Kenkyu Kai practice is on Friday, May 1st at JCCH from 7:30PM. The agenda, according to Mr. Nakamura, is kata1 through 5 for upcoming dan examination.
Miyohoji Kendo Club is having Kendo exposition on Thursday, May 7th from 6:30PM. They would like to present what they have practiced to other people. Go and see them.
Hawaii Kendo Federation World Championship Tournament 2009 Fundraiser is on. One chicken half by Stanley’s Bar-B-Que is $5. Pick up is on Sunday, May 17th from 9AM till 3PM in Ward Farmer’s Market on Auahi Street. Tickets are available through each dojo chief.
The following are Hawaii Kendo Federation delegation to World Kendo Championships in Brazil in August this year. Delegation Leader – Kathleen Nekomoto, Coach – Arnold Fukutomi, Manager – Lawrence Chun, Assistant Manager and Athletic trainer – Elton Ushio. Men’s Team members – Braxton Fukutomi, Billy Kang, Seth Harris, Mark Kawabata, Colin Maruoka, Grant Matsubayashi, Garrett Matsumoto, Mark Miyamoto and Neill Warrington. Women’s Team members – Audrey Hayase, Shelly Ichishita, Roxine Kubo, Karen Mejia, Megan Watanabe and Nicole Yoshida. Congratulations. Take care and good luck in Championships.
Mr. Masashi Chiba, Hanshi 8 dan, expressed his interest to visit us in Hawaii in the end of May. I have not received his final schedule yet.
Mr. Kazuyoshi Inoue, Kyoshi 7 dan, from Fukuoka will be visiting us from June 1st till June 15th. Practice with him when he comes. He is a wonderful kenshi and teacher.
Leeward Oahu Tournament is on Fathers’ Day, Sunday, June 21st. Mark your calendar and participate or help. We need lots of help for setting up, courts attendants, kitchen duty, and so on.
Dan and 1 kyu examination is tentatively set on Sunday, June 28th. Those of you who are planning to take the examination should prepare under your teachers.
Steveston Tournament in Canada in Year 2010 won’t be on 2nd Saturday of February because of Winter Olympics in Vancouver same time as usual year. They will let us know later. The tournament will be in one of spring months.
After Chase Takenaka got kendo championship multiple times, Mr. Masafumi Fujimoto asked, “You don’t need to practice anymore, huh, Chase?” Chase answered, “I got to practice more, Mr. Fujimoto, because other kids are trying to get me.” After obtaining top positions in kendo, school and job, it is sometimes harder to maintain the positions. Chase has a right idea and attitude.
Iwao Sato, Chief Instructor, Wahiawa Kendo Club