February 9, 2002


Once again a large contingency of kendo people made their way to the blustery North Country to participate in the 40th Anniversary Kendo Tournament of the Steveston Kendo Club of Steveston, BC, Canada. In all, 30 kenshi and sensei along with 17 parents and family attended this yearís event. As usual, the group was treated to a delicious supper on Friday followed by a vigorous Keiko at the community center.


Saturday, the tournament got underway at approximately 10:00 a.m. with slightly over 300 kenshi ready to fight their way to the top. Because of the very high number of participants, the tournament finally ended at 10:00 p.m. Although a long day, all of the SCKF attendees came away with a good feeling of a day that was filled with excitement and satisfaction. Many thanks must be given to all the terrific people of the Steveston Kendo club for hosting such an event.


The results are as follows:


10 years and under††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 11 to 13 years

1st †††††††††††† Y. Hori, Torrance††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1st††††††††††††† R. Campbell, Steveston

2nd ††††††††††† B. Fukutomi, Hawaii†††††††††††††††††††††††† 2nd†††††††††††† S. Fujimoto, Covina

3rd †††††††††††† R. Murao, Steveston††††††††††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††††††† H. Fukushima, Vancouver

3rd††††††††††††† G. Mizutani, Renbu††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††††††† R. Marumo, Sunrise


14 to 15 years†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Women

1st††††††††††††† H. Kinjo, Covina†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1st††††††††††††† M. Hayashi, Vancouver

2nd†††††††††††† B. Imanishi, Cascade††††††††††††††††††††† 2nd†††††††††††† T. Matisz, Saskatoon

3rd††††††††††††† R. Nakata, Renbu††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††††††† W. Nakano, Steveston

3rd††††††††††††† K. Kawagishi, Norwalk††††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††††††† E. Marsten, Highline


Non-Degree (Adult Kyu)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1 to 3 dan

1st††††††††††††† Y. Osada, Uvic†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1st††††††††††††† T. Yamada, Vancouver

2nd†††††††††††† E. Kobashigawa, Cascade††††††††††††† 2nd†††††††††††† Y. Kitajima, Torrance

3rd††††††††††††† M. Kim, UBC††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††††††† J. Chinen, Covina

3rd††††††††††††† H. Kim, Torrance†††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††††††† F. Itokazu, Covina


4th dan and above

1st††††††††††††† S. Asaoka, Youshinkan†††††††††††††††††††

2nd†††††††††††† Y. Kaneko, Obukan

3rd††††††††††††† C. Yang, Torrance

3rd††††††††††††† M. Minami, NCKF


Junior Team††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Senior Team

1st†††† Vancouver††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1st††††††† Southern California Kendo Federation

2nd††† Steveston†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2nd†††††† Steveston†††††††