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External Shinsa Application Notes
(for promotional testing outside of SCKF)

The procedure to apply for shinsa (promotional exam) outside of SCKF varies according to which federation conducts the testing:

All cases require an SCKF external shinsa application form to be filled out by the applicant and the applicant's head instructor.

The current shinsa coordinator is Jean Kodama.

The notes below generally describe kendo shinsa; iaido and jodo shinsa are similar. Each event will have its own event details, application form, and deadline.


AUSKF shinsa

AUSKF conducts kendo shinsa for kodansha ranks (5dan and above) and shogo (renshi and kyoshi) at its spring and fall board of directors meetings and at its kendo summer camp.

General instructions:

  • complete the SCKF external shinsa application form including recommendation and signature by your head instructor
  • complete the AUSKF shinsa application package (typically includes application form, copy of menjo, written test, shinsa fee, and menjo fee)
  • submit all materials to the shinsa coordinator by the SCKF deadline for the event
  • SCKF will then handle
    • approval by Shinsa Advisory Board (do NOT contact them yourself)
    • signature by SCKF president (if approved)
    • express mail to AUSKF
AUSKF conducts iaido shinsa and sometimes jodo shinsa at its iaido summer camp. The general instructions are the same as for AUSKF member federation shinsa (below), except that the iaido camp shinsa form is submitted instead of the Affiliate Organization Exam Request form. For shogo, also see special instructions below.

AUSKF member federation shinsa

This procedure is commonly used for iaido shinsa at a non-SCKF federation within AUSKF. Kendo testing at a non-SCKF federation is more rare, since SCKF conducts two shinsa during the year.

General instructions:

  • complete the SCKF external shinsa application form including recommendation and signature by your head instructor
  • complete AUSKF's Affiliate Organization Exam Request form
  • submit both forms to the SCKF shinsa coordinator
  • SCKF will then handle
    • approval by Shinsa Advisory Board (do NOT contact them yourself)
    • signature by SCKF president (if approved)
    • allow at least 2 weeks for this process, including the method for returning the AUSKF form to you
  • complete the member federation's shinsa application package
    • you are responsible for meeting their shinsa application deadline including submitting the AUSKF form to them

AJKF (All Japan Kendo Federation) shinsa

AJKF now requires AUSKF to collect applications and handle submission for AJKF shinsa (see 2017 and 2018 news posts).

General instructions:

  • complete the SCKF external shinsa application form including recommendation and signature by your head instructor
  • complete AUSKF's Foreign Exam Application form
  • submit both forms to the SCKF shinsa coordinator
  • SCKF will then handle
    • approval by Shinsa Advisory Board (do NOT contact them yourself)
    • signature by SCKF president (if approved)
    • allow at least 2 weeks for this process, including the method for returning the AUSKF form to you
  • refer to the AUSKF news posts (linked above) to complete the remaining steps in the registration process
    • you are responsible for meeting AUSKF's application deadline including submitting their form and fee

FIK member federation shinsa (other than AJKF)

This procedure is for shinsa in a foreign country other than Japan.

General instructions:

  • complete the SCKF external shinsa application form including recommendation and signature by your head instructor
  • complete AUSKF's Foreign Exam Application form
  • submit both forms to the SCKF shinsa coordinator
  • SCKF will then handle
    • approval by Shinsa Advisory Board (do NOT contact them yourself)
    • signature by SCKF president (if approved)
    • allow at least 2 weeks for this process, including the method for returning the AUSKF form to you
  • complete the FIK federation's shinsa application package
    • you are responsible for submitting your package to them by their deadline
    • you are also responsible for submitting the AUSKF form and fee to AUSKF by its deadline

Special instructions for shogo applicants

AUSKF now requires a signed recommendation from each federation for each shogo applicant. General criteria include

  • presently practices kendo on a regular basis
  • plays a leading role in our kendo society
  • possesses good judgment and lives a sound life
  • attends official seminars organized by FIK and/or FIK affiliated organizations
  • has sufficient knowledge of kendo kata, refereeing, teaching methods, and competence for jitsugi necessary for shogo
  • has the experience in teaching and refereeing necessary for shogo
  • for AJKF shinsa applicants: lives in the United States and has been a registered member of SCKF for at least 1 year, and will continue these for at least 1 year
Note: for iaido or jodo, make the appropriate subsitutions in the verbiage above.

There is a special version of the SCKF external shinsa application form for shogo:

When filling out the form, be sure to:
  • keep in mind the form is intended to be the recommendation sent to AUSKF, so fill it out by typing. It is recommended to edit the docx file, or for the pdf file use a typewriter or a pdf editor.
  • fill out the second section of the form in a manner that supports the above points
  • allow plenty of time for requests for additional information or clean up. Do not wait until the last minute.
  • after approval by the SCKF shinsa advisory board, the SCKF president will sign the bottom section of the form, which states "the above named applicant is recommended by SCKF to test for shogo ..."

Revisions

  1. 6/7/17:
    - initial draft
  2. 6/8/17:
    - update all sections
    - update SCKF external shinsa application form
  3. 1/28/18:
    - add link to 2018 AUSKF news post to AJKF section
  4. 3/15/18:
    - make separate sckf external shinsa application forms for kodansha rank and shogo
  5. 4/3/18:
    - add iaido camp shinsa notes

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