Children’s tournament and shinpan seminar our club sponsored on June 6th was very
successful. I received positive remarks both from kids and adults. Thank you for those
who gave us donations to support this event since we did not get financial support from
Leeward Oahu Kendo Tournament was successfully executed on June 28th. Tusha
Buntin Sensei and I performed kata. Our club members did well. We entered 7
members and 5 of them got trophies. I was alarmed of the small entry numbers. It was
the smallest number in recent years. I am hoping that some senseis share the same
concern with me and work harder to recruit more people in kendo.
Southern California Kendo Federation had children’s kendo camp in Paso Robles
recently. I envy them because we no longer have kendo camps once had to promote
kendo in younger generations.
Hanshi 8 Dan, Miyagawa Hidetoshi Sensei, is in town for his seminar. The seminar
schedule is as follows; July 1st – Waimalu School – Kendo Kata/3rd – Ken Yu Kai –
Bokutoh Coaching Method/8th – Waimalu School – Kendo Kata/11th – Waimalu School –Bokutoh Coaching Method/12th – Honbu Dojo – Shinpan/15th – Waimalu School –
Kendo Kata/18th – Kenshi Kan – Keiko Method/19th – Honbu Dojo – Shinpan/23rd
through 25th Seminars in Hilo, Island of Hawaii/26th Honbu Dojo – Shinpan/28th – Kenshi Kan – Keiko Method. Ask your instructors for starting and ending times.
I am hoping that many people show up to learn from Miyagawa Sensei though the charge is involved for the 1st time while other 6 times we had senseis from Japan without charge.
Meikyo Kan Kendo Club asking your support for their sale of shinai bukuro, tenugui bag,
pouch, T-shirt and etc. The sale is from 9AM till 2PM on every 2nd Saturday till Sept.
Hawaii Kendo Federation 1 Kyu and Dan examination will be held on Sunday, July 5th at
Kaimuki Gym. From our dojo Rheanna Dominici will go for 1 dan.
In kendo magazine “Kensoh” July edition, Hanshi Ohta Hirokata Sensei gave readers his
message. At his age of 100, he participated in Kyoto Taikai. His exhibition opponent
was 93 years old Makino Noboru Sensei. He believes that kendo attributes to his
longevity. He has been practicing kendo while asking, “How can I make myself a better
person through kendo practices.” He is not sure how many more years he can
participate in Kyoto Taikai, but he makes it his challenge. His message overwhelmed
me. He is a good example to be a lifelong practitioner. He gives us hope and energy to
continue. Thank you, Ohta Sensei.
Iwao Sato, Chief Instructor
Wahiawa Kendo Club