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Kenyu Online

Volume 29, number 12

December 2015


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10 Years and Under (Jr A)            3-1 Kyu
1st place - H. Koob, Bellevue        1st place - K. Toyokawa, Tacoma
2nd place - A. Yuen, Seattle         2nd place - A. Law, Sno-King
3rd place - K. Kubal-Komoto, Fed Way 3rd place - L. Le, UW
3rd place - DV Chung, Cascade        3rd place - D. Imanishi, Seattle

11-12 Years (Jr B)                   1-3 Dan
1st place - L. Ohata, Bellevue       1st place - T. Marsten, Kent
2nd place - K. Underhill, Northwest  2nd place - C. Ruiz, Spokane
3rd place - J. Shim, Obukan          3rd place - T. Koshiyama, Spokane
3rd place - T. Koob, Bellevue        3rd place - S. Day, Kent
                                     4th place - E. DeJong, UW
13 to 15 Years (Jr C)                4th place - Y. Sandberg, Spokane
1st place - K. McManus, Kent         4th place - C. Marsten, Kent
2nd place - H. Jang, Cascade         4th place - J. DeJong, Highline
3rd place - M. Blechschmidt, Bellevue
3rd place - K. Underhill, Northwest

Women                                1-3 Dan Seniors
1st place - M. Suzuki, Sno-King      1st place - J. Frazier-Day, Kent
2nd place - E. DeJong, UW            2nd place - V. Vulfson, Northwest
3rd place - R. Wakasaki, Obukan      3rd place - W. Sinclair, Spokane
3rd place - J. Frazier-Day, Kent     3rd place - H. Iba, Bellevue

4 Kyu and Under                      Junior Spirit of the Day
1st place - S. Kim, Northwest        Rachel Koo, Bellevue
2nd place - T. Fukuda, Cascade
3rd place - V. Blancarte, Sno-King   Senior Spirit of the Day
3rd place - B. Garcia, Bellevue      Val Vulfson, Northwest

Junior Team
1st place - Bellevue (L. Ohata, R. Koo, M. Blechschmidt, M. Ohata, B. Liao)
2nd place - Federal Way (K. Kubal-Komoto, J. Kim, S. Lee, I. Lee, K. McManus)
3rd place - Obukan (Y. Wakasaki, M. Gyldersleve, S. Wetzlen, T. Koob, J. Shim)
3rd place - Northwest (Taiki Miyamoto, Kenji Underhill, Kassidy Ting, Kengo Underhill, Timeaus Ting)

Senior Team
1st place - Spokane A (C. Ruiz, Y. Sandberg, T. Koshiyama, A. Melton, J. Lamb)
2nd place - Kent (J. Frazier-Day, C. Marsten, T. Marsten, E. Ishii, S. Day)
3rd place - Sno-King (M. Suzuki, S. DeBlieck, C. Chaney, T. Patana, A. Law)
3rd place - UW (B. Lin, L. Le, E. DeJong, M. Omura, A. Yorita)

Sportsmanship Pledge - Tiarnan Marsten
Head Shinpan - David S. Yotsuuye


CKF WESTERN KENDO SHINSA, December 5, 2015, Steveston

6TH DAN: Harry Samkange (Bellevue).


Once I arrived in Kyoto, my poor preparation in Japanese proved to be a major hindrance in attending Busen. Thus Ogawa Sensei arranged for me to attend a Seiho Chugakko (high school) for 2 years. Upon graduation from Japanese high school, I took the entrance exam for Busen and promptly flunked despite my 2 year immersion in a Japanese school system. Then Ogawa Sensei arranged for me to attend classes in Classic Japanese and Chinese language in the evenings in Ritsumeikan Daigaku (college) to help me to pass the entrance exam for Busen. "Jishin" is Japanese for "earthquake". Another Japanese term with the same pronunciation can means confidence. "Ji" is "self" and "shin" trust, so perhaps it is that when one trusts oneself, it produces confidence that can be as profound as an earthquake. I had learned the basics of Kendo, the "Ground" in Hawaii, but the ground shook and I had to adapt at Busen in Kyoto. I don't know what kind of arrangements were made by Miura Sensei or my father, but I stayed in the dressing room of Kodo kan adjacent to the home of Ogawa Sensei, the head of the kendo department at Busen. I had various jobs around Busen and Ogawa Sensei's household; fix the kendo gear for the young students, take Sensei's dog, Jiro, for "walks" on my bicycle, and help clean Kodo kan and sensei's house.

--Rod Nobuto Omoto, Autobiography, edited by Charlotte Omoto, 2014, p. 21-22. Available as free download at

Manipulate the shinai using your shoulders, and pay attention to the course of the kensen tip. Be aware of your upper and lower body after you have prepared your posture to fully strike your opponent, you should be conscious of your shinai movement. Suburi is especially important in this regard. An overwhelming hit, as mentioned above, can only result as the shinai swings down from above. However, currently the "sashi men" technique appears to strike in a way that is similar to scooping from down to up. I think one of the reasons that it has become this way is because that is how suburi is being practiced. When I was young, the kensen was normally swung all the way to your back during suburi. Through this type of practice, I learned how to use my shoulders, and developed large (full rotation) kendo. Recently, however you can often see suburi done, without using the shoulders, by raising the tip of the shinai from the elbows. This type of scooping upward swing probably cannot be avoided. In any case, strive to trace a large arc with the kensen tip during suburi. By doing it that way, your skills for shinai handling will permeate into your body naturally. Regarding the course of the kensen, direct it to aite's center. Be conscious of where you have your kensen when watching the opponent's movement, then aite's openings and your opportunities will become visible.

--Saburo Iwatate, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan, Chiba Kendo Renmei, , pg. 15-16 (as Translated by Robert Stroud, Kendo Kyoshi 7 Dan, Idaho Kendo Club)


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