Additional requirement for Kendo Rank Promotion Examination

Southern California Kendo Organization

To all SCKO Affiliated Dojo
Regarding: Additional requirement for Kendo Rank Promotion Examination

We would like to announce that Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO) has decided to add an examination item for 1 Kyu, 2 Kyu, and 3 Kyu promotion exams. The new test item is called “Basic Kendo practice with Bokuto” and All Japan Kendo Federation has been implementing in their promotion exams for the past few years. Please refer to the link below:
http://www.kendo.or.jp/news/200906_kendo-kyui-sinsakitei.html

Kenshis that have already obtained 1 Dan or higher will not have the opportunity to take this test. However, it is required that these people learn all the basic movements. Please master all 9 basic movements by yourself. If you have any questions, the SCKO Education department will always be happy to help you.

1. General: “Basic Kendo practice with Bokuto” is in total 9 basic steps which incorporates most of the basic Kendo movements. See explanation below (Japanese) and the video.
http://ken55.suppa.jp/waza.html

2. Since this is the first time we are implementing this, we will proceed in stages.
– November 2010 Promotion Exam: All 1 Kyu, 2 Kyu and 3 Kyu examinee must take the Bokuto Keiko Basic 1 to 4.
– April 2011: 1 Kyu and 2 Kyu examinee must take the Bokuto Keiko Basic 1 to 6, and 3 Kyu needs to take Basic 1 to 4.
– November 2011: 1 Kyu examinee must take a Bokuto Keiko Basic 1 to 9, 2 Kyu take Basic 1 to 6, and 3 Kyu take Basic 1 to 4.
– After April 2012: 1 Kyu – Basic 1 to 9
2 Kyu – Basic 1 to 6
3 Kyu – Basic 1 to 4
3. For a better understanding of Bokuto Keiko, SCKO Education will schedule seminars for all Dojo instructors (TBD). All Dojo instructors have the responsible to teach your Dojo members.
4. All 4 Kyu and higher Kenshis need their own Bokuto, which is required to learn Bokuto Keiko and also to take the exam.

This is an official announcement from SCKO and if you have any question, please contact the President, VP/Promotion, VP/education or Secretary of SCKO.

Sincerely yours,
Masaharu Makino
President SCKO

VP/Promotion Examination
VP/Education

SCKO TEAM SCKO 2011 – Preliminary Tryout

Southern California Kendo Organization TEAM SCKO 2011 – Preliminary Tryout

 

Event: TEAM SCKO 2011 – Preliminary Tryout

Date:   Sunday, September 19, 2010

Time:   Sign in & Shinai Check:            11:00AM

Sign in closes:                         12:00AM

Elimination starts:                     12:30AM

Entry Fee: $25 per division

Registration Deadline: June 30, 2010

Location: Osaka Sangyo University (OSULA)


The Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO) would like to invite eligible Kenshis to enter the TEAM SCKO 2011 Preliminary Tryout. The Preliminary Tryout is the first round of the two elimination tryouts process, which will determine who will represent SCKO at the 2011 All U.S. Kendo Championships (AUSKF), to be held during the July 4th weekend, in 2011 (tentative).  Details are yet to be decided.

Open tryouts is extremely time consuming. Therefore, the SCKO Board of Directors is asking each Dojo instructors, to recommend their outstanding Kenshis to participate in the Preliminary Tryout.

Qualifications:

• All participants must be members of both the SCKO and the AUSKF

• 2010 SCKO and AUSKF dues must be paid by March 31, 2011.

• All participants must be within the division age by the tournament date (July 2011).

Kenshis may only compete in one (1) division for the AUSKF Championships. However, you may enter a Kenshi in as many divisions as desired for the SCKO qualification process, as long as that participant meets the eligibility requirements, and pays the appropriate entry fee of $25 per division entered. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Category Age RankRestriction AUSKFMembership Selection Matches
Men 16 or over N/A 3 Years 3 min. Encho
Women 16 or over N/A 3 Years 3 min. Encho
Senior Youth (Boys) 16 – 18 N/A 1 Year 3 min. Encho
Junior Youth (Boys) 12 – 15 N/A 1 Year 3 min. Encho
Senior Youth (Girls) 16 – 18 N/A 1 Year 3 min. Encho
Junior Youth (Girls) 12 – 15 N/A 1 Year 3 min. Encho
Senior 50 + 3 Dan or higher 1 Year 3 min. Encho
Mudansha (Men/Women) 18 or over 1 Kyu or lower 1 Year 3 min. Encho

Round Robin results will be based on the following criteria:

1)    Player with the most “Number of Won Matches”

2)    If the “Number of Won Matches” is the same, then the player with the most “Number of Points (Ippon) obtained”

3)    If “Number of Won Matches” and “Number of Points (Ippon) obtained” are both tied, then a re-match will be played, in “Ippon Shobu”


TEAM SCKO Preliminary Tryout Application

TEAM SCKO Prospect


DOJO: ____________________________________________________

HEAD INSTRUCTOR NAME: __________________________________

Please check eligibility requirements.

Enter your Preliminary Tryout recommended participants information and return by June 30, 2010 to the following:

(Please use more pages if necessary)

Team SCKO Manager

Shoichi Morinaga

auskf2011@butokuden.com

LATE ENTRIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED

NAME (Last, First) RANK AGE DIVISION AUSKF # Phone # email
Kendo, Taro (Sample) 2 Dan 18 Men 12345 714-333-1234 kendo@scko.org
Kendo, Taro (Sample) 2 Dan 18 Sr. Youth 12345 714-333-1234 kendo@scko.org
Number of Participants: $25/division:x 25 Total:

2011 AUSKF National Championship

Team SCKO Tryout Participation Requirements

  1. Have AUSKF and SCKO membership dues paid prior to the Preliminary tryouts.
  2. Have the tryout entry form and the tryout fee ($25) submitted to SCKO.
  3. Have been recommended from the Dojo Head Instructor
  4. After the Preliminary tryout date is announced, all Team SCKO Prospects must participate in practice sessions, training camps, and meetings, until the AUSKF National Championship. Failing to do so, the player will receive a warning from the Manager or Coach, and if no improvement is made, this player will be eliminated from the Team SCKO Prospect list. The location of practice will be at Cerritos Dojo, every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month.

Team SCKO Selection Criteria

  1. Motivation and desire to be a SCKO player/team member
  2. Recommendation based on Manager and Coach’s decision
  3. Participate in all SCKO tryout process
  4. Win matches through the final tryouts
  5. Attend Team SCKO Practices, Training Camps, Godo Keiko, and Team events
  6. Be a team player and cooperate with the team
  7. Comply with the Manager and Coach’s requests. If the player can not comply with the requests, the player will be dismissed.

After Team SCKO is selected

  1. All Team SCKO members must participate in practice sessions, training camps, and meetings, until the AUSKF National Championships.
  2. Failing to participate in SCKO Team events (i.e. Team SCKO Practices, Training Camps, Godo Keiko, and Team events, as requested by the Manager and Coach), the player will be warned by the Manager or Coach. After the warning, if no improvement is made, this player will be dismissed from the Team SCKO.
  3. Be a team player and cooperate with the team.
  4. Comply with the Manager and Coach requests. If the player can not comply with these requests, the player will be dismissed.

Important Notice

 

  • We really hope that you are selected to the SCKO Team and become a part of the team. However, we are required to inform you that your team participation is “at will” basis, and that you can be dismissed at any time, with or without cause, and you are similarly able to leave the team.
  • Some players will play in the Team, the Individual matches, or both the Team and the Individual matches. The SCKO Team Manager and Coach will decide who will play in the Team or Individual matches, before the AUSKF Championships.
  • Players need to understand what will financially be provided by the SCKO (Drinks, taping, training camp fees, transportation costs, name tag, team jacket, etc. may be personal responsibility.)
  • Each player will be required to pay a fee of $200 participation fee, in order to cover part of the expenses for the AUSKF Championships trip and the training.
  • SCKO selection rules may vary if the AUSKF rules changes.

Team SCKO Schedule for AUSKF National Championship

Date Event Notes
Jun 30, 2010 Deadline to submit names for the Preliminary tryout
Jul/Aug, 2010 Keiko sessions in preparation for AUSKF Nationals Everyone who has submitted their names for the Preliminary Tryout should participate in the Keiko sessions. Practices will be held at Cerritos Dojo, every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month (18:30 – 20:00PM). Practice schedule may change as based on the progress of the team.
Sep 19, 2010 Preliminary Tryout(Group Round Robin) In the Preliminary Tryout, Prospect Players will be divided into groups, and the selected players will advance to the Final Tryout.Selection criteria: Round Robin results and Manager and Coach’s selection
Jan/Feb 2011 Training Camp Manager/Coach to determine date and agenda
Feb 13, 2011 Final Tryout Part I Round Robin. SCKO Team Members will be selected in the Final Tryout (Part I/ II). The number of players to be selected in each category is listed in the chart below.
Mar 13, 2011 Final Tryout Part II Round Robin. Continuation of the Final Tryout
Jun 2011 Training Camp Manager/Coach to determine date and agenda
Jun 2011 Send-off/Motivational party After June 19th SCKO Godo Keiko (Tentative)
Jul 2011 Championships AUSKF National Championship

Number of players to be selected by category

Category Age Team SCKOTotal (Selection/Mgr. Coach Pick)
Men 16 or over 9 (7/2)
Women 16 or over 8 (6/2)
Senior Youth (Boys) 16 – 18 6 (3/3)
Junior Youth (Boys) 12 – 15 6 (3/3)
Senior Youth (Girls) 16 – 18 6 (3/3)
Junior Youth (Girls) 12 – 15 3 (0/3)
Senior 50 + 2
Mudansha (Men/Women) 18 or over 2 Men+1 Women (1/2)

Team SCKO Manager

Shoichi Morinaga

auskf2011@butokuden.com

Aikido Kids class starts!!

We will starts Aikido kids class from 4:15 to 5:15 on Monday and Thursday, just before the adults’ class.
This class open for 5-12 years old.
Instructor is Valentin. And Aikido students will help him teach.

It is good chance for kids to start new martial arts in Irvine,California!

Kim Kyung Nam Sensei Visit to BUTOKUDEN Dojo

BUTOKUDEN Kendo Members and Friends:

We will have Kim Kyung Nam sensei to visit BUTOKUDEN dojo on the following days. Everyone is welcome to join our open practice.

Wednesday, June 9
Wednesday June 16
7:00 – 9:00PM (Please be on time)

Location: BUTOKUDEN Dojo
17346 Eastman
Irvine, CA 92614-5522

I have known Kim sensei for over 20 years, and he is definitely one of the strongest Kendo players I have practiced with. He has participated in various WKCs, representing Korea. I am sure it will be a great experience even just to watch his Kendo.

Taro Ariga & Kim Kyung Nam

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Taro