Volume 27, number 12
At their November 16, 2013 meeting, the PNKF Board elected officers. President - Moki Yoshikawa (Tacoma); Vice President - David Yotsuuye (Bellevue); Treasurer - Brian Blomquist (Everett); Recording Secretary - Thomas Bolling (Bellevue); Secretary of Internal Affairs - Daniel Ichinaga (Seattle).
The other Board members are: John Bossert (AiShinKai), Brian Edwards (Everett), An Giang (Northwest), Noelle Grimes (SnoKing), Thomas Groendal (Honshu), Jacob Huegel (OSU), Shinichi Koike (Northwest), Curtis Marsten (Kent), Vicki Marsten (Kent), Edward Olson (Tonbo), Russ Sinclair (Spokane), Shane Smith (Highline), Ted Tagami (UW), and Aaron Yen (Seattle). Jeff Marsten (Bellevue/Highline/Sno-King) continues as Advisor. Shinichi Koike and Jeff Marsten are members of the AUSKF Board of Directors. Elizabeth Marsten (Highline) was re-elected as UW Advisor.
Following several months of careful discussion and debate, the PNKF Board settled on a compromise rate, and amended Article II of the PNKF By-Laws to raise the annual dues. PNKF dues have gone up $20 for adults to become $50 a year, and $10 for youth to become $25 a year. Coupled with the AUSKF dues, the total annual fee for adults over the age of 17 on January 1, 2014, is $90, and the total for those 17 and under is $50.
Word has been received that Kendo and Iaido Hanshi 8th Dan Hironobu Sato, known to many in the PNKF from his extended three-week-plus visit here with his wife in June 1984, has passed away at age 82 of pneumonia November 20, 2013 after several years' medical treatment. Born 1931 in Taiwan, his first Kendo teacher was his father, who was 4th Dan in the Butokukai. After the War, he moved back to Fukushima with his family. In 1951 he joined the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, and continued training under Gorozo Nakajima Sensei. His final post was Tokyo Metropolitan Police Honorable Head Instructor. After mandatory retirement from the police, Sato Sensei was head instructor Keio University, Tokyo Electric, and Mitsubishi. He was active in major tournaments, including the All Japan Championship participating seven times, four times placing third; Meijimura 8th Dan tournament, participating seven times, gaining championship four times, and also gaining championship as the captain of Team Japan in the 3rd World Kendo Championship held 1976 at Milton Keynes, Great Britain. Sato Sensei always cared greatly for kenshi he'd taught before, and dropped by the All-Japan Camp at Gedatsukai Kitamoto to cheer them on and bring them gifts. Fun-loving, he arm wrestled Dick Anderson on Koike Sensei's livingroom floor, losing once and winning once. His wife is excellent in Kendo and Iaido as well, and carefully observed him teaching us, offering suggestions of her own. She is also advanced in Aikido, and with a twinkle in his eye Sato Sensei advised us to try doing Aikido versus Kendo sometimes. He famously gave her an affectionate embrace on the train platform when he and his Kendo team were leaving on a trip. Our deepest condolences to her and the family.
On December 10, 2013, the PNKF lost a staunch friend when Kendo Renshi 7th Dan Takuo Uegaki passed away. Born January 21, 1939 in Motomiya-cho Fukushima, he grew up in Ayabe, Kyoto, and graduated from Tottori University in forestry. He immigrated to Vancouver BC in 1967. He and his wife Motoko spent the first few years north of Vancouver in Quesnel, part of the Cariboo District. then moved back to Vancouver, where he built a successful landscaping business. At the time of his death, Uegaki Sensei was chief instructor of Sunrise Kendo Club. He was also active in the closely affiliated Hokushin Itto Ryu Dojo in Ibaragi-ken, and had taken Sunrise members to study with the 7th generation headmaster there, Kazue Shiina Sensei. Our sincere condolences to Uegaki Sensei's wife, daughters, granddaughter, and extended family.
Boys 9 Years Boys 10-11 Years 1st place - A. Fujiwara, SCKO 1st place - R. Miyazaki, SCKO 2nd place - S. Yoo, SCKO 2nd place - Y. Kojima, SCKO 3rd place - A. Onitsuka, NCKF 3rd place - L. Levins, SCKO 3rd place - M. Nikaido, SCKF 3rd place - B. Yoo, WKF Boys 12-13 Years Boys 14-15 Years 1st place - B. Wang, WKF 1st place - B. Wi, WKF 2nd place - A. Ogikubo, SCKO 2nd place - D. Kumagai, SCKF 3rd place - H. Cho, NCKF 3rd place - R. Ogikubo, SCKO 3rd place - J. Young Kim, WKF 3rd place - T. Hori, SCKF Boys 16-18 Years Girls 13 and Under 1st place - Y. Nogimura, SCKF 1st place - T. Kim, SCKF 2nd place - S. Park, NCKF 2nd place - H. Kiuchi, SCKO 3rd place - D. Williams, CCKF 3rd place - H. Yamamoto, SCKO 3rd place - K. Kobayashi, SCKF 3rd place - B. Park, PNKF 4th place - K. McManus, PNKF Girls 14-18 Boys Team 1st place - E. Kim, SCKF 1st place - SCKF A 2nd place - E. DeJong, PNKF 3rd place - D. Hahn, SCKF Girls Team 3rd place - M. Sasaki, SCKO 1st place - SCKF A 4th place - M. DeJong, PNKF 2nd place - PNKF (B.Lin, M.DeJong, E.DeJong
CKF JODO SHINSA, May 26, 2013, Vancouver BC
1ST KYU: Brian Blomquist (Everett), Hiro Fukumoto (Seattle), Kathleen Newcomer (Tonbo), Michael Park (Hoshu), Gina Taylor (Tonbo).
2ND DAN: Reky Groendal (Hoshu), Ed Olson (Tonbo).
3RD DAN: Marcus Phung (Hoshu).
Being Comfortable with the Shinai. In examinations it is assumed that you are roughly the same level as other people in your pool. It is therefore necessary to demonstrate to the examiners that you are in no way inferior to your opponent. When they move, hit them. When they attempt to strike, elude it. This is the basic principle of Kendo... Skill in wielding the shinai forms the basis for Kendo, and it should be afforded great respect, not just as a weapon but as an implement of vital importance to your spiritual growth achieved through the study of Kendo... Wielding the shinai comfortably is not achieved by just using the hands, but requires the full use of the body and legs in a rational manner... The thing that draws the most attention of examiners is whether or not the candidate is using tenouchi properly, making sure that the shinai is gripped firmly with the bottom three fingers, but not strangling it with the whole hand. To be successful, you must know the characteristics of the shinai and be able to wield it freely as an extension of your arms... The shinai is Kendo's greatest asset. --Hironobu Sato, "Hanshi Says," Kendo World 3.3 2006, p. 36.
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