SCKF Shinkyu Shinsa, 10/25/09

  • See SCKF page for details about the promotional examination, including a tentative schedule and links to written tests for 1kyu and all yudansha.

  • Be sure to come to practice every Monday and Friday until the shinsa, especially those testing for 1kyu and above.

  • For shinsa day:
    • Please arrive by 9am for sign in. Sign in closes at 9:30am. No late applicants will be allowed. If you show up at 9:31, you will not be able to participate!
    • For those trying for 1kyu and all yudansha ranks, turn in your completed written test at sign in.
    • Wear your nicest keikogi, hakama, and tenugui
      • make sure they are washed and pressed
      • remove your Norwalk patch, otherwise it and any other markings will need to be covered with tape (special tape will be available at the shinsa)
      • check each other to make sure everyone is neatly dressed
    • At shinsa sign in time you will receive a label to put on the center flap of your tare with your participant number. You must be dressed in keikogi and hakama and bring your tare to receive your label. Remove your nafuda (name tag) for the shinsa.

  • notes for the 4 weeks prior to shinsa:

    Since the shinkyu shinsa is rapidly approaching, we will spend some time in each of the next practices to review some basics, including:

    • chakuso (the manner of wearing keikogi, hakama, and bogu)
      • practice putting on your keikogi, hakama, and full bogu, checking yourself in a mirror (practice until you can do everything quickly and properly without the mirror).
      • check men himo length: must be 40cm max (15.75")
      • kote himo must be trimmed and tied securely
      • see this shoelace site if you have problems tying your himo with a crooked bow or if you want to learn how to tie the quick knot.
    • examination points
      • shisei (posture)
      • kiai and kakegoe
      • kamae
      • footwork
      • basic strikes
      • maai (distance to opponent)
      • ki-ken-tai-no-ichi
    • kendo examinations
    • kata examinations (see 1st kata test notes)

    Even if you are not participating in this year's shinsa, this information is very important for everyone.

  • the senseis held a meeting 9/28 to decide the participant list. In addition to federation requirements (must be wearing full bogu including men, 12 and older cannot request 6kyu, 14 and older cannot request 6kyu or 5kyu, etc), the senseis took into consideration skill, maturity, attendance, attitude, and kata tests (for those currently 3kyu and above).

  • Norwalk participants, including participant number, requested rank and result
                              req res
    • Youth kyu na Broshears Nicholas 6 6 na Hahn Danielle 6 6 na Matsuda Kane 6 6 na Wang Alexander 6 6 43 Kim Esther 4 4 45 Yoon Courtney 4 4 64 Joe Kyung 4 4- 66 Park Richard 4 4 98 Kim John 2 2 101 Kim Patrick H 2 2- 113 Chi Joyce 1 1 124 Nagasawa Jeffrey 1 1 126 Kim Alex 1 1
    • Adult kyu na Kim Won 4 4 na Toh Shauna 4 4 na Lim Mitchell 4 4 143 Nagasawa Yukiko 3 3 148 Joe Soo Yong 3 3 167 Huang Michael 3 3 184 Henderson Steve 2 2- 193 Yoon Brian 1 1
    • Yudansha 213 Chung Alex 1D 1D 224 Chang Hannah 1D 1D 228 Sanchez Matthew 1D 1D 277 Hamamura Yu 3D 3D 279 Amano Shotaro 3D 3D 299 Domen Sumi 4D - 303 Kato Takumi 4D - 305 Kariya Yoshijiro 4D - 320 Hahn Rex 4D -
    "na" means do not need to attend the shinsa (rank is automatically awarded based on head instructor's recommendation)

  • Application fee is $10 to request youth kyu and adult kyu, $15 for yudansha. Make check payable to Norwalk Kendo Dojo; the dojo will write one check to pay the federation for shinsa fees.

  • If you receive a new rank, you must pay for a menjo (rank certificate) in order for your rank to be officially recorded. Menjo fees are $10 for youth kyu, $20 for adult kyu, $30 for 1 dan, $60 for 3 dan.

    Note: all menjo are in English; AUSKF no longer offers Japanese menjo. Make check payable to Norwalk Kendo Dojo; the dojo will write one check to pay the federation for the menjo.

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