Southern California
Kendo Federation


AUSKF Junior Team USA Gasshuku
April 27-28, 2013

  • first letter from AUSKF (2/19/13)

    Dear Federation Presidents and Senseis:

    It is with great excitement that AUSKF announces the creation of the AUSKF Junior Team USA Program. This program will consist of training camps (gasshukus) that will bring together AUSKF kenshi between 15-21 years of age from all over the United States. Instruction will be provided by current and former members of the U.S. National Kendo Team, and it will be a great opportunity for younger kenshi to improve their kendo while bonding with fellow kenshi from other regions. In order to fully benefit from this program, participating kenshi should be competitive in their local region and be capable of participating in a full two-day training camp.

    The first Junior Team USA Training Camp will be held on April 27-28, 2013. Participants must arrive in Los Angeles, California by Friday night, April 26th. A stipend of $500 will be provided to each federation outside the hosting region that sends at least one kenshi to participate (to be used to assist kenshi(s) in costs to attend). The participation fee per kenshi will be $50. We are currently limiting this program to male kenshi, but will incorporate female kenshi if we can stimulate enough interest in the program.

    We have attached the relevant documentation for the Program. All participating kenshi must be recommended/approved by the local federation. Please send one application per federation no later than April 1, 2013 to our attention at the following email address: After April 1st, We will reach out to the individual participants to complete the individual Participant Information and Waiver Forms.

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation. We look forward to working with you to create opportunities for the next generation of AUSKF kenshi.

    AUSKF Junior Team USA Program

  • second letter from AUSKF (3/6/13)

    Dear Federation Presidents and Senseis:

    We have received very positive initial responses and are looking forward to a great training camp for the junior kenshi. We wanted to provide a few items of clarification for your reference:

    • The Training Camp will be held in Lomita, California at the following address. The training camp will be all day Saturday (4/27) and half-day Sunday (4/28). Participants can plan to depart as early as Sunday afternoon (no earlier than 3pm).
              24428 Eshelman Ave.
              Lomita, CA 90717 
    • All participants will stay together in a local hotel in order to encourage team bonding. Cost of lodging to be provided by AUSKF. Junior Team USA instructors will also stay at hotel to supervise. The hotel address is:
              Courtyard Marriott Torrance
              2633 Sepulveda Boulevard
              Torrance, California 90505 USA 
    • Transport to and from airport will be arranged by Junior Team USA Staff.
    • Further details (airport pickup, training camp schedule, etc.) will be provided directly to each participant once application is emailed to

    Just a reminder that the initial application is due on April 1st, 2013.

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support. We hope this program can create another opportunity to bring the young kenshi of USA together.

    AUSKF Junior Team USA Program

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