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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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Other shinpan resources in English

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While looking for Stroud sensei's translation of the Kendo Shiai - Shinpan - Administration Essentials Guide, I stumbled across these:

A Guide for Tournament Refereeing in Kendo, by the All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF) Committee on Tournaments and Refereeing, 2002-03; revised 2010. Translated by Tadashi Wakabayashi. [ PDF, 1.7 MB ]

The First Steps to Becoming a Referee: Basic Rules of Kendo Tournaments and Refereeing by Terry Holt. 2013 version. [ PDF, 2.3 MB ]

Over the years I'd seen various snippets from Holt sensei's book here and there on the internet but before tonight I've never seen the whole book. It's really wonderful, with super cute illustrations. Sadly, Holt sensei recently passed away, in 2015. There are video interviews with Holt sensei on YouTube, in case you would like to hear and see more of him.

It takes a lot of work to create resources that others can learn and benefit from. A very nice way for us to show our appreciation to others for their work is to do work ourselves for the benefit of others' learning. We may not all be kendo experts but since we all have different talents, we can all find ways to contribute in one way or another. Working on creating learning materials, recording histories, taking care of our elders, and so on, are all excellent ways to study.

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2015 Kenshikan Tournament

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This was the first tournament that our dojo has participated in. As a new dojo, we had only one person enter - dojo administrator Hayashi. The other students are still very much beginners and don't wear bogu yet, so I just asked them to come to watch. Hayashi did pretty good, she placed second in the Seinenbu division. Maybe two years from now we will be able to enter a team for the team matches. We need 4 more people to make a team.

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