Southern California
Kendo Federation


Shinkyu Shinsa
Sunday 10/21/07, 9am
Wilson Park, Torrance

  • sign-up cover letter sent to each dojo (PDF)
    • a roster for each dojo was also sent. On this roster, ineligility (indicated by "x") was determined by rank, rank date, and age. If any of this information is missing for your kenshi, ineligibility is automatic. Please provide any missing information to restore eligibility. For ranks received outside SCKF, a menjo must be provided.
    • forms are due 9/30, at the SCKF Team Championships
    • forms must include rank, birthdate, height, and weight for each participant
    • head instructors: please review recommended guidelines for requesting ranks on the SCKF guidelines for promotion page

  • See the SCKF reference page for a link to the study guide for promotional examination (AUSKF). This is a good reference for participants, examiners, and instructors. The written examination questions are taken from it.
    • written tests must be completed by those requesting 1kyu and above (PDF)

  • tentative schedule (pdf)
    See bottom of page for list of examiners, coordinators, tachiai, etc
    • 7:00am set up
      Toban dojos: CM, COV, JCI, JT, NOR, SFV, YKJ (see toban list and court set up)
    • 7:30am coordinators meeting
    • 7:45am tachiai/announcers meeting
    • All participants should plan to arrive by 8am. Sign-in closes at 8:30am, no late participants allowed!
    • 8:15am examiners meeting
    • 9:00am start shinsa
      All participants in the first four groups line up in your respective courts facing the examiner tables for opening rei. 4 courts will be used.
    • 2:30pm results meeting, collect menjo worksheets

  • Note: the following ranks are automatically awarded based on on head instructor's recommendation, so kenshi requesting these ranks do not participate in the shinsa:
    - youth 6 kyu
    - youth 5 kyu
    - adult 4 kyu

  • blank form for non-SCKF participants (PDF)
    Note: you will need the approval and signature of your regional federation. Please also be sure to get approval from your dojo head instructor, and the SCKF president (see officer list for contact information).

  • Wilson Park map and directions

Note:"PDF" files require Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you don't have it, you can download a free copy from Adobe.

  • Rules for requesting ranks:
    • 12 years and over: cannot request 6 kyu
    • 14 years and over: cannot request 6 kyu or 5 kyu
    • requesting 1 dan: must be 1 kyu and 14 years or older
    • requesting 2 dan: must have 1 dan for at least 1 year
    • requesting 3 dan: must have 2 dan for at least 2 years
    • requesting 4 dan: must have 3 dan for at least 3 years
    • requesting 5 dan and higher: not covered by SCKF shinsa
    • you may request "-" or "+" kyu ranks, e.g. "1-" for "ikkyu ge"
  • Preparations for shinsa day
    • participant number
      • each applicant will be assigned a participant number
      • each dojo needs to mark this on the left and right side flaps of the tare
      • participant numbers will be distributed at the October SCKF Board meeting
      • remove nafuda (tare name tag) for the shinsa
    • written examination
      • each applicant requesting 1 kyu or higher must submit a completed written examination at the time they sign in for the shinsa, see pdf file
      • be sure to write name and participant number on the test
    • menjo worksheet
      • the participant number listing will also serve as a menjo worksheet
      • kenshi may choose an English menjo, a Japanese menjo, or both
        • Japanese: provide kanji and kana on the form
          be sure to write clearly
        • English: will be as printed on the worksheet, unless corrections are marked on the form
      • make check payable to Southern California Kendo Federation (not abbreviated "SCKF")
        • see menjo fees
        • even if a menjo is not desired, each kenshi must pay a certification fee equivalent to the English menjo fee
      • the worksheet may be turned in at the shinsa
      • final deadline for menjo worksheets is 10/28/07 (turn in to Jean Kodama)
        An official menjo requisition file will be created from the worksheet and the official results of the shinkyu shinsa. The file will be emailed to each dojo for final approval prior to submission to AUSKF for menjo creation.
  • Shinsa day
    • see schedule notes at top of page
    • all applicants: have participant number marked on right and left sides of tare. Remove your nafuda (name tag).
    • applicants for 1kyu and above: turn in completed written exams, including name and participant number, at time of sign-in
    • kendo
      • each participant will perform kendo with two other applicants requesting the same rank, and a board of examiners will determine the new rank, if any. Follow the instructions of the tachiai on your court.
      • for 1 kyu and all yudansha ranks: after your group is all done, stay together near your court until your kata partner (if any) has been recorded by the shinsa coordinator.
      • applicants requesting youth 6 kyu, youth 5 kyu, or adult 4 kyu are awarded their rank automatically based on the head instructor's recommendation, and do not need to attend the shinsa. Note: these kenshi must be practicing kendo in full bogu.
    • kata
      • each applicant requesting 1 kyu or higher must be prepared to perform kata in front of the board of examiners. Note: #8 through #10 use the kodachi (short sword).
        • 1 kyu: #1 through #3
        • 1 dan: #1 through #5
        • 2 dan: #1 through #7
        • 3 dan: #1 through #10
        • 4 dan: #1 through #10
      • for yudansha applicants, only those who have passed the kendo portion will perform kata
      • for 1 kyu, all applicants will perform kata regardless of whether they have passed the kendo portion.
      • applicants may select their kata partner. The partner must be testing for the same rank. For 1 kyu, youth kyu and adult kyu may partner together (you may be doing kata on a different court than you did kendo). For yudansha, your partner must have passed the kendo portion of the examination.
      • you will have at least 15 minutes to practice prior to the kata test. Each applicant must be able to perform both the uchidachi and shidachi roles (it will be randomly assigned when your turn comes on the court).
  • List of examiners, coordinators, etc (alphabetical)
    • Examiners:
      Abe T (STYO), Arima K (STYO), Chinen K (GED), Harada B (STYO), Hattanda M (SB), Henmi M (NOR), Hosokawa Y (CM), Huang Y (NOR), Imoto T (IS), Kato T (COV), Kinno K (OCB), Mizobe C (WS), Murakami I (IS), Nagatani N (CHUO), Park J (ACE), Sakaue M (COV), Shikai M (CHUO), Shoraku T (CM), Yamaguchi T (NOR), Yamasaki J (PCI), Yoshimura S (NOR)
      Please arrive by 8am, examiners meeting 8:15am
      Note: please wear coat and tie, and please review shinsa guidelines

    • Coordinators:
      Kim, A (TOR), Olson B (CM), Sakae Minoru (STYO), Yamamoto J (SD)
      Please arrive by 7:15am, coordinators meeting 7:30am

    • Announcers:
      Kinjo K (COV), Babus H (SB), Shinada S (STYO), Urata G (SS)
      Please arrive by 7:30am, tachiai/announcer meeting 7:45am

    • Tachiai:
      Abe J (CHUO), Anderson E (STYO), Brown N (TOR), Chinen K (COV), Chinen K (GED), Johnson T (CHUO), Kariya Y (NOR), Kato M (COV), Kim H (TOR), Kitajima L (PCI), Morisaku Y (CHUO), Tominaga R (TOR)
      Please arrive by 7:30am, tachiai/announcer meeting 7:45am
      Note: please wear keikogi and hakama

    • Other:
      Miyahara M (PCI) head examiner
      Kodama J (NOR) head coordinator
      Kurokouchi J (COV) sign-in coordinator

    • Onegaishimasu!

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