Approximately 25 Kenshi and 8 guests from SCKF went to the taikai the weekend of Feb. 13-15th. Took the usual tours on Friday and Sunday of the Vancouver area. On Friday night, Steveston Kendo Club treated us to a nice dinner and then we attended the godo-keiko at the gym after dinner. Many kenshi from the Vancouver area were there as well as kenshi from Hawaii, Washington State and Toronto.
On Saturday the tournament started at 10am and was completed by approximately 8pm. There were about 325 participants.
SCKF participants are indicated below in bold.
10 Years and Under 11 to 13 Years 1st place - R. Eguchi, TOR 1st place - T. Akiyama, Northwest 2nd place - C. Inouye, VEN 2nd place - G. Mizutani, Renbu 3rd place - R. Murao, Steveston 3rd place - L. Murao, Steveston 3rd place - Ja. Tubajon, Steveston 3rd place - A. Kwan, Steveston 14 to 15 Years Ladies 1st place - T. Hori, TOR 1st place - N. Fukushima, Vancouver 2nd place - R. Campbell, Steveston 2nd place - M. Akitaya, Vancouver 3rd place - Y. Mizutani, Renbu 3rd place - Y. Hayashi, Vancouver 3rd place - S. Cho, Renbu 3rd place - A. Akitaya, Vancouver Non-Degree 1-2 Dan 1st place - T. Shima, NCKF 1st place - K. Ishikawa, UBC 2nd place - J. Hoang, Seattle 2nd place - J. Marsten, Highline 3rd place - R. Chan, Sunrise 3rd place - J. Higo, Steveston 3rd place - J. Friedman, Everett 3rd place - A. Nemeti, STYO 3rd Dan 4th Dan and Above 1st place - F. Itokazu, COV 1st place - C. Yang, TOR 2nd place - K. Tanaka, Bellevue 2nd place - D. Yang, TOR 3rd place - K. Chinen, COV 3rd place - D. Ara, Renbu 3rd place - A. Okuma, NCKF 3rd place - T. Masukawa, Sunrise Junior Team Senior Team 1st place - SCKF 1st place - SCKF 2nd place - Obukan 2nd place - Steveston 3rd place - Sunrise 3rd place - Renbu SCKF Junior Team members - Sempo: Ryo Eguchi, Torrance - Jiho: Grace Lee, Torrance - Chuken: Andy Hamamura, Norwalk - Fukusho: Tatsuya Hori, Torrance - Taisho: Jeffrey Chang, Norwalk SCKF Senior Team members - Sempo: Jason Brown, Torrance - Jiho: Katsushi Chinen, Covina - Chuken: Danny Yang, Torrance - Fukusho: Fumihide Itokazu, Covina - Taisho: Chris Yang, Torrance(thanks to Yuge sensei for the report)