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Shinkyu Shinsa
Sunday 10/15/17, 10am
Wilson Park, Torrance

  • see sign-up cover letter;
    • dojo application forms have been uploaded to each dojo's google drive "from_sckf" folder
    • applications are due 9/30 (see submission notes later in this page)
    • cover letter must be signed by dojo head instructor (please use it as a check list for requirements)
    • forms must include rank, birthdate, height, and weight for each participant
    • per the SCKF promotional examination regulations, 4dan applicants must also have participated in both kata and shinpan seminars within the last 2 years. Attendance lists are posted for the following:
    • names will appear on menjo as they appear on the application form
      If you wish to make any name changes, a special request needs to be made to AUSKF, as they will be confirming kenshi names and membership status. Please clearly note any such change requests on your application form when submitting it.
    • SCKF membership deadline was 7/31

  • blank form for non-SCKF participants
    • you will need the approval and signature of your regional federation on the above form, as well on the AUSKF "Affiliate Organization Exam Request" form (docx, pdf).
    • please also be sure to get approval from your dojo head instructor

  • shinsa location: Wilson Park (see map and directions)

  • sign in closes at 9:30am
    • no late applicants allowed!
    • 1kyu through 4dan applicants: turn in your completed written tests at sign-in

  • the following must be practiced at the dojo (there will be no demonstration at the shinsa)

  • see below for more information on the shinsa

  • brief summary of promotional examination regulations and criteria:
    • 4kyu applicants shall demonstrate kendo basics with a motodachi (see kihon test)
    • all applicants requesting 3kyu and above shall perform kendo jitsugi for their examination; grading will be based on the official SCKF ranking criteria
    • 4dan applicants shall perform kirikaeshi (striking and receiving), in addition to kendo jitsugi

    • rules for requesting ranks (see criteria for full details):

      rank   min age   min time in practice
      ----   -------   ---------------------------------------------------
      6kyu      8       6 months practice
      5kyu      9       6 months practice as 6kyu or 6 months practice
      4kyu     10       6 months practice as 5kyu or 12 months practice
      3kyu     11       6 months practice as 4kyu
      2kyu     12       6 months practice as 3kyu
      1kyu     13       6 months practice as 2kyu
      1dan     14       6 months practice as 1kyu
      2dan      -      12 months practice as 1dan
      3dan      -      24 months practice as 2dan
      4dan      -      36 months practice as 3dan

      "Time in practice" assumes the kenshi is practicing regularly, eg keiko at least once or twice per week

    • shinsa fees
      • $20 kyu (both youth and adults)
      • $30 1dan
      • $40 2dan
      • $45 3dan
      • $50 4dan

      SCKF also charges a $20 "no show" (failure to participate) fee that will be assessed to the dojo if their kenshi signed up but is unable to participate in the shinsa (includes cancellation less than 7 days prior to the shinsa, as well as missing sign in).

    • written tests are required for everyone requesting 1kyu and above.
      • see the AUSKF written tests (pdf)
      • tests must be turned in at sign-in time
      • tests must include name, participant number, requested rank, and dojo
      • tests must be submitted in English only

    • see other shinsa testing notes below

  • tentative schedule for kenshi (depending on number of participants)
    • 8:00am: court set up by shinsa personnel
    • 8:45am: start sign-in
      • you must be dressed in keikogi and hakama and bring your tare when you sign in
        • a label with your participant number will be applied to the center flap of your tare (remove your nafuda)
        • note: keikogi and hakama should not show markings (eg dojo patch, team logo, or slogans). If present, they will be taped over.
      • those testing for 1kyu and above must turn in completed written tests at sign-in (see written test notes)
      • plan to arrive early so you can complete sign-in well before it closes
      • follow the directions of the sign in team for when and where warm ups will be allowed
      • applicants requesting 6kyu and 5kyu test at the dojo, not at the shinsa
    • 9:30am: sign-in closes all divisions
      • if you are late you will not be able to participate in the shinsa, plus there will be an additional fee
    • 9:55am: all applicants assemble in assigned courts
      • 4kyu bring men and shinai and line them up on the floor according to participant number
      • all participants (all divisions) line up in rows inside your respective courts facing the examiner tables for opening rei
    • 10:00am: opening rei and remarks
    • 10:05am: start kendo portion of shinsa
    • 12:30pm: start kata portion of shinsa
    • 2:00pm: end shinsa (note: there will not be a results meeting)

  • shinsa testing
    • see sample evaluation forms for both kendo and kata
    • kendo
      • be at your court BEFORE your division starts. Even if you signed in before the deadline, if you are not in place before your division performs opening rei, you will not be allowed to participate.
      • follow the instructions of the tachiai on your court
      • each applicant for 4kyu will demonstrate basic skills (kihon test) with a motodachi provided by SCKF (you will be in full bogu, which you must put on by yourself)
      • each applicant for 3kyu and above will perform kendo jitsugi with two other applicants requesting the same rank
      • for 1dan and above, use the 2-person rei procedure to begin and end jitsugi
      • each applicant for 4dan will also do kirikaeshi at the beginning of each jitsugi, once striking and once receiving
      • remain at your court until all participants in your division finish testing, at which time your division will perform closing rei
      • for those requesting 1kyu and above ranks: after your division is done, stay together near your court The kendo test results will be tallied and announced by the shinsa coordinator, who will then record the participant numbers for kata partners.
        • only those who have passed the kendo portion will perform kata
        • if you lack a kata partner, you will be paired with someone who also lacks a partner
        • if there is an odd number of kenshi, one kenshi will do kata twice (the second performance does not count)
        • if you are absent when the kata pairings are recorded, you will be assigned a partner
    • kata
      • 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
      • kata pairings were recorded at the completion of kendo jitsugi (see kendo section above)
      • you 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
        • uchidachi/shidachi roles will be randomly assigned (you will be notified when your turn comes on the court)
      • if you make a mistake performing one of the kata, you may request to redo it. After finishing the entire kata sequence and performing closing reiho, make your request (specifying which one kata you wish to redo) to the tachiai, who will pass on your request to the examiners. The examination board shall not request any repeats.
      • if you do not pass the kata portion of the exam, you may retake the kata test once. This must be done within a 12-month period to avoid retaking the kendo jitsugi and written test portions of the shinsa (see SCKF shinsa regulations). You will need to pay the normal shinsa application fee. Be sure to specify on your dojo's application form that you are taking only the kata portion of the test.

  • tentative schedule for shinsa officials
    • notation: E=examiners, C=court coordinators, T=tachiai, A=announcer/timer
       time   ECTA  description
      ------  ----  -----------------------------------------------------------
       8:00    CTA  set up (courts, dressing area, sign in, etc)
       8:15    CTA  coordinator/tachiai/announcer meeting
       8:45    CTA  start sign in, collect written exams, tape keikogi markings
       8:45   E     examiners meeting
       9:30    CTA  close sign in
       9:35   ECTA  court meetings: adjust groups for absences, all divisions
       9:45    CT   line up 4kyu groups in numerical order
       9:55    CT   line up for opening rei (all applicants for the day)
      10:00   ECTA  start shinsa
      11:30   ECTA  lunch break
      12:30   ECTA  start kata
       2:00         end shinsa
      

  • application package submission notes (information for dojo representatives)
    • your shinsa application (sa) form can be found in your dojo's "from_sckf" google drive folder with the name doj_171015_sa.xls, where "doj" is your dojo's abbreviation
    • download the file and edit it per the instructions given above
    • upload the completed form to your dojo's "to_sckf" google drive folder with the same name (doj_171015_sa.xls). Do not change the file format (keep it an Excel 2000 xls file).
    • have your dojo head instructor sign the shinsa application cover letter, scan it, and upload it to your dojo's "to_sckf" google drive folder with the name doj_171015_letter.pdf (jpg is also ok)
    • email Jean Kodama and Kevin Abe when the files have been uploaded
    • mail or otherwise arrange to deliver your check to Kevin Abe so it is turned in by the application deadline, 9/30/17.
  • menjo (rank certificates)
    • a menjo printing request will be sent to AUSKF shortly after the shinsa
      • menjo will be printed with names as submitted on the shinsa application form
      • note that AUSKF now only offers English menjo
    • shinsa results and menjo fees will be sent to each dojo shortly after the shinsa
      • make check payable to Southern California Kendo Federation (not abbreviated "SCKF").
      • due date is 11/4/17. Either send your dojo check to the SCKF treasurer (Kevin Abe, 117 E Victoria Ave, Montebello CA 90640) or bring it to the SCKF board meeting


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