Southern California
Kendo Federation



In addition, Team SCKF brought home plenty more hardware including
individual GOLD by Kanon Saito for Sr Girls and by Momoka Miyashiro for Jr Girls.
See SCKF results and full results. and CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

Join us for the victory party on 8/13!

2023 Team SCKF Training

SCKF is conducting monthly practices to prepare for the 2023 AUSKF Championships in Detroit, Fri June 30 to Sun July 2. All aspiring kenshi are encouraged to participate!

Practice schedule: (also see SCKF tentative calendar)

date      place          day,time           toban   notes
--------  -------------  -----------------  ------  ---------------------------
10/02/22  Venice Dojo    Sun, 8-11:30am      VEN    youth practice
11/06/22     "            "    "     "       tbd      "
12/04/22  El Rancho HS   Sun, 8am-12pm        "       "
01/08/23  Norwalk Dojo    "    "     "        "     first Team SCKF practice
02/05/23     "            "    "     "        "
03/05/23     "            "    "     "        "
04/02/23     "            "    "     "        "
04/23/23     "            "    "     "        "
05/07/23     "            "    "     "        "
05/21/23     "            "    "     "        "     optional (Salinas taikai)
06/04/23     "            "    "     "        "
06/25/23     "            "    "     "        "     team send-off party follows
Toban notes:
  1. gatorade: sixteen 1-gal bottles (orange and lemon-lime)
  2. drinking water: eight 1-gal bottles
  3. 16oz drinking cups: 100
  4. ice: one 20-lb bag
  5. snacks: optional donation by each toban dojo will be greatly appreciated.
    Suggestions include donuts, cookies, fruits, coffee.
  6. toban dojo: save all receipts; see reimbursement procedure. Also, please let the next dojo know the ending inventory.
  7. at Norwalk Dojo
    • one table from classroom #3 for refreshments; clean and return when practice is over
    • empty all trashcans (gym, changing rooms, kitchen, hallways, and outside the main entrance) to the back dumpster, reline with new trash bags
    • all non-Norwalk kenshi and sensei who participate in any practice at Norwalk Dojo are required by the Center to sign a Norwalk facility waiver form

Team SCKF Fundraisers
  • Professional Kendo Portraits, 4/23/23

    Photographer: Mr Kohjiro Kinno
    Time: 9am-11am
    Place: Norwalk Dojo

    Print options:

    • four 4x5 prints on one 8x10, not precut
    • one 8x10
    • all prints will be vertical protraits


    • $25 per one 8x10
    • $25 per four 4x5 printed on 8x10
    • $25 per group (up to 3 adults)
    • $10 per additional prints
    • $50 Platinum set: two 8x10s plus digital file emailed

    Click on image above for flyer. See email announcement below.
    Team SCKF members will be from 7-9am.

  • Team SCKF Bake Sale, 4/30/23 at Nisei Week Taikai
    Team members will be selling sweet and savory snacks, as well as a variety of drinks.

  • Team SCKF Tshirts, deadline 5/13/23

    ONLY $20!
    Black shirt with gold fonts
    Sizes from small through XXL, adult sizes only

    Please fill out one order form per dojo
    Deadline Saturday 5/13/23 for both order and payment

    Click on image for enlargement. See email announcement below.

Team SCKF Announcements (most recent on top)

  • 7/24/23 "Team SCKF Victory Party @ Dave & Buster's @ the Block in Orange on 8/13/23 12pm-3pm"

    Hello Dojo Reps,

    Please invite everyone to come help celebrate Team SCKF's impressive victories! The party will be held at Dave & Buster's @ the Block, 20 City Blvd West, Orange 92868 from 12pm-3pm.

    Please fill out the attached form per dojo and email the form to me by August 7 (Mon). The cost is $25/person and all team members/coaches are free! Please list the team members/coaches in the bottom section. Also, please bring one check per dojo to the party.

    Hope to see you there!

    Kevin Tadasu Abe

  • 6/27/23 "Team SCKF Flights and Van Assignments - IMPORTANT INFORMATION!"

    Hello Team SCKF Members and Parents. The time is here! Please see the flight and van assignment information below.

    Please arrive at the airport 2 hours before your flight departure so you can meet with your team and bundle your shinais. You will have to pay for your baggage fees but will be reimbursed for your bogu and additional bundled shinai bags. Here is detail information per airport:

    • LAX (Terminal 3) - For everybody with "Group" tickets, go straight to the Group check in counter/area. There should be no need to go to the kiosk machine and you can go to the Group check in individually and not with the whole group. If you run into any problems, ask the workers with the red jackets since Delta said they know best.
    • DTW - There is no Group check in so go to the kiosk machine and check in.

    Please make sure everybody knows their van assignments. Attached are van assignments, one file for the 6/29 arrival and one for 7/3 departure. There are changes in the 7/3 assignments since some are not riding back in the vans (who are listed at the bottom) including some kids who will be riding back with Mr. Choo and Mr. Shih that are noted. Also for passengers with the earlier 7/3 flight (group 2), some of the passengers have been switched around different vans.

    Here's the hotel address:
    Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac
    3600 Centerpoint Parkway
    Pontiac, MI 48341-3164

    Here's the Venue address:
    O'rena at Oakland University
    569 Pioneer Dr
    Rochester, MI 48309


    Kevin Tadasu Abe

  • 5/17/23 "Team SCKF Send-Off Party on 6/25/23 12pm-2pm @ Norwalk Dojo"

    Hello Dojo Reps,

    As discussed, Team SCKF will be having a Send-Off Party after our last practice at Norwalk Dojo on June 25th from 12pm-2pm. We would like to invite everybody to come help send off our team with high spirits to Detroit. Please send me a count of the total number of people that can attend by the first weekend in June (6/4). This count does not have to be exact. We just need to have an idea of how many people are coming so we know what to prepare.

    Hope to see you there!

    Kevin Tadasu Abe

  • 4/13/23 "Team SCKF T-Shirt Fundraiser DEADLINE 5/13/23 SAT"

    Hello All,

    Team SCKF is selling T-shirts to help raise funds and also to allow parents and spectators to show support at the US Championships this summer in Detroit. Please complete the attached order form PER DOJO and follow the instructions on the form. The deadline for both the order form and payment is May 13, 2023 (Sat).

    See above for what the T-shirts will look like.


    Kevin Tadasu Abe

  • 4/5/23 "Team SCKF Kendo Photo Portrait Fundraiser 4/23/23 9-11am @ Norwalk Dojo"

    Hello All,

    Please see attached flyer regarding the Team SCKF Kendo Photo Portrait Fundraiser. Photographs will be taken by Kinno-sensei who many of you know is a professional sports photographer and has many famous clients. I believe he recently did a photo shoot for basketball star Steph Curry. You will get a chance to get a professional picture taken with your bogu and shinai. There will also be a team practice going on which everybody is welcome to join. Also, payments are to be made at the event so please bring Cash or Check payable to "Southern California Kendo Federation".

    Dojo Reps: Please forward this to your members ASAP. Also FYI, Team SCKF members will be taking photos earlier from 7am-9am. I will be sending a separate email to them.


    Kevin Tadasu Abe

    Message to Team SCKF Members and Member Parents:
    The photo shoot for team members will be 7am-9am. Therefore, please arrive at the dojo 6:30-6:45am so you can suit up and be ready for the photo shoot.

  • 1/3/23 "Team SCKF REQUIRED FORMS - 1st Practice this Sunday, Jan 8"

    Dear Team SCKF Members and Member Parents for Minors,

    Happy New Year and congratulations for making Team SCKF! The first practice is this Sunday, 1/8 at Norwalk Dojo. Attached are the Norwalk Facility's Waiver Form along with the Team SCKF Player's Agreement and Waiver Form. Please print out all 3 forms, fill out, sign and turn them in to your respective coach BEFORE PRACTICE STARTS AT 8AM THIS SUNDAY. Also, please note all minors must have their parents'/legal guardian's signatures as well.

    Also, attached is the practice schedule which includes the facility's Covid Rules. Please read and make sure to abide by all rules. Note that masks will be required for everybody in the facility.

    One more thing, the tournament will be held in the state of Michigan and SCKF plans to take care of all team members' airplane ticket (upon approval of the board). We plan to depart on June 29 (Thu) and come back on July 3 (Mon). Please let your respective coach know ASAP if that does not work. Parents will be required to purchase their tickets on their own but I will let everybody know of the flight #'s once known. Lastly and I cannot promise anything, but please let your coach know if you have a preferred airport you want to fly out of.

    The US Championships is always a good time and memorable but now it's time to get to work!

    Kevin Tadasu Abe
    Team SCKF Manager

    Team schedule
    Player's agreement and waiver form
    Norwalk facility waiver form

Team SCKF Elimination Tournament 12/11/22
  • Team SCKF Application Form (xlsx)
    Due date:    10/22/2022, Sunday
    Tryout date: 12/11/2022, Sunday
    Place: El Rancho High School, Salcido Auxiliary Gym
    (at Loch Alene Ave and Homebrook St, see map pushpin)

  • announcements (most recent on top)

    • 12/9/22

      Dojo Reps,

      Please forward this message to anybody coming to the Team SCKF Tryouts this Sunday (12/11) including participants, shinpans, volunteers and spectators.

      Given that LA County has officially moved into the CDC’s high COVID-19 transmission rate category, we will be requiring masks for anybody inside the facility.

      Kevin Tadasu Abe

    • 12/6/22

      This coming Sunday is the Team SCKF tryouts at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera. We would like to have all volunteers arrive when the door opens at 7am to help set up the courts as quickly as possible. We want to make sure that the kenshis that are trying out have plenty of time to warm up before we start this event.

      7-8am   court set up (all volunteers)
      8-9am   sign in, shinpan meeting, court duty meeting, and warm ups
      9am     quick Opening Ceremony
      9:30am  (or sooner) start the first match
      Break   lunch and warm up for afternoon groups
      2pm     last match
      2:15pm  Closing Ceremony
      2:45pm  cleaning (everyone) 

      Please see attached file (pdf) for rules (note: no tsubazeriai, see AJKF video).

      Thank you,
      Yuji Hosokawa

    • 9/17/22

      Dear Dojo Reps,

      Next year, SCKF will be sending our top kenshi to the 2023 AUSKF Championships. Attached is the Team SCKF Application Form. The cost is $25 per applicant. Please fill out ALL fields for interested participants including AUSKF ID and email address. Minors will need to provide one of their parent's email address along with their name. Also at the bottom of the form, fill out the number of bentos your dojo would like to order. The total amount owed will be calculated for you. Please send a check postmarked by 10/22/22 to:

      Southern California Kendo Federation
      117 E. Victoria Ave
      Montebello, CA 90640

      In addition, upload this completed file to the Google Drive/to_sckf folder just like the membership file and send me a notification email. Do not email the file for security reasons (birthdates are included). Please make sure to let anybody that might be interested know and submit this file by 10/22/22. LATE APPS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

      Also, please inform and show each applicant the attached Team SCKF Player's Agreement and Waiver Form and the Tentative Schedule. All applicants selected for Team SCKF will be required to sign both of these forms and turn them in before the start of the first official Team SCKF practice scheduled to be on January 8, 2023.

      Finally, please encourage your senseis to participate as shinpans and others as volunteers. Bentos will be free for all shinpans and volunteers. There will probably be at least 20 senseis that will not do shinpan since they will either be participating or will be coaches, and we would like to make this tryout as fair as we definitely need the support of some high level shinpans! Also, we always need as many volunteers we can get!

      GO TEAM SCKF!!!

      Kevin Tadasu Abe
      Team SCKF Manager

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