Delegation Abroad 2006
AJKF delegation visit to China and Mongolia
Delegation to Beijing
With financial support by the Japan Foundation, AJKF dispatched a delegation
consisting of the following Kendo experts to China and Mongolia on June
16 through June 26, 2006. They visited Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, and Shanghai
for conducting both seminar and grading examination.
Mr. Kiyomitsu Goto, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Osamu Asano, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Michio Wakimoto, Kyoshi 8 Dan
Mr. Arinobu Kurose, Kyoshi 7 Dan (FIK/AJKF office manager)
In the opening ceremony of the Kendo seminar of more than 100 participants
on June 17, Mr. Goto, the chief instructor, stressed that Kendo practitioners
pursue authentic Kendo with the concept of Kendo, and they were happy to
help the Chinese people develop such a Kendo which is growing vigorously.
Kendo started in China some 10 years ago by Japanese people stationing
there. Now some 800 people in Beijing enjoy practice it in some 10 Kendo
clubs. Mr. Fujita, Beijing Branch Manager of the Japan Foundation joined
the opening ceremony. How to improve their skills was instructed on the
morning session, and Kendo-kata on the afternoon. On the following morning,
grading examinations of 1st Kyu to 3 Dan were conducted as that authorized
by FIK. The result was shown as follows,
of applicants No. of success
1st Kyu 2 2
1st Dan 62 38
2nd Dan 14 11
3rd Dan 7 6
Total 85 57
Mr. Takeyasu, president of AJKF and concurrently president of FIK came
over from Tokyo and joined the closing ceremony on June 18, and then paid
a courtesy call on Mr. Miyamoto, Japanese Ambassador to China with the
After visiting Mr. Ichihashi, Japanese Ambassador to Mongolia on the morning
of June 21, the delegation had the first day Kendo seminar on the afternoon.
Some forty people joined the whole seminar session consisting of skills
improvement and Kendo-kata, but they have difficulties in obtaining Kendo
equipment and attire, appropriate Japanese Kendo instructors stationing
in Mongolia, and so forth. But, it looks strong point for the police in
Mongolia to support Kendo practice. Grading examinations were conducted
of applicants No. of success
1st Dan 23 17
2nd Dan 7
3rd Dan 1 1
Total 31 23
On June 24, Saturday and 25, Sunday, the seminar was held with participation
of 120 practitioners from nine clubs, some of whom joined from Hangzhon,
Suzhon, Chongqing, etc. Dan grading was examined for some 100 applicants.
of applicants No. of success
1st Kyu 9 9
1st Dan 79 75
2nd Dan 9 6
3rd Dan 4 3
Total 101 93
**This delegation was financially supported by The Japan Foundation.
Seminar at Shanghai
Delegation to FIK American-Zone Kendo Referee Seminar FY2005
FIK Kendo Referee Seminar in the American Zone was held on March 25 and
26, 2006 in Toronto, Canada. The visiting instructors from Japan were
Mr. Eiji Taguchi, Hanshi 8 Dan,
Mr. Kunio Hayashi, Hanshi 8 Dan,
Mr. Katsuo Endo, Hanshi 8 Dan.
From Aruba, Hawaii, the US, and Canada, 78 referee trainees assembled in
Japanese Canadian Cultural Center They consisted of 3 Eighth Dan, 22 Seventh
Dan, 16 Sixth Dan, 18 Fifth Dan, and 19 Fourth Dan.
After lectures on the objectives and duties of referees, summary of Shiai
and Shimpan regulations, positioning, manners, displays, etc. on the morning
session of the first day, the attendees were divided into three groups
by Dan in the practice session of the afternoon.
On the second day, the session was focused on reviewing 13 WKC referee
candidates, by having 7 trios of 8 Dan and 7 Dan holders referee mock matches
by 6 Dan holders with observation of all the rest.
In his concluding remarks, Mr.Taguchi said that the refereeing is nearly
perfect, but displaying of the judgment is rather slow, and some Yuko-datotsu
are overlooked. He stressed the importance of reviewing factors and elements
of Yuko-datotsu, and showed his hope that authentic Kendo in the region
is built up by good referees.
Delegation to FIK/EKF Kendo & Referee Seminar FY2005
FIK European-zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on February 11 and 12, 2006 in Brussels,
Kingdom of Belgium, as in the former years. Before the formal seminar, Ji-Geiko for two hours was carried out on the
previous two evenings. The visiting instructors of this year were as follows.
Mr. Shuji Fukumoto, Hanshi 8 Dan,
Mr. Tomoyasu Ota, Hanshi 8 Dan,
Mr. Kazuo Negishi, Hanshi 8 Dan.
At first, Chief Instructor, Fukumoto Hanshi spoke to the 70 participants
that this seminar aimed at nurturing referees who can judge such international
matches as World Kendo Championships or European Kendo Championships. You
are required to make sincere efforts in improving your refereeing skills
to judge Yuko-Datotsu correctly and to deal swiftly and properly with prohibition
items. As model refereeing, three 7 Dan holders were selected to execute refereeing
three matches, and the attendees were divided into two groups, international
level referees A and national match referees B. The A group of 42 trainees
was taken care of by Mr. Ota, and the group B of 28 by Mr. Negishi.
The A group trainees experienced in the past this kind of referee seminars
and the majority proved to be qualified for international matches. Their
challenges are to judge correctly not only chances but also spirits, attitude,
and Hasuji of match players, and to make practices to keep appropriate
cooperation and positioning among the referees.
On the afternoon of the second day, Sunday, February 12, the grading examination
was held with the applicants of 30. The results were rather severe as shown
in the following figure of success/ figure of applicants. Shodan 9/13,
2 Dan 9/11, 3 Dan 2/6, 4 Dan 2/6, 5 Dan 3/13, 6 Dan 4/36, 7 Dan 1/11.
The unsuccessful applicants showed superb posture and attitude, but needed
to improve finding more chances to strike and also smooth strikes with
Ki-Ken-Tai Itchi. There seemed many failed with just one step away.