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External Shinsa Application Notes
(for promotional testing outside of SCKF)

The procedure to apply for shinsa (promotional exam) outside of SCKF varies according to which federation conducts the testing:

All cases require an SCKF external shinsa application form to be filled out by the applicant and the applicant's head instructor.

The current shinsa coordinator is Jean Kodama.

The notes below describe kendo shinsa; iaido shinsa are similar. Each event will have its own event details, application form, and deadline.


AUSKF shinsa

AUSKF conducts shinsa for kodansha ranks (5dan and above) and shogo (renshi and kyoshi) at its spring and fall board of directors meetings and at summer camp.

General instructions:

  • complete the SCKF external shinsa application form including recommendation and signature by your head instructor
  • complete the AUSKF shinsa application package (typically includes application form, copy of menjo, written test, shinsa fee, and menjo fee)
  • submit all materials to the shinsa coordinator by the SCKF deadline for the event
  • SCKF will then handle
    • approval by Shinsa Advisory Board (do NOT contact them yourself)
    • signature by SCKF president (if approved)
    • express mail to AUSKF

AUSKF member federation shinsa

This procedure is commonly used for iaido shinsa at a non-SCKF federation within AUSKF. Kendo shinsa is more rare, since SCKF conducts two shinsa during the year.

General instructions:

  • complete the SCKF external shinsa application form including recommendation and signature by your head instructor
  • complete AUSKF's Affiliate Organization Exam Request form
  • submit both forms to the SCKF shinsa coordinator
  • SCKF will then handle
    • approval by Shinsa Advisory Board (do NOT contact them yourself)
    • signature by SCKF president (if approved)
    • allow at least 2 weeks for this process, including the method for returning the AUSKF form to you
  • complete the member federation's shinsa application package
    • you are responsible for meeting their shinsa application deadline including submitting the AUSKF form to them

AJKF (All Japan Kendo Federation) shinsa

AJKF now requires AUSKF to collect applications and handle submission for AJKF shinsa (see the AUSKF news post).

General instructions:

  • complete the SCKF external shinsa application form including recommendation and signature by your head instructor
  • complete AUSKF's Foreign Exam Application form
  • submit both forms to the SCKF shinsa coordinator
  • SCKF will then handle
    • approval by Shinsa Advisory Board (do NOT contact them yourself)
    • signature by SCKF president (if approved)
    • allow at least 2 weeks for this process, including the method for returning the AUSKF form to you
  • follow AUSKF's instructions to complete the remaining steps in the registration process
    • you are responsible for meeting AUSKF's application deadline including submitting their form and fee

FIK member federation shinsa (other than AJKF)

This procedure is for shinsa in a foreign country other than Japan.

General instructions:

  • complete the SCKF external shinsa application form including recommendation and signature by your head instructor
  • complete AUSKF's Foreign Exam Application form
  • submit both forms to the SCKF shinsa coordinator
  • SCKF will then handle
    • approval by Shinsa Advisory Board (do NOT contact them yourself)
    • signature by SCKF president (if approved)
    • allow at least 2 weeks for this process, including the method for returning the AUSKF form to you
  • complete the FIK federation's shinsa application package
    • you are responsible for submitting your package to them by their deadline
    • you are also responsible for submitting the AUSKF form and fee to AUSKF by its deadline

Special instructions for shogo applicants

AUSKF now requires a signed recommendation from each federation for each shogo applicant. General criteria include

  • presently practices kendo on a regular basis
  • plays a leading role in our kendo society
  • possesses good judgment and lives a sound life
  • attends official seminars organized by FIK and/or FIK affiliated organizations
  • has sufficient knowledge of kendo kata, refereeing, teaching methods, and competence for jitsugi necessary for shogo
  • has the experience in teaching and refereeing necessary for shogo
  • for AJKF shinsa applicants: lives in the United States and has been a registered member of SCKF for at least 1 year, and will continue these for at least 1 year
Note: for iaido or jodo, make the appropriate subsitutions in the verbiage above.

When filling out the SCKF external shinsa application form, be sure to:

  • keep in mind the form is intended to be part of the package sent to AUSKF
  • fill out the second section of the form in a manner that supports the above points
  • allow plenty of time for requests for additional information. Do not wait until the last minute.
  • fill out the form neatly. It is recommended to edit the docx file, or use a PDF editor, or use other means to make it look typewritten.
  • after approval by the SCKF shinsa advisory board, the SCKF president will sign the bottom section of the form

Revisions

  1. 6/7/17 initial draft
  2. 6/8/17:
    - update all sections
    - update SCKF external shinsa application form

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