Volume 29, number 9/10/11
At their November 21, 2015 meeting, the PNKF Board elected officers. President - David Yotsuuye; Vice President - Doug Imanishi; Secretary of Internal Affairs - Brian Blomquist; Recording Secretary - Thomas Bolling; Treasurer - Mary DeJong.
The Directors are: Jonathan Bannister (AiShinKai), Brian Blomquist (Everett), Connor Blomquist (UW), Thomas Bolling (Bellevue), Jaered Croes (Portland), Mark Frederick (Northwest), An Giang (Northwest), Noelle Grimes (Sno-King), Nathan Holtorf (Obukan), Doug Imanishi (Seattle), Addison Knappett (OSU), Michael Mabale (Seattle), Curtis Marsten (Kent), Vicki Marsten (Kent), Edward Olson (Tonbo), Robert Stroud (Idaho), Val Vulfson (Northwest), Aaron Yen (Seattle), and David Yotsuuye (Bellevue). Jeff Marsten (Bellevue/Highline/Sno-King) continues as Advisor. CJ Chaney (Sno-King) was elected UW Advisor. Shinichi Koike and Jeff Marsten are members of the AUSKF Board of Directors.
Mudansha Yudansha 1-2 Dan 1st place - T. Mittelstaedt, AiShinKai 1st place - C. Goeke, Renma 2nd place - V. Whitman, Seattle 2nd place - C. Parkins, Renma 3rd place - R. DeAnda, Everett 3rd Place - N. Bagdasarian, Pasadena 3rd place - I. Otto, Seattle 3rd Place - L. Sukiassyan, San Fernando Valley Yudansha 3-4 Dan (Noguchi Cup) Teams (Murosako Cup) 1st place - H. Fukumoto, Seattle 1st place - Musokai (G. Goerlitz, L. Miyauchi, I. Otto) 2nd place - S. Kozawa, Seattle 2nd place - Everett (B. Blomquist, L. Sukiassyan, R. DeAnda) 3rd place - G. Goerlitz, Musokai 3rd place - M. Ando, Alaska
Women Individual Men Individual 1st place - Zhenzhen Qin, Chengdu Wuxianliu 1st place - Zhonglin Zhang, Beijing Wushu 2nd place - Huifang Yang, Guangzhou Wude 2nd place - Peng Ha, Shenzhen Mo Jian 3rd place - Mengyu Wang, Beijing Ren Shin Kan 3rd place - Liang Ma, Beijing Ren Shin Kan 3rd place - Elizabeth Bergen-Bartel, Chengdu Wuxianliu 3rd place - Xuan Chen, Ningbo Kendo Ai Hao Hui Women Team Men Team 1st place - Shanghai United 1st place - Shenzhen Mo Jian 2nd place - Chengdu 2nd place - Beijing Ren Shin Kan 3rd place - Guangzhou Dao Guan A 3rd place - Wuhan Lian Dao A 3rd place - Chengdu-Chongqing United 3rd place - Beijing
9 and Under 10-12 Kyu 1st place - Kai Kubal-Komoto, Federal Way 1st place - Keiji Underhill, Northwest 2nd place - Devan Chung, Cascade 2nd place - Danny Chung, Cascade 3rd place - Dan Terao, Cascade 3rd place - Josh Kim, Federal Way 13-15 Kyu 16-18 Kyu 1st place - Kengo Underhill, Northwest 1st place - Jun-Wing Chen, Bellevue 2nd place - Allison Kojima, Bellevue 2nd place - Noah Larson, Federal Way 3rd place - Betty Park, Bellevue 3rd place - David Yip, Cascade Adult 0-2 Kyu Adult 1 Kyu-1 Dan 1st place - Joshua Wigant, Portland 1st place - Terry McManus, Kent 2nd place - Su-Hwan Kim, Northwest 2nd place - Alick Law, Sno-King 3rd place - Long Le, UW 3rd place - Nicholas Cook, Portland Youth Dan Adult 2-3 Dan 1st place - Tiarnan Marsten, Kent 1st place - Aaron Yen, Seattle 2nd place - Keeley McManus, Kent 2nd place - Stephen Day, Kent 3rd place - Jennifer DeJong, Highline 3rd place - Bernice Lin, Bellevue Junior Team 1st place - Bellevue Red (B. Park, M. Blechschmidt, A. Kojima) 2nd place - Bellevue White (L. Ohata, L. Shibata, M. Ohata) Senior Team 1st place - Kent B (K. McManus, E. Ishii, T. Marsten) 2nd place - Kent A (T. McManus, N. Larson, S. Day) National Anthem Singer - Alisa Yoshikawa Sportsmanship Pledge - Mia Kao Award Presentation - Alisa Yoshikawa Shinpan Cho - David S. Yotsuuye
10 Years and Under 11-12 Years 1st place - C. Robillard, Steveston 1st place - B. Miki, Steveston 2nd place - H. Homma, Renbu 2nd place - L. Ohata, Bellevue 3rd place - K. Squance, Renbu 3rd place - K. Underhill, Northwest 3rd place - R. Nakano, Steveston 3rd place - H. Asaoka, Youshinkan 13-15 Years High School Girls 1st place - E. Lee, Renbu 1st place - B. Park, Bellevue 2nd place - M. Iwai, Steveston 2nd place - J. DeJong, Highline 3rd place - K. Muramatsu, Steveston 3rd place - J. Higa, Bellevue 3rd place - H. Kim, Bellevue 3rd place - M. Blechschmidt, Bellevue High School Boys Women Kyu 1st place - T. Okitsu, Tozenji 1st place - S. Tyree, UW 2nd place - L. Oka, Tozenji 2nd place - H. Nguyen, Edmonds 3rd place - T. Marsten, Kent 3rd place - S. Rotenberg, Steveston 3rd place - B. Liao, Bellevue 3rd place - A. Tesar, Vancouver 0-4 Kyu 3-1 Kyu 1st place - Y. Cheng, UBC 1st place - K. Toyokawa, Tacoma 2nd place - E. Cheng, UBC 2nd place - G. Vielhaber, Portland 3rd place - O. Young, Renbu 3rd place - L. Le, UW 3rd place - C. Pak, Portland 3rd place - A. Knappett, OSU Women Dan 1-2 Dan 1st place - J. Kurahashi, Renbu 1st place - T. Saito, Vancouver 2nd place - C. Takeuchi, Youshinkan 2nd place - D. Yao, Steveston 3rd place - M. Suzuki, Sno-King 3rd place - H. Shim, Renbu 3rd place - K. Takeuchi, Youshinkan 3rd place - V. Ruiz, Mexico 3 Dan 4 Dan and Above 1st place - Y. Yoshikawa, Northwest 1st place - B. Imanishi, Cascade 2nd place - E. Porras, Mexico 2nd place - N. Tanimura, Seattle 3rd place - J. Okada, Cascade 3rd place - A. Giang, Northwest 3rd place - K. Takeuchi, Youshinkan 3rd place - M. Mabale, Seattle Junior Team 1st place - Bellevue A (B. Park, H. Kim, A. Kojima, M. Blechschmidt, B. Liao) 2nd place - Renbu (H. Chun, R. Kim, E. Lee, K. Squance, I. Kim) 3rd place - Tozenji (N. Horikawa, A. Shimizu, M. Watanabe, K. Kono, J. An) 3rd place - Cascade A (H. Jang, JY Lee, K. Fukuda, JW Lee, D. Chung) Senior Team 1st place - Vancouver (T. Saito, T. Yamada, H. Yamada, Hi. Yamada, J. Schmidt) 2nd place - Steveston (S. O Sullivan, I. Miki, N. Nakano, K. Iwai, I. Takagaki) 3rd place - Mexico (V. Ruiz, C. Rogairo, CJ Chaney, E. Porras, P. Garcia) 3rd place - Youshinkan (Ke. Takeuchi, J. Chien, Ka. Takeuchi, A. Xie, K. Kobayashi) Sportsmanship Pledge - Tiarnan Marsten Shinpan Cho - Shinichi Koike Shoji Trophy - Andrew Nagasawa, Bellevue
NCKF KENDO SHINSA, November 1, 2015, Stanford University
3RD DAN: Erica Tam (San Jose).
AUSKF KODANSHA SHINSA, November 15, 2015, Novi, Michigan
5TH DAN: Ryan Atagi (Idaho).
AJKF KODANSHA SHINSA, November 15, 2015, Aichi, Nagoya
6TH DAN: David Yeo (Singapore).
AJKF KODANSHA SHINSA, November 24, 2015, Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
6TH DAN: Daisaku David Taguchi (Chinook).
7TH DAN: Mark Uchida (Bunshinkan).
I remember my send-off. There was a big party with good food. It was a party of enough importance that my mother offered beer she made and stored under the house for several of the older men, including Miura Sensei. My father never drank, not even for this party which was as much congratulatory for him as for me. All our neighbors and classmates attended. Everyone in the Japanese community was proud and my success would also be their success. I was embarrassed that my trip to Japan was not as wonderful to me as it was to them. But I showed humble enthusiasm for my good fortune and truly great appreciation to my father and Miura Sensei for making this possible.
Miura Sensei gave me one of his own books in Japanese as a going away gift. My father had purchased my ticket and would provide the money for my expenses at Busen. It was more than any of the other neighbors in our poor community could have provided. I thanked everyone, especially Miura Sensei, even though I was not much of a reader.
Miura Sensei helped me pack. He was pleased with the condition of my shinais and my hakama, and made sure I didn't forget the book he had given me: "Kendo" by Takano Sasaburo Sensei, which I still have and reread today. He told me I could read it during my twenty-day journey. "The book will provide a review," he explained, "of the Kendo principles we've spoken of and help you practice Japanese. Now you can read the words of Miyamoto Musashi. You will arrive well prepared. And on deck, don't forget suburi. Remember, you can do suburi anywhere. You can do it sitting down if there is no room to stand or too much rolling on the ship to gain good footing." I promised him I would study and practice.
I was somewhat interested in "The Book of Five Rings" which was contained in Sasaburo Sensei's book. Miyamoto Musashi, the author of "The Book of Five Rings", had become a hero to me. Musashi, born in 1584, is the greatest swordsman in Japanese history. I thought I would probably enjoy his accounts of battles, especially since he slew a man in a one-on-one battle when he was just thirteen. Besides, this was a short section within the larger book of "Kendo", and I thought I could read it quickly. I felt I was fluent in Japanese, so did not intend to study too diligently; suburi was more attractive to me. I would keep in shape and be ready for my first practice at Busen, rather than any philosophical discussions. Practice was the practical course of action.
I started to read the book Miura Sensei gave me while I was waiting to steam out of the harbor. I was surprised to find how difficult it was to translate and understand the book. But I rationalized that this was old-style Japanese so I should be fine with modern Japanese. I assumed Old Japanese was of little relevance to my education.
I was mistaken about everything concerning the trip to Busen. I manage to read the introduction and first chapter, "Chi No Maki" or the "Ground Book" of the "Book of Five Rings." It was about twelve pages long but described no action filled battles. But I never read another page after the ship steamed from the harbor, and I never did a minute of suburi. What do I remember of the twenty-day voyage? Nothing! Well, not exactly nothing. I remember the head, the ship's toilet in the hall by my room. My head in the head! I decided I should have learned surfing instead of kendo for this trip because I was seasick the entire time. There isn't anything more miserable. I stood on deck and tried to gulp cool air; I tried to walk; I tried to meditate; I tried to hold my breath, to keep my eyes closed, to keep my eyes focused on one object. I tried eating, and not eating. Nothing helped. Lying on my bunk with no movement and no food in my stomach was the best I could do. No reading, no suburi - nothing. This was not Samurai spirit. Twenty days seemed an eternity. I wanted to set my foot on solid ground!
--Rod Nobuto Omoto, Autobiography, edited by Charlotte Omoto, 2014, p. 21-22. Available as free download at lulu.com.
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