report from Yuge sensei
The 45th Annual Steveston Tournament was held on Feb. 10th. It was also
the celebration of Steveston Dojo's 75th Anniversary (of existance).
There were over 350 participants and some 40 dojos participating.
Participants from Hawaii, PNKF, NoCal, and dojos across Canada from
Vancouver to Toronto.
SCKF had 2 yudansha and 3 kyu participants. Results for SCKF were:
- 11- 13 years:
2nd - Alex Chung (Norwalk Dojo)
1st - Ryo Eguchi (Torrance Dojo)
- 1-2 Dan:
1st - Tatsuya Hori (Torrance Dojo)
- Junior Team:
2nd Place - SCKF
Team Members: Alex Chung (Nor), Patrick Kim (Nor),
Ryo Eguchi (Torr) plus two members from Spokane Dojo
Shikai-sensei and Yuge-sensei represented SCKF as referees.
(thanks to Tom Bolling of PNKF for providing this information)
45th ANNUAL STEVESTON KENDO TOURNAMENT and 75TH CELEBRATION
February 10/11, 2007
Early records indicate that there has been a Kendo presence in Steveston for
more than 85 years, but it is clearly documented that there has been a formal
club continuously for 75 years, broken only by the Relocation period during
World War II. Even during the Relocation, Kendo continued to be practiced in
exile, and resumed in Steveston after the War. Since 1962, there has been a
Steveston Taikai every year. Special celebration honors were awarded to Mr.
and Mrs. Ohara, Mr. and Mrs. Murao, Mrs. Kondo, and Mrs. Nishikihama. Ryan
Beebe gave the Sportsmanship Pledge.
10 Years and Under 11 to 13 Years
1st place - D. Kim, Bellevue 1st place - R. Eguchi, SCKF
2nd place - A. Sinclair, Spokane 2nd place - A. Chung, SCKF
3rd place - C. Takenaka, Hawai'i 3rd place - R. Murao, Steveston
3rd place - C. Lam, Steveston 3rd place - S. O'Sullivan, Steveston
14 to 15 Years Junior Team
1st place - G. Mizutani, Renbu 1st place - Steveston
2nd place - M. Hamanaka, UBC 2nd place - SCKF
3rd place - K. Yokota, NCKF 3rd place - Hawai'i
3rd place - A. Eitoku, NCKF 3rd place - Renbu
Ladies 1 Dan and Under Ladies 2 Dan and Above
1st place - K. Hinami, US 1st place - Y. Watarai, Toronto
2nd place - L. Murao, Steveston 2nd place - W. Robillard, Steveston
3rd place - H. Yamada, Vancouver 3rd place - M. Taguchi, Renfrew
3rd place - H. Chiang, Matsukai 3rd place - H. Taguchi, Renfrew
Senior Non-Degree 0-4 Kyu Senior Non-Degree 1-3 Kyu
1st place - A. Chen, Steveston 1st place - G. Kim, Global
2nd place - R. Wiebe, Steveston 2nd place - A. Eitoku, NCKF
3rd place - P. Chan, SFU 3rd place - S. McNally, Spokane
3rd place - J. Lee, Steveston 3rd place - J. Wang, Cascade
1-2 Dan 3 Dan
1st place - T. Hori, SCKF 1st place - K. Ishikawa, SFU
2nd place - K. Umeda, NCKF 2nd place - R. Makino, Toronto
3rd place - I. Miki, Renfrew 3rd place - L. D'Orangeville, McGill
3rd place - Y. Mizutani, Renbu 3rd place - N. Tanaka, UBC
4th Dan and Above Senior Team
1st place - S. Kamata, Etobicoke 1st place - Steveston
2nd place - K. Takayama, UVic 2nd place - Etobicoke
3rd place - S. Maruyama, Butokuden 3rd place - Renfrew
3rd place - T. Ariga, Butokuden 3rd place - NCKF
The following information is from Yuge sensei (announced at the December
- Yuge sensei will handle tournament entry and hotel arrangements.
Deadline is Jan 13th.
- Hotel will be the same as 2006 (Best Western Richmond Inn) however
the rates have gone up to $99.00 + taxes.
- Air fare should be handled by individuals.
- Email Yuge sensei the following information:
- Participants names, rank, age
- Parents name
Note: at least one parent of any child under 17 years
of age must accompany their child due to high security problems.
- Other guest names, age
- Hotel room list
- Yuge sensei's email address is
invitation (transcribed from email)
Happy Holidays Everyone,
We have finally confirmed the taikai site and so would like to invite
you to attend our 45th Annual Steveston Taikai.
Please note that there are several changes as follows:
Tournament site has been changed to:
McMath High School
4251 Garry Street (across from the Steveston Buddhist Church)
Hotel accommodations are available at:
Best Western Richmond Inn
7551 Westminster Hwy
Taikai Start Time - 9:00 AM
* Time Limit Change for the 1-2 Dan Group from 4 minutes to 3 minutes
- Friday night dinner for our out-of-town guests will be cancelled.
- The Friday practice is still set for 7:00 PM at the Steveston
Community Centre (last year's taikai site)
We would like to have the taikai entries and any hotel requirements
(attached) by: January 20th, 2007
Wishing you all a great holiday season and look forward to seeing you
Steveston Kendo Club
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