A frequent visitor, Ouchi Mutsuo Sensei, Kyoshi 7 Dan, of Tokyo had passed away on March 22nd. He came to Hawaii, one of his favorite places, one month earlier in February for Kenshikan Tournament. He was happy to be with us. We miss him. Rest well, Ouchi Sensei.
Hawaii Kendo Federation’s 1 Kyu and Dan examination will be on Sunday, May 20th. Two
persons from our dojo will take the examination. Both are good but good luck to them. It is good to observe even if you do not take one this time for familiarizing yourself.
Nawata Shizuo Sensei, Kyoshi 7 Dan and Vice-President of Noda City Kendo Federation in Chiba, will visit Hawaii on May 23rd and depart on May 27th. He is kind enough to practice everyday including arrival and departure days; Wednesday, May 23rd - Wahiawa, Thursday, 24th - Mililani, Friday, 25th - Meikyokan, Saturday, 26th - Kenshikan and Sunday 27th - Kaimuki. Be at those places and learn from him.
Sasaki Hiroshi Sensei, Kyoshi 7 Dan, from Akita with his sweet wife, Keiko Sensei will come to Hawaii from June 22nd till 29th. They will bring with them Watanabe Hiroomi Sensei andMatsuhashi Hisashi Sensei, Both Renshi 6 Dan. They will visit our dojo on June 27th. Come and join our practice.
Leeward Oahu Kendo Tournament is on Sunday, June 24th at Mililani District Park Gym. If you want to participate, tell your dojo instructors to enter your name in. Two kendo equipment companies are expected to be there for your equipment needs. Certain items need your measurements. It is a good idea to contact them beforehand so that they can bring correct items for you.
Group of six 7 Dan Sensei's along with one 3 Dan kenshi from Toyokawa, Aichi, will visit
Kaimuki Honbu Dojo on Sunday, July 1st and Kenshikan Dojo on Tuesday, Jury 3rd. It is rare and wonderful to have these many high rank persons together to come to Hawaii. Be there and practice with them.
We are happy to know that Inoue Kazuyoshi Sensei, Kyoshi 7 Dan, of Fukuoka will come from July 6th till 17th. Thank you, Inoue Sensei.
Team Hawaii for 17th World Kendo Championships from September 14th, 15th and 16th in Korea is in final preparation stage. Give tax deductible donation to Hawaii Kendo Federation for Team Hawaii.
At one of other dojo’s practices, an instructor yelled out a procedural instruction to his students. What we heard was a wrong procedure. A senior instructor quickly corrected this instructor’s wrong instruction to students. At the end of another dojo practice, the instructor there praised me and told his students to copy my kendo. I was embarrassed but realized the importance of doing kendo correctly, the way you do not regret to be imitated. People are watching, listening and copying the way you do as a teacher.
Iwao Sato, Chief Instructor
Wahiawa Kendo Club