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Hawaii Kendo Federation Newsletter

 November 1999
(Due to the printer being unable to provide a suitable copy of the latest edition, this issue is included. Look for future copies when available)

Aiea Tournament Results

The Aiea Taiheiji Kendo Club held their tournament on August 22, 1999 at the Halawa District Park Gym.

            1st        Karen Park
            2nd       Braxton Fukutomi
            3rd       Alan Morita
            1st        Matthew Texeira
            2nd       Nicholas Muranaka
            3rd       Matthew Muranaka
            1st        Billy Kang
            2nd      Yumin Choi
            3rd       Palaina Chiba
Yudansha 1 - 2
            1st        Ken Sato
            2nd      Chris Goodin
            3rd       Sang Oh
            3rd       Wesley Fujimoto
Yudansha Open
            1st        Mark Kawabata
            2nd       Grant Matsubayashi
            3rd        Curtis Nishioka
            3rd        John Zalewsky
Grand Champion
            Mark Kawabata

Junior Team Championships
            1st        Braxton Fukutomi
                        Alan Morita
                        Matthew Morita
                        Matthew Muranaka
                        Nicholas Muranaka

            2nd      Adam Reis
                        Kenton Chun
                        Ross Nishioka
                        Spencer Nagata
                        Matthew Texeira

            3rd       Stewart Doi
                        Elyce Takeshige
                        Andrew Doi
                        Alexis Oyama
                        Robert Doi

            3rd       Karen Park
                        Ryan Busher
                        Cael Goodin
                        Talon Tengan

Open Team Championships
            1st        Chris Goodin
                         David Sato
                         Grant Matsubayashi
                         Michael Kurosawa
                         Mark Kawabata

            2nd       Keith Hui
                         Billy Kang
                         Andy Fujimoto
                         Mark Miyamoto
                         Bert Shibuya

            3rd        Dennis Kinoshita
                         Wesley Fujimoto
                         Ken Sato
                         Terushi Ueno
                         Lawrence Chun

            3rd        Nicholas Texeira
                         Philemon Sakamoto
                         Kian Kadota
                         Roxine Kubo
                         Jonathan Texeira


Kokushikan University Kendo Group

The Kokushikan University Kendo Group arrived in Hawaii on August 8 for a 5 day training session.  The group consisting of 20 students and 5 instructors were led by Baba Sensei 7 dan Kyoshi.  During the week the Kokushikan Kenshi practiced at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii Kenshikan Dojo.

On Sunday, the Kokushikan group had a practice with the Hawaii Kenshi at the Kaimuki Gym.  Hawaii's World Team 200 had an opportunity to go against the Kokushikan Yudansha group in a Goodwill Match.  After the Goodwill matches everyone practiced in an open practice.

The Calendar of Events

The Millennium will soon be upon us.  But for the remainder of 1999 the HFK has this planned.
October 22 - 29 World Team Training by Nozawa Sensei.  Myohoji Temple.
November 13 PNKF Renton Kendo Tournament.  Renton, WA.
November 21 Dan / Kyu Examination.  Kaimuki Gym.
HKF Board of Directors meeting.  J.C.C.H 1:30pm.
November 28 Kenshikan Kendo Tournament.  Kaimuki Gym.
December 3 Kenkyukai Practice.  J.C.C.H 7:30pm.


All participants of the Geidatsukai training sessions held in Saitama, Japan have their own impressions of their week long training and all of them have and interesting subject to share with us.  Owen Nishioka 6 Dan and Tusha Buntin 4 Dan gives us theirs.

Geidatsukai Training
By Owen Nishioka

I had the wonderful opportunity the participate in the seminar which was held from July 30 - August 6, 1999.  Sixty-three trainees from 33 different countries participated in the week long seminar sponsored by the All Japan Kendo Federation.

The seminar consisted of daily training sessions covering Nippon Kendo Kata, refereeing, fundamental, waza, jiyugeiko and coaching.  There were other activities in which we participated in such as the Tea Ceremony, Bogu and shinai repair sessions, Dan Examination and the Opening and Closing Parties.

Many of the seminar's instructors and officials were top-notch senseis of Japan.  They did a good job of presenting the Kendo training in an easy to understand manner.  With the help of the translator, they were effective in teaching the concepts and techniques the the trainees.

The Kendo training was very beneficial to me.  I had a chance the practice and talk with many high ranking instructors.  The instructors were very helpful in giving me advice to improve my Kendo.  They pointed out the areas that I need to work on to improve my Kendo.

I am thankful to the Hawaii Kendo Federation for giving me the opportunity to attend this worthwhile seminar.  The knowledge and experience I gained by participating in the seminar and from traveling in Japan on my own are invaluable to me.  I am planning to share my experience with other kendoist in Hawaii.  In addition, I thank the Hawaii Kendo Federation for the $250 subsidy to defray the cost of attending the seminar.  I appreciate the kind gesture very much.

I strongly recommend that the Hawaii Kendo Federation continue to allow its members to participate in the seminar.  I urge all eligible Hawaii Kendo Federation members to make an effort to participate in the seminar.

Owen Nishioka
Kendo 6 Dan
Chief Instructor,
Hilo Hongwanji Kendo Club

Geidatsukai Training
By Tusha Buntin

This summer was one of the most productive time I ever spent doing Kendo.  The Geidatsukai training session was excellent.  With some of Japan's best teachers, top-notch facilities and the most accommodating and kind people Geidatsukai church members as our host.  Thirty-three countries and 67 kendoist got together for this event.  One of the lessons was given on Seiza by Taguchi Sensei.  This especially caught my attention because back in Hawaii we had just been discussing this very thing.  The use of the word "Seiza" rather than "Mokuso."  The use of the word "seiza" had been suggested by Masahi Chiba Sensei in his training session here in Hawaii, as it does not have religious connotations.

Taguchi Sensei started by having us sit in Seiza under his watchful eye.  I heard that there was some punishment given in the form of a shinai slap to the feet of some people fidgeting around during theis 45 minute sitting.

After this difficult long period for many, he explained that "Seiza" is a very important element of Kendo.  "Seiza" literally means to sit quietly.  To clear the mind of distracting thoughts of daily life, loved ones, problems, etc.  Kendo derives from the sword fighting, which is a life and death circumstance.  Many Samurai studied Zen Buddhism, as it was a very good way of clearing distractions in the mind and helping with creating a skillful swordsman.

In Kendo we cannot promote religion as the reason for becoming more skillful.  The effects of properly preparing oneself are very important however.  Seiza if done properly can help in Shuchuryoku / Concentration, Chokkanryoku / Intuition, Tanryoku / Courage, and Kigurai / Refined Strength in spirit.

The correct way to sit in Seiza is as follows.  Sitting in Seiza position eyes 7/8 shut, posture straight, the hands cupped facing up with the right hand under the left (hand) and the thumbs just touching, this is positioned just in front of the navel.

Breathing is very important.  Breath through the nose.  As you breath in feel your breath go all the way down to your Tanden (just below navel) and compress the Suigetsu (between and slightly below ribs).  Breath out quickly but not unnaturally and start again with the inward breath.  This breathing will help give focus and concentration on the Ki center or Tanden.

By setting ones mind one can focus during Kendo on the opponents weaknesses by eliminating ones own weaknesses.  These are described as Kyo, Ku, Gi, and Waku (Surprise, Fear, Doubt, and Hesitation).  This state of mind is what Taguchi Sensei says makes a perfect Kamae.  So next time you face an opponent see if you have any weaknesses or if your opponent does.  If I'm not mistaken this may be one definition of Kendo.

Tusha Buntin
Kendo Yondan

On August 12, 1999 Toda Sensei practiced with the Hawaii Kenshi.  Toda Sensei holds the rank of 7 Dan Kyoshi and comes from Nagoya, Japan.

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Kato Sensei Visit

Kazuo Kato Sensei returned to Hawaii with the Yamanashi Prefecture Samurai Festival on September 9, 1999.  Although physically exhausted from his trip to Hawaii, Kato Sensei conducted a short practice and demonstration at the Mililani Club practice.

On Friday, September 10, Kato Sensei and 5 other members of the Hawaii Iaido performed a demonstration at the Ala Moana Shopping Center, Center Stage.  The group included Wesley Fujimoto, Ju-Ha Wei, Iwao Sato Sensei, Chris Goodin, and Tyler Matsubayashi.  The group and Kato Sensei performed admirably before a large crowd of afternoon shoppers.  Other HKF members were there to lend their support.

Sunday, September 12, Kato Sensei conducted a seminar for the members of the HKF Iaido group.  He manages to help as many of the Hawaii Iaido members as he can with his instruction and encouragement.  He has generously devoted his time and efforts to Hawaii's Iaido group and the this we express our deepest gratitude.

In the Next Issue...

We'll have the details of Nozawa Sensei's training sessions and what Hawaii's contingent will have to do to become competitive in the upcoming 11th World Kendo Tournament in Santa Clara.

The results of the PNKF Renton Kendo Tournament.



On Court Etiquette
By Carl Nakamura

As a ranking Yudansha member my duties include refereeing the matches of the Tournaments.  On occasion I am required to stop a participant and remind that person of the proper procedures and conduct on the court.  While some breeches of conduct on court are minor there are times when it is flagrant as to require the transgressor to be reminded or shown the proper procedure.  A very small number of Kenshi are perfect at this but to constantly strive to conduct oneself with decorum and observing all formalities could elevate your Kendo beyond its present level.  Being conscious of this develops a sense of "Kigurai" which roughly translates as... having a sense of grace, bravery, and dignity.

The "Court" area is designated as the Shiai-jo and id considered sacred.  Cross the court only unless it is unavoidable.  Never cross at the corner of the Shiai-jo or court with a match in progress.  As a participant in a Shiai you are required to enter and exit the court at the prescribed area.  After your match is over do not cut across the court to exit the area.

Before the tournament it is recommended the procedures to enter and exit the Shiai-jo or court be rehearsed.  This will aide in determining the positions, distances and timing to rei and to go down to Sonkyo.  Take this opportunity to familiarize the novice Kenshi with the terminology used during the Shiai that does not normally occur during practice.  Parenthetically, becoming familiar with the terminology will help speed up the matches during the tournament.

As a participant: do not enter the Shiai-jo unless directed to do so.  At the start of the first and last match of the tournament you'll be required to step into the court and first perform rei / bow to the Shomen the retsu-rei to your opponent.  The retsu-rei between yourself and your opponent should be performed simultaneously.  Attempt to reach the Kaishi-sen or 50 centimeter start line with three or five steps (the three or five steps is based upon your normal stride).  Drawing your shinai simultaneously with your opponent before going down into Sonkyo position and wait for the command to start / Hajime.

As previously stated do not enter the court unless directed to do so.  At times the Shushin or Head Referee and the Fukushin will rotate their positions on the court.  The contestants should stand outside the court area until the referees move into their new positions.  The Shushin will now direct the contestants on to the court and begin their match.  During a match do not celebrate any calls made that are favorable to you.  Conversely, do not show your anger at any call made against you.  Violate any of these rules and a Hansoku will be declared against you or your point may be taken away from you via Torikeshi.  Depending upon the severity of the offense you may forfeit the match.

It is a part of Kendo and it is encouraged that team mates should cheer on their members competing on the court.  However, refrain from shouting out tactical advice, hoots, howls and laughing.  Upon immediately exiting the court do not demonstrate any celebration with the members of your team.  Do not comment on decisions made by the Referees.

While there are few specific rules regarding the conduct of Kenshi off the court, it is expected of all Kendoist to conduct themselves with the utmost sense of dignity and demonstrate their respect for others.  If you should have any questions regarding on court etiquette ask the Instructors of your Dojos and they will explain further.

As a kendoist you'll represent your Dojo, your Federation, Country and Kendo to the World.  Always perform your best and demonstrate your skill and spirit.  Be conscientious, as this is a direct reflection of your complete training and the understanding of the precepts of Kendo.


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