Summary for 2006
- Wed, 1/4/06: SEJSCC Board Meeting
Introduced new dojo president Hamamura Junko and new head
instructor Kodama Jean. Mrs Doi and Darren attended on behalf of
Mr Doi, who will be the regular representative to the meeting.
- Fri, 1/6/06: First Keiko
The importance of goals and good attendance.
The parents prepared zenzai (sweet bean soup), fresh mochi, and
New Year's dishes - many thanks!
- Sat, 1/7/06: SCKF Board Meeting
seminar at Sho Tokyo 1/28,
taikai at Norwalk 1/29, shinpan seminar at Venice 5/28.
- Mon, 1/9/06: Keiko
Will have shiai-geiko
This will include sanbon-shobu
kihon shiai for beginners.
Start reviewing shiai rei-ho
(this will be the 1st point in kihon shiai).
- Fri, 1/13/06: Keiko
Plan to watch the Mori Hai taikai, especially people who just put
on their mens, to get a feel for what level you should be at with
Eiga sensei seminar at Sho Tokyo 1/28 ($10). Dojo picture on 1/27,
To thank them for their contributions,
crystal awards were presented to the recent dojo officers:
Mrs Domen, Mrs Hamamura, Mrs Tanaka,
Mr Choi, Mrs Endo, and Mrs Amano.
- Sat, 1/14/06:
Team USA Final Eliminations
Omura Yuli, Domen Sumi, and Kodama Jean participated. Sumi was
selected as alternate. Training will be mostly at Norwalk Dojo,
but is closed to non team members.
- Mon, 1/16/06: Keiko
More on shiai rei-ho.
- Fri, 1/20/06: Keiko
Guest senseis from Taiwan, Chien sensei and Hsieh sensei (currently
The parents bought a cake to celebrate Domen Sumi being
selected to the Team USA Women's Team.
- Sun, 1/22/06:
SCKF New Year's Party
- Mon, 1/23/06: Keiko
- Fri, 1/27/06: Keiko
JK sick so shiai-geiko and dojo photo postponed 1 week.
- Sat, 1/28/06:
Eiga Sensei Seminar
- Sun, 1/29/06:
Mori Hai Taikai
3-1 Kyu, 2nd place: Amano Shotaro
3-1 Kyu, 3rd place: Amano Shingo
1-2 Dan, 3rd place: Hamamura Yu
Senior 60+ years, 3rd place: Fukawa Koji
- Wed, 2/1/06: SEJSCC Board Meeting
Kendo parents help needed in kitchen for fundraiser luau on 4/8.
Nerio Scholarship forms passed out (for graduating high school
- Fri, 2/3/06: Keiko
Group photo and
The importance of
- Sat, 2/4/06: SCKF Board Meeting
At Mori Hai at Norwalk Dojo, one person injured his foot on judo
mat bracket. Passed out North-South applications and
membership dues xls file passwords (all due 3/11).
- Mon, 2/6/06: Keiko
Welcome back Tanaka Katsuaki (served in the Army, including over
a year in Kosovo).
Mr Yoshimura cooked up his famous Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki. Yum!
- Fri, 2/10/06: Keiko
More on ato-geiko and
- Sat, 2/11/06:
Steveston Taikai (Canada)
SCKF Youth Team, 2nd place: Choi Andrew (chuken),
Amano Shingo (taisho).
From Norwalk Dojo, Amano Shingo, Choi Andrew, Amano Shotaro,
and Mr Choi traveled to Canada for the taikai. Since only 5
kenshi from SCKF attended, Norwalk made up the majority of
the SCKF contingent! Andrew and Shingo were selected by the
senseis as the 2005 "most improved" kenshi, so their expenses
were paid by the dojo.
- Mon, 2/13/06: Keiko
More on rei-gi: conduct in the
dojo and regarding apparel
and equipment. How to fold hakama.
- Fri, 2/17/06: Keiko
More on rei-gi:
conduct during practice
- Mon, 2/20/06: Keiko
Visit by Takachiho High School students: Okawa Masahiro,
Oyama Takahiro, Gotō Ayako, Saeki Aya (all 3 dan).
Keiko and an exhibition shiai, followed by refreshments
- Fri, 2/24/06: Keiko
Signed, framed tenugui presented to Yoshimura Mike
sensei to congratulate him on his promotion to 6 Dan last November.
Announced Norwalk Kendo Dojo website.
The importance of kirikaeshi.
Next shiai-geiko on 3/10. Will be finishing up part 1 basics and
conditioning, so be sure to practice squat suburi at home.
- Sat, 2/25/06: Rafu Shimpo article
If you were in the dojo portrait, your picture was in the
newspaper! Today's issue of the Rafu Shimpo contained
a one-page spread on the Southeast Japanese School and Community
Center, with one quarter page devoted to Norwalk Kendo Dojo.
Photocopies of the article are available, or see the online
(hi res 362KB or
lo res 45KB).
- Mon, 2/27/06: Keiko
Parallel ai-men uchikomi contests. Aisatsu practice.
- Wed, 3/1/06: SEJSCC Board Meeting
- Fri, 3/3/06: Keiko
Parallel ai-men and follow-thru contests.
Write goals to turn in 3/10.
- Fri, 3/10/06: Shiai Geiko
(1st place Woo Joseph, 2nd place Lee A.J.,
3rd place Amano Shingo). The secret of doing 100 squats: don't use
brute force and massive ignorance! Turned in goals.
- Sat, 3/11/06: SCKF Board Meeting
North-South taikai: parking will be difficult, so be sure to arrive
early. AUSKF Board meeting: Apr 1-2 in Orlando. OCB taikai: Norwalk
will have one team plus combine with Costa Mesa for a second team
(they have 3 young kenshi). Shinpan seminar: new tentative date 6/4
(was 5/28, Memorial Day Sunday).
- Mon, 3/13/06: Keiko
New kihon-dosa movement: men-no-uchi yon-kyo-do (1: step forward
in kamae, 2: step forward and strike men, 3: step backward in kamae,
4: step backward in kamae). This replaces squat suburi in kihondosa.
- Wed, 4/5/06: SEJSCC Board Meeting
- Fri, 4/7/06: Shiai Geiko
Team shiai geiko, to prepare for North-South Taikai on Sunday.
- Sat, 4/8/06: Luau
provided a huge team of volunteers to help in the kitchen
for the Center's Hawaiian Luau Show fundraising event.
Mr & Mrs Yoshimura, Mrs Domen, Mr & Mrs Choi, Andrew & his sister,
Mrs Yoo (Terry's mom), Mrs Cho & Esther, Mrs Hamamura, Mrs Amano,
and Reyna Marina. Many thanks to all for helping make the event
a great success.
- Sat, 4/8/06: SCKF Board Meeting
- Sun, 4/9/06:
11-13: 1st place: Chung, Alex
14-17: 2nd place: Amano, Shingo
Adult: 3rd place: Sanchez, Matthew
1-2 Dan: 2nd place: Domen, Sumi
5dan+: 3rd place: Yoshimura, Steve
Wom dan: 3rd place: Kodama, Jean
Kyu team: Amano, Shingo
Women's team: Domen, Sumi
Yudansha team: Hamamura, Yu
- Mon, 4/17/06: Keiko
F = M x A, part 1: mass
(connect tanden to monouchi using core, arms, hands)
- Fri, 4/21/06: Keiko
From now on, ending hayasuburi will just be one set of 100
for those who were late, missed the last practice, or will
leave early, everyone else joins in the last 30
- Mon, 4/24/06: Keiko
F = M x A, part 2: acceleration
(tenouchi: acclerate monouchi using wrists and hands, not elbows)
- Sun, 4/30/06: Center Clean Up
The following people helped clean up the Center Friday night
and Sunday morning: Mr and Mrs Yoshimura, Mrs Tanaka, Mrs
Endo, Hatagami, Mr Choi, Mrs Hamamura, Mrs Domen, Jean Kodama.
- Mon, 5/1/06: Keiko
F = M x A, part 3: acceleration
(tenouchi, continued: what it means when the senseis say "too much
- Mon, 5/8/06: Keiko
F = M x A, part 4: acceleration
(accelerate your body through the opponent)
- Fri, 5/12/06: Shiai Geiko
Round robin (groups of three). The following won both of their
matches: Woo Joseph, Kim Nadia, Kim Patrick, Chung Alex, Choi Andrew.
Used two courts with yudansha shinpan.
- Sat, 5/13/06: Center Recognition Dinner
Mr and Mrs Yoshimura were among the honorees. Many thanks to
Mrs Hamamura, Mrs Domen, Mr Choi, and Mrs Endo for helping out
in the kitchen that afternoon.
- Mon, 5/15/06: Keiko
keiko from 8:30 - 9:30 (de-gote)
- Fri, 5/19/06: Dojo Meeting
- Sat, 6/3/06: SEJSCC Demonstration
The Dojo put on a kendo demonstration as this month's
Japanese school cultural presentation. Many thanks to all
who helped: Henmi sensei, Kodama sensei, Yoshimura Mike sensei,
Yoshimura Steve sensei, Chang Jeffrey, Hamamura Yu, Amano Shingo,
Cho Alex, Marquin Joel, Kim Patrick, Sanchez Matthew, Chang Hannah,
and Reyna Marina, and parents Mr and Mrs Yoshimura, Mrs Hamamura,
Mrs Amano, and Mrs Domen. We went out to for pizza at BJ's afterwards.
- Sat, 6/3/06: Rafu Shimpo article
Today's issue of the Rafu Shimpo contained a one-page spread
on the Southeast Japanese School and Community Center, with one
quarter page devoted to a write-up on Norwalk Kendo Dojo's
Photocopies of the article are available, or see the
online article (73KB).
- Sun, 6/4/06:
Shinpan Seminar, Venice Dojo
Attended by the following senseis: Yamaguchi, Huang,
Henmi, Fukawa, Kodama, and Yoshimura Mike. Kato Takumi also attended.
- Fri, 6/9/06: Shiai Geiko
Team shiai geiko to prepare for taikai on Sunday
- Sun, 6/11/06:
Senior 60+, 3rd place: Fukawa sensei
Women's dan, 3rd place: Kodama sensei
Yudansha championship, best 8:
Yoshimura Steve sensei
- Fri, 6/16/06: Dojo Meeting
- Sat-Sun, 6/24-25/06:
Attended by the following senseis: Yamaguchi, Huang,
Henmi, Fukawa, and Kodama
- Fri, 7/7/06: Welcome new kenshi!
- Lee, Christopher
- Yoon, Courtney
- Oh, Joshua
- Fri, 7/7/06: Carnival planning meeting
- Sun, 7/9/06:
Attended by the following senseis: Yamaguchi, Henmi, Fukawa,
Kodama, and Yoshimura Mike, and also by Kariya Yoshijiro.
- Fri, 7/14/06: Dojo Meeting
- Fri, 7/21/06: bokken order,
start delivery 7/31
- Sat-Sun, 7/22-23/06: SEJSCC carnival
thank you to all volunteers
(please email any omissions)
- Mon, 7/31/06: movie night
pizza and videos (selected clips from the 1/14/06
seminar and a 1994 high school team tournament)
- Sun, 8/6/06:
tournament, Nishihonganji, Little Tokyo
- Chung Alex: 2nd place, 11-13 group
- Norwalk team: 2nd place
Team members were Kim Patrick, Chung Alex, Choe
Andrew, Amano Shingo, Amano Shotaro (taisho), and Hamamura Yu (coach).
- Sun, 8/13/06:
tournament, the Pyramid, Long Beach
- Amano Shotaro: 1st place 14-17 group
(w/K Tanaka, TOR)
- Amano Shingo: 3rd place 14-17 group
(w/T Watanabe, OCB)
- Kodama Jean: 3rd place, women's dan
- Fri, 8/18/06:
- Fri, 8/25/06: Saito sensei visit
Visit by Saito sensei (Gunma ken, Japan) plus one
student (Takagi Shinya, 1dan, 16 yr). Also visiting were Shikai sensei
from Chuo and Yamaguchi sensei from Chuo (formerly Dallas)
Many thanks to the parents for preparing refreshments (somen, fresh
fruit, cake, and vietnamese sandwiches), with special thanks to Mrs
Domen, Mrs Amano, and Mrs Tanaka!
- Fri, 9/1/06: Welcome new kenshi!
- Yoon, Brian
- Cheng, Jonathan
- Fri, 9/1/06: shiai geiko
red/white team shiai, plus kachinuki team shiai by the
teams competing in OCB taikai on Sun.
Team members borrowed from Costa Mesa and OCB were also in attendance.
- Sun, 9/3/06:
Anniversary tournament, OCB Dojo
Team 1: Suzuki Lui (CM), Chin Lauren,
Amano Shingo, coach Yoshimura Mike sensei
Team 2: Wong Bennett (CM), Sakata Kai (OCB), Chong Connie,
Kitagawa Kyle, Jarquin Joel, coach Yoshimura Steve sensei
Team 1 was short two people due to unexpected vacation plans,
but captain Amano Shingo put forth a valiant effort and won
four members of the opposing team before narrowly losing to
their captain in a sudden death match. For his efforts, Shingo
won a Hasegawa tsuba and a special prize for most consecutive
Team 2 also fought well, and with captain Jarquin Joel's
sudden death win, was able to advance to the quarter finals.
Good job to everyone!
- Sat, 9/9/06: SEJSCC bingo night
Kendo hosted refreshments and dinner (salmon). Many thanks to
all who contributed:
- drinks: Lee Kenneth, Mizutani Ray, Sanchez Matthew, Ma Phillip,
Kariya Yoshijiro, Hahn Rex, Henderson Steve
- baked goods: Chong Connie
- baked goods and help serving: Mr and Mrs Cho In Ho, Mrs Endo,
Mrs Hamamura, Mr Choi and Diane, Yoshimura Steve, Hatagami
Masami, Mrs Amano, and Mrs Domen
- Fri, 9/15/06: Dojo Meeting
- Sun, 9/24/06:
see participant list
Big congratulations to the Norwalk yudansha team for winning
FIRST PLACE in the yudansha (championship) division!
Adult kyu team took 3rd place.
Youth kyu and women's teams made it to the quarterfinals.
Good job to everyone!
- Sun, 10/1/06:
Seminar and Shinsa, Cincinnati, Ohio
Three dojo members attended: Yamaguchi sensei (chief instructor
of the seminar), Kodama Jean, and Ma Phillip. The latter two tested
for new iaido ranks and passed. Ma Phillip received 2kyu, and
Kodama Jean received 4 Dan. Congratulations!
- Fri, 10/13/06:
- Sun, 10/15/06:
See notes and participant list.
Everyone who participated received their requested ranks
(Ma Phillip received 3+). Good job to everyone!
- Fri, 11/3/06: Welcome new kenshi!
- Liao, Alexander
- Fri, 11/10/06:
- Sun, 11/19/06:
last practice and send off party, Norwalk Dojo
Good luck, Sumi!
- Fri, 12/1/06: Welcome new kenshi!
- Kim, Matthew (Patrick's dad)
- Sun, 12/3/06: SEJSCC general meeting 12-2pm
Thank you Mrs Hamamura, Mrs Endo, Jean and Dave Kodama
for attending on behalf of the dojo.
- Fri, 12/8/06: Dojo Meeting cancelled, here is the
13th World Kendo
Team USA Defeats Japan in 13WKC semifinals!
USA Captures 2nd in Men's Team Competition,
Korea takes 1st Place
See the pre-championship
Rafu Shimpo article
- Fri, 12/15/06: Christmas party
- Sat, 12/16/06: CPR training 8am-12pm, $20/person
Koji Fukawa, Jean Kodama, Steve Yoshimura, Masami Hatagami,
and Brian Yoon attended.
- Norwalk 2006 tournament summary