Reminders and upcoming events for 2019

  • Deadline reminders (see also SCKF deadlines)
    • 03/15/19 March membership deadline
    • 03/30/19 PNKF iaido seminar app deadline (4/14, see 2/15 email)
    • 04/01/19 Covina 50th Anniversary sign up deadline (online)
    • 04/12/19 Nisei Week taikai application deadline
    • 04/15/19 WKF championship app deadline (4/28, see 3/5 email)
    • 06/13/19 PNKF women's taikai app deadline (7/13, see 2/20 email)

  • Now collecting 2019 AUSKF and SCKF federation dues
    Federation dues are by age: 17 and under: $44, 18 and over: $86. Deadline is Fri Mar 15. Please email asap so we can get you signed up.

    Note: please sign up now even if you don't think you'll be able to participate regularly until later in the year. There is no benefit to delaying (federation dues are not prorated, so they are the same whether you join now or in December). For returning yudansha, your membership will be continuous from last year and you will be eligible for the SCKF Championship tournaments in June and September.

    We need new members, please contact your friends and family. And of course we welcome back all former members! If you know anyone who has been away for a while, please contact them to let them know.

  • Sun 3/17/19: North-South Tournament, Santa Clara
    Dojo trip! Leaving Fri (meet at the dojo 5:30pm), returning Sun evening. Norwalk competitors, shinpan (*), and attendees include Cho Daniel, Kim Ryan (14-17), Fu Linda (women's), Ji Daniel (1-2dan), Chang Jeffrey*, Yoon Brian* (3-4dan), Kariya Yoshijiro (5dan up), Kodama Jean* (senior); Kim Kay, Kodama David. Kariya sensei also participated in the iaido enbu with 10 iaidoka from NCIA.

    Congratulations to Ji Daniel for winning 3rd place in 1-2dan, and to Chang Jeffrey, taisho of the SCKF yudansha team which won NCKF. Everyone did extremely well! Special thanks to Yoon Brian for driving the huge rental van, and to Fu Linda for organizing the weekend, which included a stay in Monterey to see the aquarium and Cannery Row, and fantastic dinners at Nom Burgers and Harris Ranch.

  • Sun 3/24/19: Shido Geiko, ISKD 10am
    Special advanced (yudansha) practice focusing on basics.

  • Fri 3/29/19: monthly dojo tournament

  • Sun 3/31/19: SEJSCC Clean Up

  • Sun 3/31/19: SCKF Youth Keiko, Hillview MS 8:30am

  • Wed 4/3/19: SEJSCC advisory committee meeting, 7pm SEJSCC

  • Sat 4/6/19: SCKF godo geiko; board meeting, Chuo 6pm; 7:30pm

  • Sat 4/13/19: SEJSCC Recognition Dinner, kendo food prep
    Our own Brian and Kay Yoon will be honored at this dinner, so please come out and help celebrate!

  • Sat-Sun 4/13-14/19: AUSKF Board Mtg and Kodansha Shinsa, SEA

  • Sat 4/20/19: SCKF Spring Shinsa, El Rancho HS

  • Mon 4/29/19: monthly dojo tournament

  • Sun 5/5/19: Nisei Week Tournament, Alhambra

  • Sun 5/19/19: Covina 50th Anniversary, Covina
    Sign up online

  • Mon 5/27/19: Memorial Day, no keiko
  • Fri-Sun 6/14-16/19: Nito Seminar, Idaho (see 9/30 email)
  • Thu-Mon 6/27-01/19: AUSKF Iaido Camp, Oregon
  • Sun 6/30/19: SCKF Individual Championships, Wilson Park
  • Sat 6/13/19: SEJSCC Bingo, kendo toban
  • Sun 7/14/19: SCKF Kata Seminar, tbd
  • Sun 8/4/19?: Nikkei Games, tbd
  • Sun 9/1/19?: All California Taikai, Fresno
  • Mon 9/2/19: Labor Day, no keiko
  • Sun 9/29/19: SCKF Team Championships, Wilson Park
  • Sun 10/20/19: SCKF Fall Shinsa, Wilson Park
  • Sun 11/17/19: Team SCKF 1st Eliminations, tbd
  • Fri 11/29/19: Thanksgiving Friday, no keiko
  • Mon 12/16/19: last keiko of 2019?
  • Fri 12/20/19: xmas party?
  • Mon 12/23/19-Mon 12/30/19: holiday break?
  • Fri 1/3/20: first keiko of 2020

  • Recurring Norwalk Dojo events
    • Monthly tournament, last Friday practice in odd months or last Monday practice in even months except as noted. We require participation, especially yudansha shinpan, to be eligible for promotion. We will do a round robin tournament if there are less than 6 people in the division (everyone plays everyone else, time limit 2 minutes, no encho or hantei, 1st place goes to the person with the most wins, then the most points won. In case of tie there will be a 2-minute 1ppon shobu playoff). Next tournaments: 2/25m, 3/29f, 4/29m, 5/31f, 6/24m, 7/26f, 8/26m, 9/27f, 10/28m, 11/29f, 12/??m
    • Kata practices
      We require all 3 kyu and above to attend kata practices and to perform kata one level above FIK regulations. Prior to the fall shinsa, all 3kyu and above will start practicing kata about 3 months prior to the shinsa, culminating in kata exams for all kenshi, regardless of shinsa aspirations. Good attendance and performance will be a prerequisite for entry in the shinsa. For potential candidates for the spring shinsa (this will be a minimal set), kata evaluations will take place in February, and further kata practices will occur as needed.
    • Monthly attendance recognition
      We will recognize good, excellent, and perfect attendance on a monthly basis for everyone (even sensei!). Note: you must be here on time; tardies do not count.
    • Extra practices (outside of Norwalk Dojo) are encouraged for advanced kenshi. Note that this is in addition to, not instead of, Norwalk keiko! Our sister dojo include Costa Mesa Dojo, Covina Dojo, and Gedatsu Dojo. Other recommended practices include SCKF's godo geiko and shido geiko. Please discuss it with the Norwalk sensei when you wish to start attending outside practices.
    • Federation practices, Sun 8am-12pm.
      Norwalk Dojo is hosting
      SCKF youth practices (Norwalk kenshi are encouraged to attend, but please make sure you're ready for a hard practice). Next practices:

  • More notes
    • If you would like to receive dojo email announcements, please email (be sure to provide your name!).
    • In order to practice kendo at Norwalk Dojo, you must sign liability forms for AUSKF and SEJSCC, and parents must sign a consent for medical treatment form for minors. Outside kenshi need to sign an SEJSCC guest liability form.
    • Per dojo policy, if you need to take some time off from keiko, you must notify the dojo in writing before the beginning of the month to avoid dues for that month being deducted from your security deposit (via email to and Also, if funds are deducted from your deposit for whatever reason, you must replenish it as soon as possible.
    • When paying by check, the payee should be "Southeast Japanese School", with "Norwalk Kendo Dojo" on the memo line.
    • Sheriff's Dept phone number 562-863-8711
      The SEJSCC Board recommends not to confront anyone suspicious loitering on the property; instead call the sheriff's department. Do not leave valuables unattended, especially in the dressing rooms or parking lot. Keep entrance doors closed.
Past Events

  • Mon 3/4/18: keiko
    Welcome new members Nakajima Kei and daughter Suh Keira!

  • Fri 3/1/19: monthly attendance recognition
    • Congratulations to Chu Michael, Chu Elise, Chu Lawrence, and Choi Sean for achieving perfect attendance in January!
    • Excellent attendance: Choi Colin, Kodama Jean.
    • Good attendance: Kim Ryan.

    Also, welcome new member Choi James (Sean and Colin's dad)!

  • Mon 2/25/19: monthly dojo tournament
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Kim Ryan (youth kyu), Quimpo Ed (adult kyu), and Chu Michael (yudansha).

  • Sun 2/24/19: SCKF Shinpan Seminar, Wilson Park
    Sign up online (see above link) by 2/16. Note: SCKF has shinpan seminar attendance requirements to test for 3dan and above.

    Norwalk attendees include Fu Linda, Yoon Brian, Kodama Jean.

  • Sun 2/17/19: SCKF Shido Geiko, San Diego
    Kodama Jean attended. It was a very good keiko, followed by a wonderful barbecue party at Zau Susan's beautiful home overlooking the ocean.

  • Sat-Sun 2/9-10/19: Idaho Iaido Seminar, Idaho
    Kariya Yoshijiro will be attending.

  • Sun 2/3/19: SCKO Ishida Toshiya/Yoko Seminar , 8:30am-5pm
    Kodama Jean will be attending.

  • Fri 2/1/19: monthly attendance recognition
    • Congratulations to Chu Elise and Chu Lawrence for achieving perfect attendance in January!
    • Excellent attendance: Chu Michael, Cho Ryan, Kodama Jean.
    • Good attendance: Lee Caleb, Kariya Yoshijiro.

  • Sat-Sun 1/26-27/19: FIK Shinpan Seminar, Dallas
    Kodama Jean will be attending.

  • Fri 1/25/19: monthly dojo tournament
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Cho Ryan (youth kyu), Quimpo Ed (adult kyu), and Chu Michael (yudansha).

  • Sun 1/20/19: SCKF Open Memorial Tournament, Wilson Park
    Norwalk participants include Liao William (0-6 kyu), Fu Linda (women's dan), Chang Jeffrey (4dan and above), Cho In Ho and Kodama Jean (senior). Shinpan include Kariya Yoshijiro, Kodama Jean. Okuno sensei will perform iaido enbu.

    Congratulations to Cho sensei for receiving kantosho for senior division!

  • Sun 1/13/19: SCKF New Year's Party, Almansor Court
    Kodama Jean and Kariya Yoshijiro are attending.

  • Sat 1/12/19: SCKF godo geiko; board meeting, Chuo 6pm; 7:30pm
    Norwalk has host toban duties, so all yudansha especially sensei please plan to attend.

  • Mon 1/7/19: Norwalk Dojo keiko, and 1st iaido keiko of 2019
    Thank you to Van Zutphen sensei for practicing with us, and for joining us at iaido practice.

    Congratulations to Liao Steve for winning the Tozando Win a Trip to Japan contest! During his trip, he had several Norwalk tenugui signed by the famous Nishimura Hirohisa sensei (2018 and 2017 AJKF Champion). We will use these tenugui for perfect attendance awards.

  • Fri 1/4/19: Norwalk Dojo first keiko of 2019
    Quick review of dojo policies:
    • new beginners start on 1st Friday practice of odd numbered months. Please encourage friends and relatives to join; we especially need kids!
    • etiquette is of primary importance in kendo
    • 3kyu and above (and sometimes below!) should be able to lead warm up exercises
    • 2dan and above should be able to lead kihon-dosa exercises
    • kenshi in full bogu expected to participate in
      - monthly tournament (last Mon odd, last Fri even months)
      - 3kyu and above: Fri ato-geiko
    • to advance in rank: see the promotion page
    • notify the dojo in writing for lengthy absences (send email to

    Thank you to Yang sensei (CM) for practicing with us.

    A huge thank you to the moms for preparing the delicious zenzai and freshly made mochi with all the fixings!

  • Happy 2019!
    We are looking forward to another great year at Norwalk Dojo. To see what happened in past years, see the archives.

  • Fri 12/21/18 to Mon 12/31/18: no keiko
    See SCKF holiday schedule for places to practice during the break. Happy holidays!

  • Mon 12/17/18: last practice of 2018
    Special end-of-year kendo practice: everyone please come and enjoy the fun and games!

    For iaido, there will be a short practice from 9-9:30pm, then we will go to Sam Woo's for our traditional end-of-yaear iaido gathering. Belated congratulations to Okuno sensei for receiving iaido renshi from AJKF on 11/27!

    Thank you very much to Mazkiya USA for Year of the Boar tenugui!

  • Sun 12/16/18: SCKF Youth Keiko, Norwalk 8am
    Norwalk has toban duty, so please come out to help.

  • Fri 12/14/18: Christmas party
    See flyer for details. Reminder: bring a wrapped gift ($20 value) per family.

  • Mon 12/10/19: monthly dojo tournament
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Kim Ryan (youth kyu), Quimpo Ed (adult kyu), and Fu Linda (yudansha).

  • Fri 12/7/19: monthly dojo tournament
    Make up tournament for the month of November (missed last Fri). Congratulations to winners Cho Ryan (youth kyu), Quimpo Ed (adult kyu), and Fu Linda (yudansha).

  • Sun 12/2/18: SCKF Shido Geiko, Norwalk, 10am
    Since Norwalk is hosting, we will need all kenshi to come out to participate as well as help with toban duties.

  • Fri 11/23/18: Thanksgiving holiday, no keiko

  • Sun 11/18/18: SCKF Youth Keiko, Norwalk 8am

  • Mon 11/11/18: keiko
    We will have both kendo and iaido practice tonight (no Veteran's Day break).

  • Mon 11/5/18: keiko
    Welcome new iaido member Choi Gabriel!

  • Sun 11/4/18: SCKF Iaido Shinsa, OCB 1pm
    Miesner Hajo and Oshima Paul will be testing. Okuno sensei, Ralutin sensei, Kodama sensei, and Kozawa sensei will be serving as examiners.

    Congratulations to Hajo and Paul for passing 4kyu with perfect marks!

  • Mon 10/29/18: monthly dojo tournament
    Default winners: Quimpo Ed (adult kyu), Fu Linda (yudansha).

  • Sun 10/28/18: SCKF Youth Keiko, Norwalk 8am

  • Mon 10/22/18: keiko
    Welcome new members Om Jenny, Om Caleb, Om Conner!

  • Sun 10/21/18: SCKF Fall Shinsa, Wilson Park
    See dojo shinsa page for details. If possible, everyone attend the shinsa to root our kenshi on, plus observe the shinsa proceedings to prepare yourself for next time (either testing or volunteering).

    Congratulations to all who tested; everyone passed with flying colors! Quimpo Ed (4kyu); Kim Ryan, Cho Daniel, Cho Ryan (1kyu); and Liao William (6kyu at the dojo).

  • Fri-Sat 10/12-13/18: NYS pancake breakfast and SEJSCC boutique
    No keiko Friday night due to boutique set up in the gym.

  • Mon 10/5/18: keiko
    Welcome new members Kim Henry Kim Jordan, Kim Emma!

    Also thank you to Goya sensei (OCB) and Yang sensei (CM) for practicing with us.

  • Sun 9/30/18: SCKF Team Championships, Wilson Park
    Sadly, no Norwalk teams this year. Kodama sensei and Kariya sensei are volunteering as shinpan, and Fu Linda and Chang Jeffrey for court duty.

  • Fri-Sun 9/28-30/18: PNKF Iaido Seminar, Bellevue WA
    Okuno sensei, Kozawa sensei, and Miesner Hajo are attending.

  • Fri 9/28/18: monthly dojo tournament
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Cho Daniel (youth kyu), Quimpo Ed (adult kyu), and Fu Linda (yudansha).

    Also thank you to Goya sensei (OCB) for practicing with us.

  • Sun 9/23/18: SCKF Youth Keiko, Norwalk 8am

  • Fri-Sun 9/14-16/18: 17th World Kendo Championships, Incheon Korea

  • Mon 9/10/18: keiko
    Thank you to the Cho family for the delicious fresh-from-the-tree oranges!

  • Sat 9/8/18: SEJSCC Bingo (kendo toban)

  • Fri 9/7/18: keiko
    Welcome new members Kim Kevin, Kim Enoch, Kim Irene!

  • Fri-Sun 9/7-9/18: Oda Sensei Iaido Seminar, Denver
    Okuno sensei and Kodama sensei will be attending.

  • Mon 9/3/18: Labor Day, no keiko
For past news, see this year's summary or past archives

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