High rank kendo shinsa April 14, 2019 Seattle, WA

February 16, 2019

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 14, 2019 (Sunday) after the ASUKF board meeting at:
Tyee Highschool: 4424 S 188th Street, Seattle, WA 98188
Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019
12:30 pm – 12:55pm Registration
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Test 5 Dan & above, Shogo
(No seminar or keiko planned after the shinsa)

We are accepting all applications online.
(Please do not mail the documents to my physical address.)
Please check the website below to access the application form.
http://auskf.org/docs/2018/Kendo5to7ApplicationDanForm.htm

All payments to be made online.
If you have any problem making online payment, please contact me.

You need to pay only for the examination on application.

Those who passed the test must pay the menjo fee within 2 weeks.

Event Hotel:
Radisson Hotel Seattle Airpot
18118 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188: (206) 244-6666 radisson.com
Courtesy Block for attendees are available: Deadline is March 14 . Let the hotel know it is at the AUSKF rate, and e-mail to David Yotsuuye sensei: yotskendo@aol.com to let him know you are staying at that hotel.

Airports:
Seattle Tacoma International airort (SEA)

If you have any question, please contact Promotion & Examination committee, AUSKF
Email: promotion@auskf.org

Please distribute this information to your members.
The deadline of the application is March 29, 2019 (Friday). No exceptions.

Sincerely,
Michio Kajitani
VP Promotion & Examination, AUSKF
Email: promotion@auskf.org

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

Attachment: information packet (pdf)

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High rank (6-8 Dan) and Shogo testing in Japan. 2019 Calendar

January 6, 2019

Dear all,
For those interested in testing in Japan for high rank (6, 7, and 8 dan in Kendo, Iaido, Jodo) and Shogo (Renshi, Kyoshi), please see the attached calendar of events I just obtained from AJKF.

Please pay particular attention to the AJKF deadline for application. I need to receive all applications and payments ($100 payable to AUSKF as processing fee to test outside USA) 14 days before their deadline.

For those interested in kendo 8 dan test in Kyoto (May 1, or 2), their deadline is February 12, which means I need to receive all documents by January 30.

Please use the form on our website. http://auskf.org/docs/2018/ForeignPromotionRequest.htm

Those testing for up to 5 dan in Japan, they are conducted by regional federations, and I will NOT be submitting application to them. Each applicant is responsible for finding out the schedule, location, date, application forms, submitting the application, fees, etc. They will still need to submit application to me using AUSKF forms and $100 processing fee to receive approval letter from AUSKF.

If anyone is applying using the new online application system with the link above, please also send me an email notice to me that they applied for testing in Japan for certain rank in which category (Kendo, Iaido, Jodo). Please remember to attach your current certificate (Menjo) also. I will do my best to help you out, but good, timely, and clear communication is the key to help each other.

Thank you,
Michio Kajitani
VP P&E
AUSKF

Attachment: AJKF FY2019 event calendar

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


November 2018 Kodansha Exam Results

December 15, 2018

Congratulations to all who passed the kodansha promotional exam held 11/11/18
in Dallas TX:

Rank    Name                    Federation
5 dan   Yoshida, Mitsukuni      MWKF
5 dan   Fukui, Hiroki           SEUSKF
5 dan   Ro, Eui Rae             SEUSKF
5 dan   Sasaki, Mark Masakuni   MWKF
5 dan   Boettcher, Satoko       ECUSKF
6 dan   Fukuno, Masanao         SCKO
6 dan   Shin, Paul H            GNEUSKF
7 dan   Matsuura, Yutaro        MWKF
Renshi  Makino, Nathan Jun      SCKO
Renshi  Yang, Song Yi           SCKF
Renshi  Ichimura, Russell M     SWKIF
Kyoshi  Harada, Brandon Takeye  SCKF

AUSKF promotion requirement update

December 8, 2018

Dear presidents of member federations of AUSKF,

Greeting.

AUSKF had board meeting in November, and we voted to approve new regulations for the promotion tests. This was in response to the new guideline from International Kendo Federation (FIK) revised in September this year.

Following is the summary of the changes that will take effect as of January 2019. This will apply to all Kendo, Iaido, and Jodo.

1 Dan eligibility: Minimum age 13 years and older. (Current: 14)

Consideration for senior members older than 65 years old, who wish to test for high rank promotion test is approved. Continuous regular practice is required before testing for the new rank over the following number of years. (Currently, no consideration has been given for senior members)

5 Dan: 2 years or more after 4 dan
6 Dan: 2 years or more after 5 dan
7 Dan: 3 years or more after 6 dan

Please apply those new regulations in your federation as of January 1, 2019. Wish you all happy holidays and new year!

Sincerely,
Michio Kajitani
VP P&E, AUSKF


November 11 2018 Kendo High Rank Shinsa

September 25, 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 November 11, 2018 (Sunday) after the ASUKF board meeting at:

Greenhill School Cox Gym
4141 Spring Valley Rd Addison, TX 75001
(1 mile from event hotel. Locker rooms will be open to all participants.)

Registration starts 12:30 PM. Shinsa starts at 1PM. (No seminar or keiko planned after the shinsa)

We are accepting all applications online. (Please do not mail the documents to my physical address.) Please check the website below to access the application form.
http://auskf.org/docs/2018/Kendo5to7ApplicationDanForm.htm

All payments to be made online. If you have any problem making online payment, please contact me.

You need to pay only for the examination on application. Those who passed the test must pay the menjo fee within 2 weeks.

Event Hotel:
Crowne Plaza Dallas Near Galleria-Addison (Special rate of $99/night)
14315 Midway Road Addison, Texas 75001
Courtesy Block for attendees other than board members: Deadline is October 19th.
BLOCK CODE: AKC,
Booking link: AUSKF KODANSHA

Optional Hotels:
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas Near the Galleria
Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Addison/Midway
La Quinta Inn & Suites – Addison

Airports:
Love Field – primarily serves SW Airlines.
DFW International – primarily serves American Airlines as well as other major carriers.

Please distribute this information to your members.
The deadline of the application is October 26, 2018 (Friday).

Sincerely,
Michio Kajitani
VP Promotion & Examination, AUSKF
Email: promotion@auskf.org

Attachment: information packet (pdf)


August 2018 Kodansha Exam Results

September 24, 2018

Congratulations to all who passed the kodansha promotional exam held 8/19/18
in Las Vegas NV:

Rank    Name                    Federation
5 dan   Choi, Sean              NCKF
5 dan   Tominaga, Sara          GNEUSKF
5 dan   Kamimoto, Kenichi G     SCKO
5 dan   Cirkovic, Tiana         SEUSKF
5 dan   Choi, So Young          SCKO
5 dan   Lee, Jaeyeon            AEUSKF
5 dan   Abe, Wayne Kikuo        PNKF
5 dan   Kim, Won                AEUSKF
5 dan   Lee, George             SCKO
5 dan   Chang, Hoon             AEUSKF
5 dan   Murphy, Lewis Franklin  GNEUSKF
6 dan   Goya, Yoshiyuki         SCKF
6 dan   Choi, Steve Sang Hyun   PNKF
6 dan   Uddin, Zia              MWKF
7 dan   Ghodgaonkar, Sandip     SCKO
7 dan   Hosokawa, Yuji          SCKF
7 dan   Huh, Sang Hwan          SCKF
Renshi  Shin, Youn-soo          SCKO
Renshi  Ikeda, Ken              SCKO
Renshi  Miura, Yukiko           SCKO

Kendo High rank examination in Las Vegas, August 19, 2018

June 22, 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 August 19, 2018 (Sunday) after the ASUKF summer camp at:

Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA
4141 Meadows Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89107
https://www.lasvegasymca.org/locations/bill-lillie-heinrich-ymca

This time, we are accepting all applications online. (Please do not mail the documents to my physical address.) Please use this link to access the application form.

All payments to be made online. If you have any problem making online payment, please contact me. You need to pay only for the examination on application. Those who passed the test must pay the menjo fee within 2 weeks.

Please distribute this information to your members.

The deadline of the application is August 3, 2018 (Friday).

Sincerely,
Michio Kajitani
VP Promotion & Examination, AUSKF
Email: promotion@auskf.org

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

Attachment: information docx