Southern California
Kendo Federation


Shinkyu Shinsa
Sunday 10/20/13, 10am
Wilson Park, Torrance


  • a sign-up cover letter and application form (sent to each dojo)
    • applications are due 10/12
    • cover letter must be signed by dojo head instructor
    • forms must include rank, birthdate, height, and weight for each participant
    • per the SCKF promotional examination regulations, 4dan applicants must also have participated in both kata and shinpan seminars within the last 2 years. Attendance lists are posted for the 2013 shinpan seminar and 2013 kata seminar.
      Note: since SCKF did not conduct a shinpan seminar in 2012, attendance at the 2011 shinpan seminar will also be accepted, in case the applicant did not attend a qualified shinpan seminar outside of SCKF in 2012.
    • names will appear on menjo as they appear on the application form. If you wish to make any name changes, a special request needs to be made to AUSKF, as they will be confirming kenshi names and membership status. Please clearly note any such change requests on your form when submitting it.
    • membership deadline was 7/31

  • 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

  • shinsa procedure demonstration
    • starting from the April 2013 shinsa, yudansha applicants will use the 2-person rei procedure to begin and end jitsugi

  • see below for more information on the shinsa as well as results

  • 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 perform kendo jitsugi for their examination; grading will be based on the official SCKF ranking criteria
    • 4dan applicants shall perform 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" (failure to participate) fee that will be assessed to the dojo if their kenshi signed up but is unable to participate in the shinsa (includes cancellation less than 7 days prior to the shinsa, as well as 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
    note shinsa start time change to 10am
    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
      • tentatively courts C and D will be open for warming up, and possibly court A later (be sure to follow the directions of the sign in team)
    • 9:30am: sign-in closes all divisions
      • if you are late you will not be able to participate in the shinsa, plus there will be an additional fee
    • 9:40am: 4kyu applicants assemble in assigned courts
    • 9:50am: demonstration of kihon test and 2-person rei procedure on court A
    • 9:55am: all participants (all divisions) assemble in assigned courts for opening rei
    • 10:00am: start kendo portion of shinsa
    • 12:30pm: start kata portion of shinsa
    • 1:30pm: 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 (kihon test) 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 appeared on the shinsa application form
    • 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 10/25/13 to:
          Dennis Ralutin, 210 N Hoover St, Los Angeles CA 90004

  • tentative schedule for shinsa officials
    note shinsa start time change to 10am
    • notation: E=examiners, C=court coordinators, T=tachiai, A=announcer/timer
       time   ECTA  description
      ------  ----  -----------------------------------------------------------
       8:00    CTA  set up courts, dressing area, outside (meeting/bento area)
       8:15    CTA  coordinator/tachiai/announcer meeting in the gym
       8:45    CTA  start sign in, collect written exams, tape keikogi markings
       8:45   E     examiners meeting outside
       9:30    CTA  close sign in
       9:35   ECTA  court meetings: adjust groups for absences, all divisions
       9:40    CT   line up 4kyu groups in numerical order
       9:50     T   kihon test and 2-person rei demonstration on court A
       9:55    CT   line up for opening rei (all applicants for the day)
      10:00   ECTA  start shinsa
      11:30   ECTA  lunch break
      12:30   ECTA  start kata
       1:30         end shinsa
  • see list of examiners and volunteers (by dojo)
  • notes for examiners and volunteers
    • Examiners:
      Please wear coat and tie Abe T (STYO), Arima K (STYO), Chinen K (GED), Harada B (STYO), Henmi M (NOR), Hosokawa Y (CM), Huh K (CHUO), Kaneshiro W (SFV), Kato T (COV), Kim YB (YKJ), Kinno K (OCB), Nagatani N (CHUO), Park J (IRV), Sakae M (STYO), Sakaue M (COV), Shikai M (CHUO), Shikai Y (CHUO), Tew S (COV), Tew T (IS), Yamasaki J (PCI), Yuge T (TOR)
      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
      Chang S (SD), Olson B (CM), Yamamoto J (SD), Yoon B (NOR)
    • Announcer/timers:
      Please wear SCKF polo shirt (or a plain polo or dress shirt) and slacks
      Babus H (SB), Inouye J (VEN), Timbrook S (SB), Turner Michael (CHUO)
    • Tachiai:
      Please wear keikogi and hakama
      Brown Nathan (TOR), Dong Allyson (CM), Han Chris (STYO), Hatakeyama Jarrod (TOR), Imai Hideki (STYO), Imanishi Bryan (CM), Inada Charles (PCI), Kariya Yoshijiro (NOR), Matsumoto Satoshi (GED), Matsumoto Wataru (GED), Morioka James (CHUO), Ra Richard (CM),
    • Tachiai who are also motodachi for 4kyu please also bring bogu
      Brown Nathan (TOR), Dong Allyson (CM), Hatakeyama Jarrod (TOR), Matsumoto Wataru (GED), Ra Richard (CM)
    • Everyone please read the duty notes for a brief summary of everyone's duties


    Shinkyu shinsa results

    new 6 kyu
    HUH Grace (CHUO), COLLIGNON Lucas (CM), CHAN Annabelle (COV), HAYASHI Remi (GED), CHEN Ahmik (GED), CHEN Daphne (GED), NAKANISHI Ryan (IS), FUJINAMI Ty (IS), NAKANISHI Trevor (IS), KIM Angelina (IS), CHO Daniel (NOR), CHO Ryan (NOR), NOBUYUKI Ryan (OCB), YOON James (OCB), COMMAN Sorin (OCB), BANKS Carson (PCI), BARBER Jamar (PCI), LUM Joshua (PCI), KIM Emerson (TOR), NAM Dave (TOR), MEZA Robert (TOR), LIM Sooyon (TOR), SASAKI Astin Hiroyuki (VEN),

    new 5 kyu
    KIM David (ANC), SONG John (ANC), SONG Joshua (ANC), YU Naomi (COV), HAYASHI Kysa (GED), HAYASHI Manami (GED), SATYAPAN Yosuke (GED), DEUS Matthew (IS), ELLIOT Dylan Lee (JCI), MOODY Anthony (NOR), CHOI Jonathan (NOR), SATO Sakura (OCB), SHINMACHI Miles (OCB), METTKE Kyte (PCI), CHURCH Joseph (PCI), AU Conner (PCI), KHURAIBET Jacob (PCI), NIKAIDO Mika (STYO), SUGIYAMA Kevin (STYO), LEE Jacob (TOR), SHIN Elaine (TOR), KIM Ayrton (TOR), CHOI Jeffrey (TOR), SHIN Andrew (TOR), LEE Caroline (TOR), HUR Benjamin (TOR), LEE James (TOR), KIM Hanul Kai (TOR), YOON John (TOR), AOKI Hirotake (TOR), YOON Sarah (TOR), KIM Daniel Chang Kyu (TOR), MAYEDA Rafael Kenji (TOR),

    new 4 kyu
    CHON Wooseung (IRV), KIM Ryan (TOR), HAHN Lance (NOR), LEE Andrew (TOR), CHAN Jolie (COV), KIM Rachel (OCB), NAKASHIMO Toshiki (GED), KIM Jeffrey (COV), NAKAYAMA Noah (IS), KIM Isaac (ANC), LEE CHON Philip (YKJ), KIM Jun Bae (NOR), MOON Joshua (NOR), YOOK Kunseo (IS), LEE Geohnhyo (ANC), CHILINGERIAN James (PCI), KIM Matthew C.L. (NOR), NAHM Joshua (CHUO), LEE Austin (TOR), HWANG Joseph (IRV), DEGUZMAN Maureen (PCI), SAMBO Angel (SD), YOKOZEKI Kana Ostrowski (PCI), GUNJI Yoko (IS), HIRONAKA Megumi (PCI), CHAN Andy (COV), HIGUCHI Masayo (COV), PARK Hansai (YKJ), SATYAPAN Junpei (GED), WHEBLE Jeffrey (PCI), LIM Tae (YKJ), FAGTONGPUN Matt (SFV), ELDON David (SD), CHOI James (YKJ), CLARK Aaron (SB), BRADLEY Eric (JCI), CHEN Yuda (COV), CHON Jae Yeon (YKJ), SUGIYAMA Yukie (STYO), TADA Takeomi (STYO),

    new 3 kyu
    SATOH Ririka (STYO), COLEMAN Neil (OCB), SHIN Elliott (TOR), SUZUKI Noah (CM), HIGA Skye (TOR), TADA Chiemi (STYO), PAK Tina (YKJ), HAKAMATA Hiromi (STYO), HONG Daniel (TOR), PONCE Kazuki (JCI), NAKASHIMO Daiki (GED), TSENG George (NOR), FUNG Amos (CM), LIN Christina (SD), LIN Keng-si Ben (COV), NOMURA Brett (IS), KAPLAN Marc (SS), NOMURA Matthew (IS), NOBUTO Pamela (WS), KAO Sean (IS), HUBERT Christopher (COV), CHOI Ji Hung (CM),

    new 2 kyu
    LEE Taeyoung (IRV), MAEKAWA Sakiko (OCB), KO Jee Yun (YKJ), SHIMA Rintaro (GED), NIKAIDO Yuichi (STYO), KIM Soung Bae (NOR), YOSHIDA-OFFUTT Eugene (STYO), RICHARDSON Kenji (PCI), TELLEZ Tony (JCI), OKAMURA Shinsuke (COV), SUGIYAMA Mashu (STYO), GAMBOA Michael (CM), OH Jin Won (YKJ), YIN Eric (CM), LEE James (JCI), COLLIGNON Sebastien (CM), PAIK Nikkie (CM), SAWADA Ritsuko (SD), PAIK Tom (CM), RUNDLE Joe (SD),

    new 1 kyu
    HORII Tatsuya (TOR), MURATA Kento (JCI), TANAKA Rei (GED), KANAMORI Meg (TOR), JUNG Sukhyun (IRV), TADA Hitomi (STYO), KIM David (OCB), JI Daniel (NOR), KIM Shawn (STYO), YAMASAKI Lani (CHUO), REGACHO Jayson (SS), IWASAKI Tetsuya (TOR), KAWAGUCHI Haruka (COV), LIMBERT Alexander (TOR),

    new 1 dan
    SHIBATA Aimi (GED), SHINGO Lisa (SD), KO Sang Yun (YKJ), HAKAMATA Kaito (STYO), KIM Taehan (IRV), TOYOMITSU Ichiro (GED), MIZOBE Kenichiro (STYO), KUMAGAI Daiki (TOR), HOMMA Shinichi (STYO), BASHA Noriko (SFV), ZAMORA Andrew (SD), KOH Daniel (JCI), OCOMA Jonathan (CM),

    new 2 dan
    KIM Esther (GED), LEE Brandon (IRV), LEE David (IRV), LEE Mark (YKJ), KIM Danny (IRV), CHAVALIT Wonravee (PCI), ORTALIZA Aries (PCI),

    new 3 dan
    SERA Margaret (SD), HIRAI Derrick (JCI), YAN Hao (WS), CHEN Allen (COV), INDARTO Stanilas (PCI), YOOK Kenn (IS),

    new 4 dan
    KIM Seong Tae (IRV), NGUYEN Emil (NOR), TAUCHI Satoshi (CM), VAHL Jim (SD)

    Congratulations to all!

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