Iai-Bu (Iaido Branch)
December 23, 2001

By Kathy Nekomoto

The Iaido branch of the Hawaii Kendo Federation meets every Sunday morning at 8:30 at the Honbu Dojo (Kaimuki Park Gymnasium).  The group is lead by SenseisDr. Noboru Akagi,  Dr. Jinichi Tokeshi andDick Teshima.   The class lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and is held before the federation's kendo gathering.  The students make up a potpourri of people from various dojos and from many professions.   The group has been fortunate to receive instructions from many other visiting senseis from Japan.

The last day of keiko (practice)  in December is reserved for the students to show what they have learned throughout the year.  The students are graded by the senseis for their iaido wazas and are awarded prizes.  Sensei Dr. Noboru Akagi recognized Sensei's Dr. Jinichi Tokeshi and Dick Teshima for their efforts in the instruction and promotion of iaido in Hawaii.  The students in return gave Sensei Dr. Akagi some books on pottery, a hobby he has taken up since retiring in August of 2001.

As a student and an observer, I have been fortunate to be a part of the growth of iaido in Hawaii, especially within the last 10 years. The Sensei's Dr. Akagi, Dr. Tokeshi and Dick Teshima gave up so much of their time so others may learn this art.  The art of iaido goes beyond the techniques or wazas, it also includes the self discipline, manners, pride and the essence of bushido. Although iaido was used to learn sword techniques in the past, today the purpose also teaches one to train the mind and body as well as the skills.

The following photos are from the last gathering in December of 2001. [ Note: There are no photos linked to this essay. ~jks ]


The All Hawaii Kendo Championships
Waiakea Uka Gymnasium, Hilo, Hawaii
November 23, 2002

By Kathy Nekomoto with excerpts from the biographies written by Arnold Fukutomi

The Big Island, the youngest but largest island in the state of Hawaii and well known for it’s friendly people became the setting for the All Hawaii Kendo championships on November 23, 2002.  It was held in the early morning at the Waiakea Uka gymnasium on the gentle slopes in Hilo.

This championship tournament was very special due to its dedication to two sensei’s instrumental in keeping the art of kendo alive on the big island.  President Arnold Fukutomi opened the tournament with a dedication to Sensei Atsuo Nishioka of the Hilo Hongwanji dojo and Sensei Charles Narimatsu of the Hilo Kobukan dojo.   A brief biography follows.

Sensei Atsuo Nishioka will celebrate his 80th birthday in 2003 and it also marks his 67th year in kendo training.  He began training at the age of 12 years old in kendo and attended mandatory Japanese language school after a regular English school curriculum.   In his first six years in kendo, Nishioka Sensei learned that kendo is built upon the development of the fighting spirit, respect for one’s teacher and others, loyalty to parents, sponsors and the country.  Though successful in competition, he later chose to de-emphasize winning as the goal to training and instead he chose to focus on character building.

He later joined the infamous 442nd Infantry Regiment and shared the many hardships with his nisei companions.  Out of this experience arose the belief and confidence that he could do anything if he tried and he was as good as any man.

After returning from the war, he continued his success in his occupation with the state department.   He returned to kendo training in 1964 and continues today as the Chief Advisor to the dojo.  His son, Sensei Owen Nishioka, now operates the dojo.

Sensei Charles Narimatsu began kendo training at the age of eleven under Hikiji Ichiro Sensei of the Hilo Shobu Kai.  His feeling about kendo was that it develops awareness and the keen reflexes of the eye, mind, and entire body.  In addition, there is the stamina which comes through intense practice urging the body through exhaustion to attaining the feeling of “gambare” or power to endure, enabling one in daily living to accept life graciously and gratefully, with a spirit of helpfulness, humbleness, respect and compassion towards others.   Although NarimatsuSensei retired as chief Instructor, he still generously donates his time to the art and members, ensuring the future of kendo in Hawaii.    He truly is a living treasure.

The honorable guests included the Honorable Mayor Harry Kim of the Island of Hawaii and Mr. Hisao Imazu, chief executive officer of the Kanidouraku Company of Japan.  Mr. Imazu came to present the grand champion with the perpetual trophy and a trip to Japan.

The Chief Judge was Dr. Noboru Akagi Sensei and the Master of Ceremony was Carl Nakamura Sensei.   Sensei’s Curtis Nishioka (uchidachi) and Mark Nishioka (shidachi) demonstrated the Nippon Kendo Kata.   There was a goodwill keiko before lunch and an Iai-do demonstration by the Hawaii Kendo Federation Iaibu branch after lunch.

The many participating kendo clubs were Aiea Taiheiji, Ainakoa Shiseikan, Hilo Hongwanji, Hilo Kobukan, Kenshikan, Kenyukai, Lihue, Mililani, Mitsune, Myohoji, Wahiawa, and Waipahu Seibukan.

The day was filled with excitement and the atmosphere friendly.   The awards were given and President Fukutomi ended the tournament with some closing remarks.

The following are the results of the division winners:

Yonenbu Division
1st place Braxton Fukutomi
2nd place James Okada
3d place Audrey Pack

Shonenbu Division
1st place Riley Iyo
2nd place Cael Goodin
3d place Yukari Hirako

Seinenbu Division
1st place Colin Maruoka
2nd place Shem Kim
3rd place Karen Mejia
3rd place Gregory Gates

Women’s Division
1st place Roxine Kubo
2nd place Kathy Nekomoto
3rd place Karen Mejia
3rd place Kazuko Hirako

Yudansha 1-2 Dan Division
1st place Billy Kang
2nd place Eric Narimatsu
3rd place Gail Mejia
3rd place Elton Ushio

Yudansha Open Division
1st place Mark Kawabata
2nd place Andy Fujimoto
3rd place Roxine Kubo
3rd place Grant Matsubayashi

Kanidouraku Award
Mark Kawabata


The AnnualHawaii Kendo Federation’s Youth/Novice Kendo Training
Kaimuki Honbu
October 12, 2003

The invited participants from all dojos began to assemble early at the Honbu Dojo in Kaimuki.   With their parents in tow, the students of various ages and stages of experience showed up with the enthusiasm to learn the basics of kendo.

The participants observed the HKF Iai-bu group performiai-do.

The HKF Vice President Yukimasa Furutani Sensei opened the program with an overview of the program.   Dick Teshima Sensei lead the instructions to the enthusiastic students.  The program included the following subjects:

Reihou, Sahou, Chakusou- “the right posture”

Entering the dojo, greeting Sensei, senpai and each other

How to sit in Seiza, stand from seiza

Proper dress in kendo gi and hakama

Concept of Kendo - “the right heart”

Kendo is a way to discipline the human character through the application of the principle of the katana.  AJKF 1976

Let’s train our bodies, purify our hearts, devotion to our parents, value proper manners and work for the others and the world.

Dojo slogan from the Kobukan dojo in Japan

About Katana by Dr. Jinichi Tokeshi

Brief history, construction and the relation to the shinai.  Viewing of a “live” blade

Newspaper cutting with Bokuto

Chudan no kamae, Furikaburi, Kirioroshi, Te no uchi

Kihon Kendo Skill Training with Bokuto-“the right kendo”

Ippon Uchi no waza:  Men, Kote, Do

Nidan no waza:  Kote-men

Harai waza:  Harai men

Nuki Waza:  men, nuki-so


Fumikomi ashi, Ki-ken-tai no itchi, follow through in suriashi and okuri ashi, zanshin

The participating students included Kainoa Buntin, Todd Polk, Jason Kim, Chase Takenaka, James Okada, Mathew Ito, Connor Zalewski, Sam Knuth, Ivy Ka, Robert Kim, Anolani Bennie, Brandon Imamura, Won Cha, Eins Ka, Adam Kiyosaki, and Chul Woo Kim.  The students received gifts for attending the event.

The HKF President Terushi Ueno closed the event with some remarks of encouragement to the students.


Visitors from Japan: Isogai Korei Sensei and Guests
Honbu Dojo
October 27, 2003
By Kathy Nekomoto  

The Hawaii Kendo Federation was fortunate to have Mr. Korei Isogai Sensei and other chief instructors visit the various dojos as well as attend the usual Sunday practice at the Honbu Dojo. Isogai Sensei writes articles for the Kendo Jidai, a monthly kendo magazine. Other visitors included Senseis Masaki Ichioka, Akihiro Tamura, Kunihiro Itoh, Hironobu Katsuta, Mitsuru Miura, and Hiroshi Iwabu.

Our practice at the Honbu Dojo gave us an opportunity to practice with high caliber kendoists. We look forward to keiko with them in the future.

Marunouchi Kenyukai Visitors
November 2003
By Kathy Nekomoto

The Hawaii Kendo Federation was very privileged to receive the Marunouchi Kenyukai for keiko at the Kenshikan Dojo and the Myohoji Dojo

on November eighth and sixth respectively.   Sensei Toshihiro Konishi from the Myohoji Dojo was responsible in coordinating the visit with his brother Shiro Konishi Sensei from Tokyo Japan.  Shiro Konishi Sensei, Kendo Hachidan Hanshiis the Head Instructor for the Marunouchi Kenyukai.

The 12 visiting members participating in keiko included:

Watanabe Sensei, 7 dan, President
Kamiura Sensei, 7 dan,  Advisor
Sakurai Sensei, 7 dan
Fukui Sensei, 7 dan
Hayashi Sensei, 7 dan
Aoki Sensei, 6 dan
Nakanishi Sensei, 6 dan
Kokura Sensei, 6 dan
Shima Sensei, 5 dan
Matsumoto Sensei, 5 dan
Mr. Noguchi, 4 dan
Ms. Nomura, 3 dan

The Marunouchi Kenyukai was founded 52 years ago and recently celebrated their 50th anniversary by visiting South Korea in 2001.  They have approximately 100 members and they practice twice weekly at the Marunouchi police dojo.

We were also privileged to receive Nagamatsu Sensei, Hanshi Hachidan, Ishikawa Sensei, and Tamura Yoko Sensei from Japan in joining our keiko at Myohoji Dojo on November 6, 2003.

The Vistors of Saitama Prefecture Japan
December 14, 2003
By Kathy Nekomoto

The Hawaii Kendo Federation was honored to receive guest kendoists from the Saitama Prefecture of Japan.   They came to Hawaii on December 10 and began practicing at Kenshikan, Myohoji and the Honbu dojo.   A special practice was held on Sunday December 14 at the Honbu Dojo in Kaimuki.  The visitors included:

Yoshio Koyama, 8 dan
Akihide Watanabe, 7 dan
Kazushige Yoshioka, 7 dan
Iwao Kobayashi, 7 dan
Hitoshi Amano, 7 dan
Masao Kondo, 5 dan
Noriko Kondo, 5 dan
Misao Konno, 5 dan
Yasushi Utsunomiya, 5 dan
Hitoshi Onoe, 5 dan
Fumiyasu Koyama, beginner

Gifts were exchanged andthe members of the godogeiko had lunch together.

We look forward to their return visit.


The Senior Sensei's Taikai
Kaimuki Honbu
December 21, 2003
By Kathy Nekomoto

Once upon a time, the Senior Sensei's were known affectionately as the "over the hill gang,” a name they referred to themselves.   Every Sunday when they met at godogeiko, they devoted their time to teaching the students which left them with no time to practice among themselves.   They would meet annually on a selected Sunday in December, very early and before the others came to godogeiko to compete with each other.   This was "their time."  As the years went by, the students recognized the importance of this event and began honoring them by dedicating a day of practice in December to them.

The total number of years their ages combined equals 488 years.  They have had many experiences in their lifetime and they "pass" on these lessons to us by showing us by being the example.  They share information whenever asked and guide us back to basics when we begin to go astray.  They have a wealth of information that we can learn from.  All sensei's share a commitment to teach.

The taikai consisted of 6 teams:

Yoshinaga Sensei: Y. Furutani, K. Yamada, J. Shishido, M. Furutani, H. Smalls

Muramoto Sensei: I. Sato, F. Chong, A. Fujimoto, H. Fujmoto, T. Hirako

Yamamoto Sensei: K. Maeda, T. Buntin, S. Harris, A. Furutani, K. Chun

Okaji Sensei: D. Okaji, W. Fujimoto, T. Lee, J. Chun, H. Kobata

Konishi Sensei: T. Ueno, D. Teshima,  M. Nishino, L. Chun, S. Coulter

Akagi Sensei: N. Akagi, J. Tokeshi, M. Kurosawa, T. Furutani, G.Gates

The winners of the taikai were Yoshinaga Sensei's team first place, Okaji Sensei's team second place and Muramoto Sensei's team was third place.   The senseis were given gifts contributed by Dr. Jinichi Tokeshi.  President Terushi Ueno made closing remarks.

As the years pass by, the "youth" of the senior sensei's emerge.  These are the members of the next generation of senior sensei's and they like others before them continue the tradition of teaching bushido and the fundamentals of kendo.

Kawahara sensei visit
July 2004

The Hawaii Kendo Federation was privileged to receive Masaki Kawahara Sensei, kendo kyoshi 8-dan from the All Japan Kendo Federation.  He was sent to us upon request from the Hawaii Kendo Federation for a kendo seminar.  The seminar began on July11 through July 21, 2004.   Kawahara Sensei is a kendo instructor with the Hyogo prefectural police department and recently passed his 8-dan exam at the age of 48 years old.

The Hawaii Kendo Federation hosted a welcome party on July 10, 2004.   The seminar was held at various dojos on the islands with the invitation open to all Hawaii Kendo Federation members.  He taught at Kaimuki Honbu, Kaifukan Kendo Club, Wahiawa Kendo Club, Myohoji Kendo Club, Kenyukai Kendo Club,  Hilo Hongwanji and Hilo Kobukan Kendo Club, and the Kenshikan Kendo Club.   The following subjects were included:

Kihon waza with Bokken
Kihon, special training for Senshu
Shiai/shimpan procedures
Kendo kata

All subjects were followed by jigeiko sessions.

Kawahara Sensei emphasized several things:

Uchikomi practice with large waza and use the body in proper okuriashi.  Go through the motodachi quickly, covering from one end of the dojo to the other.  Kakari geiko, on the other hand is done quickly as possible without resting for breath.

Shinpan:  the most important thing is to be able to discern yuko datotsu.  Shinpan who has not studied certain waza will not be able to see it during a shiai.  Shinpan must keiko.

Kendo kata:  be sure to strike using the monouchi, both uchitachi as well as shitachi.

On Sunday, July 18, a special plaque was awarded to Kawahara Sensei by Terushi Ueno, President of the Hawaii Kendo Federation.   A special Aloha party was held and attended by all HKF kendoists.

The seminar was very successful and informative and we look forward to another seminar with a visiting sensei.

The 19th Annual Leeward Tournament
Mililani Recreational Gym
June 20, 2004
by Kathy Nekomoto

The early morning was filled with excitement and anticipation from the kendoists participating in the 19th annual Leeward tournament held on June 20, 2004 at the Mililani recreational gymnasium.  Traditionally, the tournament is held on Father's day and it becomes a family celebration.

The tournament was sponsored by Mililani Kendo Club, Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Club, Wahiawa Kendo Club and the Waipahu Konkokyo Kendo Club.  The exciting highlight of the tournament was the Parents/Children team match.  The children won 5 wins to the parent's 3 wins.   The audience was involved by adding further support for the children.  The special James Oka Kantosho perpetual trophy was awarded to Gregory Gates.

The following were the winners of the individual divisions:

Yonenbu Division
1st place Chase Matayoshi
2nd place Takumi Nishida
3dplace Derek Sato

Shonenbu Division
1st place Braxton Fukutomi
2nd place Dominick Corelli
3dplace Mathew Ito
3dplace James Okada

Seinenbu Division    
1st place Shem Kim
2nd place Cael Goodin
3d place Trina Kobata
3d place Aaron Kim

Yudansha 1-2 dan
1st place Colin Maruoka
2nd place Takuma Hirako
3d place Nolan Takahashi
3d place Karen Yamada

Yudansha 3 above
1stplace Wesley Fujimoto
2nd place Billy Kang
3d place Seth Harris
3d place Grant Matsubayashi

Yudansha Masters
1st place Taro Ariga
2nd place Iwao Sato
3dplace Tusha Buntin

Parents/Children Team Match
Parents team 3 wins
Childrens team 5 wins

James Oka Kantosho Award
Gregory Gates

The kendo equipment company Eguchi USA and e-Bougu brought many items for sale.

The tournament was closed with many looking forward to next year's tournament.


The Aiea Taiheiji Tournament
Halawa Gymnasium
August 1, 2004
by Kathy Nekomoto

The anticipation of participating in a tournament excited the competitors of the annual Aiea Taiheiji tournament.  It was held on August 1, 2004 at the Halawa Gymnasium.  The anxiety and pressure to perform well filled the air.

There were six divisions to participate in, Yonenbu(ages 10 and below), Shonenbu (ages 11 to 14 years), Seinenbu (Ages 15 and above, non black belt), Women’s (no restrictions), Yudansha 1-2 (only rank restriction) and Yudansha open (above yudansha 3 dan and above).   The referees (shimpans) were of 3 dan and above.  The Shimpan Director was Yukimasa Furutani Sensei who oversaw the tournament shimpans.

After lunch, the Hawaii Kendo Federation’s Iai-bu (Iaido branch) performed 10 wazas of the Seitei iaifor the audience.  The iaibu was lead by Dr. Jinichi Tokeshi and Mr. Dick Teshima.

The results of the tournament are as follows:

Yonenbu Division
1st Place Erika Hill
2nd Place Ty Shiramizu
3d Place Kodey Gratz
3d Place Charles Aina III

Shonenbu Division
1st Place Mathew Ito
2nd Place Braxton Fukutomi
3d Place Dominick Correlli
3dPlace James Okada

Seinenbu Division
1st Place Gregory Gates
2nd Place Cael Goodin
3d Place Aaron Kim

Women’s Open
1st Place Roxine Kubo
2nd Place Satomi Takara
3d Place Takayo Furutani
3d Place Lori Chun

Yudansha 1-2 Dan
1st Place Akihiro Okada
2nd Place Colin Maruoka
3d Place Elton Ushio

Yudansha Open
1st Place Billy Kang
2nd Place Chris Goodin
3d Place David Sato

The tournament closed with words from Arnold Fukutomi Sensei and the Hawaii Kendo Federation’s President Terushi Ueno. Dr. Michael Kurosawa was the Master of Ceremony.

Congratulations to all the winners


Hawaii Kendo Federation Kendo Camp 2004
Camp Erdman, Mokuleia
August 28-August 29, 2004
By Kathy Nekomoto

With not a minute to rest, Camp Coordinator and kendoist Bert Shibuya made sure everyone was busy with an activity in between games, lectures and of course kendo practice.

Camp Erdman located in Mokuleia was the setting for our “camp.”  Upon arrival to camp, we participated in “meet” games and got to know everyone fast.  We continued on with an afternoon hike (led by Bert Shibuya) through the countryside in back of the campsite.  We checked in our rooms and had to get ready for“KP” duty and dinner.  We had a kendo practice in the Rotary Hall led by brothers Andy and Wesley Fujimoto and later met to roast marshmallows at the campfire on the beach.  What activities should we expect for all day Sunday?

Early Sunday morning, wake up was 5:45 am, hardly enough time to get ready with bougu.  We met for “zazen” or morning meditation led by Seth Harris.   For our early morning kendo practice, we were divided into teams and our objective was to “pop” the balloons tied to the men with our shinais.  We had breakfast and met soon after for a lecture on the history of kendo by Wesley Fujimoto. We also had some strenuous but most enjoyable games to participate in.   We had a game called “Daikon (turnip)” in which we had to cut a dangling daikon (turnip)  with a bokken.  Sensei Tusha Buntin thought the young kendoists should experience feeling of “cutting with a bokken.” The young men holding the daikon on the rope controlled the movement of the daikon.  One had to be quite experienced with a bokken to cut a moving or flying daikon through the air.  Everyone participated and enjoyed the “daikon” experience.  The next event was to cut a watermelon using a bokken while blindfolded.  Everyone shared in the cleanup by eating the cut melons.

Our final kendo practice before lunch was another of fun.  We had the usual kendo practice but we had to participate in games that showed our dexterity and coordination in kendo.

We had a guest, Fumio Ikeda Sensei fromJapan attend camp with us.  He participated in all of the activities and enjoyed himself.

Many, many thanks to Bert Shibuya, Sensei Tusha Buntin, Andy and Wesley Fujimoto, Seth Harris and Akiko Furutani who were responsible for the various activities.

The camp was so much fun and all the participants were talking about the “next” kendo camp.


The Third All Hawaii Kendo Championships
Kalani High School Gymnasium
November 6, 2004
By Kathy Nekomoto

The Hawaiian chants by Ao, Kanai and Pookela Rodenhurst opened the ceremonies followed with Akihiro Okada Sensei from the Hawaii Daijingu performing a Shinto blessing.  The blessings energized the audience and participants and increased the level of excitement.  The tournament was dedicated to Mr. Toshihiro Konishi Sensei, a teacher devoted to his students and the teachings of kendo.  The tournament was opened with John Zalewski, Master of Ceremonies introducing President Terushi Ueno who gave encouraging remarks to the participants and the audience.  The tournament was opened with the ceremonial kendo kata with Uchidachi Carl Nakamura, 5 dan and Shidachi Mark Miyamoto, 4 dan.

The statewide kendo championships attracted many islanders from the Big island of Hawaii, Maui, Kauai and Oahu where it was held at the Kalani High School Gymnasium on November 6, 2004.  It attracted 112 participants and a host of supporters.   Other activities included a Friday evening keiko at Kenkyukai, a banquet at the Hale Ikena restaurant at Fort Shafter and a Kyu/Dan examination on Sunday morning.   Special out of state visitors from Japanincluded Masashi Chiba (Hanshi 8 dan), Kichibei Tsuchida (kyoshi 7 dan) who donated the Grand Champion’s banner, representative members from the Kanidouraku Company with Takeshi Takane (kyoshi 7 dan)  Mutsuo Ouchi (kyoshi 7 dan), Nobumichi Sato (kyoshi 7 dan), Kazuo Nomoto (kyoshi 7 dan), Kyoko Nomoto (renshi 6 dan),  Yoko Takane, and Mr. Kenichi Yoshizawa (4 dan).  Mr. Hisao Imazu, proprietor of the Kanidouraku Company provided a $1000 scholarship to practice kendo in Japan to the Grand Champion.  Mr. Takane represented Mr.Imazu who could not be present during this tournament.

The participants divisions included Yonenbu, Shonenbu, Seinenbu, Women’s, Yudansha 1-2 and Yudansha 3 & above.

The audience was attentive during the post lunch program when Mr. Elton Ushio,  kendo instructor from the Lihue Kendo Club performed a demonstration “tameshigiri” using a “live” blade and cutting through wet straw mats.  The sound and the look of the tightly wound mat falling to the ground after being cleanly sliced through was very impressive.   An Iai-do demonstration by the

Iai-bu branch of the Hawaii Kendo Federation was led by Sensei Dr. Noboru Akagi.

This year’s results of the championship follows:

Yonenbu Division
1st place Mathew Ito
2nd place Cov Ratcliffe
3d place Christian Salibi
3d place Chase Takenaka

Shonenbu Division
1st place Braxton Fukutomi
2nd place Dominick Corelli      
3d place James Okada

Seinenbu Division
1st place Gregory Gates
2nd place Cael Goodin
3d place Lane Laconsay
3d place Michael Ratcliffe

Women’s Division
1st place Roxine Kubo
2nd place Gale Mejia
3d place Keiko Yamada

Yudansha 1-2 Division
1st place Takuma Hirako
2nd place Colin Maruoka
3d place Satomi Takara

Yudansha 3 & above
1st place Andy Fujimoto
2nd place Grant Matsubayashi
3d place Sei Wakuta
3d place Mark Nishioka

Andy Fujimoto was the Grand Champion of the tournament and was awarded the special banner and the scholarship award to practice in Japan as the guest of the Kanidouraku Company Kendo Club in Tokyo Japan.

Special tennuguis (towels) were made for this event and was given to each participant.  The calligraphy “do” which means the path or michi of kendo was written by the Reverend Eijo Ikenaga of the Myohoji Temple and imprinted on the tennuguis.  The calligraphy and the “Concept of Kendo” has been a primary emphasis by the Hawaii Kendo Federation.  The President of the Hawaii Kendo Federation closed with remarks.  The participants look forward to the next all Hawaii championships in 2006.


20th Annual Leeward Oahu Taikai
Mililani, Hawaii
Sunday, June 19, 2005

Final Results:         

Yonenbu (8-10 Years)         
1st Place Chase Takenaka, Mililani
2nd Place Brandon Ganeko, Aiea Taiheiji
3rd Place Taylor Ganeko, Aiea Taiheiji
Shonenbu (11-13 Years)         
1st Place Matthew Ito, Kenshikan
2nd Place Braxton Fukutomi, Aiea Taiheiji
3rd Place James Okada, Kenshikan
3rd Place Cody Inouye, Venice (S. California)
Seinenbu (14+ Years)         
1st Place Shem Kim, Mililani
2nd Place Cael Goodin, Aiea Taiheiji
3rd Place Aaron Kim, Mililani
3rd Place Megan Watanabe, Waipahu Seibukan
Yudansha 1-2         
1st Place Takuma Hirako, Kenshikan
2nd Place Elton Ushio, Lihue
3rd Place Yo Wan Kim, Mililani
3rd Place Colin Maruoka, Aiea Taiheiji
Yudansha 3-5         
1st Place Fumihide Itokazu, Venice (S. California)
2nd Place Katsushi Chinen, Venice (S. California)
3rd Place Shota Nakata, Kenshikan
3rd Place Roxy Kubo, Waipahu Seibukan
Yudansha Masters
(36+ Years and 3-Dan or above)         
1st Place Lawrence Chun, Mililani
2nd Place Bert Shibuya, Waipahu Seibukan
3rd Place Sang Oh, Kenshikan
Goodwill Team Match:
Southern California Venice/Obukan Oregon 3
Team Hawaii 2
James Oka Fighting Spirit Award
Audrey Hayase, Mililani


Hawaii Kendo Federation 50th Anniversary Tournament
Honolulu, Hawaii
Held Saturday, August 20, 2005

Final Results:

Yonenbu (8-10 Years)     
1st Place Chase Takenaka
2nd Place Joshua Desa
3rd Place Charles Aina III
3rd Place Robert Pierce
Shonenbu (11-13 Years)     
1st Place James Okada
2nd Place Braxton Fukutomi
3rd Place Erika Hill
3rd Place Kyle Kim
Seinenbu (14+ Years)     
1st Place Shem Kim
2nd Place Cael Goodin
3rd Place Rusty Klutke
3rd Place Max Klutke
Seinenbu Women     
1st Place Candace LeBeau
2nd Place Nicole Yoshida
3rd Place Meagan Watanabe
3rd Place Laurel Planas
Seinenbu Seniors     
1st Place Michael Ratcliff
2nd Place Tony Sarabia
3rd Place John Kaya
3rd Place Ron Miller
Yudansha 1-2     
1st Place Elton Ushio
2nd Place Garrett Matsumoto
3rd Place Akihiro Okada
3rd Place Gale Abregana
Yudansha Open     
1st Place Wesley Fujimoto
2nd Place Jon Shishido
3rd Place Seth Harris
3rd Place Tusha Buntin
Yudansha Masters     
1st Place David Kikau
2nd Place Iwao Sato
3rd Place Steve Colter
Yudansha Women     
1st Place Roxine Kubo
2nd Place Jeri Chun
3rd Place Karen Park
3rd Place Lori Chun
Grand Champion
Wesley Fujimoto


Kenshikan 10th Anniversary Tournament
Honolulu, Hawaii
Sunday, November 13, 2005

Final Results

Novice (11 Years and younger)     
1st Place Alex Baker
2nd Place Kendo Pilor
3rd Place Scott Ogata
3rd Place Koa Ho
Novice (12 Years and over)     
1st Place Anthony Vasquez
2nd Place Szu-Ping Lin
3rd Place Ronald Gregorio
3rd Place Michael Chen
Yonenbu (8-10 Years)     
1st Place Erika Hill
2nd Place Chase Takenaka
3rd Place Ty Shiramizu
Shonenbu (11-13 years)     
1st Place Braxton Fukutomi
2nd Place Ryo Eguchi
3rd Place Matthew Ito
Seinenbu Women     
1st Place Nicole Yoshida
2nd Place Candace LeBeau
3rd Place Megan Watanabe
1st Place Sung Jun Chang
2nd Place Dean Kokubun
3rd Place Cale Goodin
Yudansha Women     
1st Place Roxine Kubo
2nd Place Sakurako Suzuki
3rd Place Keiko Yamada
Yudansha 1-3     
1st Place Shota Nakata
2nd Place Billy Kang
3rd Place Yuki Hamajima
Yudansha (4 Dan and over)     
1st Place Yukihisa Shiozuka
2nd Place Sei Wakuta
3rd Place Mark Kawabata


2006 Youth Kendo Tournament
Kaimuki Honbu
Sunday, May 7, 2006

Final Results:         

Yonenbu Novice (9-10 Years)     
1st Place     Jackson Sayama
2nd Place     Robert Perce
3rd Place     Richard Sayama
Yonenbu (9-10 Years)     
1st Place     Chase Takenaka
2nd Place     Jordan Miller
3rd Place     Alex Baker
Shonenbu (10-12 Years)     
1st Place     Matthew Ito
2nd Place     Thomas Han
3rd Place     Mason Maeshiro
Seinenbu (12-14 Years)     
1st Place     Kevin Chun
2nd Place     James Okada


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