Sunday 10/19/03, 9am
Wilson Park, Torrance
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- sign-up cover letter
sent to each dojo (PDF)
Note: a roster for each dojo was also sent. On this roster,
ineligility (indicated by "xxx") was determined by rank, rank date,
and age. If this information is missing for your kenshi, ineligibility
may need to be checked.
- See the SCKF reference page
for a link to the study guide for promotional examination (AUSKF).
This is a good reference for participants, examiners, and instructors.
The written examination questions are taken from it.
- Examination boards and tentative schedule
- Tentative schedule will be posted after the number of
participants in each rank has been determined
- Sign-in closes at 8:30am, no late participants allowed!
- Examiners: please wear shinpan uniform (jacket and tie).
- 4 courts will be used simultaneously, see court
set up (PDF) (same as last year)
- Tournament duties
- Toban (setup, sign-in, clean up)
PCI, San Diego, San Fernando Valley, Venice
set up 7pm Saturday night
- Rules for requesting ranks:
- 12 years and over: must request 5 kyu or higher
- 14 years and over: must request 4 kyu or higher
- requesting 1 dan: must be 1 kyu and 15 years or older
- requesting 2 dan: must have 1 dan for at least 1 year
- requesting 3 dan: must have 2 dan for at least 2 years
- requesting 4 dan: must have 3 dan for at least 3 years
- requesting 5 dan and higher: not covered by SCKF shinsa
- you may request "-" or "+" kyu ranks, e.g. "1-" for "ikkyu ge"
- Preparations for shinsa day
- participant number
- each applicant will be assigned a participant number, this needs
to be marked on the left and right side flaps of the tare
- remove nafuda (zekken) for the shinsa
- participant numbers will be distributed one week prior to the
- written examination
- each applicant requesting 1 kyu or higher must submit a completed
written examination at the time they sign in for the shinsa
- exam questions will be distributed two weeks prior to the shinsa
- each applicant requesting 4 kyu or higher will perform kendo
with two other applicants requesting the same rank.
A board of examiners will determine the new rank, if any.
- applicants requesting 5 kyu or lower are awarded their rank
automatically, based on the head instructor's recommendation,
and do not perform kendo at the shinsa
- each applicant requesting 1 kyu or higher must be prepared
to perform kata in front of the board of examiners. Note:
#8 through #10 use the kodachi (short sword).
- 1 kyu: #1 through #3
- 1 dan: #1 through #5
- 2 dan: #1 through #7
- 3 dan: #1 through #10
- 4 dan: #1 through #10
- for yudansha applicants, only those who have passed the
kendo portion will perform kata. For 1 kyu, all applicants
will perform kata regardless of whether they have passed
the kendo portion.
- applicants may select their kata partner. The partner must
be testing for the same rank and, for yudansha, must have
passed the kendo portion of the examination. The applicants
will have at least 15 minutes to practice prior to the kata
test. Each applicant must be able to perform both the
uchidachi and shidachi roles.
- Shinsa day
- examiners and head instructors meeting at 8:30am
- sign-in for all groups closes at 8:30am
- applicants for 1kyu and above: turn in completed written exams
at the sign-in desk
- all applicants: participant number must be marked on right and
left sides of tare
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