No Practice on These Days (2019)

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The dojo will be closed (no kendo practice) on the following days in 2019:

HOLIDAY : DATE OBSERVED

New Year’s Day : Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day : Monday, January 21, 2019
President’s Day : Monday, February 18, 2019
Memorial Day : Monday, May 27, 2019
Independence Day : Thursday, July 4, 2019
Labor Day : Monday, September 2, 2019
Veteran’s Day : Monday, November 11, 2019
Thanksgiving Day : Thursday, November 28, 2019
Day After Thanksgiving : Friday, November 29, 2019
Christmas Eve : Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Christmas Day : Wednesday, December 25, 2019
New Year’s Eve : Tuesday, December 31, 2019
New Year's Day : Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Besides the above days, we will have kendo practice on all other weekday mornings.

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2019 Leeward Oahu Kendo Tournament

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June 23, 2019, held at Mililani District Park Gymnasium.

Meikyokan entered a team but we were eliminated in the first round by the eventual champions, Mililani Kendo Club.

Team members:
Aki Stachiewicz
Reiko Hayashi
Osiris Smalls (Reiun Kenkai Kendo)
Keith Hui
Yuki Oyamada (Inuyama Kenyukai; w/d due to injury)

Individuals:

Aki Stachiewicz placed 2nd in the Women’s Open division.

Keith Hui placed 2nd in the Yudansha 3/4dan division.

Reiko Hayashi, Dan Liu, and Gayle Komata did not place in their respective divisions.

Parent-Child Matches:

Aki Stachiewicz (mommy) vs. Malia Stachiewicz (daughter)

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Yuki Oyamada homestay

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We are borrowing kendoist Yuki Oyamada from Inuyama Kenyukai dojo in Aichi Prefecture, Japan for approximately 3 months (April 11 to July 1). She will be practicing at Meikyokan every morning, and also I will be taking her to as many of the other Oahu dojos’ practices as she’d like to visit. I’m looking forward to this - she’s a really nice person and her kendo is good.

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Finally not HKF Secretary anymore.

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We had elections today at the HKF Board of Directors meeting. The new officers are:

President Yukimasa Furutani (Daijingu)
Vice President Wesley Fujimoto (Mililani)
Secretary Shelly Kunishige (Myohoji)
Treasurer Nicole Yoshida (Mililani)

Needless to say I’m very pleased with the results and wish the new executive committee the best.

I will continue to serve as a board member, along with Keith Hui sensei, for the time being.

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Aiea Taiheiji Kendo Tournament (Saturday, November 17, 2018)

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Three people from Meikyokan entered this year - Aki Stachiewicz, Keith Hui, and Jon Shishido. Stachiewicz won 3rd place (Women’s Open Division), Shishido won 2nd (Yudansha Masters Division is for people 50 years old and up). We also participated in the team match, but lost to Mililani Kendo Club.

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No Practice on These Days (2018)

Added on by J.K. SHISHIDO.

The dojo will be closed (no kendo practice) on the following days in 2018:

January 1, 2018 (Monday) : New Year's Day
January 15, 2018 (Monday) : Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 19, 2018 (Monday) : President's Day
May 28, 2018 (Monday) : Memorial Day
July 4, 2018 (Wednesday) : Independence Day
September 3, 2018 (Monday) : Labor Day
November 2-5 (Friday, Monday) : JCCH “Things Japanese” sales event in the dojo
November 12, 2018 (Monday) : Veteran's Day (observed)
November 22 & 23, 2018 (Thursday & Friday) : Thanksgiving Day and “day after Thanksgiving”
December 24 & 25, 2018 (Monday & Tuesday) : Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
December 31, 2018 (Monday) : New Year’s Eve
January 1, 2019 ((Tuesday) : New Year’s Day

Besides the above days, we will have kendo practice on all other weekday mornings.

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Aiea Taiheiji Kendo Tournament (Sunday, November 19, 2017)

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One person from Meikyokan entered - Reiko Hayashi participated in the Women's Open division. She was eliminated in the first round, losing both of her matches.

I especially enjoyed watching matches by Caden Matsumoto (Kenshikan Kendo Club), the Tamura brothers from Japan (currently at Kenshikan Kendo Club), and Braxton Fukutomi sensei (Aiea Kendo Club).

Everyone was happy to have Aiea Taiheiji Kendo Club host a tournament again. It has been several years since the last one. Thank you Aiea Taiheiji Kendo Club.

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Next HKF Dan/Kyu Exams are on Sunday, May 28

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As always, documents relating to the upcoming Dan & Kyu Examinations are now posted in the "HKF info" area of this website. Direct links:

Announcement & General information (April 15 2017) [ PDF, 106KB ]
Shinsa Application - Dojo (due May 15) [ PDF, 37KB ]
Shinsa Application - Individual (due May 15) [ PDF, 29KB ]
Kyu & Dan fee schedule (as of April 15 2017) [ PDF, 37KB ]
Official HKF Exam study guide (1ku to 5dan) [ PDF, 287 KB ]
HKF Study Guide for Kyu and Dan Promotion (essay questions) [ PDF, 70KB ]
NEW ITEM: Notes regarding Bokuto Ni Yoru Kendo Kihon-waza Keiko-ho for 1kyu exam (April 2017, from Chief Examiner Takahashi) [ PDF, 66KB ]

Please note that the deadline for submission of applications and fees is May 15, which is a Monday. Best wishes to everyone taking exams next month!

UPDATE (May 10, 2017): Yukimasa Furutani sensei has been appointed HKF Chief Examiner, replacing Yoshiro Takahashi sensei, effective May 7, 2017. For this reason the due date for application forms and payments has been extended a few days to May 20, 2017. Read the memo here.

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New Students?

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Whereas most community dojos allow new kendo students to join at any time, I prefer starting beginners as a group. I like to start a (small) new group when the previous group of beginners have progressed far along enough to begin practicing "Level 2" fundamentals. This 'cycle' generally works out to be about once a year or year-and-a-half.

We're ready to start a new group of students - please let me know if you're interested in learning kendo: [ e-mail me here ]

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2017 HKF Census

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It's finally done. I started last December and finally collected the last bit of information on March 25. I've asked L. Makiya (Kenshikan Kendo Club) to double check my math so there's a small possibility of minor (I hope) corrections, but otherwise the report is complete with 100% of HKF dojos returning information. Thank you to all of the dojo heads for supporting this project. Let's do this every year. :-)

2017 HKF Census Report

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Upcoming visitors: Fumio Ota sensei (Tokyo), Hiroshi Sasaki sensei (Akita)

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Announcement via e-mail sent to HKF dojo heads & Board members:

Hello Kendo Friends,

This coming Friday, March 3, Fumio Ota sensei will be joining our morning practice. Everyone is welcome.

Also, Mr. and Mrs. Sasaki senseis, along with their associate Mr. Mikuni, will be visiting our morning practice on Monday, March 13. The practice session will be lead by Sasaki sensei and will focus on Nihon Kendo Kata. Sasaki sensei has agreed to do a question-and-answer portion after a short demonstration with Mr. Mikuni, so if you have any questions about kata that you'd like "answered" please email them to me and I will give them to Sasaki sensei to respond to. Even if you are unable to come, please feel free to send me your questions; I'm sure everyone who attends will benefit from your question(s) and I will be happy to share his responses with you afterwards.

Meikyokan morning practices begin promptly at 7am and end at 8am; dojo doors will open at 630am for getting dressed and warmed up. Our practices are held at Kenshikan Dojo in the Japanese Cultural Center - same location as Kenshikan Kendo Club, Kenyukai Kendo Club, and Reiun Kenkai Kendo.

Thank you,
Jon Shishido
Meikyokan

Practice with Mr. Auyong from Singapore

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Yesterday and today Meikyokan was happy to host Mr. Auyong from Tanglin Kendo Club (Singapore) at our morning practices. He does excellent kendo and has many experiences doing kendo throughout Asia, so it was very interesting to chat with him about his perspectives on learning kendo. Singapore Kendo and Hawaii Kendo are relatively small entities within the IKF so it would be good if we could cultivate good relationships and learn from each other.

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Cats update

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Back in January 2016, I wrote an entry about a young cat that had been hit by a car (near Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission, right after Wahiawa Kendo Club's Wednesday night practice). I've received a few questions about what happened to that cat.

He's fine. His name is TC now and he seems completely normal except for two things - I think his right eye doesn't work so well, and for some reason although he's gotten a little larger he's still pretty small and still has "kitten face". (I don't know what else to call it - he just doesn't have the "look" of an adult cat.) It's kind of odd, but whatever - it's sort of cute and the main thing is he's healthy and happy.

Different story: A couple of years ago one of the students at Kenshikan gave me an unwanted cat. Her name is Nora. (Last two photos, below. First two are of TC.) She's also become a permanent resident at my house.

So two of my six cats came to me directly through kendo. I don't know if this is a new "thing" in Hawaii kendo - my sister, a.k.a. Lori Chun sensei, recently brought home a tiny kitten that she found wandering around the parking lot of Monday night kendo practice in Heeia.

I think this is a good trend. A lot of kendo people send me photos of their cats so maybe cats and kendo just go together very naturally.

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