Southern California
Kendo Federation


Shinkyu Shinsa
Sunday 10/16/11, 10am
Wilson Park, Torrance

  • a sign-up cover letter was sent to each dojo (PDF), along with dojo roster as of 7/31/11
    • applications are due 9/30
    • cover letter must be signed by dojo head instructor
    • forms must include rank, birthdate, height, and weight for each participant
    • 4dan applicants must also have participated in both kata and shinpan seminars (within last 2 years)
    • membership deadline was 7/31/11

  • blank form for non-SCKF participants
    Note: you will need the approval and signature of your regional federation. Please also be sure to get approval from your dojo head instructor.

  • Wilson Park map and directions

  • sign in closes at 9:30am
    • no late applicants allowed!
    • 1kyu through 4dan applicants: turn in your completed written tests at sign-in

  • see below for more information on the shinsa

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

  • head instructors and kodansha sensei attended a workshop on 3/7/10 to review new SCKF shinsa regulations and criteria.
    • all dojo instructors should read and understand these documents
    • new shinsa fees
      • $20 kyu, including adult kyu
      • $30 1dan
      • $40 2dan
      • $45 3dan
      • $50 4dan
    • new rules for requesting ranks:

           rank   min age   minimum time in practice
           ----   -------   ---------------------------------------------------

      • 6kyu      8       6 months practice
      • 5kyu      9       6 months practice as 6kyu or 6 months practice
      • 4kyu     10       6 months practice as 5kyu or 12 months practice
      • 3kyu     11       6 months practice as 4kyu
      • 2kyu     12       6 months practice as 3kyu
      • 1kyu     13       6 months practice as 2kyu
      • 1dan     14       6 months practice as 1kyu
      • 2dan      -      12 months practice as 1dan
      • 3dan      -      24 months practice as 2dan
      • 4dan      -      36 months practice as 3dan

      "Time in practice" means the kenshi is practicing regularly, eg keiko once or twice per week

  • head instructors must return a signed copy of the shinsa application cover letter certifying that the applicants from their dojo meet the ranking criteria. Some examples:
    • kenshi has been practicing regularly for the indicated "minimum time in practice"
    • 0kyu kenshi requesting 4kyu have been practicing kendo for 12 months

  • written tests are required for everyone requesting 1kyu and above.
    • see the AUSKF written tests (pdf)
      choose one question to answer according to the rank you are requesting
    • your written test must be turned in at sign-in time
    • please write your name, participant number, requested rank, and dojo at the top of your written test

  • tentative schedule for kenshi
    see also court assignments and schedule sheet (pdf)
    • 8:45am: sign-in begins
      • you must be dressed in keikogi and hakama and bring your tare when you sign in
        note: keikogi and hakama should not show markings (eg dojo patch, team logo, or slogans)
      • those testing for 1kyu and above must turn in completed written tests at sign-in including name, participant number, requested rank, and dojo
      • plan to arrive early so you can complete sign-in well before it closes
      • applicants requesting 6kyu and 5kyu test at the dojo, not at the shinsa
    • 9:30am: sign-in closes all divisions
      • if you are late you will not be able to participate in the shinsa, plus you will have to pay the new $20 SCKF no show fee
    • 9:45am: 4kyu groups 1-4 assemble in your assigned court to line up
    • 9:50am: demonstration of 4kyu kihon test procedure
    • 9:55am: all participants (all divisions) assemble in assigned courts for opening rei
    • 10:00am: start kendo portion of shinsa
    • 12:45pm: start kata portion of shinsa
    • 2:15pm: end shinsa (note: there will not be a results meeting)
    (for shinsa officials, see schedule below)
  • shinsa day
    • kendo
      • be at your court BEFORE your division starts. Even if you signed in in the morning, if you are not in place before your division performs opening rei, you will not be allowed to participate.
      • follow the instructions of the tachiai on your court
      • each applicant for 4kyu will demonstrate basic skills with a motodachi provided by SCKF (you will be in full bogu)
      • each applicant for 3kyu and above will perform kendo jitsugi with two other applicants requesting the same rank
      • each applicant for 4dan will also do kirikaeshi at the beginning of jitsugi, once striking and once receiving
      • remain at your court until all participants in your division finish testing, at which time your division will perform closing rei
      • for those requesting 1kyu and above ranks: after your division is done, stay together near your court The kendo test results will be tallied and announced by the shinsa coordinator, who will then record the participant numbers for kata partners.
        • only those who have passed the kendo portion will perform kata
        • if you lack a kendo partner, you will be paired with someone who also lacks a partner
        • if there is an odd number of kenshi, one kenshi will do kata twice (the second performance does not count)
        • if you are absent when the kata pairings are recorded, you will be assigned a partner
    • 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
      • kata pairings were recorded at the completion of kendo jitsugi
      • 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
        • the role will be randomly assigned when your turn comes on the court
      • if you make a mistake performing one of the kata, you may request to redo it. After finishing the entire kata sequence and performing closing reiho, make your request (specifying which one kata you wish to redo) to the tachiai, who will pass on your request to the examiners.
  • menjo (rank certificates)
    • do not bring a check for menjo to the shinsa.
    • an official menjo requisition form created from the official results of the shinkyu shinsa will be emailed to each dojo shortly after the shinsa
      • note that AUSKF now only offers English menjo
      • the menjo will be printed with names as they appear on the form
      • if you wish to make any name corrections (eg use middle name), you must edit the form and return it in electronic format. Please include a note describing the change in detail.
    • menjo fees will be printed on the form
      • menjo fees are not optional; they are in fact a certification fee paid to AUSKF to register the new rank. A kenshi who does not pay the fee will remain at their old rank.
      • make check payable to Southern California Kendo Federation (not abbreviated "SCKF").

  • tentative schedule for shinsa officials
    • notation: E=examiners, C=court coordinators, T=tachiai, A=announcer/timer
      time    ECTA  description
      ------  ----  -----------------------------------------------------------
       8:00    CTA  set up courts, dressing area
       8:15    CTA  coordinator/tachiai/announcer meeting
       8:45    CTA  start sign in, collect written exams, tape keikogi markings
       8:45   E     examiners meeting
       9:30    CTA  close sign in
       9:35   ECTA  court meetings: adjust groups for absences, all divisions
       9:50     T   4kyu kihon test demonstration
      10:00   ECTA  start shinsa
      12:00   ECTA  lunch break
      12:45   ECTA  start kata
       2:15         end shinsa
  • list of examiners and volunteers (alphabetical)

    • Yamaguchi T (NOR): head examiner
      Kodama J (NOR): head coordinator, Shikai Y (CHUO): coordinator

    • Examiners:
      Please wear coat and tie, and please be sure to review the new SCKF shinsa regulations and criteria.
      Abe T (STYO), Arima K (STYO), Chinen K (GED), Harada B (STYO), Henmi M (NOR), Hosokawa S (CM), Hosokawa Y (CM), Kato T (COV), Kim Y (YKJ), Kinno K (OCB), Murakami I (IS), Nagatani N (CHUO, Park J (CYP), Sakaue M (COV), Shikai M (CHUO), Takahashi K (CM), Tew S (COV), Yamasaki J (PCI), Yang D (TOR), Yoshimura J (NOR), Yuge T (TOR)

    • Court coordinators:
      Please wear SCKF polo shirt, or a plain polo or dress shirt
      Olson B (CM), Sakae Minoru (STYO), Shinada S (STYO), Yamamoto J (SD)

    • Announcers/timers:
      Please wear SCKF polo shirt, or a plain polo or dress shirt
      Babus H (SB), Higure-Wollaston T(PCI), Inouye J (VEN), Yu M (COV)

    • Tachiai:
      Please wear keikogi and hakama
      Chang S (SD), Chinen K (GED), Hatakeyama J (TOR), Imai H (STYO), Matsumoto S (GED), Park J (CYP), Tamura S (OCB)

    • Tachiai/motodachi for 4kyu
      Please wear full bogu
      Anderson E (STYO), Kim HS (TOR), Sano N (STYO), Yoo S (TOR)


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