Southern California
Kendo Federation


SCKF Shinkyu Shinsa
Saturday 4/28/12, 11am
University of La Verne

  • see application cover letter for details
    • applications are due 4/14/12, including head instructor's signature
      (sign up for the shinsa is by dojo)
    • 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 12/31/11

  • 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.

  • shinsa location
    • University of La Verne
      1950 3rd Street, La Verne CA 91750
      (see map and driving instructions)
    • this is a new shinsa venue; please leave early so you can arrive with plenty of margin
    • for more information see Industry Sheriff's practice schedule (first Sunday of the month practice)

  • sign in closes at 10:30am
    • 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

  • brief summary of promotional examination regulations and criteria:
    • 4kyu applicants shall demonstrate kendo basics with a motodachi (see kihon test)
    • all applicants requesting 3kyu and above shall demonstrate kendo jitsugi for their examination; grading will be based on the new SCKF ranking criteria
    • 4dan applicants shall demonstrate kirikaeshi (striking and receiving), in addition to kendo jitsugi

    • rules for requesting ranks:

      rank   min age   min 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" assumes the kenshi is practicing regularly, eg keiko at least once or twice per week

    • shinsa fees
      • $20 kyu, including adult kyu
      • $30 1dan
      • $40 2dan
      • $45 3dan
      • $50 4dan
      SCKF also charges a $20 "no show" fee that will be assessed to the dojo if their kenshi is unable to participate in the shinsa (includes missing sign in).

    • written tests are required for everyone requesting 1kyu and above.
      • see the AUSKF written tests (pdf)
      • the tests must be turned in at sign-in time
      • please write your name, participant number, requested rank, and dojo on your written test

  • tentative schedule
    see also court schedule and court layout (pdf)
    • 09:00am: set up
    • 09:15am: coordinators, announcers, tachiai, and motodachi meeting
    • 09:45am: examiners meeting
    • 09:45am: start sign-in
      • you must be dressed in keikogi and hakama and bring your tare when you sign in
        • a label with your participant number will be applied to the center flap of your tare (remove your nafuda)
        • note: keikogi and hakama should not show markings (eg dojo patch, team logo, or slogans). If present, they will be taped over.
      • those testing for 1kyu and above must turn in completed written tests at sign-in
      • plan to arrive early so you can complete sign-in well before it closes
      • applicants requesting 6kyu and 5kyu do not attend the shinsa (rank is awarded by passing the kihon test at the dojo)
    • 10:30am: sign-in closes for all divisions; no late participants allowed!
    • 11:00am: start kendo portion of shinsa
      • before 11am: all participants line up in rows in your respective courts facing the examiner tables for opening rei
    • 12:45 - 1:15pm: start kata portion of shinsa
    • 2:00pm: end shinsa (note: there will not be a results meeting)
  • shinsa testing
    • kendo
      • be at your court BEFORE your division starts. Even if you signed in before the deadline, 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 kata 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 (see kendo section above)
      • 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. The examination board will not request any repeats.
    • see sample evaluation forms for both kendo and kata
  • 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").

Shinsa duty meetings

  • 9:15am coordinators, announcers, tachiai, motodachi
  • 9:45am examiners

List of examiners and volunteers (alphabetical)

  • Examiners:
    Please wear coat and tie.
    Abe T (STYO), Henmi M (NOR), Hosokawa Y (CM), Kato T (COV), Murakami I (IS), Park J (CYP), Shikai M (CHUO), Shoraku T (COV), Tew S (COV), Yamasaki J (PCI), Yuge T (TOR)

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

  • Announcer/timers:
    Please wear SCKF polo shirt, or a plain polo or dress shirt
    Babus H (SB), Hada L (JCI)

  • Tachiai:
    Please wear keikogi and hakama
    Chinen K (GED), Imai H (STYO), Inada C (PCI), Kawai K (JCI), Kim S (IRV), Yen A (CHUO)

  • Motodachi:
    Please wear keikogi, hakama, and bogu
    Imai H (STYO), Yoon B (NOR)

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

Shinkyu shinsa results

new 6 kyu

new 5 kyu
GIL Hebin (IRV), HANEDA Ryuichi (JCI)

new 4 kyu
HUBERT Keishin (COV), KANESHIRO Mathew JK (SFV), SON Robert (IRV), HONG Daniel (TOR), KANESHIRO Mark DJ (SFV), PONCE Kazuki (JCI), LOVELAND John (PCI), JUNG Sukhyun (IRV), BROUSSEAU Renee (JCI), CASTRENCE Richard (JCI), NOBUTO Pamela (WS), TRIA Gregory (SFV), LEE James (JCI), LIMBERT Alexander (TOR), IWASAKI Tetsuya (TOR)

new 3 kyu
JI Daniel (NOR), BASHA Noriko (SFV), KERN Alan (JCI), UJIIE Shingo (GED), YAO Shiusen (CM), KRAUSE Kurt (JCI), ABURTO Ivan (COV), LECLERC David (WS), LIM Steve (NOR), BALDWIN Freeman (SFV)

new 2 kyu
KIL Yuri (CHUO), KIM Christie (NOR), ASHBY Travis (CM), KIM Sang-Yoon (YKJ), YOO Paul (PCI), TROST Jeffrey (NOR), SCHULER Joseph (JCI), LIM Mitchell (NOR), FLORES Ed (PCI)

new 1 kyu
KIM Esther (GED), HAHN Danielle (NOR), LEE Brandon (IRV), YOON Courtney (NOR), YOON Sungho (IRV), CHEN Jerry (SB), LEE David (IRV), WHITE Alexander (JCI), LEE Isamu (JCI), ORTALIZA Aries (PCI), SHIN Jay (IRV), KATSUO Toshikazu (TOR), LEE Changyoun (IRV)

new 1 dan
KABASHIMA Christina (JCI), ASHBY Jasmin (CM), CHOI Dong Ho (IRV), KOSTIN Andrey (SFV)

new 2 dan
TAGUCHI Takahiro (GED), YANG Francis (IRV), CHINEN Masaaki (GED), YU Mike (COV), CHOUNG Diana (IRV), HIRAI Steve (JCI)

new 3 dan
ALVIS Tucker (SB), MINOURA Masataka (VEN)

new 4 dan
Congratulations to all!

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