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Volume 31, number 7/8/9/10

July/August/September/October 2017


October 2017 November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 June 2018 September 2018


For over a year, the Board has been working hard to forge new By Laws for the PNKF. Finally, at their July 22, 2017 meeting, the Articles of Amendment and the Restated Article of Incorporation were approved. As a result, this fall the composition of the Board will reflect the changes, and we are using a new process for Board Member nominations. PNKF Clubs with permanent status having 10-30 members may appoint one individual to the Board, while Clubs with 30 or more members may appoint two individuals. Club representation count is based upon each Club's membership as of September 1, 2017. Each Club has been sent notification requesting their selected Board Members, as well as outlining the process for selection of five at-large Members. Requested response date is October 28, 2017. At the November 18, 2017 Board meeting, the new Board will vote for five Members at large from the pool of nominees. Then the new Board, including the five at-large Members, will elect Officers for the new fiscal year of 2017-2018.

USNF 17th CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT AND 1st PANAMERICAN MATCH, July 29, 2017, Sonoma State University

Dangai Engi                                         Yudansha Engi
1st place - Xinyuan Lai/Yuki Nishimura, NCKF        1st place - Shannon Lew/Andrew Hong, SCNF
2nd place - Karl Spargur/David Huynh, NCKF          2nd place - Kei Tsukamaki/Karen Schmucker
3rd place - Simon Wan/Alex Lin, GNYNF               3rd place - Josh Sloan/Frank DiMarco, RMNF

Zen Nihon Naginata no Kata                          Dangai Women's Individuals
1st place - Bryce Harrop/Chris Coppeans, PNNF       1st place - Yuki Nishimura,NCNF
2nd place - Andrew Hong/Shannon Lew, SCNF           2nd place - Amy Coppeans, PNNF
3rd place - Karen Schmucker/Kei Tsukamaki, PNNF     3rd place - Michelle You, PNNF

Dangai Men's Individuals                            Yudansha Women's Individuals
1st place - Alex Lin, GNYNF                         1st place - Katie Roche, GNYNF
2nd place - Xinyuan Lai, NCNF                       2nd place - Andrea Vyas, RMNF
3rd place - David Huynh, NCNF                       3rd place - Emily Ewen, ECNF

Yudansha Men's Individuals                          Women's Team
1st place - Axel Noorman, ECNF                      1st place - Pacific Northwest Naginata Federation
2nd place - Ruben Ramirez, SCNF                     2nd place - Greater New York Naginata Federation
3rd place - Saiyou Ohshima, NCNF                    3rd place - Southern California Naginata Federation

Men's Team
1st place - Pacific Northwest Naginata Federation
2nd place - Greater New York Naginata Federation
3rd place - Northern California Naginata Federation

PanAm Match Women                                   PanAm Match Men
Winners                                             Winners
Yuki Nishimura, NCNF                                Andrew Boyd, CNF
Veronica Gunawan, NCNF                              Alan McDougall, CNF
Manon Dozois, CNF                                   C.L. Chen, GNYNF
Mary Phan, CNF                                      Eduardo Pereira, BNA
Jenny Bernot, SCNF                                  Bryce Harrop, PNNF
Tomomi Hasegawa, BNA                                Antoine Fromentin, CNF
Kaori Kubo, CNF

10th ANNUAL PNKF IAIDO TAIKAI - September 22, 2017, Rain City Fencing Center, Bellevue, Washington

Mudansha                                  Yudansha 1-2 Dan
1st place - S. Horita, Musokai            1st place - G. Pillei, AiShinKai
2nd place - K. Duong, Musokai             2nd place - K. Tekin, Norwalk
3rd place - M. Barlow, Musokai            3rd Place - V. Whitman, Seattle
3rd place - N. Varma, Seattle             3rd Place - Joe Cabrera, Palo Alto

Yudansha 3-4 Dan (Noguchi Cup)            Teams (Murosako Cup)
1st place - H. Fukumoto, Seattle          1st place - Musokai B (G. Goerlitz, S. Horita, K. Duong)
2nd place - C. Parkins, Renma             2nd place - Musokai A (L. Miyauchi, G. Pillei, M. Barlow)
3rd place - B. Blomquist, Everett
3rd place - C. Goeke, Renma


PNKF KENDO SHINSA, July 9, 2017, Boise, Idaho

5TH KYU: Ryley Leach (RMKIF). 4TH KYU: Amanda Ellers (SWKIF0, Avery Grubbs (Idaho), Taisei Summerhays (RMKIF), Jacob Velasco (SWKIF). 3RD KYU: Nathan Grubbs (Idaho), Tyler Morris (RMKIF). 1ST DAN: Carlos Mutates (Idaho), Tyler Peterson (Idaho). 2ND DAN: Eric Marquart (Idaho). 3RD DAN: Wesley Horn (Idaho), Jonathan Kaufman (Portland), Jeff Lamb (Spokane), Ken Tawara (Idaho), Ireneo Rodriguez Torres (Mexico). 4TH DAN: Ronald Sentany (SWKIF), Christopher Tilt (Portland).

USNF NAGINATA SHINSA, July 30, 2017, Sonoma State University

Andrew Boyd (CNF), David Huynh (NCNF), Xinyuan Lai (NCNF), Adam Lew (SCNF), Alan McDougall (CNF), Marie-Angelique Metzger (SCNF), Wolfgang Metzger (SCNF), Michelle You (PNNF). 2ND DAN: Yves Crepeau (CNF), C.L. Chen (GNYNF), Jessica Espinosa (ECNF), Richard Metzger (SCNF), Rebecca Pomeroy (ECNF), Talanda Williams (NCNF, Grace Wu (SCNF). 3RD DAN: Johanne Chalifour (CNF), Manon Dozois (CNF), Axel Noorman (ECNF), Eduardo Pereira (BNA), Rytis Prekeris (RMNF). 4TH DAN: Chris Coppeans (PNNF), Sasha Corchado (GNYNF), Frank DiMarco (RMNF), Bryce Harrop (PNNF), Juan Hernandez (SCNF), Andrew Hong (SCNF), Saiyou Ohshima (NCNF), Antoni Rossi (SCNF), Kelsey Shamrell-Harrington (PNNF).

AUSKF KENDO KODANSHA SHINSA, August 6, 2017, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan

5TH DAN: Julie Chen (PNKF).

PNKF IAIDO SHINSA, August 12, 2017, Kent

3RD KYU: Abigail Benoit (Tonbo), Duane Benoit (Tonbo), Zehran Li (Musokai). 2ND KYU: Nikhil Varma (Seattle), Nicodemus Edwin Widjonarko (Obukan). 1ST KYU: Adam Clark (AiShinKai), Khoi Duong (Kent), Donald Wentworth (Tonbo). 2ND DAN: Thane Mittelstaedt (AiShinKai), Ken Tawara (Idaho). 3RD DAN: Christopher Parkins (RenMa).

PNKF KENDO SHINSA, August 12, 2017, Kent

6TH KYU: Madeleine Day (Kent), Owen Frederick (Northwest), Ezra Corcoro Marx (Federal Way), Kenjiro Maxfield-Matsumoto (Highline). 5TH KYU: Juah Paik (Tacoma), Hoeun Son (Federal Way), Dan Terao (Cascade). 4TH KYU: Carolyn Baker (Cascade), Nicholas Chu (Bellevue), Devin Chung (Cascade), Teo Dage (Bellevue), Justin Davis (Northwest), Brandi Heyer (Edmonds), Matthew Hutchins (Seattle), Daniel Kao (Tacoma), Sean Kim (Seattle), Ian Krupp (Cascade), Takakazu Maxfield-Matsumoto (Highline), Krystal McIntosh (Federal Way), Matt Miyamoto (Northwest), Taiki Miyamoto (Northwest), Emilio Peralta (Obukan), Maro Sciacchitano (Portland), Alec Yuen (Seattle). 3RD KYU: Robin Allen (Portland), Bruce Alter (Portland), Aidan Chervin (Portland), Danny Chung (Cascade), James Fadell (Portland), Raymond Fish (Edmonds), Leo Gao (UW) Kyle Hale (Seattle), Chizuko Heyer (Edmonds), Daniel Heyer (Edmonds), Allyson Hinzman (Tacoma), Yeh Seo Jung (Portland), Hana Koob (Bellevue), Isabella Lee (Federal Way), Jierong James Lee (UW), Laura Ohata (Bellevue), Neo Smith (Bellevue), Royce Sessions (Tacoma), Abigail Tan (UW), Sun Terao (Cascade), Kassidy Ting (Northwest), Timaeus Ting (Northwest), Nikhil Varma (Seattle), Jacob Weese (UW), William Wellborn (Bellevue), Anthony Yorita (UW). 2ND KYU: Kamia Acoba (Everett), Victor Blancarte (Sno-King), James Faulkner (Edmonds), Kiana (Ai) Fukuda (Cascade), Kyle Fukuda (Cascade), Hyunjun Jang (Cascade), Jin Ho Jeon (Bellevue), Raymond Kao (Tacoma), Eugene Kim (Seattle), Kasey Kitchel (Sno-King), Daniel Lee (Tacoma), Simon Lee (Federal Way), Elysia Midorikawa (UW), Jason Nguyen (UW), Poul Nichols (Edmonds), Timothy Okamura (Bellevue), Joshua Paik (Tacoma), Catherine Park (Bellevue), Jonah Redaja (Edmonds), Blake Sprenger (Obukan), Francis Walsh (UW), Fred Wang (UW), Shota Wetlesen (Obukan), Nicodemus Edwin Widjonarko (Obukan). 1ST KYU: Eric Bortz (Alaska), Hien Katayama (Edmonds), Evan Kriechbaum (Portland), Michizane Ohata (Bellevue), Young-ki Paik (Tacoma), Chi Pak (Portland), Edward Park (Sno-King), Shun Wetlesen (Obukan), Victor Whitman (Seattle), Donna Wilson (Seattle), Binah Yeung (Seattle). 1ST DAN: Drake Imanishi (Seattle), David Nash (Edmonds), Bryant Pae (Northwest). 2ND DAN: Clyde Bailey (Portland), Maya Blechschmidt (Bellevue), Kenneth Gordon (Obukan), Soo-Hyung Kim (Seattle), Sadako Markle (Idaho), Keeley McManus (Kent), Andrew Miller (Portland), Stephen Ting (Northwest), Andrew Yuen (Seattle). 3RD DAN: Jennifer DeJong (Highline), Laurel Durkan (Seattle), Jongwon Lee (Portland), Maina Oya (Northwest), Dan Park (Bellevue). 4TH DAN: Paul Gattone (SWKIF Tucson), Yoshihito Kanamori (Alaska), Lei Yu (Northwest).

BCKF/PNKF JODO SHINSA, August 19, 2017, Justice Institute of BC, Vancouver, BC

1ST KYU: Michael Harris (Tonbo), Jessica Hilliam (Hoshu Vancouver), James Jerrard (Calgary Iaido), Josh MacDonald (Calgary Iaido). 1ST DAN: Rhona Mae Arca (Calgary Iaido), Roy Gawlick (Hoshu Vancouver), Elena Kay (Calgary Iaido), Ronen Totonchi (Everett). 2ND DAN: Denis Boko (Hoshu Vancouver), Kathleen Jorgensen (Tonbo), Keith Simpson (Calgary Iaido), Bruce Vail (Hoshu Seattle). 3RD DAN: Brian Blomquist (Everett), Hiroaki Fukumoto (Seattle), Gao Gaitian (Hoshu Vancouver), Jeffrey Kamo (Hoshu Vancouver), Kathleen Newcomer (Tonbo), Michael Park (Hoshu Portland).


My father always considered himself Japanese. During the War he was threatened with prison. But not for long. My five sisters were nurses and their contributions were needed desperately in the hospitals filled with wounded soldiers. They threatened to quit if he were jailed. Their nursing skills trumped any perceived threat from my father and he returned home. His longing for Japan, and to die in his homeland, was finally realized after the War when he returned to his ancestral lands in Kure, leaving my mother behind. He lived there until he died at the age of 79. In Japan, when a man went to war, it was assumed he would die, not that he "might" die. That is something to ponder well, so I'll say it again: "In Japan, when a man went to war, it was assumed he would die." The samurai warrior of old considered himself already dead, so he could be clear and calm. Because I am a human being, I will die, but because I am a human being, like all human beings, I don't want to die. I don't know when or under what circumstances I will die, but as I was a soldier, I knew I would likely die sooner rather than later. This is a fact, "mono no aware" the realization of being human. This is an acceptance. I accepted my fate, and when death came, I would die with honor. That was part of being a traditional Japanese, and Busen was certainly traditional. It is said that the sword and the brush - and the cherry blossom - reflect the soul of Japan. This is a soul that is reflective of nature that all that live must die, but that while living, life can be contemplative, discerning and beautiful. These natural qualities form the ideals of martial arts which emphasizes skill but also wisdom, harmony and serenity. This is "Yamato" (Japan) "Damashi" (soul). "Yamato Damashi" is difficult to explain. It is a term indicative of the people's will. It is the fighting spirit of the Japanese soldier. But it is not just a fighting spirit. It is part of the great soul of the people, tied to the very origins of the Japanese. When I was at Busen, Yamato Damashi spirit was very much alive. The Emperor was the spiritual head of Japan. Japanese believed the Emperor was descended from the gods through unbroken line of descent and many could cite the whole lineage. No one questioned any sacrifice required by the gods or the Emperor. Like a father, the people were "his people" and his love for his people and theirs for him was sacred. As a Japanese son would not disobey his father, so the Japanese people would not disobey their Emperor. But the Yamato Damashi is hard to define. Thus, if I am pushed for a definition, my response would be a comparison to the cherry blossom. It blooms abundantly for a brief moment, and then flutters down with no regret. That is how the brave Japanese should be:

    Shikishima no
    Yamato gokoro wo hito towaba
    Asahi ni niou
    Yama zakura kana
    Asked what a Japanese heart is,
    just say it is like the fragrance in the morning sun
    of the mountain cherry blossom Long after the War, in 1998, I received a letter from Tomano 
Kenzan (Keitaro), a famous artist in Osaka, who recalled the story of an Australian Navy General. The General gave a memorial service, from a podium draped with an Australian flag, for a brave Japanese soldier who had tried to bomb an Australian warship from a suicide submarine. The General spoke with the mother of the soldier, and was moved by the bravery of the young man, even though he was the enemy, and even more by the bravery of his mother who assumed her son would die. He learned a lesson, he said, from the enemy and began to understand much of the Japanese spirit from Mother Matsue's bittersweet waka, a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable poem:
    Kimi ga tame
    Shine to sodateshi
    Hana naredo
    Arashi no ato no
    Niwa sabishi kere
    For the Emperor,
    raised you to die
    like a cherry blossom
    yet after the storm
    how lonesome my yard

--Rod Nobuto Omoto, Autobiography, edited by Charlotte Omoto, 2014, p. 29-30. Available as free download at


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