Southern California
Kendo Federation


SCKO Kansai Gakuren Visit
Thu-Sat 10/20-22/16, Irvine

Invitation from SCKO:

Dear Federation and Dojo Representatives,

Kansai Gakusei Kendo Renmei (Western Japan University Kendo Federation - aka Kansai Gakuren) Kenshis will be visiting us here in Southern California on October 20 - 22, 2016. Kansai Gakuren is an accredited Kendo organization by the All Japan Kendo Federation and it is consisted of University undergraduate student varsity Kendo players, that are currently attending Universities located in the western region of Japan.

This year, Kansai Gakuren will be sending a group of 31 Kenshis, consisted of University Students, coaches and Shinpans. They have approached us to have a goodwill Keiko and Shiai in both individual and goodwill team categories (Goodwill Teams will be consisted with a mix of players from Japan and the USA, so you do not have to bring a full team). It will be a great opportunity to practice with high level players from Japan, as well as to develop your Kendo skills and building friendship with Japanese Kenshis at your age. The goodwill teams will be allocated on the day of the tournament (Saturday 22). The Tournament members will be limited. We will pick strong kenshis from Saturday's participants.

The practice and Shiai schedule is listed below. Please encourage your University or college Kendo studentsto participate in this event. In order to register, please use the attached form.

Thu 10/20:  Practice (5:30 - 8:00 PM)
            BBQ (8 - 9 PM)        
Fri 10/21:  Practice (5:30 - 8:00 PM)
            Dinner (8 - 9 PM)     
Sat 10/22:  Tournament and Practice (9 AM - 5 PM)
            Reception Dinner (5 - 8 PM at Butokuden)

Butokuden Kendo Dojo (1581 Browning, Irvine, CA 92606)
Kansai Gakuren is staying at Hampton Inn (2720 Hotel Terrace, Santa Ana, CA 92705)
Fees: Keiko, Shiai and meals FREE (FREE food but you must participate in the
Keiko and tournament) If you, your dojo or your federation donate for the BBQ
or meal fees will be welcomed.
RSVP by October 10th
Send the list of participants (see attached file) to
Organizers: Taro Ariga, Seiji Mamiya, Hayato Okawa
We are looking forward to seeing you all!

Sincerely Yours,
Hayato Okawa
SCKO Event Coordinator/Education Officer


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