Kenshikan Dojo Tournament was successfully executed on Sunday, March 3rd. None of our club members placed in the tournament. We will practice harder next time before the
tournament. Though we wanted to win, at least we learned more from losing.
Here are some of kenshis I did not mention in March Bulletin who came and practiced with us. Hosokawa Ryoichi Sensei, Kyoshi 7 Dan and Uno Takashi Sensei, Renshi 6 Dan, both from Tokyo visited Mililani Kendo Club on March 4th and Kenshikan Kendo Club on March 5th as well as assisting with Kenshikan tournament shinpan duty. Stanford University Kendo Teacher, George Ogawa Sensei visited Kaimuki Honbu dojo on Sunday, March 10th. He is a fairly frequent visitor for Hawaii Kendo clubs.
Our club member, Jessica Sneed, got married on Saturday, March 23rd. Rather than going to her honeymoon, she came to practice instead. So, we could congratulate her and wish lots of happiness in her marriage.
We do not have our weekly practice at Kaimuki Honbu Dojo on Sunday, April 14th. Kaimuki Gym is not available for us because of some kind of tournament on that day.
Kunio Maeda Sensei, Chief Examiner of Hawaii Kendo Federation Kyu/Dan examination, had announced that Sunday, May 19th would be the next examination day. Those who wish to take the examination, inform your teacher and prepare for it.
Leeward Oahu Kendo Tournament will be on Sunday, June 23rd at Mililani District Park Gym. Mark your calendar and practice for it.
Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation Women’s Tournament will be on Saturday, July 13th in Renton, Washington. Some ladies showed interest in participating but so far none told me that they were definitely going. We regularly participated in this once in 3 years tournament. We placed the close 2nd one time but I was disappointed last time when only one lady from Hawaii participated. Ladies, let us form Team Hawaii.
Ono Tomohide Sensei of Saitama, a yearly visitor, expressed his plan to visit Hawaii from
August 6th. We are looking forward to having him with us again.
Wahiawa Kendo Club T-shirts are on sale. Only black color one is available from sizes S, M, L, XL which are $15 each and XXL is for $17. Contact me if you want to have one.
You have to study and work hard to get promoted into higher ranks and titles. Thus, it makes respectable when you obtain those high ranks and titles. However, high rank and title do not necessarily bring you respect and admiration from others automatically. Through working hard to get promoted, you must cultivate your personality. What you say, how you behave, and how much you contribute to organizations and community you belong to will come along with respect from others. Kendo is not just getting better and strong with it but also make yourself a better person through practices.
Iwao Sato, Chief Instructor
Wahiawa Kendo Club