Summary for 2017
January

  • Happy 2018!
    We are looking forward to another great year at Norwalk Dojo. To see what happened in past years, see the archives.

  • Fri 1/5/18: Norwalk Dojo first keiko of 2018
    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 norwalkkendo@gmail.com)

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

    Also thank you very much to Mazkiya USA for Year of the Dog tenugui! We also passed out Norwalk 50th Anniversary booklets (from 2015).

  • Sun 1/14/18: SCKF Youth Keiko, Norwalk 8am

  • Sun 1/14/18: SCKF New Year's Party, Almansor Court
    Cho sensei will be among the honorees. Cost is $40, $20 for children 3-12. Norwalk attendees include Kodama Jean, Yoon Brian, Cho In Ho, Yoon Kay.

  • Sun 1/21/18: Mori Hai Tournament, Wilson Park
    Norwalk participants include Cho Ryan, Cho Daniel, Kim Ryan (3-1kyu), Chung Connie (women's kyu), Fu Linda (women's dan), Chang Jeffrey (3-4 dan), Kodama Jean (senior); shinpan Chang Jeffrey, Kariya Yoshijiro, Kodama Jean. Be sure to review shiai notes.

    Congratulations to all our dojo winners! Chung Connie (kantosho women's kyu), Fu Linda (3rd place women's dan), Chang Jeffrey (1st place 3-4 dan), Kodama Jean (2nd place senior B), Cho In Ho (1st place senior B)

  • Mon 1/22/18: Cultural News coming to Norwalk Dojo
    Please contribute to a good turnout for the Cultural News visit.

  • Fri 1/26/18: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Kim Ryan (youth kyu), and Trost Jeffrey (yudansha).
February

  • Team USA T-Shirt Fundraiser
    Buy a tshirt to help support Team USA. Order by 2/28 for delivery at AUSKF Junior Open on 4/8. Final order deadline is 4/30.

  • Fri 2/2/18: monthly attendance recognition
    • Congratulations to Kodama Jean for achieving perfect attendance in January!
    • Excellent attendance: Quimpo Ed.
    • Good attendance: Cho Ryan, Cho Daniel, Kim Ryan, Kim Anthony.

  • Sat 2/10/18: Funeral services for John Yamamoto sensei
    Greenwood Mortuary, 4300 Imperial Ave, San Diego CA 92113, 1pm.
    For koden, send to Lisa Yamamoto, 3550 Winnetka Dr, Bonita CA 91902.

  • Sat-Sun 2/10-11/18: FIK Shinpan Seminar, Montreal Canada
    Kodama Jean will be attending.

  • Sun 2/18/18: SCKF Youth Keiko, Norwalk 8am

  • Sun 2/25/18: SCKF Shinpan Seminar, El Rancho HS
    Norwalk participants include Kodama Jean*, Cho In Ho, Fu Linda*.

  • Mon 2/26/18: monthly dojo tournament 7:00p
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Chong Connie (adult kyu), and Fu Linda (yudansha).
March

  • Please pay your AUSKF and SCKF federation dues
    Federation dues are by age: 17 and under: $44, 18 and over: $86. Deadline is Wed Mar 21. If you cannot bring payment to the dojo by this date please email norwalkkendo@gmail.com so we can at least 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 all former members are welcome back! If you know anyone who is "missing in action", please contact them to let them know.

  • Fri 3/2/16: monthly attendance recognition
    Unfortunately no one had perfect attendance in February, but good job for achieving:
    • Excellent attendance: Fu Linda.
    • Good attendance: Cho Ryan, Cho Daniel, Kim Ryan, Park Joanne, Kim Anthony.

    Also, welcome new member Mello Michael! And thank you to Kinno sensei (OCB) for practicing with us.

  • Fri 3/9/18: Monday keiko
    We observed a moment of silence for the passing of Mrs Junko Hamamura (mother of Hamamura Andy sensei).

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

  • Mon 3/12/18: Monday keiko
    Welcome back Yoon Courtney!

  • Fri 3/16/18: Friday keiko
    Thank you to Huh sensei for practicing with us.

  • Sun 3/18/18: SCKF Youth Keiko, Norwalk 8am

  • Mon 3/19/18: Friday keiko
    Welcome back Hamamura Andy sensei!

  • Fri 3/23/18: SEJSCC Spring Clean Up, part 1
    Everyone (who is not doing keiko tonight) please come out to help with clean up of the kendo areas: storage room (clean up/reorg), classrooms 2/3 (sweep/mop floors and clean walls), and kitchen (kendo area of refrigerators).

  • Sat 3/24/18: Funeral services for Hamamura Junko, Anaheim
    Funeral services for Hamamura sensei's mother will be held at 10am at Anaheim Free Methodist Church, 1001 N Mayflower St, Anaheim CA 92801. Inurnment service will be at Rose Hills at 2pm. For more details, including flowers, koden, etc, see the gofundme page.

  • Sat 3/24/18: North-South welcome keiko and dinner, Covina Dojo
    Norwalk participants include Kodama Jean*, Ralutin Dennis*, and Tekin Korhan (*=dinner $15).

  • Sun 3/25/18: North-South Tournament, Wilson Park
    Norwalk participants include Kim Ryan and Cho Daniel (14-17), Chang Jeffrey (3-4dan), Kariya Yoshijiro (5dan up), Cho In Ho and Kodama Jean (senior). Shinpan include Chang Jeffrey, Kariya Yoshijiro, Kodama Jean.

    Congratulations to Chang Jeffrey for winning 3rd place 3-4 dan. Chang sensei was also on the SCKF Yudansha Team which won, and Kodama sensei was on the SCKF Kodansha Team which one.

  • Mon 3/26/18: SEJSCC Spring Clean Up; no iaido, part 2
    Everyone (who is not doing keiko tonight) please come out to help with clean up (finish up from Fri).

    No iaido practice tonight!

  • Fri 3/30/18: monthly dojo tournament
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Cho Daniel (youth kyu), Chong Connie (adult), and Tseng George (yudansha).

  • Sun 3/31/18: SCKF Youth Keiko, Norwalk 8am
April

  • Mon 4/2/16: monthly attendance recognition
    Unfortunately no one had perfect attendance in March, but good job for achieving:
    • Excellent attendance: Yun Olivia Kim Anthony.
    • Good attendance: Cho Ryan, Cho Daniel, Quimpo Ed.

  • Sun 4/8/18: AUSKF Jr Open, Huntington Beach
    Norwalk participants include Kim Ryan.

  • Fri 4/13/18: Friday keiko
    Thank you to Kinno sensei (OCB) and Huh sensei (CHUO) for practicing with us!

  • Sat 4/21/18: SCKF Spring Shinsa, El Rancho HS
    Kodama Jean and Fu Linda are volunteering.

  • Sat 4/21/18: SEJSCC Recognition Dinner, Center
    Please come help make inari sushi (400 pieces) and fruit center pieces from 2pm-5:30pm. If you can stay for dinner, we will provide you a free ticket ($25 dinner). Please reply by Wednesday.

    Also, the center is trying to get a donation for Disneyland tickets to give away at this year's festival in July. They need 15-20 recognition dinner volunteers (preferably 18 and under, can be through their parents) to volunteer through this link. Thank you for supporting the Center!

  • Fri 4/27/18: Friday keiko
    We had cake to send off Kim Anthony, whose family is moving to Texas.

  • Mon 4/30/18: monthly dojo tournament
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Kim Ryan (youth kyu), and Fu Linda (yudansha).
May

  • Fri 5/4/18: Monthly attendance recognition
    • Congratulations to Cho Ryan and Cho Daniel for achieving perfect attendance in April!
    • Good attendance: Kim Ryan.

    We had youth kyu team match practice between Norwalk kenshi and visitors from Chuo and All Nations Church.

    Also, thank you to Goya sensei for practicing with us. And welcome back Nguyen Emil sensei as well as Yoon Courtney!

  • Sun 5/6/18: Nisei Week Tournament, Alhambra
    Norwalk participants include Liao William (10 and under); Kim Ryan and Cho Daniel (11-13); Cho Ryan (16 and older); Chang sensei, Kariya sensei, Kodama sensei (shinpan). Cho Daniel will give the pledge of the competitors. Also, Kozawa Susie (guest iaido sensei at Norwalk from Seattle Kendo Kai) will perform iaido enbu. We have set up toban for this tournament, so everyone please come help!

    Congratulations to Cho Daniel for winning 3rd place!

  • Sat 5/12/18: SCKF board meeting, Norwalk 7:30pm
    At Norwalk due to emergency plumbing repairs at Chuo. No godo geiko.

  • Sun 5/20/18: SCKF Youth Keiko, Norwalk 8am

  • Fri 5/25/18: monthly dojo tournament
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Cho Daniel (youth kyu), and Yoon Courtney (yudansha).

    Note: judo will come in around 9:30p to store mats in gym for their memorial weekend clinic.

  • Mon 5/28/18: Memorial Day: we will have keiko!
    There will be both kendo and iaido practice (last chance before AUSKF iaido camp).

  • Thu-Mon 5/31-6/4/18: AUSKF Iaido Camp, Salt Lake City UT
    Kariya Yoshijiro, Tekin Korhan, Kozawa Susie, Okuno Isamu will be attending.

    Congratulations to Tekin Korhan for passing 3dan! Way to go!

June

  • Sun 6/3/18: SEJSCC general meeting, 12-2pm SEJSCC
    Bento orders due 5/25 ($10 each). Kodama Jean attended and presented kendo's report.

  • Mon 6/4/18: no iaido practice
    We will have kendo practice as usual, but no iaido practice (taking a break after iaido camp).

  • Fri 6/8/18: Kendo demo at Burbank Elementary School, 6:45pm
    Thank you to Chong Connie, Kariya Yoshijiro, and Kodama Jean for participating in the demo at the last minute, and to Domen Sumi for leading the demonstration again this year!

  • Sun 6/10/18: SCKF Youth Keiko, Norwalk 8am

  • Thu-Sun 6/14-17/17: Nito Seminar, Boise ID
    Kariya Yoshijiro will be attending.

  • Fri-Sun 6/22-24/18: NCKF Summer Camp, Santa Clara
    Kariya Yoshijiro and Kodama Jean will be attending.

  • Sun 6/24/18: SCKF Individual Championships, Wilson Park
    Norwalk participants include Fu Linda and Kodama Jean.

  • Mon 6/25/18: monthly dojo tournament
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Cho Ryan (youth kyu), and Fu Linda (yudansha).

  • Thu 6/28/18: Center closed (SCE work), 7am-4pm
July

  • Sun 7/1/18: SCKF 7dan meeting, Norwalk 9am

  • Sun 7/8/18: SCKF Kata Seminar, El Rancho HS
    2dan and above are required to attend! After this we will start practicing kata on Friday nights instead of ato-geiko.

    Norwalk attendees include Fu Linda*, Kariya Yoshijiro*, Kodama Jean* (*=ordered bento; bring $10 cash to seminar).

  • Restricted parking Mondays 7/9 thru 7/23
    Ondo practice for the cultural festival will be conducted in the front parking lot on Mondays and Thursdays in July from 7:30pm. For Monday keiko, please do not park in the area by the ondo circle, and be careful of the ondo participants, especially small children.

  • Mon 7/9/18: keiko
    Welcome new members Song Ian, Song Lia!

  • Wed 7/11/18: Camp Hanabi Kendo Demo and Lesson 1:30-2:30pm
    Thank you to Nakagawa Takeshi, Fu Linda, and Kodama Jean for putting on the demo! Also to Japanese school's Kushi Yumi sensei for helping run the first station of the "how to hit men" workshop.

  • Kata practices Fridays 7/13 thru 10/19, 9-10pm
    We will practice kata during ato-geiko on Fridays (instead of kendo) to prepare for the fall SCKF shinsa, unless otherwise noted. Remember to bring your bokken! See notes.

  • Sat-Sun 7/14-15/18: AUSKF Women's Kendo Seminar, So Cal
    Fu Linda and Kodama Jean are attending.

  • Sun 7/15/18: SCKF Youth Keiko, Norwalk 8am

  • Fri 7/20/18: monthly dojo tournament
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Kim Ryan (youth kyu), Quimpo Ed (adult kyu), and Yoon Courtney (yudansha).

    Thank you to Huh sensei (CHUO) for practicing with us. Also a big thanks to Quimpo Ed for making color car stickers of our dojo logo!

  • Sun 7/22/18: SCKF Shido Geiko, Norwalk 10am
    Kariya Yoshijiro participated. Nakagawa Takeshi, Quimpo Ed, and Kodama Jean performed hosting/admin duty.

  • Fri-Sun 7/27-30/18: SEJSCC Cultural Festival, no keiko
    All hands will be needed for the Center's annual carnival! See dojo carnival page for details, including special raffle (new this year). Brief schedule summary:
    - Fri: prep
    - Sat: booth duty, demo 4pm
    - Sun: booth duty
    - Mon: clean up
August

  • Sun 8/5/18: Nikkei Games, CSULB Pyramid
    Norwalk participants include Cho In Ho (4dan and above), Kodama Jean (shinpan).

  • Mon 8/6/18: keiko
    Thank you to Fu Linda for the refreshing watermelon!

  • Sun 8/12/18: SCKF Youth Keiko, Norwalk 8am

  • Mon-Sun 8/13-26/18: gym closed for floor refinishing
    Also entire facility closed for parking lot slurry 8/20-24.

  • Fri-Sun 8/24-26/18: NCIA Iaido Seminar, Palo Alto
    Okuno sensei, Tekin Korhan, Muramoto Michiyo, Oshima Paul will be attending.

    Congratulations to Muramoto Michiyo for passing 2kyu!


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