2018 AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp and Jodo Seminar

February 26, 2018

Please join us at the 2018 AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp and Jodo Seminar!

DATE: Thursday, May 31 – Monday, June 4, 2018

LOCATION: George S Eccles Student Life Center at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Teruo Mitani Sensei (Iaido 8th Dan Hanshi from Kochi Prefecture)
Atsumi Hatakenaka Sensei (Iaido 8 Dan Kyoshi from Tokyo Prefecture)

Thursday (May 31, 2018) – Iaido Seminar (9:00 AM – 4:45 PM)
Friday (June 1, 2018) – Iaido Seminar (9:00 AM – 4:30 PM)
Saturday (June 2, 2018) – AUSKF Iaido Championships (9:00 AM – 4:30 PM)
Sunday (June 3, 2018) – Iaido Shinsa (9:00 AM – 11:45 AM), Jodo Seminar (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM), Jodo Shinsa (4:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
Monday (June 4, 2018) – Jodo Seminar (9:00 AM – 11:30 AM)

EVENT HOTEL: University Guest House & Conference Center. Call 1(888)416-4075, and mention the group name AUSKF National Iaido Camp.


DETAIL INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION: http://shinken.cc/event/2018-auskf-iaido-summer-camp

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Steve Sasaki (Salt Lake Kendo & Iaido Kyokai), stevesasaki@comcast.net. If you have any questions on registration, please contact Monica Iwakabe, monica.iwakabe@auskf.org.

Please share this with other members in your dojo and federation. Hope to see you there!

Monica Iwakabe
AUSKF Iaido Chairperson


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 monica.iwakabe@auskf.org .

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

Save the Date for the 2018 AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp

August 19, 2017

The 2018 Camp will be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, from Thursday, May 31 through Monday, June 4, 2018.

More information is in the Save the Date PDF and posted here:

Hotel reservations can be made now! The event hotel is the University Guest House & Conference Center. Call 1 (888) 416‐4075 and mention the group name AUSKF National laido Camp.

2017 AUSKF Iaido Seminar

April 26, 2017

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2017 AUSKF Iaido seminar and Jodo workshop is now open.

Please use the link below to register yourself by Friday, May 26. You will need your AUSKF ID number to register. If you do not know your AUSKF ID number, please ask your Sensei, your member federation administration, or AUSKF treasurer Yoshida Sensei.

If you do not have an AUSKF ID number, you can register with a temporary number. Directions are on the registration website. If you have previously registered with a temporary number, and cannot recall it, please contact us (info@shinken.us) and we will send it to you. We prefer that you do not create duplicate records.

For the first time, the AUSKF Iaido seminar will offer a Jodo shinsa, for 1 kyu, 1 dan and 2 dan. You may bring your own partner, who is also testing. Both partners need to register for the test. If you do not have a partner to test with, we will arrange one for you.

If you have questions about the seminar, please contact David Bressler Sensei (db@davidbressler.com) or Pam Parker Sensei (pam_a_parker@yahoo.com).

If you have questions about the registration web site, please contact info@shinken.us.

Information and registration site:

Updates will be posted there and on the East Coast Iaido Facebook page:

Thank you,

David Bressler and Jonathan Corum
for the 2017 AUSKF Iaido seminar committee

Preliminary Info for the 2017 AUSKF Iaido Camp

September 29, 2016

The next AUSKF Iaido Camp and Jodo Workshop will be held as follows:
Date: Thursday, June 8 to Monday, June 12, 2017
Location: Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
More details will follow when it becomes available.

Shozo Kato

AUSKF Iaido Camp and Jodo Workshop June 23 – June 27, 2016

February 3, 2016
AUSKF Iaido Camp and Jodo Workshop June 23 – June 27, 2016, to be held at Dallas, TX
Thu 6/23 - Fri 6/24        Seminar
Sat 6/25                   AUSKF Iaido Championships
Sun 6/26 AM                Shinsa
Sun 6/26 PM - Mon 6/27 AM  Jodo Workshop
Name of Sensei from Japan, venue, and hotel information will announced soon.
Shozo Kato

Update 3/25/16:
The Dallas/Fort Worth Kendo & Iaido Kyokai is pleased to confirm the dates for the 2016 AUSKF National Iaido Summer Camp to be held at the Dallas SportsplexJune 23-27, 2016. The Sportsplex (sportsplexvv.com) is located at 5702 Alpha Road, Dallas, TX  75240.The designated hotel for the seminar is the Sheraton Dallas Hotel by the Galleria, located at 4801 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX  75244.   A block of rooms have been set aside on a first-come first-served basis for participants at the rate of $109.00 plus tax.  Breakfast vouchers for up to two people per room and one free parking pass per room are included. These rates will be available only until May 23, 2016.

You may reserve your rooms through a reservation website set up by the hotel for the event.  Copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1603231252&key=1D7A939F

You may also make reservations by calling the hotel’s reservation hotline at 800.325.3535.  You will need to let the agent know that you would like to book a room in the “All United States Iaido Summer Camp” room block.

The registration packet for the event will be distributed as soon as further details are confirmed and approved.

In the meantime, please visit and join the 2016 AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1676542242630257/).

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Dallas!

Tomoyuki Hirasawa and Rob Tranchin
Event Co-chairs

Update 4/20/16:
Instructors will be
三谷昭雄(みたに てるお)先生  居合道 範士八段(高知)
Teruo Mitani Sensei, Hanshi 8 Dan, Kouchi, Japan (also instructed at the 2013 Iaido Camp)
中村正人(なかむら まさと)先生 居合道 教士八段(石川)
Masato Nakamura Sensei, Iaido Kyoshi 8 Dan, Ishikawa, Japan

Update 4/28/16:
See event webpage for details and registration packet, deadline is 6/3/16

Update 5/19/16:
1) We have received confirmation that Thomas Groendal sensei, Jodo 5 Dan, will be leading our Jodo Workshop on Sunday afternoon, June 26, and on Monday morning, June 27.

2) On Wednesday evening, June 22, from 6- 8 p.m. we will have a Welcome Reception and early registration at Flying Saucer, 14999 Montfort Dr. Dallas, TX 75254. Flying Saucer offers a continuing rotation of more than 240 beers with 100 different brewing styles to choose from. Food is also available.

Here’s a link to the restaurant’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FlyingSaucerAddison

The restaurant is not very far from the event hotel, so come on by and say hello after you check in!

P.S. Camp t-shirt ordering information will be coming soon.


Update 5/26/16:
The 2016 AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp T-shirts will be available for $18.50 each. This year’s design features the theme of “patience” (“nintai” in Japanese) on the back and the image of a famous tanto created by the renowned Japanese swordsmith Masamune (c. 1264-1343) on the left chest area. The AUSKF logo appears on the right sleeve. Please see the attached design (note that the scale of the graphics and the calligraphy may differ somewhat on the actual shirt).

The t-shirts will be Gildan 6 oz. 100% cotton in carolina blue, available in men’s sizes Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large and XXX-Large. Women’s cuts are available in Small, Medium, Large and X-Large. Please note that women’s cut t-shirts will be a slightly lighter shade of blue (iris).

If you would like to order a t-shirt, pleased send me an email by Friday June 3rd, telling me:

1) How many shirts you would like
2) Men’s or Women’s cut
3) Size

Please then send a check for the appropriate amount ($18.50 each) to the camp address below:

4145 Belt Line Rd.
Suite 212 #104
Addison, TX 75001

Your t-shirt(s) will be available at the camp.

Remember, the deadline for me to receive your email order is Friday, June 3rd.


2015 AUSKF Iaido Camp

March 4, 2015

The 2015 AUSKF Iaido Camp will be hosted by Northern California Iaido Association, the iaido branch of the Northern California Kendo Federation.

location: San Jose, California
    6/18-19 Iaido seminar
    6/20    Iaido taikai
    6/21    Iaido shinsa (morning)
            Jodo workshop (afternoon)
    6/22    Jodo workshop (morning)

Further updates will be posted when available at http://www.nckf.org/Iaido/index.htm

Thank you very much for your support.

Cynthia Tanabe
President, NCIA

Update 3/23/15: created 2015 Iai Camp facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1582320962013929/)

Update 3/25/15: received names of sensei from Japan: Sakono Yasuo sensei (iaido hanshi 8 dan) and Nakamura Masato sensei (iaido kyoshi 8 dan)

Update 4/7/15: change “jodo seminar” to “jodo workshop”

Reminder: check the NCIA website often for updates