2018 AUSKF Iaido Successes and 2019 Changes

January 20, 2019

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


2019 AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp

December 26, 2018

Save the date! 2019 AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp June 27 – July 1
Linfield College, McMinnville OR
Registration will be available soon!
If you have any questions, please send an email to Jonathan Bannister, sensei@aishinkai.com, or Monica Iwakabe, monica.iwakabe@auskf.org.

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Update 3/25/19:
Registration Now Open (view this email in your browser)
June 26 – July 1, 2019 – Linfield College – McMinnville, OR
Register by June 9, 2019

Health Human Performance and Athletic Complex, Ted Wilson Gymnasium (map/building layout)

– Yasuo Sakono Sensei, Iaido 8 Dan Hanshi from Fukuoka Prefecture
– Teruo Mitani Sensei, Iaido 8th Dan Hanshi from Kochi Prefecture

EVENTS (schedule):
– WELCOME PARTY: Wednesday (June 26, 2019), 6:30 – 9:00 PM, at Pioneer Reading Room, Linfield College.
– Iaido: 9:00 to 11:45 AM, then 1:00 – 4:45 PM on Thursday (June 27, 2019 ) & Friday (June 28, 2019)
– Jodo: 1:00 – 4:00 PM on Sunday (June 30, 2019) & 9:00 AM – 11:30 PM on Monday (July 1, 2019)
– AUSKF NATIONAL IAIDO TAIKAI: Saturday (June 29, 2019), 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
– SAYONARA PARTY: Saturday (June 29, 2019), 7:00 – 9:30 PM at the Fred Meyer Lounge, Linfield College.
– Iaido (up to 6 dan): Sunday (June 30, 2019), 9:00 – 11:45 AM
– Jodo (up to 3 dan): Sunday (June 30, 2019), 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Written Exams (must be provided by June 9th via online registration or via email)
Cross-federation President Approval (must be provided by June 9th via online registration or via email)
– Payment of shinsa fee required when you submit your online registration
– Payment of menjo fees will be within two weeks of passing the shinsa

The registration deadline and payment is Sunday, June 9th.
We will not accept late registrations or refund any fees after June 9th.

You will need your AUSKF ID number to register. If you have registered with Shinken.cc before and don’t remember your AUSKF ID or your temporary ID, please email Monica Iwakabe. If you are going to challenge the shinsa, please have the following items completed and ready to add to your online application – written examination answers and completed “Federation President Approval”.

You can direct any questions about the venue to Jonathan Bannister Sensei. If you have questions about the registration, events, forms and or payments, please send an email to Monica Iwakabe.

Details and Online Registration Form

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