2018 AUSKF Iaido Successes and 2019 Changes

Hello Regional Federation Presidents,

Please share this email with your members.

I hope 2018 ended in a good note for you and your members. And, I hope the start of 2019 is going well!

I would like to share some successes we had last year, and some changes for 2019.

The 2018 AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp and Jodo Seminar was held in Salt Lake City, UT. We had 99 participants for the Iaido camp, 82 Iaidoka participated in the taikai, 46 Iaidoka participated in the shinsa, 44 participants for the Jodo seminar, and 29 Jodoka participated in the shinsa. We also had two FIK members from Mexico join our events. We were able to stay under budget, and use some of the left over budget to provide a Sensei via the AUSKF Instructor Program for a growing dojo in MWKF.

Another great success we had was the support of the AUSKF Iaido Team to participate in 2018 Pan-American Iaido Goodwill Taikai in Toronto, Canada. We were able to send six members in which three represented Team USA and the others took part in Goodwill teams. The participants for Team USA were Thane Mittelstaedt (PNKF), John Mullin (AEUSKF), Paul Shin (GNEUSKF), and for the Goodwill teams: Jennifer Mayo (RMKIF), Gordon Hall (AEUSKF), and Edward Vierk (SWKIF). Team USA took first place in the Pan-Am Taikai, and those who participated in the Goodwill teams represented the quality of Iaido in the USA. I also would like to thank Mazkiya, USA, for supporting us by providing the team members with their zekken/nafuda.

In 2019, our first event will be the 2019 AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp and Jodo Seminar in McMinnville, OR, June 27 – July 1, 2019. We will hold an Iaido shinsa for those wanting to test up to 6-dan. This year we will follow the 2018 Iaido examination guidelines provided by FIK. This was approved at the 2018 November AUSKF board meeting. The new guidelines are as followed:

  • 3-dan and below – 5 Seitei Iai katas in 6 minutes
  • 4-dan and 5-dan – 1 koryu kata and 4 Seitei Iai katas in 6 minutes
  • 6-dan – 2 koryu katas and 4 Seitei Iai katas in 7 minutes
  • written exam requirement will remain the same for 1 kyu and above

We will add an addition bracket to the AUSKF iaido taikai. We will have the following brackets this year: 2-kyu and below, 1-kyu to 1-dan, 2-dan to 3-dan, 4-dan ot 5-dan and 6-dan. It will also be a requirement starting this year that all those participating in the AUSKF Iaido taikai wear a zekken/nafuda with the name of their federation, instead of their dojo.

I would like to thank the board members, you and your members, for making my first year as the AUSKF Iaido Committee Chairperson a success, and look forward to working with you in 2019! If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to contact me.

Monica Iwakabe
AUSKF Iaido Committee Chairperson

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