A honeymoon couple, Mr. and Mrs. Daisuke Kajiwara of Oita Prefecture, visited Kenyu Kai Dojo on Friday, August 9th and practiced with us. I felt so sorry that they had to do kendo during Honeymoon trip to Hawaii. I thought that Kaida Akira Sensei ordered them to practice. No, they wanted to experience kendo in Hawaii voluntarily. Both of them are 5 Dan and Mr. Kajiwawa was 2 consecutive year Champion of Japan Teachers’ tournament. No wonder, they were so good. Lots of happiness to them.
Mililani Kendo Club will host Garage Sale at Lawrence Chun Sensei’s house on Saturday, September 10th from 8AM till 4PM. Support their fund raise efforts by showing up after Kenshikan and Aiea Taiheiji practices.
Sasaki Hiroshi Sensei of Akita, Kyoshi 7 Dan, will be in town from September 27th till October 3rd. I expect him to be with us at our dojo on Wednesday, September 28th and come to Kaimuki Honbu Dojo on Sunday, October 2nd. Invite him to your dojo. He is a fantastic teacher as you already know.
Hawaii State Kendo Championship will be held on Saturday, October 8th in Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii. I will conduct Bokuto ni yoru kendo kihon waza keiko hou Seminar, next day, Sunday, October 9th. If you want to participate, check with your teacher.
Ozawa Kohtaro Sensei, Kyoshi 8 Dan, of Tokyo will visit Hawaii from October 20th till 23rd. He is an inspirational person especially for older kenshis because he received 8 Dan when he was in 70s. He will be at Hawaii Daijingu Dojo on Friday, October 21st.
Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation will host its tournament on Saturday, November 5th. Seth Harris Sensei will check around to see who is going so that we can form Team Hawaii. Contact Harris Sensei if you want to participate.
Our club fund raise, Zippy’s ticket sale, is in full swing. Tickets are good till October 2nd with 5 day grace period. $9 per a ticket will give you a choice of 1 1/2 lbs Chili (Regular, vegetarian, warm, cold and frozen), Portuguese Bean Soup, Meat Sauce or Napoleon’s Bakery Cookies (Frozen dough.) If you can help with tickets, please contact me as soon as possible. Thank you for your help.
On August 3rd Mr. Tony Galvez from Las Vegas came and practiced with us. He had been plagued with injuries and thought about quitting kendo all together. He said that Wahiawa Kendo Club Bulletin every month he received prevented him to quit and kept on practicing with pains or disabilities. Kendo (exercises) will frequently make your physical condition better. Do not crushed by your pains and aches. Continue to practice with your limitations and disabilities. Our club slogan, “Kendo will make it better,” will certainly happen to you.
Iwao Sato, Chief Instructor
Wahiawa Kendo Club