Southern California
Kendo Federation


Iaido Shinkyu Shinsa
Sunday 10/27/19, 10am
Hillview Middle School, Whittier

  • see application form (pdf)
    • see submission notes later in this page
    • names will appear on menjo as they appear in the membership database
      You will be informed if the name on your application form differs from the database. 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.
    • SCKF membership deadline was 7/31

  • application form for non-SCKF participants
    • you will need the approval and signature of your regional federation on the above form
    • please also be sure to get approval from your dojo head instructor

  • all applications are due 10/20

  • shinsa location: Hillview Middle School (see info and map)
    • This is the facility used for SCKF youth practices. "When you park in the parking lot you'll see the gym. There's a double gate between the office and the lunch area. You'll go through there to the gym. The restrooms are attached to the gym. The stage can be used for changing (it's covered)."
    • Set up: examiner table (2 tables, 5 chairs), timekeeper (1 chair), kaishisen (10m from examiner table), staging chair (4m from kaishisen), see reference. Also 1 table for refreshments (donuts and water).

  • sign in closes at 9:45am
    • no late applicants allowed!
    • 1kyu and above applicants will need to turn in your completed written tests at sign-in

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

  • tentative schedule
    • 9:00am: gym opens
    • 9:15pm: start sign in, post testing details
      • you must be dressed in uwagi and hakama when you sign in
      • a label with your participant number will be applied over your nafuda
      • 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
    • 9:45am: sign-in closes
      • if you are late you will not be able to participate in the shinsa, plus there will be an additional fee
    • 10:00am: opening rei and remarks, start shinsa
    • 10:30am: end shinsa

  • shinsa fees
    • $20 kyu
    • $30 1dan

    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).

  • application package submission notes
    • for SCKF dojo representatives:
      • fill out the application form and have it signed by your dojo head instructor or, at the head instructor's option, by the dojo iaido instructor
      • scan it and upload it to your dojo's "to_sckf" google drive folder with the name doj_191027_iai.pdf, where "doj" is your dojo's abbreviation
      • email Jean Kodama when the file has been uploaded
      • mail or otherwise arrange to deliver your check(s) so it is received by the application deadline to: Jean Kodama, 12909 Glenda St, Cerritos CA 90703
    • for non-SCKF applicants: scan the signed application form and the signed AUSKF form. Email both forms and mail your check so all are received by the application deadline (see contact information above).

  • written tests are required for everyone testing for 1kyu and above
    • completed written tests:
      • must be turned in at sign-in time
      • must include name, requested rank, and dojo
      • must be submitted in English only
    • please answer two out of the following three questions:
      • 1 kyu candidates
        1. List the names of the twelve All Japan Kendo Federation iaido kata and include a brief English translation for each kata.
        2. What is reiho?
        3. Why are you studying iaido and what do you hope to accomplish?
      • 1 dan candidates
        1. Explain what is meant by the term saya biki and describe its use in one All Japan Kendo Federation Iaido kata.
        2. Draw a simple diagram of a katana, label as many parts as you can.
        3. Define kirioroshi and describe its use in one All Japan Kendo Federation Iaido kata.

  • the list of examiners and volunteers below is alphabetical
    • Examiners:
      Please wear keikogi/hakama
      Kodama Jean, Kozawa Susie, Okuno Samuel, Ralutin Dennis, Sukiassyan Levon
    • Timekeeper:
      Please wear keikogi/hakama
      Tekin Korhan

  • menjo (rank certificates)
    • a menjo printing request will be sent to AUSKF shortly after the shinsa
      • menjo will be printed with names as they appear in the database
      • 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").
      • mail or otherwise arrange to deliver your check to Jean Kodama within one week of the shinsa
      • non-SCKF applicants will be asked to provide a return mailing address, preferably one per dojo or federation

  • misc notes

Shinkyu shinsa results

new 3 kyu

new 2 kyu

new 1 kyu

Congratulations to all!

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