Volume 30, number 10/11/12
A special meeting was convened the evening of Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Saint Peter's Church, to count the ballots from the Board election. This tally determined the composition of the Board for 2016/2017. The proctors doing the counting were: T. Bolling (Bellevue), CJ Chaney (Sno-King), Noelle Grimes (Sno-King), Doug Imanishi (Seattle), Damon Tsai (Sno-King), Frank Wessbecher (Highline), Aaron Yen (Seattle), and David Yotsuuye (Bellevue).
Then, at their December 17, 2016 meeting, the new PNKF Board elected officers. President - CJ Chaney (Sno-King); Vice President - Robert Stroud (Idaho); Treasurer - Mary DeJong (Highline); Recording Secretary - Thomas Bolling (Bellevue); Secretary of Internal Affairs - Elizabeth Marsten (Highline).
The other Board members are: Sean Blechschmidt (Bellevue), Brian Blomquist (Everett), Connor Blomquist (UW), Cougar Capoeman (Tacoma), Janell Frazier-Day (Kent), Mark Frederick (Northwest), Noelle Grimes (Sno-King), Doug Imanishi (Seattle), Van Le (Obukan), Michael Mabale (Seattle), Edward Olson (Tonbo), Russ Sinclair (Spokane), James Smith (AiShinKai), Frank Wessbecher (Highline), and David Yotsuuye (Bellevue). Jeff Marsten (Bellevue/Highline/Sno-King) continues as Advisor. CJ Chaney (Sno-King) continues as UW Advisor.
9 and Under 10-12 Years Kyu 1st place - Jonathan Yu, Northwest 1st place - Josh Kim, Federal Way 2nd place - Nicholas Chu, Bellevue 2nd place - Joshua Paik, Tacoma 3rd place - Daniel Shilov, Highline 3rd place - Keiji Underhill, Northwest Participant - Nina Underhill, Northwest Participant - Katie Larson, Federal Way Participant - Dan Terao, Cascade Participant - Juah Paik, Tacoma 13-15 Years Kyu 16-18 Years Kyu 1st place - Betty Park, Bellevue 1st place - Drake Imanishi, Seattle 2nd place - Yuki Wakasaki, Obukan 2nd place - Kyle Fukuda, Cascade 3rd place - Michizane Ohata, Bellevue 3rd place - Allison Kojima, Bellevue Adult 0-2 Kyu Adult 1 Kyu-1 Dan 1st place - Rafael Soriano, UW 1st place - Jake Yamauchi, Cascade 2nd place - Tom Fukuda, Cascade 2nd place - Caleb Ogier, UW 3rd place - Chi Tak, Portland 3rd place - Andrew Miller, Portland Youth Dan Adult 2-3 Dan 1st place - Andrew Nagasawa, Bellevue 1st place - Frank Wessbecher, Highline 2nd place - Andy Yuen, Seattle 2nd place - Erica DeJong, UW 3rd place - Tiarnan Marsten, Kent 3rd place - Bernice Lin, UW 15 and Under Team 1st place - Northwest A (B. Underhill, T. Miyamoto, E. Underhill) 2nd place - Bellevue A (B. Park, T. Koob, M. Ohata) 16-18 Team 1st place - Bellevue A (J. DeJong, J. Higa, A. Kojima) 2nd place - Bellevue B (M. Blechschmidt, -0-, A. Nagasawa) Senior Team 1st place - Obukan (D. Anzai, R. Wakasaki, N. Holtorf) 2nd place - Sno-King (M. Verrey, V. Blancarte, T. Patana) National Anthem Singer - Josie Asi Sportsmanship Pledge - Joshua Paik Award Distribution Service - Taryn Imanishi Shinpan Cho - Doug Imanishi
10 Years and Under 11-12 Years 1st place - L. Takahae, Steveston 1st place - B. Miki, Steveston 2nd place - K. Yoshimura, Renbu 2nd place - K. Squance, Renbu 3rd place - M. Gardner, U Vic 3rd place - C. Robillard, Steveston 3rd place - E. Chui, Steveston 3rd place - Y. Lee, Renbu 13-15 Years High School Girls 1st place - K. Muramatsu, Renfrew 1st place - J. DeJong, Highline 2nd place - M. Iwai, Steveston 2nd place - JW An, Tozenji 3rd place - E. Chui, Steveston 3rd place - J. Higa, Bellevue 3rd place - M. Fukuoka, Tozenji 3rd place - I. Kim, Renbu High School Boys 0-4 Kyu 1st place - E. Lee, Renbu 1st place - V. Blancarte, Sno-King 2nd place - T. Marsten, Kent 2nd place - J. Tang, UBC 3rd place - A. Nagasawa, Bellevue 3rd place - T. Fukuda Cascade 3rd place - B. Liao, Bellevue 3rd place - J. Nguyen, UW 3-1 Kyu Women Dan 1st place - Y. Chen, UBC 1st place - J. Kurahashi, Renbu 2nd place - C. Pak, Portland 2nd place - E. Marsten, Highline 3rd place - Y. Paik, Tacoma 3rd place - W. Robillard, Steveston 3rd place - G. Vielhaber, Portland 3rd place - B. Lin, UW 1-2 Dan 3 Dan 1st place - D. Yao, Steveston 1st place - S. Kawai, Bellevue 2nd place - J. Jeong, Youshinkan 2nd place - E. Kita, Renbu 3rd place - JW Lee, Portland 3rd place - T. Okitsu, 3rd place - J. Lamb, Spokane 3rd place - K. Chun, Hawaii 4 Dan and Above 1st place - S. Harris, Hawaii 2nd place - B. Imanishi, Cascade 3rd place - A. Giang, Northwest 3rd place - W. Fujimoto, Hawaii Junior Team 1st place - Renbu (Y.Lee, A. Son, I. Kim, K. Squance, R. Kim) 2nd place - Steveston (D. Chui, E. Chui, B. Miki, M. Iwai, C. Robillard) 3rd place - Tacoma (M. Kao, D. Kao, Y. Wakasaki, J. Shim, J. Paik) 3rd place - Tozenji (N. Horikawa, U. Kanauchi, K. Kono, A. Shimizu, M. Fukuoka) Senior Team 1st place - Hawaii (K. Chun, W. Fujimoto, H. Itokazu, S. Harris, A. Fujimoto) 2nd place - Bellevue (J. Higa, A. Kojima, M. Blechschmidt, B. Liao, L. Tsybert) 3rd place - Steveston (S. O'Sullivan, I. Miki, I. Takagaki, N. Nakano, D. Yao) 3rd place - Spokane (C. Ruiz, S. DeNardi, Ju. Lamb, Je. Lamb, M. Nelson) Taikai Co-Chairs - CJ Chaney and Taryn Imanishi Sportsmanship Pledge - Andrew Nagasawa Shinpan Cho - Harry Samkange Shoji Trophy - Allison Kojima, Bellevue Award Distribution Service - Taryn Imanishi
10 Years and Under (Jr A) 3-1 Kyu 1st place - A. Yuen, Seattle 1st place - A. Kojima, Bellevue 2nd place - A. Mabale, Seattle 2nd place - D. Imanishi, Seattle 3rd place - DV Chung, Cascade 3rd place - Y. Paik, Tacoma 3rd place - J. Yu, Northwest 3rd place - S. Wetlesen, Obukan 11-12 Years (Jr B) 1-2 Dan 1st place - K. Underhill, Northwest 1st place - T. Marsten, Kent 2nd place - J. Kim, Federal Way 2nd place - J. Croes, Portland 3rd place - H. Koob, Bellevue 3rd place - B. Liao, Bellevue 3rd place - L. Ohata, Bellevue 3rd place - C. Im, UW 13 to 15 Years (Jr C) 3-4 Dan 1st place - K. Underhill, Northwest 1st place - S. Kawai, Bellevue 2nd place - S. Wetlesen, Obukan 2nd place - S. Denardi, Spokane 3rd place - M. Ohata, Bellevue 3rd place - S. Day, Kent 3rd place - T. Miyamoto, Northwest 3rd place - I. Morgan, Kent 4th place - V. Vulfson, Northwest Women 4th place - D. Pan, Bellevue 1st place - M. Suzuki, Sno-King 4th place - T. Imanishi, Cascade 2nd place - N. Grimes, Sno-King 4th place - M. Scott, Sno-King 3rd place - J. DeJong, Highline 3rd place - J. Frazier-Day, Kent 4 Kyu and Under 1st place - K. Fukuda, Cascade 2nd place - T. Fukuda, Cascade 3rd place - B. Sprenger, Obukan 3rd place - D. Yip, Cascade Junior Team 1st place - Bellevue (H. Koob, K. Takamatsu, L. Ohata, T. Koob, M. Ohata) 2nd place - Northwest (B. Underhill, S. Yu, T. Miyamoto, T. Ting, K. Underhill) 3rd place - Federal Way (M. Day, K. Kubal-Komoto, I. Lee, S. Lee, J. Kim) 3rd place - Obukan (K Acoba, E. Jurado, S. Wetlesen, A. Mabale, Y. Wakasaki) Senior Team 1st place - Kent Red (I. Morgan, J. Frazier-Day, T. Marsten, T. McManus, S. Day) 2nd place - Bellevue Red (S. Kawai, J. Higa, B. Liao, A. Kojima, L. Tsybert) 3rd place - Highline (F. Wessbecher, C. Chan, J. DeJong, A. Law, J. Oh) 3rd place - Sno-King (M. Scott, M. Suzuki, C. Chaney, T. Patana, D. Lew) Sportsmanship Pledge - Ian Morgan Head Shinpan - Curtis Marsten
One of the last pre-War kenshi in our area passed away on September 20, 2016 at age 88. Born in Tacoma July 15, 1928, he was raised in Seattle and Spokane. He taught at West Seattle High School for 31 years, and one of his former students, David Lunde, has happy memories of "his sly grin and his daily wearing of a lab coat" in biology class and study hall. Throughout his life he loved fly fishing. Kurose Sensei studied Kendo at Maryknoll Dojo under Tomotsu Takizaki Sensei, until Kendo was suspended following Pearl Harbor. He served in the military. He joined Seattle Kendo Kai when it resumed after the War, and was one of the founders of the Washington State Kendo Federation, serving for a time as Treasurer. In 1990 he became a member of Cascade Kendo Kai, and held the rank of 4th Dan. Kurose Sensei especially liked to explain earlier ways of producing hits, for example demonstrating the amazing way Kazuo Shoji Sensei could suddenly strike Do from tsubazeriai and go through on one knee - as in Kata Number Seven. Our deepest condolences to his wife of 62 years, May, and their four children and two grandsons.
I reread the Chi No Maki and focused on Musashi's words that "the true value of Kendo cannot be seen within the confines of Kendo techniques." Yes, I had learned the basics of Kendo in Hawaii, the ground of Kendo: the Chi. I had learned how to breathe differently, into the hara. Balance and stability comes from the hara. I had watched animals; the belly expands and contracts with the breath, not the upper chest. The power does not come from the head or shoulders. "Up tight" is slang in the United States for tension, and indeed, the shoulders are raised, the breath shallow, and the chest heaves when a person is uptight. The breath of a baby is seen as the stomach area (the hara area) rises and falls. Such is natural breathing. And swordsmanship is based on what is natural. The Kendo stance, solidly rooted to the ground, is powerful. The sword cuts, not from shoulder action, but from the natural pull of gravity, guided to its target by the right hand, and cinched from the hara. I recalled the tameshi giri practice demonstrated by Miura Sensei which focused power at the conclusion of the cut driven by the breath, the kiai or spirit shout, from the hara. The cut was efficient and effective. In Kyoto, I added to the basics that I had learned from Miura Sensei. And that is how it is: Nothing is ever finished.
--Rod Nobuto Omoto, Autobiography, edited by Charlotte Omoto, 2014, p. 24. Available as free download at lulu.com.
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