Volume 29, number 8
9 and Under Boys 10-11 Boys 1st place - Taiyo Ariga, SCKO 1st place - Akira Fujiwara, SCKO 2nd place - Ryosuke Yamamoto, SCKO 2nd place - Josh Kim, PNKF 3rd place - Peter Yu, SCKF 3rd place - Eugene Kae, WKF 3rd place - Kaisei Shinozaki, SCKO 3rd place - Haru Sakamoto, SCKO 12-13 Boys 13 and Under Girls 1st place - Toshiki Nakashimo, SCKF 1st place - Kotone Ariga, SCKO 2nd place - Riki Orii, SCKO 2nd place - Betty Park, PNKF 3rd place - Yuto Takeo, GNEUSKF 3rd place - Rinka Ogata, SCKO 3rd place - Tomohide Katayama, ECUSKF 3rd place - Haruka Taniguchi, SCKO 14-18 Girls 14-15 Boys 1st place - Courtney Yoon, SCKF 1st place - Brandon Wang, WKF 2nd place - Hanako Kiuchi, SCKO 2nd place - Ian Kotake, SCKO 3rd place - Kasey Tada, SCKF 3rd place - John Yoon, SCKF 3rd place - Hana Yamamoto, SCKO 3rd place - Sean Small, GNEUSKF 16-18 Boys 1st place - Brian Wi, WKF 2nd place - Daniel Lee, WKF 3rd place - Kenichiro Mizobe, SCKF 3rd place - Tatsuya Horii, SCKF Team Senior Boys Junior Boys Girls 1st place - WKF A 1st place - SCKO 1st place - SCKF B 2nd place - SCKF A 2nd place - WKF B 2nd place - SCKO A 3rd place - SCKO A 3rd place - SCKF A 3rd place - SCKO B 3rd place - SCKF B 3rd place - SCKO A 3rd place - NCKF A
Men's Individuals Woman's Individuals 1st place - Tran Tuan, Kenyukai 1st place - Nguyen Thuy Linh, Hanoi 2nd place - Nguyen Xuan Vinh, Hanoi 2nd place - Nguyen Quynh Trang, Hanoi 3rd place - Nguyen Manh Hung, Thang Long 3rd place - Hoang Thu Trang, Hanoi 3rd place - Nguyen Manh Ha, Hanoi 3rd place - Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Kenyukai Men's Teams 1st place - Hanoi A (Vu Van Minh, Pham Duc Ngoc, Nguyen Manh Ha, Khuong Ngoc Thong, Nguyen Xuan Vinh) 2nd place - Kenyukai A (Tran Tuan, Tran Huy, Tran Trung Hieu, Du Hai Kien, Le Hoang Son) 3rd place - Sai Gon A (Tran Hui Hoang, Le Thanh Son, Dao Tuan Anh, Ngo Tan Dat, Nguyen Khanh Toan) 3rd place - Thang Long A (Nguyen Manh Hung, Kieu Quang Hong, Ha Hai Long, Nguyen Anh Van, Nguyen Quoc Hiep) Women's Team 1st place - Hanoi A (Nguyen Thuy Linh, Hoang Thu Trang, Nguyen Quynh Trang) 2nd place - Kenyukai A (Do Thi Lan Anh, Tran Phuong Ha, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao) 3rd place - Hanoi B (Tran Thi Van, Phan Thi Hanh, Trieu Hong Ngoc) 3rd place - Kenyukai B (Vu Do Uyen Vy, Dinh Nhu Thien Nu, Pham Yen Linh)
AUSKF KODANSHA SHINSA, July 26, 2015, Richardson, Texas
5TH DAN: Makiko Adachi (SWKIF), David Cooper (SWKIF), SungHo Han (AEUSKF), Mitsuishi Hayato (SCKO), Daisei Konno (AEUSKF), Shinya Nishi (MWKF), Huy Nguyen (SWKIF). 6TH DAN: Sung Kim (MWKF), Dongsu Lee (WKF), Sei Wakuta (GNEUSKF), Yasuhiro Yoshida (GNEUSKF), Munik Zo (WKF). 7TH DAN: Hajime Sugawara (MWKF).
PNKF IAIDO SHINSA, August 8, 2015, Kent3RD KYU: Adam Clark (AiShinKai). 2ND KYU: Callie Anderson (Everett), Thane Mittelstaedt (AiShinKai). 1ST KYU: Aleasha Jay (AiShinKai), Richard Milde (Tonbo), Robert Neff (Tonbo). 1ST DAN: Alden Vanderspek (AiShinKai), Kathleen Shipley (Tonbo), Lynda Shipley (Tonbo). 2ND DAN: Garrit Pillie (AiShinKai), Christopher Parkins (RenMa). 3RD DAN: Victor Kwok (NCKF).
PNKF KENDO SHINSA, August 8, 2015, Kent
6TH KYU: Alec Yuen (Seattle), Hana Koob (Bellevue), Michinari Tawara (Bellevue). 5TH KYU: Kira Campbell (Sno-King), Lucien Jesequel (Obukan), William Wellborn (Highline). 4TH KYU: Noah Larson (Federal Way), Grant Suyama (Cascade), Brayan Valdez-Cruz (Northwest), Yun-Ming (Jasmine) Shih (Northwest), Hyunjun Jang (Cascade). 3RD KYU: Yura Campbell (Sno-King), Evan Kriechbaum (Portland), Natalie Imanishi (Cascade), Amanda Lockwood (UW), Eric Soo (Obukan), Joshua Zheng (OSU), Long Le (UW), Adrienne Wilburn (Portland), Chris Vitale (OSU), Greg Veilhaber (Portland), Timothy Jaybush (Bellevue), Joshua Wigant (Portland). 2ND KYU: Jihan Kim (OSU), Tyler Yamashita (Seattle), Dan McLean (Portland), Vincent DeBellis (Portland), David Nash (Edmonds), Eric Bortz (Alaska), Rick Goral (Northwest), Clyde Bailey (Portland), Stephen Ting (Northwest). 1ST KYU: Betty Park (Bellevue), Hannah Kim (Bellevue), Drake Imanishi (Seattle), Jun-Wing Chen (Bellevue), Addison Knappett (OSU), Howard Hwa (Bellevue), Andrew Miller (Portland), Fritz Borchardt (Edmonds), Mikiyo Ohashi (Edmonds), Vincente Matsunaga (Edmonds). 1ST DAN: Lowell Kim (UW), Caleb Ogier (UW), Corey Chan (UW), Jake Colter (Cascade), Trinh Ho (Northwest), Nicholas Cook (Portland), Brandon Sweezea (Northwest), Teo Morca (Northwest), Ronen Totonchi (Everett), Jason Yu (Northwest). 2ND DAN: Ken Tawara (Idaho), Jongwon Lee (Portland), Andrea Kayser (Pocatello). 3RD DAN: Bernice Lin (UW), Taryn Imanishi (Cascade), Hwan Choi (UW), Jose Cabrera (NCKF). 4TH DAN: Ian Morgan (Kent), Ron Risher (Northwest).
CKR 2015 WESTERN CANADA JODO SHINSA, August 15, 2015, Vancouver, BC
1ST KYU: Narbeh Bagdasarian (Pasadena), Garrett Evans (Hoshu), Terry Fukui (Ken Zen), Kathleen Jorgensen (Tonbo), James Maestas (Yamakage), Mineko Matreyek (Hoshu), Gary Moulder (Palo Alto), Norman Otani (Fresno), Levon Sukiasyan (San Fernando Valley), Naoki Tamesue (Yamakage), Bruce Vail (Hoshu). 1ST DAN: Patrick Allard (Hoshu CKF), Lance Lloyd (Hoshu), Arthur Wolak (Hoshu CKF). 2ND DAN: Brian Blomquist (Everett), Hiroaki Fukumoto (Seattle), Gao Gai Tian (Hoshu CKF), Jeffrey Kamo (Hoshu CKF), Kathleen Newcomer (Tonbo), Michael Park (Hoshu). 3RD DAN: Ivan Andrews (Hoshu CKF), Tim Archer (Hoshu CKF), Ben Lew (Hoshu CKF), Edward Olson (Tonbo).
AJKF KODANSHA SHINSA, August 22, 2015, Sendai City, Miyagi
7TH DAN: Takao Mizuno (Kanagawa).
I was ashamed, however, when I was with Miura Sensei, to realize that I was interested in my own welfare and having fun, unlike the Samurai warrior. In fact, I questioned whether I truly had the right desire and drive to learn Kendo beyond my current skill. I was satisfied with where I was, second in rank to Miura Sensei, and swinging a sword to "create my life" seemed crazy since I was quite satisfied with my life. Except, I had never been to dances with girls in high school. "Holding a lady is not good," my father said. "Do kendo." And that is what I did.I had had no girlfriend, no social life, and no parties but I enjoyed what is probably a typical teenager's life in Hawai'i. I pole vaulted beside the garage, and my best friend Walter and I made fishing poles to catch catfish and bass while wandering along the banks of the Wahiawa River. Travel to Ka'ena Point, the desolate northern tip of Oahu that still has only a rough, dirt road was a special treat. I, together with several other men and my brother, would set camp in the rock caves, build a fire, and fish all night for ulua. Ulua were fierce fighters and landing one was the like winning a battle, though with no threat of death to the fisherman. My world was small but I was happy. I had friends and was satisfied by my travels to what seemed the huge city of Honolulu, and my journey to Hilo was further than most of my friends in Wahiawa had gone.
But my father and Miura Sensei had once again decided my fate. I was told to go to Japan, learn more Kendo, become a professional Kendoist, return to Hawaii and teach. "Study well the true Kendo from the world's top Sensei." Miura Sensei told me. "Know it in your hara. Chew, digest, absorb it well from Ogawa Sensei, and when you return, adapt it to the Hawaiian way. Develop it as Yankee Samurai Spirit! You cannot directly import Japanese Kendo to Hawaii, but you must never compromise the spirit of Kendo." There was no discussion, just as there had been no discussion when they decided that football was pau for me. This was the "way" of the Japanese father. It was just that simple. I would leave, September, l938 just after my twentieth birthday. Well, whatever would happen, I would return in two years. I could endure almost anything for such a short time, I thought. Moreover, I was sure I wouldn't be lost because I learned Japanese from my mother and the Japanese language school at the Hongwanji Buddhist temple. And Miura Sensei implied I would have no trouble: "Play dumb and learn everything, good or bad." I was already a 2nd Dan kendoist and everyone expected that I would quickly rise in rank in Japan to return as a young sensei. Moreover, teaching would provide me with a livelihood to support a family with significantly less effort than being a blacksmith or a laborer in the pineapple fields. That was the plan. It would bring honor to my family, especially my father. Kendo has been synonymous with the samurai class and nobility since the eighth century. If peasant boys played at stick-fighting, as I had played chambara, they did not become professional kendoists. My father's move to Hawaii stirred a bigger aspiration. In a new country very different from the class conscious Japan, he could nurture hopes of becoming more than a peasant and bring honor and respect to his family name. He always identified with Japan, and his yamato-damashi (Japanese spirit) grew in this distant land. A man who constantly worked for his family, his reward would be my success in becoming a Japanese trained professional Kendo Sensei.
That summer I continued working in my father's shop and practicing Kendo. I almost envied my brother Tomio who had developed his interest in electronics after quitting kendo. He patiently gathered parts, studied late at night, and made his own ham radio. I, too, was fascinated by radios, and when Tomio joined the ham radio club and began communicating with people around the world, I wished I could do that, too. Talking around the world, trips to Honolulu and the other islands, were all the international relationships I really thought were exciting. Perhaps, because I was more active and mischievous as a boy than my quieter brother, the path my father and Miura sensei chose was better suited to me. Perhaps the martial arts suited me more, with my temper and stubbornness, traits much less apparent in my gentler, more contemplative brother. I would train relentlessly, more than any other student, if necessary, to overcome any shortcomings in either my technique or my nature. To disappoint my father was unthinkable.
No one discussed what I might face when I went Japanese who had learned the Japanese language. I think my only preparation was to consult a map of Japan to determine the location of Kyoto. All I knew was that I would take a steamship to Yokohama and then a train to Kyoto to the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai Budo Senmon Gak'ko. Commonly called Busen, it was a professional martial arts academy with four departments: kendo, judo, naginata, and kyudo . The history of Busen was written by kendoists, and indeed, kendo seemed favored in the school; the first head of Busen was a Naito Takaharu Sensei, a kendoist.
Busen's history began with a concise telegram to Naito Takaharu Sensei, "Michi no tame ni kitare!" or "Come for the sake of the Way." Leaving his very successful business and dojo in Tokyo, he answered the call. On October 1, l905 Bujutsu Kyoin Yoseijo, the first name for Busen, was started with Naito Sensei as the head master. On July 1912, the name was changed to Budo Senmon Gak'ko and on March, l914, the first class of eight students graduated. The 35th and last class graduated 15 students in January, 1948. During its 42 year history, students from the most northern most island of Hokkaido to Kyushu, the most southern, usually the best kendoists from high schools, and often from wealthy families, attended Busen. It was well regarded and perhaps comparable in Japan to West Point and Annapolis in the United States, though it was not a governmental institution nor nearly as large.
I don't know what my father and Miura Sensei did to gain my acceptance by Ogawa Sensei. I was one of two who entered Busen from a foreign country in the whole history of Busen. Odate Isao, the second student from Hawaii, studied judo and graduated in the 27th class in March of 1941. And only two from Busen later became permanent residents of the US, myself and Mikio Hattanda of Santa Barbara, California. I would have graduated in the 31st class in l944, but by then, the Japanese had been defeated in World War II, and Busen was closed by the Allies. But that is another story.
My major preparations were to put my three shinais into perfect condition and pack them. I also checked my kendo bogu very carefully and even ironed my hakama for the very first time. My bogu and keikogi still was one of my major concerns. I had mixed feelings about learn more kendo, and I was quite sure there would be no ice cream in Japan. Moments of philosophy and stories with Miura Sensei, which seemed so serious and inspiring and fascinated me at the time, without full comprehension, were forgotten. I was still a happy-go-lucky Hawaiian kid. But I would go; there was no choice. And I would bring honor to my family, and especially Miura Sensei, by succeeding.
--Rod Nobuto Omoto, Autobiography, edited by Charlotte Omoto, 2014, p. 18-21. Available as free download at lulu.com.
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