NINTH ANNUAL KENSHIKAN TAIKAI, MARCH 21, 2004

 

The Kenshikan Kendo Club and our Chief Instructor, Shigeo Yoshinaga, would like to thank all sensei, participants, and their families for attending the Ninth Annual Kenshikan Taikai on Sunday, March 21, 2004 at the Honbu Dojo.

 

Special thanks to Reverend Akihiro Okada of Daijin-Gu Temple of Hawaii for conducting a special opening blessing ceremony, and the Hawaii Gagaku Kenkyukai for performing very memorable gagaku (Japanese court music).

 

Other highlights of the taikai included Nihon Kendo Kata demonstrations by Katsumi Yamada (go-dan) and Tusha Buntin (go-dan), and later, James Okada (ni-kyu) and Matthew Ito (san-kyu).

 

The novice division and upper level participants performed well.  We hope even more kenshi can participate next year!

 

Results of the taikai are as follows:

 

Division/Name

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Novice-11 years & younger

Christian Tjioe

Richard Sayama

Chase Takenaka

Novice-12 years & above

Hana Kim

Aya Ohara

Audrey Hayase

Yonenbu

Braxton Fukutomi

Matthew Ito

Erika Hill

Shonenbu

James Okada

Dominick Corelli

Shinji Honjo

Seinenbu

Gregory Gates

Karen Park

Shem Kim

Women

Jerilynn Chun

Karen Park

Karen Yamada

Yudansha-shodan & nidan

Elton Ushio

Takuma Hirako

Russell Kihara

Yudansha-3 dan & above

Masahiko Yanagita

Masaaki Nakane

Grant Matsubayashi

Three man team

Aiea Taiheiji:

Braxton Fukutomi

Chris Goodin

Bert Shibuya

Kenshikan:

Matthew Ito

Seth Harris

Tusha Buntin

 

Kantosho

Chase Takenaka

(Mililani)