with you all to provide smooth and efficient service for our members to help promote the proper art of Kendo, Iaido, and Jodo in the USA. 

  • Christopher Yang 
    Thank you for your continued support of AUSKF and Kendo in the United States. We will continue to work hard to improve the level of Kendo in the U.S and create programs and opportunities that benefit the kenshi of AUSKF.

  • Brandon Harada (VP Education)
    I was elected the new AUSKF Vice President of Education at the AUSKF BoD meeting in November.  I am taking over this role from Chris Yang Sensei and have big shoes to fill.  He has thankfully agreed to continue to help and I will also be receiving a huge helping hand from fellow AUSKF BoD member Hayato Okawa Sensei.  Chris Yang Sensei did a fantastic job in creating new programs such as the AUSKF Adult/Mudansha Seminar, AUSKF Women’s Seminar and the Team USA Giving Back Program while also continuing and improving upon the AUSKF Summer Camp, AUSKF Education Tour and other programs.  Next year will be a busy one with the World Kendo Championships along with the various other events, but we will do our very best to fulfill our duties and responsibilities.  I humbly ask for your patience and understanding as I fumble my way through the first year of my new role.

    Please let me know if you have any thoughts or ideas for improvement.  I will discuss them with my committee and will take them into consideration in our planning for the next few years.

  • Keiko Umemura (Treasurer)
    Happy New Year 2018!

    It is my great honor to introduce myself as the new treasurer of AUSKF Board. I am privileged to have this opportunity to join the board and hope that I will be able to assist you in all your needs in the future. Please feel free to contact me at keiko.umemura@auskf.org with any questions you may have, and let me know when I can assist you.

    I wish you a new year filled with joy, success and prosperity. Best wishes.

  • Norman Otani (Anti-Doping Committee Chairman)
    Greetings from the 2018-2020 AUSKF Anti-Doping Committee; both myself and committee member Dr. Michio Kajitani, look forward to providing our AUSKF members with the necessary anti-doping information that the International Kendo Federation [“FIK”] would like each FIK affiliated country to provide our Team USA members in preparation for the 17th WKC to be held in Incheon, South Korea, and to the AUSKF general population, to ensure compliance with the World Anti-Doping Agency [“WADA”} requirements.

    Each year the 2018-2020 AUSKF Anti-Doping Committee will provide the AUSKF member federation presidents with an update regarding FIK Anti-Doping information that will be helpful to assist each AUSKF member to be best prepared in adhering to the WADA anti-doping rules throughout the next three (3) years.

    To assist each of the fifteen (15) AUSKF member federations to be familiar with the anti-doping information; please go to the AUSKF website: http://www.auskf.org and you can locate the current AUSKF anti-oping program information, including the WADA 2018 Prohibited Substance list, etc.

    During the next year 2018; the 2018-2020 AUSKF Anti-Doping Committee will plan to provide the 17th WKC-Team USA members with the current Therapeutic Use Exemption [“TUE”] information, and other FIK anti-doping program updates prior to the 17th WKC event in September 2018. Best wishes to you and each of your respective AUSKF member federation kenshi for a Happy New Year 2018!! Sincerely,

  • Monica Iwakabe (Iaido Committee Chairperson)
    Happy New Year! Thank you all for electing me as a member of the 2018 – 2020 AUSKF Board and the AUSKF Iaido Committee Chairperson. I would especially like to thank Kato, Shozo Sensei for his past endeavors and successes as the previous AUSKF Iaido Committee Chairperson, and for his continuous support during my tenure. I hope to help grow Iaido and Jodo, to develop tools which would allow regional federations to host future AUSKF events, and encourage those that practice Iaido and Jodo to become more involved with the development of these arts within AUSKF. I look forward to working with all of our AUSKF members. Please contact me at at monica.iwakabe@auskf.org for any suggestions you may have to develop our programs. Lastly, I hope to see you at the 2018 AUSKF Iaido & Jodo Summer Camp in Salt Lake City, UT, May 31 – June 4, 2018. For more information, please check out http://shinken.cc/event/2018-auskf-iaido-summer-camp . 

  • Tim Yuge
    Wishing all of you a Very Happy New Year! May 2018 be a year of good health and happiness!

  • Tsuyoshi Inoshita
    As a reelected board member of AUSKF, I would like to continue to strive to make the organization pertinent and meaningful for every member who is an avid aficionado of Kendo/Iaido and derives an invaluable benefit from his or her affiliation with it. I wish everybody a happy new year. Sincerely.

  • Taro Ariga
    It is a great honor and responsibility for me to be an AUSKF board member.

    This is my first year as the AUSKF board member. I will do my best to make AUSKF better, and to support Kajitani sensei, VP of promotion. I also understand the importance of listening to voices from regional federations, so please feel free to give me your ideas, and let’s make AUSKF better together! Thank you and looking forward to a great 2018

  • Hayato Okawa 
    I have been newly appointed to the AUSKF Board for 2018-2020 as one of its members responsible for Education.

    Through numerous kendo seminars here in the US, I have endeavored to pass on the “Soul of the Samurai”, the Bushido Spirit that I had been taught in Japan for a very long time. I hope to be able to teach what traditional kendo culture entails, along with advancement of technique, and the essence of its discipline and manners.

    The US is a vast nation and there is still much that needs to be done to spread the art of kendo. By working with regional federations and its members nationwide, I will strive to develop an increased understanding of the greatness of kendo in this country.

  • Seiji Mamiya
    A happy new year to all AUSKF members,

    I was elected as the AUSKF director for the years 2018-2020. Working with Yuji Onitsuka sensei, I would be in charge of competitions, which includes National Championships, Junior National Championships, and all other tournaments. In order to maintain great tournaments, we would continue to hold Zone Referee Seminars nation widely.Taking this opportunity, I wish to contribute to all the Kendoist in the U.S. and the growth of AUSKF. I would really appreciate the support from the federations and the advices from the senseis. Best Regards,

  • Mark Kerstein
    I wish to convey greetings and best wishes to all members of the AUSKF for a safe and happy New Year celebration.  I hope 2018 is filled with success and joy for everyone and their families.  In the next year, I hope to help the AUSKF be better at meeting the needs of the Regional Federations and their respective Dojo and to help us all communicate more openly and more efficiently.

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