Past WKA Events
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- 9/3/94: Meeting @Yaohan Plaza LA
Yuriko Shikai asks the two other female sensei, Jean Kodama and Rika Uto, to
dinner to discuss the idea of forming of a women's support group, as strongly
encouraged by Yamamoto Sensei, 5 Dan from Japan.
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- 6/24/95: Meeting @Jean's house
- Jean, Yuriko, Rika, and new sensei Michi Takeda brainstorm about forming
the support group. See minutes.
- 7/1/95: SCKF Board Meeting
- Jean presents the idea of a women's support group to the Board, which is
very supportive. Each dojo agrees to provide a roster of its female kenshi
for contact about the first meeting.
- 7/20/95: Meeting and Dojo Visit @Chuo Dojo
- Female yudansha Jean, Yuriko, Rika, and Judy Abe meet to further
brainstorm. See minutes.
- 9/8/95: Meeting and Dojo Visit @Norwalk Dojo
- The first general meeting, good turnout. Discussed interests, goals,
possible projects. See minutes.
- 10/6/95: Meeting and Dojo Visit @Torrance Dojo
- Further discussion of goals and projects, also shinkyu shiai points.
- 11/24/95: Meeting and Dojo Visit @Norwalk Dojo
- The group chooses the name "Women's Kendo Association" over other choices
including "Women's Support Group" (sounds disfunctional), "Women's Association
of Kendo" (contrived, could lead to being called "WAK-ohs"), "Women of Kendo"
(WOK too reminiscent of the kitchen).
- 12/22/95: Christmas Party @Norwalk Dojo
- Norwalk Dojo invites WKA to join their Christmas Party
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- 1/7/96: Meeting @Jean's house
- The first standalone meeting (meetings coupled with dojo visits tended to
be too rushed). Committee sub-meetings to discuss parties, fundraising, and
seminars. Afterwards pizza and videos.
- 1/19/96: Meeting and Dojo Visit @Norwalk Dojo
- Reviewed 1/7 meeting, seminar plans
- 2/25/96: Meeting @Jean's house
- The whole group participates in planning the upcoming seminar (project
leader Jean). See minutes.
- 3/17/96: Seminar and Dinner Party @Norwalk Dojo
- Seminar consisting of three sessions: basics, waza, and shiai. Potluck
dinner mostly prepared by Mrs. Chiang and other moms.
- 4/12/96: Dojo Visit @Gardena JCI Dojo
- Keiko at Gardena JCI Dojo
- 5/18/96: Meeting @Jean's house
- Begin work on AUSKC fundraising booklet biographies (project leader
Yuriko). See minutes.
- 5/19/96: Group Photo @SCKF Championships
- Photo of all female participants, for inclusion in the AUSKC fundraising
- 6/23/96: Meeting @Miwa's house
- Discuss upcoming parties: summer barbecue and fall dance
- 7/21/96: Meeting @Linda's house
- Planning for the August barbecue (project leader Linda)
- 8/19/96: Dojo Visit @Chuo Dojo
- More barbecue planning
- 8/25/96: Barbecue @Tiberon Rec Center
- Barbecue and games, with enough food to feed 3 times the attendance
- 10/6/96: Meeting @Jean's house
- Planning for the November dance (project leader Annie).
- 10/20/96: Meeting @Annie's house
- More planning for the November dance.
- 11/10/96: Meeting @Jean's house
- Still more planning for the November dance.
- 11/30/96: Dance with DJ Aftermath
- The big event. Approximately 150 people came, including WKA members and
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01/20/97: Meeting and Dojo Visit @Chuo Dojo
Survey results, logo part 2, start 1997 projects.
02/22-23/97: San Diego keiko and climbing
Keiko, slumber party, and indoor climbing. See
pre-trip notes and
04/27/97: Meeting @Jean's
Meeting and curry rice/videos. See
05/21/97: Meeting @Nice Cafe
Meeting followed the Monterey Park Dojo visit.
Discussed dance plans, calendar, and other items were discussed. See
05/31/97: Meeting @Norwalk Dojo
Kawasaki-san gave a demonstration and talk.
Also discussed the dance, calendar, and eliminations for the 11WKC. See
05/31/97: Kawasaki-San Keiko @Norwalk Dojo
See write-up and images (122KB)
07/21/97 Kanto university students @Norwalk
Norwalk Dojo hosted a special keiko for a group of university students
from the Kanto (greater Tokyo) area. The group included 10 women.
See write-up and images (137KB)
08/03/97: Meeting @Jean's
Meeting to discuss Taniyama's visit and fundraising.
08/10/97: Candy sales and group photo @Nisei Week Tournament
Fundraising and group photo.
09/12/97: Meeting @NOR
Meeting and dojo visit to Norwalk Dojo. Special guest Judith Mack from
10/05/97: Meeting @Linda Fu's house
Plan bowling fundraiser and details Taniyama san's visit
10/18/97: Bowlathon @Friendly Hills Lanes
Great turnout and successful fundraiser.
11/02/97: Meeting @Lisa Tauchi's house
Continue planning Taniyama san's visit
11/17-23/97: Taniyama-san's visit
Only a lucky few were able to witness Taniyama-sensei's skill, as
she injured her calf just minutes into the first night's keiko. But she
was a real trooper as she finished out the week's activities, minus kendo,
in a cast. Her companions, Yamamoto-san and Kinoto-san, did an admirable
job filling in for her. See the detailed write-up
11/28/97: Dojo visit @Norwalk Dojo
After turkey keiko to burn off those Thanksgiving calories.
11/29/97: Menjo printing @Jean's
Judy Abe, Yumi Nakabayashi, and Miwa Nagano printed 110 SCKF English
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