Volume 28, number 11/12
At their November 15, 2014 meeting, the PNKF Board elected officers. President - Moki Yoshikawa; Vice President - Harry Samkange; Treasurer - Brian Blomquist; Recording Secretary - Thomas Bolling; Secretary of Internal Affairs - David Yotsuuye.
The other Board members are: John Bossert (AiShinKai), Mary DeJong (Highline), Brian Edwards (Everett), An Giang (Northwest), Noelle Grimes (SnoKing), Thomas Groendal (Honshu), Jacob Huegel (OSU), Doug Imanishi (Seattle), Michael Mabale (Seattle), Curtis Marsten (Kent), Vicki Marsten (Kent), Edward Olson (Tonbo), Ted Tagami (UW), and Aaron Yen (Seattle). Jeff Marsten (Bellevue/Highline/Sno-King) continues as Advisor. Elizabeth Marsten (Highline) was re-elected as UW Advisor.
At their November 8, 2014 meeting, the AUSKF Board elected officers. President - Yoshiteru Tagawa; Executive VP - Tim Yuge; Iaido Committee Chair - Shozo Kato; Secretary-Historian and Anti-Doping Committee Chair - Norman Otani; Auditor - Court Tanouye; VP Promotion - Shinobu Maeda; VP Education - Christopher Yang; VP Competition - Yuji Onitsuka; Treasurer - Kotaro Yoshida.
The other Board Members are: Brandon Harada, Tsuyoshi Inoshita, Michio Kajitani, Tomoji Kato, Jean Kodama, Shinichi Koike, Jeffrey Marsten, and Shuntaro Shinada.
Mudansha Yudansha 1st place - JW Chen, Bellevue 1st place - M. Oya, Northwest 2nd place - V. Le, UW 2nd place - C. Blomquist, UW 3rd place - T. McManus, Kent 3rd place - Me DeJong, Highline 3rd place - A. Miller, Portland 3rd place - E. DeJong, UW Teams 1st place - UW, 64 points 2nd place - Bellevue, 38 points 3rd place - Spokane, 28 points 4th place - Northwest, 27 points
10 and Under 11-12 Year Old 1st place - B. Miki, Steveston 1st place - K. Sakumo, Renbu 2nd place - B. Underhill, Northwest 2nd place - A. Shimizu, Tozenji 3rd place - A. Ito, Steveston 3rd place - M. Fukuoka, Tozenji 3rd place - K. Squance, Renbu 3rd place - E. Chui, Steveston 13-15 Boys 13-15 Girls 1st place - B. Liao, Bellevue 1st place - K. McManus, Kent 2nd place - E. Lee, Renbu 2nd place - K. Darbyshire, Vancouver 3rd place - K. Toyokawa, Tacoma 3rd place - H. Kim, Bellevue 3rd place - K. Muramatsu, Steveston 3rd place - B. Park, Bellevue Women's Kyu 0-4 Kyu 1st place - V. Le, UW 1st place - J. Ching, SFU 2nd place - M. Liao, Bellevue 2nd place - E. Hung, Steveston 3rd place - S. Janzen, Renbu 3rd place - B. Garcia, Bellevue 3-1 Kyu Women's Dan 1st place - T. Ito, Seattle 1st place - A. Fukushima, Vancouver 2nd place - J. Yamauchi, Cascade 2nd place - W. Robillard, Steveston 3rd place - C. Ogier, UW 3rd place - E. Marsten, Highline 3rd place - T. McManus, Kent 3rd place - M. Ara, Renbu 1-2 Dan 3 Dan 1st place - R. Asato, Vancouver 1st place - Sh.Jung, Vancouver 2nd place - E. Kita, Renbu 2nd place - I. Miki, Steveston 3rd place - Y. Sandberg, Spokane 3rd place - T. Nishimura, UW 3rd place - A. Lee, Vancouver 3rd place - A. Xie, Youshinkan 4 Dan 1st place - K. Takeuchi, Youshinkan 2nd place - S. Choi, Portland 3rd place - T. Yamada, Vancouver 3rd place - C. Flores, Mexico Junior Team 1st place - Bellevue Red (B. Park, H. Kim, A. Hyun, A. Nagasawa, B. Liao) 2nd place - Tozenji (N. Kono, A. Shimizu, M. Fukuoka, K. Kono, R. Holzner) 3rd place - Renbu A (K. Sakumo, R. Kim, E. Lee, I. Kim, H. Shim) 3rd place - Kent (J. Kim, V. Yancy, K. Toyokawa, N. Oda, K. McManus) Senior Team 1st place - Hawaii (J. Okada, R. Ono, S. Harris, H. Kim, A. Fujimoto) 2nd place - Vancouver (A. Lee, R. Asato, H. Yamada, S. Jung, T. Yamada) 3rd place - Steveston (W. Robillard, I. Miki, N. Nakano, B. Chung, W. Wong) 3rd place - Seattle (T. Ito, S. Guidi, M. Mabale, G. Suzaka, N. Tanimura) Shoji Trophy - Tiarnan Marsten Sportsmanship Pledge - Melanie DeJong Shinpan Cho - Jeffrey Marsten4th LATIN AMERICAN KENDO CHAMPIONSHIPS - November 13/14/15/16, 2014, Merida City, Mexico
Juvenile Individual Female Juvenile Individual Male 1st place - Nicole Miho Yamamoto, Brazil 1st place - Pedro Henrique Rogick, Brazil 2nd place - Suzana Ayumi Ito, Brazil 2nd place - Carlos Noel Martinez Delgado, Mexico 3rd place - Anna Chiba, Brazil 3rd place - Luciano Saa, Chile Adult Individual Female Adult Individual Male 1st place - Constanza Aguilera, Chile 1st place - Alberto Massumi Takayama, Brazil 2nd place - Barbara Garcia, Chile 2nd place - Julio Kenji Toida, Brazil 3rd place - Cristiane Lie Toida, Brazil 3rd place - Adrian Yu Yoneda, Brazil Individual Senior (over 50) Female Team 1st place - Sergio Velasquez, Aruba 1st place - Brazil 2nd place - Jesus Maya, Mexico 2nd place - Chile 3rd place - Eduardo Castano Tostado, Mexico 3rd place - Mexico Male Team Classification per Points 1st place - Brazil 1st place - Brazil (44 points) 2nd place - Mexico 2nd place - Chile (23 points 3rd place - Chile 3rd place - Mexico (22 points) Kantosho Victor Hugo Ruiz Sanchez, Mexico Juliana Miwa Fujikura, Brazil Angela Lie a Lien, Aruba Guillermo Flores Hernandez, Mexico Victor Camacho Espinoza, Mexico Guillermo Avvert, Venezuela Minchih Wang, Costa Rica Kwesi Williams, Trinidad y Tobago Buscaglia Juan, Argentina Viviana Caceres, Colombia
12 Years and Under 3-1 Kyu 1st place - D. Hyun, Bellevue 1st place - C. Ogier, UW 2nd place - J. Kim, Federal Way 2nd place - JW Chen, Bellevue 3rd place - L. Ohata, Bellevue 3rd place - J. Huegel, OSU 3rd place - S. Lee, Federal Way 3rd place - C. Chan, UW 13-15 Years 1-3 Dan 1st place - B. Liao, Bellevue 1st place - I. Morgan, Kent 2nd place - A. Hyun, Bellevue 2nd place - S. Denardi, Spokane 3rd place - K. McManus, Kent 3rd place - V. Vulfson, Northwest 3rd place - K. Toyokawa, Tacoma 3rd place - T. Nishimura, UW 4th place - W. Kuster, Spokane 4th place - C. Ruiz, Spokane 4th place - M. Scott, Sno-King 4th place - A. Sinclair, Spokane Women 1-3 Dan Seniors 1st place - N. Grimes, Sno-King 1st place - J. Lamb, Spokane 2nd place - M. Suzuki, Sno-King 2nd place - B. Vanous, Bellevue 3rd place - E. DeJong, UW 3rd place - W. Sinclair, Spokane 3rd place - J. Frazier-Day, Kent 3rd place - M. Suzuki, Sno-King 4 Kyu and Under Junior Spirit of the Day 1st place - N. Pershing, UW Josh Kim, Kent 2nd place - B. Wynd, UW 3rd place - J. Borchers, UW Senior Spirit of the Day 3rd place - E. DiLiscia, OSU Wendy Sinclair, Spokane Junior Team 1st place - Bellevue Red (J. Higa, B. Park, A. Nagasawa, A. Hyun, B. Liao) 2nd place - Bellevue White (C. Park, L. Ohata, D. Hyun, M. Ohata, D. Lin) 3rd place - Federal Way (I. Lee, E. Sugimoto, S. Lee, - ,J. Kim) 3rd place - Kent (M. Oda, A. Fukusawa, K. Toyokawa, N. Oda, K. McManus) Senior Team 1st place - Spokane A (Y. Sandberg, A. Melton, S. DeNardi, C. Ruiz, W. Kuster) 2nd place - Sno-King A (M. Suzuki, M. Scott, N. Grimes, C. Chaney, T. Patana) 3rd place - Bellevue B (M. Bratland, Y. Shinoda, T. Jaybush, A. Drackert, B. Vanous) 3rd place - Highline (J. DeJong, Me DeJong, F. Wessbecher, J. O'Donnell, B. Tsutakawa) Sportsmanship Pledge - Tiarnan Marsten Head Shinpan - Shinichi Koike
Umemura Hai, Individual 1st place - Jake Wilson, Ore-Ida 2nd place - Wes Horn, Idaho 3rd place - Ken Tawara, BSU Tater Taikai, Team 1st place - Boise State University (Ken Tawara, Tyler Peterson, Rhett Atagi) 2nd place - Idaho Kendo Club (Wes Horn, Carlos Matutes, Matt Miller)
AUSKF KENDO KODANSHA SHINSA, November 9, 2014, Chicago5TH DAN: Tsuyoshi Kasamura (MWKF), Shigemi Matsuyama (GNEUSKF), Gordon Small (GNEUSKF), Travis Stronach (MWKF).
6TH DAN: Moses Becerra (SEUSKF), Harry Goh (PNKF), Hidetoyo Katayama (ECUSKF), Henry Lee (AEUSKF), Koji Takahashi (AEUSKF).
7TH DAN: Masa Ando (PNKF), Chris Yang (SCKF).
RENSHI: Kotaro Yoshida (MWKF).
KYOSHI: Tomoji Kato (SCKF).
AJKF IAIDO KODANSHA SHINSA, November 26, 2014, Tokyo, Nippon Budokan
IAIDO RENSHI: Robert Stroud (Idaho PNKF).
CANADIAN KENDO FEDERATION KENDO EXAM WEST, December 6, 2014, Steveston
6TH DAN: Takashi Yamada (Vancouver).
I enjoyed tournaments and awards, and mostly prevailed over opponents in Wahiawa. Finally Miura Sensei decided I was ready for more serious competition in sports kendo, and he started to take me to the Kaimuki Dojo in Honolulu with him every Sunday for practice.
In Kaimuki, as it is today, practice was not segregated by age or rank. If I entered the dojo as a teenager without a rank, I was accepted as part of a group by everyone including Wada Sensei (5th Dan), Mikami Sensei and Sugi Sensei, both 4th Dan, as well as Miura Sensei, 3rd Dan. I was expected to observe the same etiquette. No one patronized me, excused me or made excuses for me because I was just a kid. I was a participant in Kendo, practicing alongside them and with them and accorded respect as a student of the Way. I found my models and my heroes and became a man by becoming a Kendoist.
Best of all, I had the whole day with Miura Sensei. He spoke when we drove, guiding the discussions and philosophizing about Kendo in general, especially the Kendo attitude; he rarely talked of techniques. He was a carpenter by trade, and as did Miyamoto Musashi, related Kendo to carpentry.
"The swing of the hammer must be straight, Nobuto. The carpenter must use his energy economically, sure and steady or he will become exhausted and hit his finger instead of the nail. The muscles are of less importance than concentration; intent comes from the center of your being, the hara. With the hammer and the sword, the swing is straight and the force comes when you tighten the hara. You see how Kendo is part of everything I do."--Rod Nobuto Omoto, Autobiography, edited by Charlotte Omoto, 2014, p. 13. Available as free download at lulu.com.
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