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Announcement: Referee Seminar and Mini Promotion

Please join us for Referee Seminar & Mini Promotion Exam
Plus: ECUSKF Team Training for AUSKF 2017 National Championship

Referee Seminar & Mini Promotion Exam
Saturday August 27th, 2016 in Columbus, OH
Location: Ohio Sports Plus
Address: 4140 Tuller Rd # 118, Dublin, OH 43017

Up to 3rd Dan Testing – (Coordinated by Promotions Officer Chris George Jr.)
Tentative Time Table:
12:00 Referee Seminar venue open
15:30 – 16:00 Mini Promotion Registration
16:00 – 17:00 Promotion Exam
17:00 – 18:00 Godo Geiko (time permitting)
18:00 Closed
19:00 Possible After Practice Party at 101 Beer Kitchen (Tentative)


ECUSKF Nationals Team Training
Sunday August 28th, 2016 in Cincinnati, OH
College Hill Recreation Center
5545 Belmont Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45224

Training Practice will be about 4 hours (Coordinated by Team Managers Jay Lane-Sensei and Satomi Lane- Sensei)

Announcement: Results: 6th AUSKF Junior Open National Championships


Please join us in congratulating the competitors who competed at the 6th AUSKF Junior Open National Championships!

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[9 Years and Under Bracket]
Takahide Katayama (2nd place)
Keith Adams (Kantosho)
Misaki Matsunaga (Kantosho)

[10-11 Years Bracket]
Allen Sluss (3rd place)

[12-13 Years Bracket]
Tomohide Katayama (1st place)

[14-15 Years Bracket]
Kenta Tamura (3rd place)

[16-18 Years Bracket]
Thomas Koizumi (Kantosho)

[Girls 13 Years and Under]
Chika Hotta (Kantosho)
Mahana Koike (Kantosho)


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In teams, ECUSKF A placed THIRD in the Youth Team division!
And finally, In the Overall Boys Team Competition, ECUSKF placed FIRST!!!

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Congratulations to the winners and participants. Well done!

We like to thank not only the competitors, but other kenshi in the dojos that helped them train hard.
Special thanks to the parents and families as well as the senseis and coaches.
Let these junior kenshi be an inspiration to us all, for 2017 and for our journey on the path of Kendo!



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Announcement: Special Training for All US Jr. Youth Tournament!

Dear All,

ECUSKF will be holding a special practice session in preparation for All United States Kendo Federation Junior Youth Tournament!

Special Training for All US Jr. Youth Tournament!

Date: Sunday, April 24th, 2016
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM
Location: The College Hill Rec Center (5545 Belmont Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45224)
After Practice Gathering Place: Steak Nina (tentative) – 9176 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231

Additional Information:
We are looking for good training partners for our youth competitors
Under 11 years: 5 kyu and over
12 ~ 15 years: 4 kyu and over
16 years and over: 2 kyu and over
***Sorry, but if you are on beginners level, please wait for future opportunities.
***If you have question, please contact Shuhei Ito-sensei ( and the head coach, Katayama-sensei.

We would be very grateful if the following young kenshi can attend this trianing session:
CKKC Narumi Ota and Sellers brothers
Young Kendoka from Nashville Kendo Club

Thank you! Hope to see you there!

Announcement: ECUSKF Kentucky Tournament

Dear Kendo friends and families,

ECUSKF will be hosting the Kentucky Tournament and Promotion Exam on the weekend of March 12th and 13th.
The Tournament will be held on Saturday March 12th and the Promotion Exam on Sunday March 13th.


March 1st, 2016 for Tournament
Mail Applications to:
Jyoshu Tsushima
801 Polaris Parkway # 149
Columbus, OH 43240
February 29th, 2016 for Promotion
Mail Applications to:
Christopher George
3304 Vienna Woods Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45211

Both events at:
Eastern Kentucky University
Weaver Gym
521 Lancaster Ave
SRC 105
Richmond, KY 40475

Tournament Schedule
Saturday, March 12th, 2016
8:00 am – 8:45 am Registration/Warm-up
8:45 am – 9:00 am Opening Ceremony
9:00 am – 12:30 pm Individual Competition
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Team Competition
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Closing Ceremony
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm After Party & Dinner

Promotion Schedule
Sunday, March 13th, 2016
10:00 AM Doors Open
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Registration Desk Opens
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Promotion Exam
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Godo Geiko (time permitting)
4:00 PM Gym Closes

Dinner Party
7PM on Saturday, March 12
MASALA – Indian cuisine
1000 Center Dr. Richmond, KY 40475

2016 Kentucky Tournament Package





Announcement: Johnson Cup Results

Thank you all for participating in Johnson Cup Tournament! We hope it was fun and exciting, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Please join us in congratulating the medalists:

No Bogu Division
1st – Masaki Smith (Columbus JLS)
2nd – Juntaro Miyachi (Columbus JLS)
3rd – Taichi Matsuura (Koyokai) & Tengo Takagi (Columbus JLS)

Mudansha Youth
1st – Tomohide Katayama (Columbus JLS)
2nd – Minami Matsunaga (Columbus JLS)
3rd – Takahide Katayama (Columbus JLS) & Misaki Matsunaga (Columbus JLS)

Mudansha Adult
1st – Kenta Tamura (Columbus JLS)
2nd – Daichi Sakuma (Detroit)
3rd – Robert Patton (OSU) & Cheuk Tse (Cornell)

1st – Hiroko Matsuyama (MVKC)
2nd – Rebekah McCarty (Purdue University)
3rd – Yumi Matsuyama (CWRU) & Miwa Morita (Cleveland Kendo Association)

Johnson Cup
1st – Jyoshu Tsushima (MVKC)
2nd – Tim Minowa (Detroit)
3rd – Teruya Mochizuki (Columbus JLS) & Phillip Yoo (CWRU)

Fourth Dan and Up
1st – Hidetoyo Katayama (Columbus JLS)
2nd – Hajime Sugawara (Central Indiana)
3rd – Ken Fujita (Columbus JLS) & Travis Hill (Koyokai)

Team, Youth
1st – Columbus JLS A
2nd – Columbus JLS B
3rd – Detroit & Columbus JLS C

Team, Adult
1st – Koyokai
2nd – Central Indiana
3rd – MVKC & Columbus JLS A

Special thank you to the senseis, volunteers, shinpan, and family members who made it possible for this tournament.

Announcement: Johnson Cup 2015

Greetings to our dear kendo friends and family.

ECUSKF will be hosting our annual Johnson Cup Tournament and Promotion Exam on the weekend of November 21st & 22nd, in Columbus Ohio (Please Note: Two different locations in Columbus).
The Johnson Cup Tournament will be held on Sunday November 22nd at:
Centennial High School
1441 Bethel Rd
Columbus, OH 43220

The Promotion Exam precedes the Tournament and will be held on Saturday November 21st
Hastings Middle School
1850 Hastings Ln
Columbus, OH 43220

(Sorry, we cannot accept late registrations)

Please Note: The mailing addresses for Tournament and Promotion Exam registration forms are different.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

We look forward to your attendance and participation.


FY2015 American Zone Kendo Referee Seminar

A FIK Kendo Referee Seminar for the American Zone will be held
in Toronto Canada from Saturday 30 to Sunday 31, January 2016.

Please peruse attached and submit the “Application Form” to by November 20, 2015. (Deadline)

Application form FIK (AUSKF) Application Form_FY2015 American Zone Kendo Referee Seminar Toronto (2)

Invitation Letter FIK Invitation to FY2015 American Zone Kendo Referee Seminar in Toronto (AUSKF)

AUSKF Adult Mudansha Kendo Seminar

AUSKF is offering a Kendo Seminar for Adult Mudansha – AUSKF kenshi who started kendo as an adult.  This is for adults who are still mudansha, but also include yudansha who started kendo as an adult!
It will be held on January 16-17, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Info Packet: 1.2016 AUSKF Adult Seminar

The following message from Chris Yang-sensei, AUSKF VP of Education

Dear AUSKF Kenshi:

It is with great excitement that the AUSKF Education Committee announces the first ever AUSKF Adult / Mudansha Kendo Seminar, to be held on January 16-17, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This Seminar will provide tailored instruction and guidance to AUSKF kenshi that first started kendo as an adult (18+ years). Current kyu kenshi as well as yudansha who started kendo as an adult are welcome to participate. Participants will be divided into similar age/rank groups so that instructors can provide personalized instruction and also act as a mentor to adult kenshi. But most importantly, this Seminar is aimed to provide motivation and support for a very important group within our AUSKF kenshi population.

We are charging a participant fee of $50 per person, which will include lunch for both days of the Seminar. Other transportation and other expenses must be borne by each participant. We are expecting a very large turnout so please register as soon as possible using the following

Official hotel information, goodwill party information and other details will be provided shortly to registered participants and on our website!
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in Las Vegas!


Chris Yang
AUSKF VP of Education