Steveston Kendo Club Tournament in Canada will be on Sat. Feb. 11th. Hawaii Participants are Abigail Mejia, Brandyn Matsumoto, Caden Matsumoto, Nick Matsumoto Vincent Yancey, Chase Takenaka, Erika Hill, Garrett Matsumoto, Tusha Buntin & Iwao Sato chaperoned by Laurie Makiya, Roxine Kubo, Gale Mejia, Cindy Fukutomi and Sharon Sato. I am happy that we can have a Junior Team though one person short.
Mogi Toshio Sensei, Kyoshi 7 Dan, of Tokyo will be in town from Feb. 17th to 23rd. He will visit Hawaii Daijingu Dojo on Feb. 17th and 22nd. Be there & observe his teaching.
Kamiya Akihiro Sensei, Kyoshi 7 Dan, will be at our dojo on Wed. Feb. 22nd. He will be joined later by Kyoshi 8 Dan Ito Tomoharu Sensei, Kyoshi 7 Dan senseis, Ito Takayoshi Sensei, Matsuzaki Fumio Sensei, Kimura Kouji Sensei, Imazu Hisao Sensei and other kenshis, Kuwahara Chikako Sensei, Matsudaira Mikiyo Sensei and Matsuzaki Fumiyo Sensei. They will be at Kenshikan Tournament and help with shinpan duties.
Kenshikan Dojo is sponsoring their 14th Tournament in Memorial of Yoshinaga Shigeo Sensei on Saturday, Feb. 25th at Manoa Valley District Park Gym. Let your dojo sensei know if you want to participate. You can order lunch even if you just want to watch.
16 Tokai University students led by Kyoshi 8 Dan Yoshimura Tetsuo Sensei and Sasaki Harumitsu Sensei will be in Hawaii from Feb. 24th till Mar. 2nd. They will visit Kaimuki Honbu Dojo on Sunday, Feb. 26th. Be there and watch their practice.
Ohta Fumio Sensei, Kyoshi 7 Dan, retired Vice Admiral of Japanese Defense Force will be in Honolulu on Mar. 2nd and 3rd. He plans to cover 3 dojos in his two days stay. He is 14 years senior in Japanese National Defense Academy to Murakami Kazuhiko Sensei who used to be stationed in Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu.
Sasaki Hiroshi Sensei, Kyoshi 7 Dan, of Akita will visit again from Mar. 10th till 18th. His teaching is super good. Be with him when his practice schedule is announced.
Mark your calendar. Our dojo will host Children’s tournament with Shinpan seminar on Saturday, May 20th at Wahiawa Hongwanji Social Hall. Send your kids there to make friends and have fun. We plan to have pizza party afterward.
Mrs. Cathleen Hutchins with her 6 month old baby boy Kazuo walked into Kaimuki Honbu Dojo on Sunday, Dec. 11th. Soon she was changing into kendo-gi and hakama. No baby Kazuo was seen with her. I found out that Kazuo was nicely held by Mrs. Yancey as a baby sitter. Though she quitted early, she put her hard practice in. I may not be the only one who was impressed by her enthusiasm to find a way to practice. Let us get her contagious enthusiasm for kendo practice.
Iwao Sato, Chief Instructor
Wahiawa Kendo Club