Volume 28, number 8/9/10
The AUSKF has ruled that our members and guests always use locker rooms or designated changing areas when dressing before or after practice or any other Kendo event. Many of our events are held at public facilities, and we often share facilities with other members of the public. Any AUSKF member participant changing in public will be asked to use the appropriate changing facilities, and could be subject to criminal prosecution if the facility manager or any other person complains about "indecent exposure." It has been further noted that helping dress children can be misconstrued by an individual just walking by the practice area so be mindful of this possible area of complaint.
The PNKF Board of Directors are: Brian Blomquist (Everett), Thomas Bolling (Bellevue), John Bossert (AiShinKai), Mary DeJong (Highline), Brian Edwards (Everett), Noelle Grimes (SnoKing), Thomas Groendal (Honshu), Jacob Huegel (OSU), Doug Imanishi (Seattle), Michael Mabale (Seattle), Curtis Marsten (Kent), Vicki Marsten (Kent), Edward Olson (Tonbo), Harry Samkange (Bellevue), Ted Tagami (UW), Aaron Yen (Seattle), Moki Yoshikawa (Tacoma), and David Yotsuuye (Bellevue). Jeff Marsten (Bellevue/Highline/Sno-King) continues as Advisor. Officers will be elected at the November 2014 meeting.
Congratulations to the following individuals: Brandon Harada, Tsuyoshi Inoshita, Michio Kajitani, Shozo Kato, Tomoji Kato, Jean Kodama, Shinichi Koike, Shinobu Maeda, Jeffrey Marsten, Yuji Onitsuka, Norman Otani, Shuntaro Shinada, Yoshiteru Tagawa, Court Tanouye, Chris Yang, Kotaro Yoshida, and Tim Yuge. Officers will be elected at the November 2014 meeting.
Solemn word has been received of the death of a long-time friend and supporter of the PNKF. Born November 15, 1942, Kendo and Iaido 5th Dan Richard Tanaka passed away on the evening of Tuesday October 28 at about 9pm, following a short illness involving a stroke and virus infection. Tanaka Sensei was a key activist in the Northern California Kendo and Iaido communities and had also been a member of Obukan Kendo Club in Portland for a number of years. His home base was the San Jose Kendo Dojo, where he served in many roles, including President. He was also active in positions on the NCKF Board of Directors. Tanaka Sensei never missed our annual PNKF Iaido Seminar, and so as always we saw him, chatted together, trained with him, and shared dinner with him September 27/28 here in Seattle. Our deepest condolences to Mrs. Tanaka, daughters Tina (Onitsuka) and Linda, son-in-law Yuji Onitsuka Sensei, grandson Yuta, brother Charlie Tanaka Sensei, and the entire Tanaka family.
Team Competition 1st place - Portland Kendo Club (Nick Cook, Brian Cox, Hogun Park) 2nd place - Idaho Kendo Club B (Carlos Matutes, Nathan Grubbs, Dojin Ryu) 3rd place - Idaho Kendo Club A (Wes Horn, Steve Roosevelt, Matt Miller) 2014 Individual Ippon Shobu Kachinuki Competition 1st place - Wes Horn, Idaho Kendo Club
Mudansha Yudansha 1-2 Dan 1st place - K. Tekin, Norwalk 1st place - Y. Sakai, Aoyama 2nd place - A. Jay, AiShinKai 2nd place - R. Osaki, Chuuo 3rd place - F. Maier, Everett 3rd place - L. Sukiassyan, San Francisco 3rd place - L. Miyauchi, Musokai Yudansha 3-4 Dan (Noguchi Cup) Teams Murosako Cup 1st place - H. Fukumoto, Seattle 1st place - Seattle (H. Fukumoto, L. Miyauchi, A. Yen) 2nd place - S. Kozawa, Seattle 2nd place - Everett (B. Blomquist, B. Edwards, F. Maier) 3rd place - B. Blomquist, Everett 3rd place - H. Andersen, Aishinkai
Adult 1-2 Dan Youth 16-18 Kyu 1st place - E. DeJong, UW 1st place - J. Chen, Bellevue 2nd place - T. Imanishi, Cascade 2nd place - T. Yamashita, Seattle 3rd place - I. Yoshikawa, Tacoma 3rd place - S. Mulhausen, Tacoma Adult Kyu Youth 13-15 Kyu 1st place - T. McManus, Kent 1st place - H. Kim, Bellevue 2nd place - M. Bratland, Bellevue 2nd place - B. Liao, Bellevue 3rd place - J. Yamauchi, Cascade 3rd place - K. McManus, Kent Youth Dan Youth 10-12 Kyu 1st place - T. Marsten, Kent 1st place - D. Hyun, Bellevue 2nd place - M. DeJong, Highline 2nd place - B. Underhill, Northwest 3rd place - J. DeJong, Highline 3rd place - J. Kim, Federal Way Junior Youth Team 1st place - Bellevue Red (B. Liao, A. Nagasawa, A. Hyun) 2nd place - Bellevue White (D. Hyun, H. Kim, M. Blechschmidt) 3rd place - Federal Way (S. Lee, J. Kim, K. McManus) Senior Youth Team 1st place - Highline (J. DeJong, M. DeJong, S. Lee) 2nd place - Bellevue (J. Chen, K. Lee, T. Yamada) 3rd place - Cascade (G. Andres, S. Mulhausen, R. Kim) Adult Team 1st place - UW (T. Tagami, E. DeJong) 2nd place - Kent (T. McManus, P. DelaPena, T. Marsten) National Anthem Singer - Alisa Yoshikawa Sportsmanship Pledge - Alex Fukusawa Award Presentation - Alisa Yoshikawa Shinpan Cho - David S. Yotsuuye
10 Years and Under 11-13 Years 14-17 Years 1st place - A. Onitsuka, Salinas 1st place - S. Park, San Jose 1st place - Y. Katayama, San Jose 2nd place - C. Ikeda, San Mateo 2nd place - M. Katayama, San Jose 2nd place - K. Tohmon, Palo Alto 3rd place - W. Langford, Salinas 3rd place - K. Vue, Sacramento 3rd place - M. Tanabe, Salinas 3rd place - M. Hong, Salinas 3rd place - K. Tanabe, Salinas 3rd place - K. Roberts, San Francisco Adult Kyu Women 1-2 Dan 1st place - B. Williams, Oakland 1st place - K. Chen, San Jose 1st place - S. Park, San Jose 2nd place - C. Goleta, Oakland 2nd place - K. Kikunaga, San Jose 2nd place - K. Chiba, San Jose 3rd place - J. Alexandria, San Jose 3rd place - E. Takami, Berkeley 3rd place - M. Konopla, San Mateo 3rd place - N. Dyer, Salinas 3rd place - A. Aono, Oakland 3rd place - K. Fujimoto, San Jose 3 Dan and Above Senior 1st place - H. Kumazaki, San Mateo 1st place - M. Harada, San Mateo 2nd place - Y. Onitsuka, Salinas 2nd place - C. Park, San Jose 3rd place - G. Harada, Sacramento 3rd place - J. Eitoku, Salinas 3rd place - D. Van Beek, Sacramento 3rd place - A. Mizunoue, Oakland Youth Team Women's Team San Jose (M.Katayama, S.Park, H.Cho, G.Sugino, Y.Katayama) San Jose (K.Chen, L.Tanaka, K.Kikunaga) Adult Team Salinas (M.Uto, F.Michioka, J. Eitoku, H.Tanabe, Y.Onitsuka) Kurasawa-hai Kantosho S. Park, San Jose Youth - A. Cho, Salinas Adult - E. Tam, San Jose
PNKF IAIDO SHINSA, August 9, 2014, Kent
3RD KYU: Mikako Barlow (AiShinKai). 2ND KYU: Aleasha Jay (AiShinKai), Russell Wilcoxon (AiShinKai). 1ST KYU: Anthony Hill (Tonbo), Alden Vanderspek (AiShinKai). 1ST DAN: Hiroshi Onaka (Musokai). 2ND DAN: Jose Cabrera (PaloAlto), Tsz Pang Lui (OSU). 3RD DAN: David Lau (Musokai).
PNKF KENDO SHINSA, August 9, 2014, Kent
6TH KYU: Kyle Hale (Seattle), Kainoa Holt (Bellevue), Eugene Kim (Seattle), Ffion Mabale (Seattle), Nagato Orita (Seattle). Hyunjun Jang (Cascade), Josh Kim (Federal Way), Aska Mooko (Cascade), Leonardo Ohata (Bellevue), Michizane Ohata (Bellevue), Yun-Ming (Jasmine) Shih (Northwest), Michael Sugijanto (Northwest). 4TH KYU: Phong Nguyen (Northwest), Nicklas Oda (Kent), Tyler Yamashita (Seattle). 3RD KYU: Eric Bortz (Alaska), Maya Blechschmidt (Bellevue), Cougar Capoeman (Tacoma), Phillip Dela Pena (Kent), Alexander Fukasawa (Tacoma), Sung-Joon Im (Cascade), Soo-Hyung Kim (Seattle), Addison Knappett (OSU), Rachel Koo (Bellevue), Elijah Lam (Kent), Jeff Sipko (Bellevue). 2ND KYU: Murray Bratland (Bellevue), Corey Chan (UW), Jun-Wing Chen (Bellevue), Isaac Deal (Spokane), Trinh Ho (Northwest), Hannah Kim (Bellevue), Mina Liao (Bellevue), Seth Mulhausen (Tacoma), Mikiyo Ohashi (Edmonds), Betty Park (Bellevue), Linda Vane (Meadowbrook). 1ST KYU: Jake Colter (Cascade), Nicholas Cook (Portland), Stuart Hagler (Obukan), Jane Higa (Bellevue), Jacob Huegel (OSU), Alick Law (Sno-King), Brian Liao (Bellevue), Teo Morca (Northwest), Ronen Totonchi (Meadowbrook). 1ST DAN: Nicholas Goobin (Tacoma), Andrew Nagasawa (Bellevue), Nancy Tang (UW), Ken Tawara (Idaho). 2ND DAN: Jaered Croes (Portland), Jiro Fukuyama (Obukan), Kenny Lee (Bellevue), Tsz Pang Lui (OSU), Hogyun Park (Obukan), Yarrow Sandberg (Spokane), Shawn Stern (RenMa). 3RD DAN: Guadalupe Fuentes (Idaho), Matthew Gaylord (Seattle), Harvey Jewett (Spokane), Yoshito Kanamori (Alaska), Matthew Miller (Idaho), James O'Donnell (Highline), Yang-Li Ou (Northwest), Nick Shiosaki (Pocatello), Daniel Sinclair (Spokane), Wendy Sinclair (Spokane).
PNKF KENDO SHINSA, September 7, 2014, TVCC, Ontario, Oregon
4TH KYU: Vivian Bentley (Zenbukan, RMKF). 2ND KYU: Dawn Lattin (Pocatello Kendo Club). 1ST KYU: Caleb Ogier (UW), Morgan Ward (Idaho Kendo Club), Brian Cox (Portland Kendo Club).
I felt both awe and respect, inspired by these spiritual moments, especially after my pride had been challenged, yet, sport often took precedence over spirit. I was excited and I wanted to win; I needed to win. So I no longer merely endured practice, I embraced it. Indeed, the tradition of Kendo is the tradition of practice, not of theory. Confusion is erased, by doing. The beginner is initiated into the Way, rei by rei, kiri by kiri, until it no longer require conscious thinking. The martial spirit is exuberant, beginning with a spring to action and a shout. But to win, the sprit and the mind must be calm. And winning was important because competition was strong. --Rod Nobuto Omoto, Autobiography, edited by Charlotte Omoto, 2014, p. 12-13. Available as free download at lulu.com.
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