Southern California
Kendo Federation


Shinkyu Shinsa
Sunday 10/21/12, 10am
Wilson Park, Torrance

  • a sign-up cover letter and application form was sent to each dojo (doc)
    • applications are due 10/13
    • 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 7/31/12

  • 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: Wilson Park (see 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

  • 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 for kenshi
    see also court assignments and schedule sheet (pdf)
    • 8:00am: court set up by shinsa personnel
    • 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, which are the same as how they appear in the AUSKF membership form
      • if you wish to make any name changes, a special request needs to be made to the AUSKF treasurer first, as they will be confirming kenshi names and membership status. Please clearly note any such change requests on your form and email it to Jean Kodama as soon as possible.
    • 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").
    • send your check by 11/4/12 to Jean Kodama (see contact info on the sign-up cover letter)

  • 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
  • see preliminary list of examiners and volunteers (by dojo)
    • Examiners:
      Please wear coat and tie
      Please review the SCKF shinsa regulations, shinsa criteria, and evaluation sheet samples
    • Court coordinators and annnouncers/timers:
      Please wear SCKF polo shirt, or a plain polo or dress shirt
    • Tachiai:
      Please wear keikogi and hakama
    • Tachiai who are also motodachi for 4kyu:
      Please also bring keikogi, hakama, shinai, and bogu
    • Everyone please read the duty notes for a brief summary of everyone's duties


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