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.

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.

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.

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)


2020 AUSKF National Championships Preliminary Information

February 10, 2019

Dear Federation Presidents,

It is my pleasure to announce that MWKF will host the next National Championships in 2020. The tournament location will be in the Detroit Area. The date and exact location will be sent later.

It is also a pleasure to announce 1 new individual division and 2 new team divisions. The new individual division is the senior women’s division (45+yrs & 3 Dan up). The new team divisions are the Girls Jr Youth Team and Girls Sr Youth team. Please see the attachments for more information.

Good luck to everyone,

Yuji Onitsuka
AUSKF VP of Competition

preliminary info

Kyoto Enbu Taikai 2019

February 4, 2019

Kyoto Enbu Taikai Will be held on May 2-5, 2019

1. Application deadline (AUSKF) is February 10, 2019.
Please email application form with the copies of your current Shogo and Dan certificates to to maeda.shinobu@gmail.com

2. Participation fee and payment method is directed on the information. Please pay the fee individually as is shown in the information by the deadline (February 19, 2019).

Shinobu Maeda

1. information letter
2. application form
3. map

2019 AUSKF Kendo Summer Camp

February 1, 2019

This year’s 2019 AUSKF Summer Camp will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah
on Friday, August 16th to Sunday, August 18, 2019.

Please see the attached flyer for additional information.

More details to be follow.

AUSKF Education

Attachment: flyer

Update 5/29/19
The instructors for the 2019 AUSKF Summer Camp will be:
Kendo Hanshi 8-Dan – Shinji Funatsu Sensei from Osaka
Kendo Kyoshi 8-Dan – Masaru Yamazaki from Aichi

Update 6/20/19
The registration is officially open for the 2019 AUSKF Summer Camp to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday, August 16th, to Sunday, August 18th. We will have an exciting program scheduled and out two guest senseis will be Shinji Funatsu Sensei (Hanshi 8 Dan) from Osaka and Masaru Yamazaki Sensei (Kyoshi 8 Dan) from Aichi. We expect a great turnout and look forward to having many US kenshi participate, so please sign up now!!

Please use the following link or copy and paste the URL below into your browser.

The fee for the seminar and sayonara party can be made via PayPal using the following link:

Deadline is 7/31/19

Update 6/21/19
For shinsa information see this announcement

AUSKF 8 Dan Tour- East Cost

January 30, 2019

Ishida Yoji – Kyoshi 8 Dan and Ishida Mariko – Kyoshi 7 Dan
Itinerary for the tour below:

Detroit – Saturday, February 16th
10AM – 3:45PM at Seaholm High School
2436 W Lincoln St., Birmingham, MI 48009

New York – Tuesday, February 19th
6:45PM – 8:30PM (Gym opens at 6PM)
(New York City Kendo Club) Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th St., New York, NY 10021

Washington DC – Thursday, February 21st
6PM – 9PM at (Fudokan Dojo) Sidwell Friends Lower School
5100 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814

For additional details on the events, please contact Detroit Kendo Dojo, New York City Kendo Club, or Fudokan Dojo.

AUSKF Education

Update 2/1/19: add New York details above

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

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

Attachment: AJKF FY2019 event calendar

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