Team USA T-Shirt Fundraiser

February 5, 2018

Dear Federation Representatives:

Thank you for your continued support of Team USA Kendo. With the 17th World Kendo Championships quickly approaching, each and every team member has been hard at work preparing to represent AUSKF in Incheon, South Korea.

Starting this month, we will begin our Team USA t-shirt fundraiser. As in previous years, all proceeds will go toward supporting the team. Your support of not only Team USA, but this program in particular, has always been a huge part of our success at the World Kendo Championships.

All details regarding sizes, payment, contact information, and additional donation opportunities can be found on the attached form. Please note that all orders received by February 28th, 2018, will be delivered to federation representatives at the AUSKF Junior Open National Championships in April.

Please forward this email and order form to your federation’s dojo’s – we’d like to spread the word about this fundraiser to as many people as possible.

Thank you in advance for all of your support.

Yuji Onitsuka
Team USA Manager, 2018

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February 4, 2018

Dear federation presidents,

Back in 2006, auskf.org became the official domain name for the AUSKF website. Auskf.info was deprecated, because we could not gain ownership of it (long story).

If anyone contacts you about the auskf website being down, please direct them to auskf.org, which is alive and well.

In the meantime, we are trying once again to reach the owner of auskf.info, but the results are not certain.

Regardless, please be sure to use auskf.org going forward.

Thank you!
Jean Kodama, Webmaster


Progress of the online registration

January 15, 2018

Greetings,

We hope your new year is off to a good start.

We would like to report to you on the progress of the online registration. To remind you, the impetus for the new system is to automate the work flow, centralize data security, and correct errors in the existing database by having individual members verify their profiles and records. Travis Stronach and Steve Hoff have been volunteering their time for software development and improvement. The system is and will be a work in progress for many years to come, but it is now equipped with many of the convenient and flexible features that you requested, including the following:

(1) Each federation can set their own fee schedules online;
(2) Members can register online and pay by check via federation representatives;
(3) Dojo representatives can verify members’ eligibility and control their registrations;
(4) Dojo representatives can merge multiple dojo data into one (e.g., the system currently recognizes the University of Chicago Kendo Club and the Univ. of Chicago Kendo Club as two separate dojos. The dojo rep can merge the two);
(5) Users can merge multiple records (quite a few members have multiple IDs for various reasons); and
(6) Federations, if they choose to do so, can import spreadsheet to register their members;

So far, seven federations (AEUSKF, ECUSKF, GNEUSKF, MWKF, PNKF, SEUSKF, and SWKIF) have signed up to use the new system. We would like to encourage that the remaining federations will join us. It will either eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of work at every step of the way–dojo reps, federation reps, and the AUSKF will all be freed from a lot of mundane, manual work. It will also allow individual kenshi to take ownership of their accounts and keep their profiles current. Furthermore, we believe that the new system is more secure against potential data exposure than in the previous system where registrations data changed hands in multiple stages before getting to the AUSKF.

We will give more detailed instructions in March for the new registration that spans 4/1/2018-3/31/2019. Meanwhile, we encourage that the federation representatives will start entering the bank account information and submit to us a list of dojo representatives as well as those who should be given administrative access to. We also encourage that the dojo and federation representatives merge duplicate records, which unfortunately exist in the current database, before the registration rolls out. We expect that this work will significantly reduce the amount of confusion.

Lastly, Travis Stronach and Steve Hoff can use some helping hands in further adding new features and maintaining the existing system. The required skills include working experiences in

  • MVC.NET and C#
  • AngularJS and Angular 4
  • .NET Web Api
  • Experience with .NET Core is desired.
  • MS Sql Server
  • Entity Framework
  • A good understanding of SOLID principles and common software patterns.
  • Talent in UI design/HTML/CSS is a plus

We would appreciate it if you could ask your members about this volunteering opportunities for the benefit of the general membership of the AUSKF.

We look forward to working with you. Thank you.

Keiko Umemura, Kotaro Yoshida, Travis Stronach, and Steve Hoff


2018 New year greetings from AUSKF directors

January 3, 2018


  • Yoshiteru Tagawa (President)
    Greetings on the year of 2018.

    On August 19, 2017, the result of the election of the AUSKF directors announced. 6 new directors were elected.

    On November 10, 2017, 2018-2020 officers and chairpersons were newly elected by the new Board of Directors. In addition, we created ‘Youth Development and Education Committee’ to nurture the youth members of AUSKF.

    We will do our utmost to develop the future of the All United States Kendo Federation.

    Promotion & Examination Committee:
    We will strive to issue Menjos promptly in response to the requests forms & sheets from each member federation. In addition, we will update the AUSKF website sin order to provide easy-to-understand information of the application to process.
    I think the unifying the standards for the rank examination by each federation will be our goal.

    Competition Committee:
    In recent years there have been many competitions in each district. Although the players are constantly practicing in each dojo with the aim of improving kendo skills from day to day, referees need to brush up their skills. AUSKF conducts a referee seminar for each district. Please join these seminars as many times as possible. If the referee gets better, the match will be better. If the match gets better, Kendo will be better. I’d like you to practice refereeing.

    Education Committee:
    We will continue AUSKF Summer Camp, Educational Tour by 8-dan Sensei, AJK Champion Tour, Women’s Kendo Seminar, and Adult/Mudansha Seminar. We feel the importance of the improvement of teaching basic skills for leaders and instructors in each district. We’d like them to participate in as many seminars as possible so that they will correctly understand and teach basic skills. We’d like to respond to the requests from all the members of AUSKF.

    Youth Development Education Committee:
    This is a newly established committee. The population of youth kendo in each district is increasing recently, and the junior tournaments are held every year. The purpose of this committee is to encourage youth to develop skills to present on national level. They are the future of the Kendo in the United States. We will have training camps for Junior Team USA and opportunity to present on national level. We will continue the programs to take them to the junior high and high school students’ tournaments held in Japan.

    For all the members of the All United States Kendo Federation, I hope the year of 2018 will be another great and productive year.

  • Shinobu Maeda (Executive VP)
    I’m glad to be elected to the AUSKF Board of Director again to serve as Executive VP this term. This is my first experience in this position, and I will do my best, pursuing the prosperity of all the members of AUSKF.

  • Michio Kajitani (VP Promotion &Examination)
    I am honored to serve as an AUSKF board officer for the second term, and assume a responsibility as VP Promotion & Examination.  I will be looking forward to working with you all to provide smooth and efficient service for our members to help promote the proper art of Kendo, Iaido, and Jodo in the USA. 

  • Christopher Yang 
    Thank you for your continued support of AUSKF and Kendo in the United States. We will continue to work hard to improve the level of Kendo in the U.S and create programs and opportunities that benefit the kenshi of AUSKF.

  • Brandon Harada (VP Education)
    I was elected the new AUSKF Vice President of Education at the AUSKF BoD meeting in November.  I am taking over this role from Chris Yang Sensei and have big shoes to fill.  He has thankfully agreed to continue to help and I will also be receiving a huge helping hand from fellow AUSKF BoD member Hayato Okawa Sensei.  Chris Yang Sensei did a fantastic job in creating new programs such as the AUSKF Adult/Mudansha Seminar, AUSKF Women’s Seminar and the Team USA Giving Back Program while also continuing and improving upon the AUSKF Summer Camp, AUSKF Education Tour and other programs.  Next year will be a busy one with the World Kendo Championships along with the various other events, but we will do our very best to fulfill our duties and responsibilities.  I humbly ask for your patience and understanding as I fumble my way through the first year of my new role.

    Please let me know if you have any thoughts or ideas for improvement.  I will discuss them with my committee and will take them into consideration in our planning for the next few years.

  • Keiko Umemura (Treasurer)
    Happy New Year 2018!

    It is my great honor to introduce myself as the new treasurer of AUSKF Board. I am privileged to have this opportunity to join the board and hope that I will be able to assist you in all your needs in the future. Please feel free to contact me at keiko.umemura@auskf.org with any questions you may have, and let me know when I can assist you.

    I wish you a new year filled with joy, success and prosperity. Best wishes.

  • Norman Otani (Anti-Doping Committee Chairman)
    Greetings from the 2018-2020 AUSKF Anti-Doping Committee; both myself and committee member Dr. Michio Kajitani, look forward to providing our AUSKF members with the necessary anti-doping information that the International Kendo Federation [“FIK”] would like each FIK affiliated country to provide our Team USA members in preparation for the 17th WKC to be held in Incheon, South Korea, and to the AUSKF general population, to ensure compliance with the World Anti-Doping Agency [“WADA”} requirements.

    Each year the 2018-2020 AUSKF Anti-Doping Committee will provide the AUSKF member federation presidents with an update regarding FIK Anti-Doping information that will be helpful to assist each AUSKF member to be best prepared in adhering to the WADA anti-doping rules throughout the next three (3) years.

    To assist each of the fifteen (15) AUSKF member federations to be familiar with the anti-doping information; please go to the AUSKF website: http://www.auskf.org and you can locate the current AUSKF anti-oping program information, including the WADA 2018 Prohibited Substance list, etc.

    During the next year 2018; the 2018-2020 AUSKF Anti-Doping Committee will plan to provide the 17th WKC-Team USA members with the current Therapeutic Use Exemption [“TUE”] information, and other FIK anti-doping program updates prior to the 17th WKC event in September 2018. Best wishes to you and each of your respective AUSKF member federation kenshi for a Happy New Year 2018!! Sincerely,

  • Monica Iwakabe (Iaido Committee Chairperson)
    Happy New Year! Thank you all for electing me as a member of the 2018 – 2020 AUSKF Board and the AUSKF Iaido Committee Chairperson. I would especially like to thank Kato, Shozo Sensei for his past endeavors and successes as the previous AUSKF Iaido Committee Chairperson, and for his continuous support during my tenure. I hope to help grow Iaido and Jodo, to develop tools which would allow regional federations to host future AUSKF events, and encourage those that practice Iaido and Jodo to become more involved with the development of these arts within AUSKF. I look forward to working with all of our AUSKF members. Please contact me at at monica.iwakabe@auskf.org for any suggestions you may have to develop our programs. Lastly, I hope to see you at the 2018 AUSKF Iaido & Jodo Summer Camp in Salt Lake City, UT, May 31 – June 4, 2018. For more information, please check out http://shinken.cc/event/2018-auskf-iaido-summer-camp . 

  • Tim Yuge
    Wishing all of you a Very Happy New Year! May 2018 be a year of good health and happiness!

  • Tsuyoshi Inoshita
    As a reelected board member of AUSKF, I would like to continue to strive to make the organization pertinent and meaningful for every member who is an avid aficionado of Kendo/Iaido and derives an invaluable benefit from his or her affiliation with it. I wish everybody a happy new year. Sincerely.

  • Taro Ariga
    It is a great honor and responsibility for me to be an AUSKF board member.

    This is my first year as the AUSKF board member. I will do my best to make AUSKF better, and to support Kajitani sensei, VP of promotion. I also understand the importance of listening to voices from regional federations, so please feel free to give me your ideas, and let’s make AUSKF better together! Thank you and looking forward to a great 2018

  • Hayato Okawa 
    I have been newly appointed to the AUSKF Board for 2018-2020 as one of its members responsible for Education.

    Through numerous kendo seminars here in the US, I have endeavored to pass on the “Soul of the Samurai”, the Bushido Spirit that I had been taught in Japan for a very long time. I hope to be able to teach what traditional kendo culture entails, along with advancement of technique, and the essence of its discipline and manners.

    The US is a vast nation and there is still much that needs to be done to spread the art of kendo. By working with regional federations and its members nationwide, I will strive to develop an increased understanding of the greatness of kendo in this country.

  • Seiji Mamiya
    A happy new year to all AUSKF members,

    I was elected as the AUSKF director for the years 2018-2020. Working with Yuji Onitsuka sensei, I would be in charge of competitions, which includes National Championships, Junior National Championships, and all other tournaments. In order to maintain great tournaments, we would continue to hold Zone Referee Seminars nation widely.Taking this opportunity, I wish to contribute to all the Kendoist in the U.S. and the growth of AUSKF. I would really appreciate the support from the federations and the advices from the senseis. Best Regards,

  • Mark Kerstein
    I wish to convey greetings and best wishes to all members of the AUSKF for a safe and happy New Year celebration.  I hope 2018 is filled with success and joy for everyone and their families.  In the next year, I hope to help the AUSKF be better at meeting the needs of the Regional Federations and their respective Dojo and to help us all communicate more openly and more efficiently.


AUSKF Board of Directors and Officers, 2018-2020

November 21, 2017

Dear AUSKF Member Federation Presidents,

The following is the result of the election held on November 11, 2017 at the AUSKF BOD meeting.

Sincerely,
Shinobu Maeda
AUSKF Exec. V.P.

AUSKF Board of Directors and Officers, 2018-2020

Officers
President: Yoshiteru Tagawa
Executive VP: Shinobu Maeda
VP Promotion: Michio Kajtani
VP Competition: Yuji Onitsuka
VP Education: Brandon Harada
Treasurer: Keiko Umemura
Auditor: Kotaro Yoshida
Secretary-Historian: Tim Yuge

Committee Chairpersons
Iaido: Monica Iwakabe
Anti-Doping: Norman Otani
Youth Develop Education: Daniel Yang

Directors
Christopher Yang
Shozo Kato
Hayato Okawa
Seiji Mamiya
Taro Ariga
Tsuyoshi Inoshita
Mark Kerstein

Senior Executive Advisors
Charlie Tanaka
Atsushi Hori
Jeff Marsten


Official Announcement of AUSKF Board of Directors for 2018-2020

September 20, 2017

Dear AUSKF Regional Federation Presidents:

On behalf of the AUSKF, we would like to announce and congratulate the newly elected 2018-2020 AUSKF Board of Directors. These members will be seated this coming November at the next BOD meeting to be held in Atlanta, Georgia the weekend of November 11 & 12, 2017. At this meeting we will be having the elections for officers to serve during the next three years.

We would also like to thank and commend the out-going BOD for their service the past three years. Their time and efforts were thankless and we sincerely appreciate all their hard work over the past few years. We know they will continue to serve and support the AUSKF in many capacities.

For the new BOD members, I will be sending official information to them later this week in preparation of the upcoming meeting.

Thank you all for your federation’s efforts in voting and selecting the new AUSKF Board of Directors!

Sincerely,
Tim Yuge
AUSKF Exec. V.P. and Chair, Election Committee

2018-2020 AUSKF Board of Directors:
1. Yoshiteru Tagawa (MWKF)
2. Kotaro Yoshida (MWKF)
3. Shozo Kato (GNEUSKF)
4. Tsuyoshi Go Inoshita (GNEUSKF)
5. Keiko Umemura (AEUSKF)
6. Seiji Mamiya (SCKO)
7. Hayato Okawa (SCKO)
8. Taro Ariga (SCKO)
9. Shinobu Maeda (SEUSKF)
10. Yuji Onitsuka (NCKF)
11. Monica Iwakabe (RMKF)
12. Mark Kerstein (SUSKIF)
13. Michio Kajitani (SWKIF)
14. Norman Otani (CCKF)
15. Christopher Yang (SCKF)
16. Brandon Harada (SCKF)
17. Tim Yuge (SCKF)

Out-Going AUSKF Board of Directors
Jeffrey Marsten (PNKF)
Shinichi Koike (PNKF)
Court Tanouye (NCKF)
Jean Kodama (SCKF)
Tomoji Kato (SCKF)
Shuntaro Shinada (SCKF)


​2018-2020 AUSKF Board of Directors Election Procedure

May 1, 2017

​Greetings to the 2017 AUSKF Member Federation Presidents:

On behalf of Tim Yuge, AUSKF Executive Vice-President/2018-2020 AUSKF Board of Directors Election Committee-Chairman; the following information is being provided as notification to the AUSKF member federation presidents, regarding the 2018-20120 AUSKF Board of Directors Election Procedure:

#1. On April 8, 2017, the AUSKF board of directors reviewed the attached [see below] 2018-2020 AUSKF Board of Directors Election Procedure, setting forth the election procedures in accordance with the applicable sections of the AUSKF by-laws.

#2. The initial procedure to be noted is the Record Date: May 13, 2017, which has been set in accordance with the AUSKF by-laws Article VII. Section 10.

#3. The additional 2018-2020 AUSKF Board of Directors Election Procedures, will be implemented, as noted on the attachment referenced in #1. above.

If there are any questions regarding the 2018-2020 AUSKF Board of Directors Election Procedure; please contact: Tim Yuge, AUSKF Executive Vice-President by email: yuge.kendo@gmail.com

Thank you so much for your attention to the above information.

Sincerely,

Norman K. Otani, 2018-2020 AUSKF Board of Directors Election Committee Member for:
Tim Yuge, AUSKF Executuve Vice-President/2018-2020 AUSKF Board of Directors Election Committee-Chairman

P.S. A hard copy of this email and the attachment will be sent by post-mail to the 2017 AUSKF Member Federation Presidents

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