Southern California
Kendo Federation


Shinkyu Shinsa
Sunday 10/20/19, 10am
Wilson Park, Torrance

  • shinsa location: Wilson Park (see map and directions)

  • applications are due 10/6 (see submission notes later in this page)
    • cover letter must be signed by dojo head instructor (please use it as a check list for requirements)
    • dojo application forms have been uploaded to each dojo's google drive "from_sckf" folder
    • forms must include height/weight and requested rank for each participant
      • "X" indicates a kenshi is not eligible to test at this shinsa
      • however, please note that the absence of an "X" does not guarantee the kenshi is eligible. Please review the shinsa regulations for eligiblity rules.
      • even if a kenshi is technically eligible, that does not mean they are ready to test. Head instructors please review the testing criteria.
    • per the SCKF promotional examination regulations (approved 12/1/2018), 4dan applicants must also have participated in both kata and shinpan seminars within the last 2 years. Attendance lists are posted for the following:

      Note that seminar requirements will be enforced to test for 3dan, as well as for 5dan and above, starting in November 2020 (see December 2018 SCKF Board of Directors meeting minutes), and also adding shidogeiko attendance requirements for 3dan and above applicants.

    • 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
    • you will need the approval and signature of your federation president on the above form
    • please also be sure to get approval from your dojo head instructor
    • if you are a member of an FIK federation outside of AUSKF, you will also need to do the following by 9/22/19
      • download the "Foreign Examinee Request Form" from the AUSKF documents page
      • fill it out, listing SCKF as the examination place
      • send it to AUSKF (contact info is on the form), copying SCKF (contact info later on this page)

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

  • the following must be practiced at the dojo (there will be no demonstration at the shinsa)

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

  • brief summary of promotional examination SCKF promotional examination regulations
    • 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
    • 6kyu and 5kyu applicants test at the dojo, not at the shinsa

    • rules for requesting ranks (see promotion regulations and recommended skill levels 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

      • "minimum time in practice" assumes the kenshi is practicing regularly, eg keiko at least once or twice per week
      • 6-month interval is useful for catching up ranks; the more typical interval is 12 months between ranks

    • shinsa fees for SCKF participants
      • $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)
      • tests must be turned in at sign-in time
      • tests must include name, participant number, requested rank, and dojo
      • tests must be submitted in English only

    • see other shinsa testing notes below

  • tentative schedule for kenshi (depending on number of participants)
    see also court assignments and schedule sheet
    • 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 (see written test notes)
      • plan to arrive early so you can complete sign-in well before it closes
      • follow the directions of the sign in team for when and where warm ups will be allowed
      • applicants requesting 6kyu and 5kyu test at the dojo, not at the shinsa
    • 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
    • 9:55am: all applicants assemble in assigned courts
      • 4kyu bring men and shinai and line them up on the floor according to participant number
      • all participants (all divisions) line up in rows inside your respective courts facing the examiner tables for opening rei
    • 10:00am: opening rei and remarks
    • 10:05am: start kendo portion of shinsa
    • 12:30pm: start kata portion of shinsa
    • 2:00pm: end shinsa (note: there will not be a results meeting)

    Shinsa officials: see duty schedule

  • shinsa testing
    • see sample evaluation forms for both kendo and kata
    • 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, which you must put on by yourself)
      • 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 shall not request any repeats.
      • if you do not pass the kata portion of the exam, you may retake the kata test once. This must be done within a 12-month period to avoid retaking the kendo jitsugi and written test portions of the shinsa (see SCKF shinsa regulations). You will need to pay the normal shinsa application fee. Be sure to specify on your dojo's application form that you are taking only the kata portion of the test.

  • tentative schedule for shinsa officials
    • notation: E=examiners, C=court coordinator/announcer/timer, T=tachiai
       time   ECT  description
      ------  ---  -----------------------------------------------------------
       8:00    CT  set up (courts, dressing area, sign in, etc)
       8:15    CT  coordinator and tachiai meeting
       8:45    CT  start sign in, collect written exams, tape kendogi markings
       8:45   E    examiners meeting
       9:30    CT  close sign in
       9:35   ECT  court meetings: adjust groups for absences, all divisions
       9:45    CT  line up 4kyu groups in numerical order
       9:55    CT  line up for opening rei (all applicants for the day)
      10:00   ECT  start shinsa
      11:30   ECT  lunch break
      12:30   ECT  start kata
       2:00        end shinsa

  • the list of examiners and volunteers below is alphabetical (also see list by dojo)
    • Everyone please read the duty notes for a brief summary of everyone's duties
    • Examiners:
      Please wear coat and tie (not identical to shinpan uniform)
      Abe T (LOS), Anderson E (STYO), Arima K (STYO), Brown J (TOR), Chinen Katsuo (GED), Chinen Katsushi (GED), Goya Y (OCB), Harada B (STYO), Huh K (CHUO), Kato T (COV), Kikunaga H (SD), Kinno K (OCB), Nagatani N (CHUO), Park J (IRV), Sakaue M (COV), Shikai M (CHUO), Shinada S (ALH), Shoraku T (CM), Takahashi K (CM), Yamasaki J (PCI), Yuge T (TOR)
      Please review the SCKF shinsa regulations, shinsa criteria, and evaluation sheet samples
    • Chief coordinators:
      Please wear slacks and a plain polo or dress shirt, or keikogi/hakama
      Kariya Y (NOR), Kodama J (NOR), Shikai Y (CHUO)
    • Court coordinators/announcers/timers:
      Please wear slacks and a plain polo or dress shirt, or keikogi/hakama
      Chang S (COV), Inouye J (VEN), Ralutin D (OCB), Imai H (STYO)
    • Tachiai:
      Please wear keikogi and hakama
      Hamamura Y (NOR), Inada C (CHUO), Kang S (CHUO), Kato M (COV), Kobayashi K (CM), Lin C (COV), Ma J (COV), Matsumoto S (GED), Matsumoto W (GED), Nagatani T (CHUO), Tada T (STYO), Van Zutphen C (CM)
    • Tachiai who are also motodachi for 4kyu please also bring bogu
      Inada C (CHUO), Kato M (COV), Lin C (COV), Tada T (STYO),


  • application package submission notes (information for dojo representatives)
    • your shinsa application (sa) form can be found in your dojo's "from_sckf" google drive folder with the name doj_191020_sa.xls, where "doj" is your dojo's abbreviation
    • download the file and edit it per the instructions given above
    • upload the completed form to your dojo's "to_sckf" google drive folder with the same name (doj_191020_sa.xls). Do not change the file format (keep it an Excel 2000 xls file).
    • have your dojo head instructor sign the shinsa application cover letter, scan it, and upload it to your dojo's "to_sckf" google drive folder with the name doj_191020_letter.pdf (jpg is also ok)
    • email Jean Kodama when the files have been uploaded
    • mail or otherwise arrange to deliver your check to Jean Kodama so it is turned in by the application deadline, 10/6/19
  • menjo (rank certificates)
    • a menjo printing request will be sent to AUSKF shortly after the shinsa
      • menjo will be printed with names as submitted 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 11/2/19. Either send your dojo check to the SCKF treasurer (Kent Kawai, 4045 West 173rd Place, Torrance CA 90504) or bring it to the SCKF board meeting

    Shinkyu shinsa results

    new 6 kyu
    SUNWOO Sahn (CHUO), MOON Benny (CHUO), CHAN Derek (CHUO), HONDA Kurt Takehisa (LOS), LEUNG Maiya (OCB), TAKAHASHI Fuma (OCB), LEUNG Ethan (OCB), PHAN Huy (OCB), BYINGTON Joey (OCB), PIERCY Maria (OCB), LAFORTEZA Aaron (PCI), SHIEH Calvin Keishin (TOR), HUR Alexander Ho-In (TOR), YANG Shawn Tohma (TOR), KIM Brandon (TOR), KIM Bryan (TOR), PARK Jean (TOR), KAWANO Yoshimitsu Luke (TOR), DUCHANE Kai Yuuki (TOR), LIN Edward (TOR), KIM Michael (TOR), NGUYEN Thong Van (TOR), HONDA Mayumi (TOR), LLADO Troy (VEN), TAKAGI Elyn (VEN), MIZOROGI Luna (VEN), HOOTEN Hannah (VEN), KUSANO Erika (VEN)

    new 5 kyu
    KIM Kyle (ALH), LEFEVRE Koji (CM), NAGAI Erin (GED), CHEN Heyden (IS), ROMERO Kai (IS), FOOTE Tyler (IS), SHIH Chloe (IS), NAKAYAMA Kiyoki (IS), CHEUNG Cameron (IS), GARCIA Logan (JCI), AN Aiden (JCI), LIAO William (NOR), YAMAZAKI Keiichiro (OCB), KIM Sae Hun (OCB), GLOSS Thomas (OCB), NOH Jessie (OCB), REDDING Regan (PCI), KIM Ian (TOR), CHI Ruben (TOR), CHI Candace (TOR), KUSANO Noah (VEN)

    new 4 kyu
    MORI Daiju (ALH), HAYASHI Shogo (STYO), KAWANO Masamichi Christian (TOR), JANG Seongyun (IRV), ELLIOTT Rei (TOR), LEE Hasun (LHB), JANG Seongwon (IRV), PAEK Judith (IS), PARK Audrey (LHB), ELLIOTT Rui (TOR), LEE Elliot (ANC), YOON Jihoo (IRV), YAMAMOTO Shinsuke Jr (LHB), KUMAGAI William (SFV), HAN Erin (IRV), KIM Michelle (IRV), JEON Rose Hyoon (LHB), CHOI Jiwon (IRV), KOMIYA Sarah (SFV), YUN Kailey Hyemi (IRV), YONG Justin (JCI), KIM Ethan (TOR), MATSUURA Hiro (SFV), CHOI Kendrick Joonho (IRV), HER Kemisha (COV), VO Kristine (COV), PHAN Khai (COV), NISHIOKA Daisuke (SD), LI Amber (COV), ISHIBASHI Keiga (COV), HO Jonathan (SD), GARCIA Richard (SD), BARTHOLOMEW Marquise (COV), PALMSTROM Linnea (SB), TRUJILLO FREGOSO Itzel (SD), PALLAS Reikos (SS), HSAIO Alex (STYO), YAMAZAKI Junnosuke (OCB), HO David (CHUO), SENTINELLA Clyde (SD)

    new 3 kyu
    SATO Yuichi (OCB), CHANG Colleene (ANC), ENDO Masaya (PCI), LEE Christian (ANC), CHUNG William (IRV), NAGANO Eita (PCI), TOKKO Justin (IRV), TOMONARI Cocoro (PCI), SHIONO Audrey (CM), TAJIMA Zenji (OCB), HAMILTON Joshua (CM), CECILIA Regina (LOS), MOON Ian (CHUO), BAE Jayden (LHB), MOCHIZUKI Miru (SD), TOKUMOTO Ryan (GED), ROMERO Myla (IS), JAMES Sebastian (SD), TORRES Leonardo (SFV), NGUYEN Viet (SD), RUIZ Abraham (TOR), OCAMPO Dennis (SD), PALLAS Christo Michael (SS), CURTICE Sean (SD), MOCHIZUKI Miwa (SD), IMUTA Atsuko (ALH), KITAJIMA Greg (SB), TORO Guillermo (IE), TICE Matthew (SS)

    new 2 kyu
    KOO Mattheus (ANC), SHIN Eric (IRV), JUNG Christopher (ANC), ROH Demian (LHB), MIZUHASHI Hugo (TOR), HARTZBERG Kei (PCI), LEE Terra Hyun (ANC), HUR Ashley (TOR), KIM Anna (ANC), PAEK Eddie (IS), YOON Daniel (ANC), THAI Tracey (COV), LONG Yi (SD), COWART Charles (GED), NEW Raymond (WS), MILLER Nicholas (IE), AHN Eliza (SFV)

    new 1 kyu
    SHIONO Taisho (CM), CHEN Daphne (GED), KURIYAMA Matthew (JCI), MAYEDA Rafael Kenji (TOR), DIEC Jason (JCI), SHIH Ben (IS)

    new 1 dan
    KIM Ryan Jun (NOR), SUNWOO Lynn (CHUO), KIM Iris (SD), CHO Ryan (NOR), CHEN Ahmik (GED), LEE Ki Joon (IRV), CHO Daniel (NOR), SUGINO Kimihiko (SD), KANASE Daijiro (NOR), CHUNG Joseph (OCB), LEE Craig (CHUO), KIM Chang Kyun (TOR), KIM Kelvin (SD)

    new 2 dan
    LEE Han (CHUO), CHOI Jeffrey (TOR), KIM Hayden (IRV), LEE Isaiah (ANC), NAKAYAMA Noah (IS), CHANG Stephen (SD), TSENG George (NOR), SHIKAI Yurika (CHUO), RUIVIVAR Jazel (SD), JIN Yichen Eiko (TOR), SAMBO Angel (SD), MIZUHASHI Masaki (TOR), PARK David (LHB), KANG Kyle (LHB)

    new 3 dan
    TADA Kasey (STYO), LEE Francis (COV), CHOI Ryan (IS), HUGHES Alex (SD), KAO Chia Ling (GED), CHEN Paul (GED), HSU Bradford (GED), ARBOGAST Louise (IE)

    new 4 dan
    MIZOBE Kenichiro (STYO), HORIKOSHI Christopher (SD), MORIOKA James (CHUO)

    Congratulations to all!

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