Southern California
Kendo Federation


SCKF Shinkyu Shinsa
Saturday 4/18/15, 11am
Covina Dojo

  • a sign-up cover letter and application forms were sent to each dojo
    • applications are due 4/8/15,
      • cover letter must be signed by dojo head instructor
      • applications 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:
      • 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.
      • SCKF membership deadline was 12/31

    • 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: Covina Dojo, 1203 W Puente Ave, West Covina 91790
      • there will be several events going at the Center on shinsa day
        • Japanese school 9am-12:30pm, using classrooms and a roped off section of the back parking lot
        • Yard sale 8am to noon, using the front grass area by the street
        • Luncheon event, using the kitchen and dining room
      • parking is available in the parking lot or on the street
      • boys dressing room: stage; girls dressing room: tbd

    • sign in closes at 10:30am
      • 1kyu through 4dan applicants: turn in your completed written tests at sign-in
      • no late applicants allowed!

    • shinsa procedure demonstrations
      • 2-person rei procedure for yudansha applicants
      • kihon test for 4kyu applicants
      • note: this will be the final time for these demonstrations to be given at a shinsa, as the procedures should be known and taught by the instructors at each dojo. If your instructors are unsure of the procedures, please have them attend the shinsa to watch and learn.

    • 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 (see criteria for full details):

        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 (both youth and adults)
        • $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
        • note: this year's written tests are being re-evaluated and will be available soon

      • see other shinsa testing notes below

    • tentative schedule for kenshi
      see also court assignments and schedule sheet (pdf)
      • 9:00am: court set up by shinsa personnel
      • 9:45am: 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
      • 10:30am: 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
      • 10:40am: 4kyu and 1dan applicants assemble in assigned courts
      • 10:50am: demonstration of 2-person rei procedure on court A
      • 11:00am: start kendo portion of shinsa
        • all participants (all divisions) line up in rows in your respective courts facing the examiner tables for opening rei
      • 1:30pm: start kata portion of shinsa
      • 2:30pm: 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
          • uchidachi/shidachi roles will be randomly assigned (you will be notified 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

    • tentative schedule for shinsa officials
      • notation: E=examiners, C=court coordinators, T=tachiai, A=announcer/timer
         time   ECTA  description
        ------  ----  -----------------------------------------------------------
         8:45    CTA  set up (courts, dressing area, sign in, etc)
         9:00    CTA  coordinator/tachiai/announcer meeting
         9:45    CTA  start sign in, collect written exams, tape keikogi markings
         9:45   E     examiners meeting
        10:30    CTA  close sign in
        10:35   ECTA  court meetings: adjust groups for absences, all divisions
        10:40    CT   line up 4kyu and 1dan groups in numerical order
        10:50     T   2-person rei demonstration on court A
        10:55    CT   line up for opening rei (all applicants for the day)
        11:00   ECTA  start shinsa
        12:30   ECTA  lunch break
         1:30   ECTA  start kata
         2:30         end shinsa
    • see list of examiners and volunteers (by dojo)
      notes for examiners and volunteers
      • Examiners:
        Please wear coat and tie (not identical to shinpan uniform).
        Abe T (STYO), Arima K (STYO), Hosokawa H (CM), Hosokawa Y (CM), Kaneshiro W (SFV), Kato T (COV), Park J (CYP), Shikai M (CHUO), Shikai Y (CHUO), Shoraku T (CM), Yamasaki J (PCI)
        Please review the SCKF shinsa regulations, shinsa criteria, and evaluation sheet samples

      • Court coordinators:
        Please wear plain polo or dress shirt and slacks
        Honda W (VEN), Yoon B (NOR)

      • Announcer/timers:
        Please wear plain polo or dress shirt and slacks
        and slacks
        Amano Sho (NOR), Kawai K (JCI)

      • Tachiai:
        Please wear keikogi and hakama
        Arima Y (STYO), Brown N (TOR), Hamamura Y (NOR), Kil S (CHUO), Mizobe K (STYO), Watanabe T (OCB)

      • Motodachi:
        Please wear keikogi, hakama, and bogu
        Arima Y (STYO), Mizobe K (STYO), Watanabe T (OCB)

      • Other:
        Kodama J (NOR): head coordinator
        Fu L (NOR): assistant coordinator
        Tew T (IS): written tests
        Yu M (COV), Sakae M (STYO), Ocomo J (CM), Tada K: misc

      • Everyone please read the duty notes for a brief summary of everyone's duties


  • menjo (rank certificates)
    • a menjo printing request will be sent to AUSKF shortly after the shinsa
      • the menjo will be printed with names as they appeared on the shinsa application form
      • note that AUSKF now only offers English menjo
    • shinsa results and menjo fees will be sent to each dojo shortly after the shinsa
      • make check payable to Southern California Kendo Federation (not abbreviated "SCKF").
      • due date is 5/9/15. Either send your dojo check to the SCKF treasurer (Kevin Abe, 117 E Victoria Ave, Montebello CA 90640) or bring it to the SCKF board meeting

Shinkyu shinsa results

new 6 kyu
KIM Jacob (CHUO), SUNWOO Jean (CHUO), CHOI Yu Hyun (CHUO), MOON Ian (CHUO), LEE Jeffrey (CHUO), PARK Phoebe (CHUO), KANG Andrew (CHUO), KIM Elizabeth (CHUO), PARK Brian (CHUO), KANG Simon (CHUO), AHN Sang Jun (CHUO), TOMONARI Cocoro (PCI)

new 5 kyu
SUNWOO Lynn (CHUO), HUH Jacob (CHUO), YUGE Jared (CHUO), CHAN Terence (COV), GARCIA Guillermo (IS) MUKAIDE Touma (PCI),

new 4 kyu
CHEN Daphne (GED), BARBER Jamar (PCI), CHEN Ahmik (GED), CHO Jeongwon (IRV), FUJINAMI Ty (IS), HWANG William (NOR), HUH Angella (LHB), AU Conner (PCI), KWON Jungho (ANC), LEE Sunjae (IRV), SEO Dongha (IRV), SHIM Seunghyeon (ANC), YU Vincent (IS), HU Ashburn (COV), SEO Donggyu (IRV), MOON Hwi (CHUO), DRENTH Laura (SFV), VEGA Francisco (SD), KIM Woojoo (CHUO), LIN John (WS), CRUZ Bobby (SFV), ABEL Mark (SD), RIVERA Angel (SD), BOURQUE Pierre (SD), ROUSSEAU Nick (SFV), KIM Byung Chul (NOR), JANG Michael (TOR), HU Zheng Qiang (COV)

new 3 kyu
KIM Jun Bae (LHB), KIM Taery (TOR), CHILINGERIAN James (PCI), LEE Denny (ANC), KIM Brandon (IRV), KENG Hsi-Hao (COV), GRECO Leslie (IS), SHIN Vincent Dongyoun (TOR), WELLMAN Brian (SFV), OSTROWSKI Eugene (PCI), ALVIDREZ Andrew (IS), ISLAS Vicente (PCI), TADA Takeomi (STYO), LEE Louis (CHUO)

new 2 kyu
KIM Kyle (CM), SONG John (ANC), OCHIAI Andrew (PCI), MINAMITANI Justen Akira (TOR), LAZARTE Roberto (SFV), HUGHES Alex (SD), YOKOZEKI Kana Ostrowski (PCI), CHAN Naomi (COV), SASAKI Masumi (SFV), CHOI Eun Seok (TOR), ENDOW Richie (SFV), SHIM Seong Uk (SD)

new 1 kyu
KANESHIRO Matthew J.D. (SFV), KIM Isaac (ANC), KANESHIRO Mark D.J. (SFV), KIM Soung Bae (LHB), LEE Geonhyo (ANC), BALDWIN Freeman (SFV), CHEN Yuda (COV)

new 1 Dan
KANAMORI Meg (TOR), LEE Taeyoung (IRV), LEUNG Jonathan (IS), HWANG Andrew (SFV), OKAMURA Shinsuke (COV), KIKUCHI Grace (TOR)

new 2 Dan
TOVAR Richard (COV), SUH Philip (CHUO)

new 3 Dan

new 4 Dan

Congratulations to all!

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