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,


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!

Michio Kajitani

All Japan High School Kaiseiki (魁星旗) Tournament Tryout Notification

November 30, 2018

Dear AUSKF Presidents and Supporters,

All United States Kendo Federation has been invited for the first time
to participate in the All Japan High School Kaiseiki Tournament, which
will be held in Akita, Japan during March 24th – March 31, 2019
(tentative). More than 370 teams throughout Japan attend this
“kachinuki” style team match, where the winner remains. AUSKF will hold
an open tryout elimination to select five senior boys that meet the
following requirements.

Please see the attached tryout information and application form.
Questions can be directed to Danny Yang Sensei at

Thank you,
AUSKF Education

application form
– individuals: please check with your federation for its deadline

Update 2/4/19:
The 5 selected Kaiseiki member from AUSKF will go to Japan 3/24-3/31. They will join RENSEI practical match all day on 3/25-28 and participate the Tournament on 3/29-31

Tylor Wang      2dan   WKF   ILDO
Bryan Yoo       2dan   WKF   ILDO
Riki Okawa      2dan   SCKO  Long Beach
Noah Nakayama   1dan   SCKF  Industry Sheriff's
Daichi Sakuma   2dan   MWKF  Detroit Kendo Dojo

​FIK American Zone Kendo Referee Seminar (01-26 & 27-2019)

November 9, 2018

​Dear Presidents of AUSKF member federation

Please be informed that “FY2018 FIK American Zone Kendo Referee Seminar” will be held in Dallas TX  on Saturday 26th , Sunday 27th, January 2019. Please distribute this information to your member clubs, and collect all participants’ information from your federation.

AUSKF accepts application forms and one check only from the president of each AUSKF member federation.

(FY2018″ means the term from April 2018 to March 2019).

FIK Instructors

1)    Kazuo Furukawa sensei, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
2)    Masahiro Inadomi sensei, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan
3)    Toshiya Ishida sensei, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan

We are honored to have excellent instructors from FIK, and I hope many of us will make the most of this special opportunity.  I strongly advise those who are Kendo 6 dan (Renshi) & 7 dan (Kyoshi), and who are going to take the Promotion examination for shogo to participate in this seminar.

  • Please peruse attached files and submit one “Application Form” (contains all participants’ information of your federation) to , CC: by December 1st, 2018.
  • Please send this form and one check (total Banquet fee – payable to AUSKF) to Shinobu Maeda ( 2035 Golden Meadow Way, Bartow, FL 33830 )
  • In case of no participants in your federation, please inform to

Yoshiteru Tagawa
President, AUSKF

application form
– individuals: please check with your federation for its deadline

Update 11/13/18:
Lunch fee on Saturday ($12) is to be paid by the participants individually when they go to the dinning commons.

Update 1/18/19:
In order to save the time of registration and lunch break,
1. We will set a registration table in the Double Tree Hotel Lobby on Friday 25, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. You will receive your zekken # seal and banquet ticket.
2. Please pay the lunch fee in exact cash ($12.25 tax included) when you register.
3. On 26 (Sat) Registration and lunch payment starts 8:00 am at the Gym. We recommend to register on Friday.

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.

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.
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

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).

Michio Kajitani
VP Promotion & Examination, AUSKF

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

October 2018 AUSKF Shimpan Seminar – Seattle, WA

September 3, 2018


Please find attached the announcement for the next AUSKF Shimpan Seminar to be held October 6th and 7th, 2018 in Seattle, WA. Please distribute to all of the Dojo in your region. As always any AUSKF registered Kenshi is welcome to participate.

We hope to see you there.

Thank you very much,

Mark Kerstein
AUSKF Competition Committee

Attachment (updated to include registration link and new venue)

Update 9/20/18:
Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control, the Seattle Shimpan Seminar location has been moved to a nearby facility: Chinook Middle School 8650 42nd Ave S, SeaTac, WA 98188. All other arrangements will be the same.

In addition Saturdays dinner location will be at Bison Pizza, see the address and information in the revised announcement which is attached.