Kendo High rank and Shogo examination on April 15, 2018

January 23, 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 April 15, 2018 (Sunday) after the board meeting at:
Marina High School
15871 Springdale St, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

followed by critiques and seminar.

Please distribute the attached information to your member clubs.

The deadline of the application is March 30, 2018 (Friday).

Michio Kajitani
VP Promotion & Examination, AUSKF

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

info packet (updated 1/24/18 to correct title)
Marina High map
hotel info

Update 2/6/2018:
Please also distribute the link below and encourage the applicants to fill this form in the link. That will help us organize the shinsa without error. Thank you very much for your corporation.

Update 3/11/2018:
I have been receiving applications. Please let the applicants know if they send the mail with ‘signature required’ mail, it will most likely be returned. My work schedule just does not allow me to stay home nor go to the post office to pick up the mail.

Thank you,
Michio Kajitani


Direction for testing in Japan

January 7, 2018

For testing in Japan, please see the attachment.

Michio Kajitani


November 2017 Kodansha Exam Results

January 7, 2018

Congratulations to all who passed the kodansha promotional exam held 11/12/17 in Atlanta GA:

Rank    Name                  Federation
5 dan   Tatsuya Ogami         SCKO
5 dan   Beongjoon Kang        AEUSKF
5 dan   Akiyo Kawamura Powell NCKF
5 dan   Goro Abe              AEUSKF
5 dan   Miyun Kang            GNEKF
5 dan   Taiyueh Andre Chen    GNEKF
5 dan   Jonathan Berry        MWKF
5 dan   Steven Kim            SCKF
5 dan   Behzad Hadizadeh      AEUSKF
5 dan   Byung Chan Ahn        WKF
6 dan   Nathan Makino         SCKO
6 dan   Elizabeth Marsten     PNKF
6 dan   Shun Shigematsu       SCKF
6 dan   Junko Inoue-Winters   AEUKF
7 dan   Alexandre Ebihara     SEUSKF
7 dan   Takehiko Kaku         SWKIF
Renshi  Katsuyuki Tamura      SEUSKF

August 2017 Kodansha Exam Results

September 16, 2017

Congratulations to all who passed the kodansha promotional exam held 8/6/17 in Ann Arbor MI:

Rank    Name                Federation
5 Dan   Julie Chen          PNKF
5 Dan   Yong Hoon Cho       SWKIF
5 Dan   Cece Choi           WKF
5 Dan   Robert Cochran      MWKF
5 Dan   Shigetoshi Eda      SEUSKF
5 Dan   Jarrod Hatakeyama   SCKF
5 Dan   Hyun Kim            AEUSKF
5 Dan   Junichi Kusakabe    AEUSKF
5 Dan   James E London      SEUSKF
5 Dan   Bob Mack            MWKF
5 Dan   Masato Nakamura     GNEUSKF
5 Dan   Evan Nava           AEUSKF
5 Dan   Hidemi Saito        MWKF
5 Dan   Takayuki Shirai     GNEUSKF
5 Dan   Takaya Zembayashi   SCKF
6 Dan   Kwang Soo Chong     AEUSKF
Renshi  Lee Henry           AEUSKF
Renshi  Yutaro Matsuura     MWKF
Renshi  Masayasu Miyajima   MWKF
Renshi  Takaaki Sato        MWKF
Renshi  Takeshi Tokunaga    NCKF
Kyoshi  Hajime Sugawara     MWKF

2017-11-12 AUSKF Kendo Promotion Exam

August 21, 2017

Dear Member Federation Presidents,

I have attached the information of the November AUSKF Promotion Examination.
Please distribute it to your members.

Shinobu Maeda
Promotion & Examination, AUSKF

Attachment: application packet

Deadline: October 27, 2017 (no late applications will be accepted)
Note: federation signature is required, so check with your federation for its deadline.

Update 9/14/17: the hotels below are near the gym

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta North Druid Hills
2061 N Druid Hills Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 321-4174

Hampton Inn Atlanta-North Druid Hills
1975 N Druid Hills Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 320-6600

Regarding Promotional Exams in Japan

April 18, 2017

Dear President & Vice-President of AUSKF Member Federations,

The following is the request from All Japan Kendo Federation. Please inform following information to your members.

* AJKF will not accept application form individually. AUSKF must send all the application forms to AJKF together.

Please be aware of the following Exam Date & AUSKF Deadline of the examinations.

  1. Email “Foreign Exam Application (Application Request Form)” to Shinobu Maeda (VP Promotion & Examination Committee)..
  2. Request the president of member federation to email **Recommendation (Renshi, & Kyoshi applicants only) to VP Promotion & Examination prior to the AUSKF Deadline.

    This will be the information for the AUSKF President to make the applicant’s Recommendation.

    **Conditions for Recommendation for Renshi/Kyoshi

    1. Presently practice Kendo on a regular basis
    2. Play a leading role in the Kendo society of your country, possess great judgment and live sound life
    3. Have attended the official seminars organized by FIK and/or FIK affiliated organizations (including EKF/LAKC)
    4. Are recognized for having sufficient knowledge of Nippon Kendo Kata, Refereeing, Coaching methods and the competence for Jitsugi that are necessary for Renshi
    5. The President of the organization can guarantee that you possess such sufficient knowledge and competence
    6. Have retained the necessary experience in coaching and refereeing
    7. Live in your country and have been a registered member of your organization for at least 1 year; and will continue to live in your country and be a registered member of your organization at least 1 year from now
  3.  “Application Form for AJKF” will be emailed to the applicants as soon as his/her all Request Form, a copy of current rank, (**Recommendation for Renshi / Kyoshi), and a check are received by VP President of Promotion & Examination.
  4.  “Application Form to AJKF” should be filled and emailed back to the VP Promotion & Examination by the AUSKF Deadline.
  5. The direction for examination from AJKF will be distributed to each applicants.
  6. Please follow the direction from AJKF:

  7. Application request (including copy of Menjo, check, and Renshi/Kyoshi recommendation) due dates to AUSKF:
    Exam Date  
    AUSKF Deadline
    Aug 19 Nagano Kendo 7 Dan Jun 2
    Aug 20 Nagano Kendo 6 Dan Jun 2
    Aug 26 Fukuoka Kendo 7 Dan Jun 2
    Aug 27 Fukuoka Kendo 6 Dan Jun 2
    Nov 18 Nagoya Kendo 7 Dan Sep 1
    Nov 19 Nagoya Kendo 6 Dan Sep 1
    Nov 25 Hachioji Kendo 6 Dan Sep 1
    Nov 27
      or 28
    Kendo 7 Dan
    Sep 1
    Nov 29
      or 30
    Kendo 8 Dan
    Sep 1
    Nov 18 Tokyo Iaido 6, 7 Dan Sep 1
    Aug 4 Kumamoto Jodo 6, 7 Dan May 9
    Jan 12
    Jodo 6, 7 Dan
    Nov 3
    Nov 27
    *Documentary Exam
    Jodo, Iaido, Kendo Renshi Aug 14
    Nov 11
    (Written Test will be held in Tokyo) Kendo Kyoshi
    Aug 7

Shinobu Maeda
VP Promotion and Examination

Attachment: docx version of announcement

April 2017 Kodansha Exam Results

April 14, 2017

Congratulations to all who passed the kodansha promotional exam held 4/9/17 in San Jose CA:

Rank    Name             Federation
5 Dan   Scott Chang      SCKF
5 Dan   Cheng-yu Chen    NCKF
5 Dan   Dale Hatakeyama  NCKF
5 Dan   Hidenori Kongo   SCKF
5 Dan   Jeffrey Marsten  PNKF
5 Dan   Hitoshi Tanabe   NCKF
5 Dan   Linda Tanaka     NCKF
5 Dan   Hiroaki Yano     SCKO
5 Dan   Suzan Zau        SCKF
6 Dan   Jason Brown      SCKF
6 Dan   Dong Jin Huh     SCKF
6 Dan   Sunmi Lim        WKF
6 Dan   Taisuke Mori     MWKF
6 Dan   Shinji Onitsuka  NCKF
6 Dan   Kijae Song       WKF
6 Dan   Teruo Tamano     SCKO
7 Dan   Kevin Abe        SCKF
7 Dan   Masataka Sakaue  SCKF
Renshi  Jimmy Eitoku     NCKF
Kyoshi  Masayasu Ando    PNKF
Kyoshi  Tetsuo Komizu    SWKIF