Volume 29, number 12
10 Years and Under (Jr A) 3-1 Kyu 1st place - H. Koob, Bellevue 1st place - K. Toyokawa, Tacoma 2nd place - A. Yuen, Seattle 2nd place - A. Law, Sno-King 3rd place - K. Kubal-Komoto, Fed Way 3rd place - L. Le, UW 3rd place - DV Chung, Cascade 3rd place - D. Imanishi, Seattle 11-12 Years (Jr B) 1-3 Dan 1st place - L. Ohata, Bellevue 1st place - T. Marsten, Kent 2nd place - K. Underhill, Northwest 2nd place - C. Ruiz, Spokane 3rd place - J. Shim, Obukan 3rd place - T. Koshiyama, Spokane 3rd place - T. Koob, Bellevue 3rd place - S. Day, Kent 4th place - E. DeJong, UW 13 to 15 Years (Jr C) 4th place - Y. Sandberg, Spokane 1st place - K. McManus, Kent 4th place - C. Marsten, Kent 2nd place - H. Jang, Cascade 4th place - J. DeJong, Highline 3rd place - M. Blechschmidt, Bellevue 3rd place - K. Underhill, Northwest Women 1-3 Dan Seniors 1st place - M. Suzuki, Sno-King 1st place - J. Frazier-Day, Kent 2nd place - E. DeJong, UW 2nd place - V. Vulfson, Northwest 3rd place - R. Wakasaki, Obukan 3rd place - W. Sinclair, Spokane 3rd place - J. Frazier-Day, Kent 3rd place - H. Iba, Bellevue 4 Kyu and Under Junior Spirit of the Day 1st place - S. Kim, Northwest Rachel Koo, Bellevue 2nd place - T. Fukuda, Cascade 3rd place - V. Blancarte, Sno-King Senior Spirit of the Day 3rd place - B. Garcia, Bellevue Val Vulfson, Northwest Junior Team 1st place - Bellevue (L. Ohata, R. Koo, M. Blechschmidt, M. Ohata, B. Liao) 2nd place - Federal Way (K. Kubal-Komoto, J. Kim, S. Lee, I. Lee, K. McManus) 3rd place - Obukan (Y. Wakasaki, M. Gyldersleve, S. Wetzlen, T. Koob, J. Shim) 3rd place - Northwest (Taiki Miyamoto, Kenji Underhill, Kassidy Ting, Kengo Underhill, Timeaus Ting) Senior Team 1st place - Spokane A (C. Ruiz, Y. Sandberg, T. Koshiyama, A. Melton, J. Lamb) 2nd place - Kent (J. Frazier-Day, C. Marsten, T. Marsten, E. Ishii, S. Day) 3rd place - Sno-King (M. Suzuki, S. DeBlieck, C. Chaney, T. Patana, A. Law) 3rd place - UW (B. Lin, L. Le, E. DeJong, M. Omura, A. Yorita) Sportsmanship Pledge - Tiarnan Marsten Head Shinpan - David S. Yotsuuye
CKF WESTERN KENDO SHINSA, December 5, 2015, Steveston
6TH DAN: Harry Samkange (Bellevue).
Once I arrived in Kyoto, my poor preparation in Japanese proved to be a major hindrance in attending Busen. Thus Ogawa Sensei arranged for me to attend a Seiho Chugakko (high school) for 2 years. Upon graduation from Japanese high school, I took the entrance exam for Busen and promptly flunked despite my 2 year immersion in a Japanese school system. Then Ogawa Sensei arranged for me to attend classes in Classic Japanese and Chinese language in the evenings in Ritsumeikan Daigaku (college) to help me to pass the entrance exam for Busen. "Jishin" is Japanese for "earthquake". Another Japanese term with the same pronunciation can means confidence. "Ji" is "self" and "shin" trust, so perhaps it is that when one trusts oneself, it produces confidence that can be as profound as an earthquake. I had learned the basics of Kendo, the "Ground" in Hawaii, but the ground shook and I had to adapt at Busen in Kyoto. I don't know what kind of arrangements were made by Miura Sensei or my father, but I stayed in the dressing room of Kodo kan adjacent to the home of Ogawa Sensei, the head of the kendo department at Busen. I had various jobs around Busen and Ogawa Sensei's household; fix the kendo gear for the young students, take Sensei's dog, Jiro, for "walks" on my bicycle, and help clean Kodo kan and sensei's house.
--Rod Nobuto Omoto, Autobiography, edited by Charlotte Omoto, 2014, p. 21-22. Available as free download at lulu.com.Manipulate the shinai using your shoulders, and pay attention to the course of the kensen tip. Be aware of your upper and lower body after you have prepared your posture to fully strike your opponent, you should be conscious of your shinai movement. Suburi is especially important in this regard. An overwhelming hit, as mentioned above, can only result as the shinai swings down from above. However, currently the "sashi men" technique appears to strike in a way that is similar to scooping from down to up. I think one of the reasons that it has become this way is because that is how suburi is being practiced. When I was young, the kensen was normally swung all the way to your back during suburi. Through this type of practice, I learned how to use my shoulders, and developed large (full rotation) kendo. Recently, however you can often see suburi done, without using the shoulders, by raising the tip of the shinai from the elbows. This type of scooping upward swing probably cannot be avoided. In any case, strive to trace a large arc with the kensen tip during suburi. By doing it that way, your skills for shinai handling will permeate into your body naturally. Regarding the course of the kensen, direct it to aite's center. Be conscious of where you have your kensen when watching the opponent's movement, then aite's openings and your opportunities will become visible.
--Saburo Iwatate, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan, Chiba Kendo Renmei, , pg. 15-16 (as Translated by Robert Stroud, Kendo Kyoshi 7 Dan, Idaho Kendo Club)
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