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AUSKF Summer Kendo Camp and Shinsa (August 26 - 28, 2022 @Las Vegas)

2022 Kendo Summer Camp & Promotino Exam Information

(1) Summer Camp

August 26-28th, 2022 Las Vegas, Nevada

2022 AUSKF Summer Camp

Dear AUSKF Federation Presidents and Supporters:

The registration is officially open for the 2022 AUSKF Summer Camp to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, August 26th to Sunday, August 28th. We will have an exciting program scheduled three 8 Dan senseis from Japan. Details regarding this event can be found below. We expect a great turnout and look forward to having many US kenshi participate, so please sign up now!!

Click here to register:


AUSKF Education


Friday, August 26th

2:30-3PM: Registration

3-6:30PM: Seminar

Saturday, August 27th

8:30-9:00AM: Registration

9:00AM-4:00PM: Seminar

6:30: Welcome Dinner

Sunday, August 28th

8:30-9:00AM: Registration

9:00-11:45 PM: Seminar

12:30-1 PM: Promotion Exam Registration

1-4PM: Promotion Exam


Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA

4141 Meadows Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89107

Free Parking


Isato Matsuda Hanshi 8 Dan

Toshiya Ishida Hanshi 8 Dan

Tanetoshi Terachi Kyoshi 8 Dan


All AUSKF Members 18 years of age or older at the time of the event.

18 and under may also participate, provided they are accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian AND prior notice is provided to the AUSKF Education Committee.

Headquarter : Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

129 E Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

We have NO hotel recommendation this time

You will stay at your favorite hotel.

Welcome Dinner: TBD

You must bring a signed Liability Release and the AUSKF COVID-19 Questionnaire on the day of the seminar.

Liability Release

Instructors Profile

Isato Matsuda Hanshi 8 Dan

  • Graduated from Kokushikan University

  • Member of Board of education in Nara prefecture

  • All Japan kendo championship 8 times participated.

  • All Japan 8 Dan championships 3rd place x 2times.

  • World kendo championship participated.

  • Tozai taiko (East west) kendo match 10 times participated.

  • All Japan teachers kendo tournament 2nd place

  • National sports festival 2nd place and 3rd place

Toshiya Ishida Hanshi 8 Dan

  • Graduated from Osaka Sports Science University.

  • Osaka police department Kendo Instructor.

  • National police agency police academy professor.

  • Team Japan manager.

  • All Japan kendo championship 1st place x2 times.

  • All Japan 8 Dan championships 1st place.

  • All Japan 7 Dan championships 1st place x 2times.

  • National sports festival 1st place.

  • World kendo championships team 1st place x 4times

  • All Japan police kendo championship 1st place in individual division, 1st place x3 times team division.

  • Nakakura- Ki tournament 1st placex 2 times.

  • Tozai taiko(East west) kendo match participated.

  • Japan prefecture kendo tournament 1st place.

  • Inter collage kendo championship 1st place in individual division & team division.

  • Inter high school kendo championship 1st place in team division.

Tanetoshi Terachi Kyoshi 8 Dan

  • Graduated from Hosei University.

  • Tokyo metropolitan police department (KEISHI-CHO) kendo top master.

  • All Japan kendo championship 8 times participated.

  • All Japan 8 Dan championships 4 times participated

  • World kendo championships team division 1st place x3 times.

  • National sports festival 1st place x 2times.

  • Tozai taiko (East west) kendo match participated.

  • All Japan police kendo championship 1st place in individual division x2 , 1st place x8 times in team division.

  • Japan prefecture kendo tournament 1st place.

For more details and signup form, click here

(2) Promotion Exam

Dear Federation Presidents

I hope this email finds you well.

I am pleased to announce that there will be an AUSKF high rank shinsa this summer. Along with the high rank shinsa there will be an opportunity for members to test for 1 Kyu thru 4 Dan as well. The shinsa will be in Las Vegas on Sunday August 28. The shinsa will follow directly after the AUSKF summer camp. All shinsa participants will be required to participate in the summer camp.

Attached please find:

These forms will need to be uploaded to the online form along with payment via paypal on the link below:

Best regards

AUSKF Promotion Committee

AUSKF Kendo Promotion Examination

August 28, 2022

Location: Bill and Lillie Heinrich YMCA 4141 Meadows Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89107

Nearest Airport: LAS (Harry Reid International Airport)

Date: Sunday, August 28, 2022

11:45 pm - 12:45pm Registration

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Test 1 Kyu through 7 Dan and Shogo

** All contestants need to be 18 years old and above.


  • Non-Refundable,

  • Non-transferable

  • Menjo Fee: Pay within 14 days from exam date via Paypal:

Fees: Test Fee (Menjo Fee)

  • 1 Kyu $40 ($30)

  • 1 Dan $50 ($50)

  • 2 Dan $60 ($60)

  • 3 Dan $70 ($80)

  • 4 Dan $80 ($100)

  • 5 Dan $100 ($150)

  • 6 Dan $120 ($200)

  • 7 Dan $150 ($300)

  • Renshi $120 ($300)

  • Kyoshi $150 ($500)

** Application Deadline: Friday, August 12, 2022 (All the applications and payments must be received

by the deadline) NO EXCEPTIONS.

We are accepting all applications online. (Please do not mail the documents to my physical address.) Please use the website below to access the application form:

All payments to be made online. If you have any problem making online payment, please contact us by email:

**Due to Covid-19 pandemic, AUSKF may cancel the event.

The application fees are non-refundable nor transferable unless the event itself was canceled by AUSKF. AUSKF will not be responsible for travel expenses due to cancellation by AUSKF.

Pay only for the testing fee on the online application. Those who passed the test must pay the menjo fee, within 2 weeks using

Due to Covid19 pandemic, the applicants must fulfill one of the following requirements. You will be asked to provide the proof of one of those listed below. You will have to have no Covid-19 symptom, such as fever, cough, headache, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) AND

1. Fully vaccinated and 2 weeks have passed after the last dose.

2. Had negative PCR test result within 72 hours prior to the date of the examination.

3. Had positive PCR test but at least 11 days have passed since full recovery without symptom, but not more than 180 days.

In order to prevent Covid-19 spread and to mitigate the risk of infection, following precautions are to be taken.

  1. Bring your PCR result or Vaccination Card. (It will be checked at the entrance).

  2. Wear a mask at all times in the gym.

3. Masks must be worn during the practice and shinsa.

4. Place Shield inside the MEN. (Any design will do).

5. No loud Kiai.

6. No Tsubazeri.

7. Keep social distance (6 feet apart) as much as possible.

8. Minimize the conversation indoor, and avoid physical contact with others.

9. Use sanitizer and wash hands frequently.

If you have any question, please contact us by Email:



Promotion Committee

AUSKF higher Dan Iaido shinsa (October 7 - 9, 2022 @ Bellevue WA)

AUSKF higher Dan Iaido shinsa

Date: October 7 - 9, 2022

Location: Rain City Fencing Center in Bellevue, WA

It will be in conjunction with the 2022 PNKF Iaido Seminar, Taikai, and Shinsa

2022 Greeting to the AUSKF members

I was elected to be the 2022-2024 AUSKF president at the November 12, 2021, AUSKF BOD Meeting. I will do my best to honor this opportunity. Under the current COVID conditions, we will seek better situations for Kendo, Iaido, and Jodo activities. I believe there are ways we will make the most of this time, to lead our activities in a good direction. Let’s go through this hard time together. (Shinobu Maeda)

Happy New Year! I am honored to serve another term for AUSKF, this time as the executive vice president. It has been very difficult two years since the Covid-19 pandemic started, but I am glad to see that most dojos resumed regular practice by the end of last year. The emergence of Omicron variant is raising another concern worldwide. It seems to be very contagious but probably less lethal, compared with other variants, such as Delta. We may see more variants emerge, and we need to be alert on new information, take usual precautions, appropriate countermeasures, and get vaccinated if you can. Our goal is to provide safe and enjoyable environment to practice kendo for all our members. All the AUSKF board members are volunteers, donating our time and effort for the members. We do what we can, and please be willing to contribute for our federation as well. Hope to see you at national as well as regional events this year. Let us stand together and build bright future for AUSKF. (Michio Kajitani)

Happy Holidays to everyone.

2022 will be a great year for Kendo; I will do my part to accomplish this goal. As your newly elected VP of Promotion, my committee members, Seiji Mamiya, Mike Jao, and Ken Tamura and I will do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs. Please stay healthy and continue kendo safely. Hope to see everyone soon. (Yuji Onitsuka)

My name is Hayato Okawa and I have been elected to be in charge of education (VP) for AUSKF. As the pandemic increases in magnitude and it is still yet uncertain how many seminars and events we can host, I will to the best of my ability fulfill my duty as the head of education and help to develop kendo in the United States. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in person and I’m hoping we can meet swords in Keiko. Thank you! (Hayato Okawa)

Dear AUSKF Regional Presidents, Senseis and Kenshi:

I would like to start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year. I was elected the new AUSKF Vice President of Competition at the AUSKF Board meeting in November. I am thankful to also have the support of my committee members Doug Imanishi Sensei, Kenny Song Sensei and Jarrod Hatakeyama Sensei. I am taking over this role from Yuji Onitsuka Sensei and have big shoes to fill. Onitsuka Sensei did a fantastic job in holding the AUSKF Federation-Zone Referee Seminars, Junior National Championships and AUSKF Championships. There remain many uncertainties with COVID, but our committee will do our very best to fulfill our duties and responsibilities. We humbly ask for your patience and understanding as we traverse these times.

The first order of busy for the New Year will be the Junior National Championships. It is still uncertain whether or not we can proceed with the tournament this year, but we will do everything we can to make it happen. We are tentatively looking at June or July to hold this tournament. We also plan on conducting a few of the Federation-Zone Referee Seminars this year, but that schedule will be announced at a later time.

Lastly, please let me know if you (or your federation) have any thoughts or ideas for improvement. I will discuss them with my committee and will take them into consideration in our planning for the next few years. (Brandon Harada)

I am honored to serve as Treasurer of the AUSKF Board for the second term. I will also continue to be in charge of the AUSKF memberships and work with our IT and membership admin team members. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your AUSKF membership. I will do my best to serve all of the AUSKF members and improve our membership renewal process. I will be looking forward to working with you.

Wishing you a safe and happy 2022 year! (Keiko Umemura)

Continuing from last year, I will be working for the AUSKF. My responsibility for 2022-2024 will be auditing and Insurance

/Risk management committee. The committee will work hard with Douglas Imanishi sensei and Brandon Harada sensei, so please feel free to contact us at any time. We wish you a healthy and peaceful year. (Seiji Mamiya)

My name is Norman Otani, and I have been elected to serve as the 2022-2024 Secretary-Historian for the 2022-2024 AUSKF board of directors. I am looking forward to an exciting and challenging three (3) years ahead, as the 2022-2024 AUSKF board of directors must work hard to restart all of the past efforts to once again have competition, education and promotion events for kendo, iaido and jodo. (Norman Otani)

The new COVID variants affecting our daily lives and restricting sport activities, it is for sure a very challenging time to be an officer. But I felt that there is no better time to give something back to AUSKF. I will be leading the IT committee for the next three years. We have a very capable team. I am looking forward to simplifying the AUSKF administration processes and improving the front-end experience for the AUSKF members and the future to-be members. If you have any questions of suggestions, please feel free to contact me at Looking forward to a great 2022! (Taro Ariga)

2021 has been another challenging year, but I am excited to finally get back to practice and am looking forward to seeing everyone at AUSKF events this year. Please stay safe and healthy! (Danny Yang)

It is my distinct honor to serve as an AUSKF director. I am new to this role but will do my best to support US kendo and our members. I also look forward to seeing many of you as AUSKF events resume. Please accept my sincere hope that each of you stays healthy and safe and that you can continue training. (Doug Imanishi)

It is my pleasure and honor to serve the AUSKF as a Board member as well as the Education Committee member. With the guidance from Okawa sensei, I will try to be creative, bring new ideas, and make educational events seamless and successful. Happy New Year and I hope 2022 is filled with hope for better, safe, and healthy days for all kendokas!! (Henry Lee)

Happy New Year to all - I hope everyone is having a safe and healthy 2022. I am very excited to be elected to the AUSKF Board of Directors (BoD) for the 2022-2024 term. As a first-time member of the AUSKF BoD, my goal is to both learn from and humbly build upon the successes of all of the current and previous leaders of AUSKF. For the next few years, I will be joining Brandon Harada Sensei as a member of the Competition Committee and Taro Ariga Sensei as a member of the IT Committee. I’m looking forward to supporting both them and the rest of the BoD as we plan and execute on our various AUSKF programs and events. Finally, I’d like to ask for your patience as I settle into this new role during the unique set of circumstances presented by the current COVID situation. Thank you for your vote of confidence as well as your support for the next few years. (Jarrod Hatakeyama)

My name is Kenneth Song, and I have been elected to serve for the 2022-2024 AUSKF board of directors. I am looking forward to an exciting and challenging three (3) years ahead, as the 2022-2024 AUSKF board of Competition Committee member. I will do my best to support AUSKF and members. Happy New Year!! I wish you a healthy and peaceful year. (Kenneth Song)

Happy New Year! Wishing everyone has a healthy, safe, and strong 2022! (Mike Jao)

I am very honored to be able to serve as a board member of the AUSKF. As part of the education committee, we will organize seminars to help develop and promote kendo in the United States. I look forward to meeting and doing keiko with you at upcoming AUSKF events. (Shuntaro Shinada)

My name is Ken Tamura and it is an honor to serve as AUSKF BOD for the first time. I have been assigned as a member of the AUSKF Promotion Committee and SEUSKF VP for Promotion. I am hoping to contribute to provide safe and smooth experiences for promotion exams and related seminars. (Ken Tamura)

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