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

2019 AJKF Foreign Kendo Leader’s Summer Seminar

December 31, 2018

Dear AUSKF Member Federation Presidents:

On behalf of Yoshiteru Tagawa/AUSKF President, attached to the email is the AJKF invitation information for the 2019 AJKF Foreign Kendo Leader’s Summer Seminar to be held on July 19 – July 26, 2019 in Kitamoto City, Japan.

Each of the fifteen (15) AUSKF member federations are requested to notify your respective dojo members regarding the 2019 Foreign Kendo Leader’s Summer Seminar; please SUBMIT by email by AUSKF DUE DATE: January 31, 2019, the names of the recommended participant(s) from your AUSKF member federation.

At the November 10 & 11, 2018 AUSKF board of directors meeting, the AUSKF PPG Appendix D: 2019 Rotation list of AUSKF member federations that will be considered to prioritize the three (3) AUSKF recommended participants, was reviewed and approved as follows: #1. NCKF. #2. SEUSKF. #3. ECUSKF. #4. WKF. #5. AEUSKF. #6. SUSKIF. #7. PNKF. #8. GNEUSKF. #9. CCKF. #10. SCKF. #11. SWKIF. #12. RMKIF. #13. EUSKF. #14. SCKO. #15. MWKF.

During the 2019 selection procedure by Yoshiteru Tagawa/AUSKF President; the above noted rotation order will be used, AFTER the AUSKF DUE DATE: January 31, 2019, from the names of the interested AUSKF participants received from the fifteen (15) AUSKF member federations. Subsequently, the names of the three (3) AUSKF recommended participants will be submitted to the AJKF administration officials. [Note: In the past several years of the AUSKF participation in the AJKF Foreign Kendo Leader’s Seminar program; the AUSKF has been approved a minimum of two (2) participants each year. Thereafter, due to limitations of the AJKF budgeted costs, etc., any additional AUSKF participants, exceeding the two (2) AUSKF selected participants, have generally not been allowed, to date]

Please provide, by the AUSKF DUE DATE: January 31, 2019, the following information for EACH recommended AUSKF participant by email to : Yoshiteru Tagawa/AUSKF President duketagawa@gmail.com, Shinobu Maeda/AUSKF Exec VP maeda.shinobu@gmail.com

  1. Given name and Family name of the participant recommended; if more than one participant name is submitted, indicate priority order: e.g. #1., #2, etc.
  2. Gender: M/F
  3. Date of Birth: Year/Month/Day (age)
  4. Dan [Note: Recommended kendo rank is 3 dan up to 6 dan in principle]
  5. Home address of recommended participant(s).
  6. Telephone & Fax number of recommended participant(s).
  7. email address of recommended participant(s).

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

Shinobu Maeda, AUSKF Executive Vice-president for:
Yoshiteru Tagawa, AUSKF President

2019 AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp

December 26, 2018

Save the date! 2019 AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp June 27 – July 1
Linfield College, McMinnville OR
Registration will be available soon!
If you have any questions, please send an email to Jonathan Bannister, sensei@aishinkai.com, or Monica Iwakabe, monica.iwakabe@auskf.org.

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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 dnyang112@hotmail.com

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