Thank you for helping our club with Zippy’s ticket sale. Tickets are good till November 1st with 5 days grace period. Please make sure to have people who got tickets to redeem them within the time period. If you have unsold tickets, be sure to get them to me as soon as possible so that I can get the credit from Zippy’s. Thank you, also, for those who gave our club some donations in lieu of selling/buying tickets.
I regret to announce the passing of Nozawa Haruo Sensei, Hanshi 8 Dan, of Saitama on October 22nd. He had been an important person for Hawaii since he came and gave us a seminar 3 decades ago. We extend our deepest condolence to Mrs. Nozawa and Family.
Shimada Toshio Sensei, Kyoshi 7 Dan, of Chiba is in town. So far he was at Myohoji Kendo Club, Wahiawa Kendo Club and Mililani Kendo Club. He will be visiting Hawaii Daijingu Kendo Club, Ken Yu Kai Kendo Club and Kaimuki Honbu dojo. We are very fortunate that he repeats Hawaii visit and teach us wonderful kendo.
It is unfortunate that no one from Hawaii will be participating in Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation Tournament on Saturday, November 7th since we have been taking the championship 3 years in a row. We will try again next year.
We are excited to know that Inoue Kazuyoshi Sensei, Kyoshi 7 Dan, of Fukuoka will be with us from November 4th till 19th. Recently frequency of his visits was reduced because he had been busy. So, we are very happy to receive his teaching again.
Kaida Akira Sensei, Hanshi 8 Dan, from Kagoshima will repeat his yearly visit from November 13th till 25th. We are ecstatic to know that he will conduct his seminars on 2 Sundays at Kaimuki Honbu Dojo and visit our dojo on Wednesday, November 18th.
Yamamoto Masahiko Sensei, Kyoshi 8 Dan, of Osaka with 2 times All Japan Women Champion daughter Mariko will visit Myohoji in the morning of Thanksgiving Day and Hawaii Daijingu Kendo Club on Friday, November 27. Show up for practice so that you can burn all those calories you indulged on Thanksgiving Day.
Our Club’s year-end party is on Wednesday, December 2nd. We start and end early, then have a party. Come with your family and friends and enjoy our gathering.
One parent told me, “My child is praised because she takes care of younger ones nicely. I think she learned it from kendo.” I seldom tell students to take care of young ones. They learn from watching older ones doing it. Kendo came from Samurai Sword fight. They practiced sword man ship to be strong enough to beat adversaries to protect family, community and country. Through practices, samurai becomes not just stronger but also nice, compassionate and considerate for those who are young, old, weak, disabled and underprivileged. We are following samurai tradition through kendo.
Iwao Sato, Chief Instructor
Wahiawa Kendo Club