Southern California
Kendo Federation


Shinkyu Shinsa
Sunday 10/19/14, 10am
University of La Verne

  • see sign-up cover letter; individual application forms were also sent to each dojo
    • applications are due 10/11
    • cover letter must be signed by dojo head instructor (use as a check list for requirements)
    • 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 following SCKF seminars: 2013 shinpan seminar, 2013 kata seminar, 2014 shinpan seminar, 2014 kata seminar.
    • 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 application form when submitting it.
    • SCKF 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: University of La Verne (see map and directions)

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

  • shinsa procedure demonstration
    • starting from the April 2013 shinsa, yudansha applicants will use the 2-person rei procedure to begin and end jitsugi
    • starting this shinsa, the 4kyu kihon test will have kenshi go through on all basic strikes (before, kenshi did not go through on kote uchi), and kote-men uchi will be done twice to accommodate the kote uchi change (before, was three times)

  • 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

    • see other shinsa testing notes below

  • tentative schedule for kenshi
    see also court assignments and schedule sheet and court layout
    • 8:00am: court set up by shinsa personnel
    • 8:45am: 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 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: all applicants assemble in assigned courts, 4kyu with men and shinai
    • 9:50am: demonstration of 2-person rei procedure on court A
    • 10:00am: opening ceremony
      • all participants (all divisions) line up in rows in your respective courts facing the examiner tables for opening rei
    • 10:05am: 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 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 (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
      • for 1dan and above, use the 2-person rei procedure to begin and end jitsugi
      • each applicant for 4dan will also do kirikaeshi at the beginning of each 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)
    • a menjo 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 (first name followed by last name)
    • 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.
    • send an email and mail your check by 10/24/14 to:
          Dennis Ralutin, 210 N Hoover St, Los Angeles CA 90004
    • make check payable to Southern California Kendo Federation (not abbreviated "SCKF").
    • there is no need to send the menjo form; it is for your convenience in collecting menjo fees at your dojo

  • 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, sign in, etc)
       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
       9:40    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), Anderson E (STYO), Chinen K (GED), Hosokawa S (CM), Hosokawa Y (CM), Imoto T (IS), Kaneshiro W (SFV), Kato T (COV), Lee KB (CHUO), Murakami I (IS), Nagatani N (CHUO), Park J (IRV), Sakaue M (COV), Shikai M (CHUO), Shikai Y (CHUO), Shoraku T (CM), Takahashi K (CM), 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:
      Please wear slacks and a plain polo or dress shirt
      Kawai K (JCI), Ralutin D (OCB), Yamamoto J (SD), Yoon B (NOR)
    • Announcer/timers:
      Please wear slacks and a plain polo or dress shirt
      Babus H (SB), Hada L (JCI), Honda W (VEN), Inouye J (VEN)
    • Tachiai:
      Please wear keikogi and hakama
      Amano S (NOR), Chang S (SD), Hamamura Y (NOR), Kim S (IRV), Kubo R (CM), Ma J (COV), Miyata M (GED), Nakagawa F (OCB), Nguyen E (NOR), Tauchi S (CM), Van Zutphen (CM), Watanabe T (OCB), Yen A (CHUO)
    • Tachiai who are also motodachi for 4kyu please also bring bogu
      Amano S (NOR), Ma J (COV), Nguyen E (NOR), Tauchi S (CM), Van Zutphen (CM)
    • Everyone please read the duty notes for a brief summary of everyone's duties


Shinkyu shinsa results

new 6 kyu
SHIONO Taisho (CM), CHOI Nathan (CM), SHAH Noah (CM), CHEN Cameron (COV), KAWAI Masashi (GED), TUNG Connor (IS), RAVARD Nathan (IS), OKORIE Anna (IS), YU Bernard (IS), GARCIA Guillermo (IS), LEE Daniella (IS), RAVARD Christopher (IS), LEE TJ (IS), KIM Ashley Y. (NOR), KIM Alvin Y. (NOR), KIM Sun (NOR), LO Tsz Man (OCB), SATO Tomohisa (OCB), OSTROWSKI Inochi (PCI), MUKAIDE Touma (PCI), BURTON Natalie (PCI), MIZUHASHI Hugo (TOR), YU Paul (TOR), YU Peter (TOR), YANG Shawn (TOR), KOMORI Ryan Joon Choi (TOR), UENO Fuma (TOR), KOMORI Kylie Eura Choi (TOR), KIM Seong Wook (TOR), MIZUHASHI Masaki (TOR)

new 5 kyu
COLLIGNON Lucas (CM), CHEN Daphne (GED), CHEN Ahmik (GED), FUJINAMI Ty (IS), YU Vincent (IS), KIM Ryan Jun (NOR), CHO Daniel (NOR), CHO Ryan (NOR), NOBUYUKI Ryan (OCB), YOON James (OCB), MEZA Robert (TOR), NAM Dave (TOR), KIM Emerson (TOR), MIYOSHI Reina (VEN)

new 4 kyu
CHAN Annabelle (COV), HWANG Maya (SFV), YU Naomi (COV), KIM David (ANC), MASUDA Keitai (SS), SATO Sakura (OCB), KIM Ayrton (TOR), CHURCH Joseph (PCI), CHOI Jeffrey (TOR), SHIM Irin (SD), SUGIYAMA Kevin (STYO), CHEON Kevin (NOR), BAE Brandon (LHB), SONG Joshua (ANC), HUR Benjamin (TOR), SHIN Andrew (TOR), HARI Navya (SFV), LEE James (TOR), KIM Noah (NOR), BAE Alex Sanggu (COV), SASAKI Astin Hiroyuki (VEN), KIM Hanul Kai (TOR), LEE Denny (ANC), SHIM Jeniffer (ANC), KIM Brandon (IRV), YOON John (TOR), AOKI Hirotake (TOR), YOON Sarah (TOR), SONG Scott (LHB), WONG Hugo (SD), CHOI Jonathan (NOR), REPP Sean (SD), CHO David (SFV), KENG His-Hao (COV), GRECO Leslie (IS), MURTY Patrick (CM), WELLMAN Brian (SFV), SHIN Vincent Dongyoun (TOR), ISLAS Vicente (PCI), KIM Alexander (LHB), BAEK Sang (PCI), OSTROWSKI Eugene (PCI), MALACHOWSKI Robert (SFV), ALVIDREZ Andrew (IS), LEE Louis (CHUO)

new 3 kyu
HAHN Lance (NOR), NAKASHIMO Toshiki (GED), MIYOSHI Kazuha (VEN), NAKAYAMA Noah (IS), KIM Kyle (CM), SONG John (ANC), KOBAYASHI Taiga (CM), MOON Joshua (NOR), OCHIAI Andrew (PCI), KO Joonha (TOR), NAHM Joshua (CHUO), SATYAPAN Junpei (GED), WONG Christine (IS), DEGUZMAN Maureen (PCI), LAZARTE Roberto (SFV), CHOI Eun Seok (TOR), CHUNG Joseph (OCB), HUGHES Alex (SD), BRADLEY Eric (JCI), SHIM Seong Uk (SD), YOKOZEKI Kana Ostrowski (PCI), GUNJI Yoko (IS), CHAN Naomi (COV), SUGIYAMA Yukie (STYO), HIGUCHI Masayo (COV)

new 2 kyu
CHAN Jolie (COV), IKARIYAMA Yuya (PCI), KIM Jeffrey (COV), TADA Jamie (STYO), DEGUZMAN Cedrik (PCI), SATOH Ririka (STYO), KIM Isaac (ANC), SUZUKI Noah (CM), HAKAMATA Hiromi (STYO), LEE Geonhyo (ANC), TSENG George (NOR), KIM Howard (IS), FUNG Amos (CM), REYES Jayson (SS), NOBUTO Pamela Momoko (WS), CHEN Yuda (COV), NA William (LHB), CHAN Andy (COV), ELDON David (SD), CHOI Ji Hung (CM)

new 1 kyu
CAVERLY Daichi (SD), MAEKAWA Sakiko (OCB), TANIMIZU Koichiro (SD), YOSHIDA-OFFUTT Eugene (STYO), NAKASHIMO Daiki (GED), SUGIYAMA Mashu (STYO), RICHARDSON Kenji (PCI), LIN Christina (COV), LEUNG Jonathan (IS), LIN Keng-si Ben (COV), GAMBOA Michael (CM), KAO Chen Ting (CM), LEE James (JCI), COLLIGNON Sebastien (CM), KIM David J. (OCB), HWANG Andrew (SFV), PAIK Tom (CM), LIM Steve (NOR), PAIK Nikkie (CM)

new 1 dan
TADA Kasey (STYO), HORII Tatsuya (TOR), JI Daniel (NOR), LEE Francis (COV), ONO Clark (SD), TROST Jeffrey (NOR), REUTER Nicholas (CM), UJIIE Shingo (GED), DIRICKSON Todd (TOR), LEE Eugena Shihyung (COV), PARTIDA Jorge (TOR), ABURTO Ivan (COV), LIMBERT Alexander (TOR), IWASAKI Tetsuya (TOR), SAWADA Ritsuko (SD), RUNDLE Joe (SD)

new 2 dan
KUMAGAI Daiki (TOR), YOON Courtney (NOR), MIZOBE Kenichiro (STYO), LIAO Steve (COV)

new 3 dan
WATANABE Shoryu (OCB), KIL Sean (CHUO), AMANO Shingo (NOR), NGO Triet (OCB), TOWATA Noriko (SFV), HUANG Michael (NOR)

new 4 dan

Congratulations to all!

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