Delegation Abroad

FIK Asian Zone Referee Seminar FY2016

FIK Asia-Zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on 18th and 19th Feb 2017 at Lei Yue Mun Sports Centre in Kowloon in Hong Kong.

The Instructors from Japan for this seminar were as follows.

Mr. Yuji NAKATA  Kendo Hanshi 8 dan
Mr. Kunihiko TERASAKI  Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Yasuo SUZUKI  Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan




101 trainees from 9 countries of Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, China, Chinese Taipei, Australia, Malaysia, Macau and Singapore were attended to the seminar.
More than 130 including the seminar match players and local Kendo staffs were participated to the event.
And players in Hong Kong performed good matches at the seminar.

Following to the opening message by WONG president of HKKA, Chief Instructor NAKATA sensei was explained what is the important point for the Kendo refereeing.
And the refereeing training session was started by SUZUKI sensei and TERASAKI sensei.
The seminar was conducted by 2 courts.
The main point of this seminar was to clarify the Yukodatotsu and to make sure the detail of refereeing.
After 2 days seminar, judging skill of Yukodatotsu has been improved and confirmed.
All of referee trainees were learned refereeing and enjoyed the seminar.








FIK European Zone Referee Seminar FY2016

FIK European-zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on 4th and 5th February 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

The instructors from Japan for this seminar were as follows.

Mr. Toru KAMEI, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Masafumi OTAKE, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Koji KASAMURA, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan



The seminar was started from 4th February, 78 referee trainees from 20 countries in Europe were participated to the seminar.
Also, some local players for referee training as the Shiai-sya were participated.
In total 120 participants were participated to this Seminar.



Beginning part of the opening ceremony, opening message was announced by Mr. Alain Ducarme President of European Kendo Federation and Vice President of International Kendo Federation.
After that KAMEI sensei explained the propose of this seminar and important points.
And refereeing seminar of Jitsugi was started immediately.
In the morning of second day, the seminar continued mainly reviewing last day's study.
After 2 days seminar, the judging skills of the trainees were improved and confirmed.





FIK American Zone Referee Seminar FY2016

FIK American Zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on 21st and 22nd Jan, 2017 at Feldman Recreation Center in Chicago in USA.

The instructors from JAPAN for this seminar were as follows.

Mr. Kazushi MIYAKE, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Hiroyuki TSUKAMOTO, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Yoshimi HIGASHI, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan




In total 111 trainees from Brazil, U.S.A., Canada, Mexico and Hawaii were participated to the seminar.
It was large number of participants at American zone referee seminar.
On 21st Jan. (Sat.), after the opening speech by Yoshiteru TAGAWA president of USA, Chief Instructor MIYAKE sensei explained about the important points of this seminar.
Particularly, the object of judgment, duty, rules of refereeing and Yuko-datotsu were explained.
After 2 days seminar, the judging skills of the trainees were improved and confirmed.







FIK Asian Zone Referee Seminar FY2015

FIK Asia-Zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on 12th and 13th Mar 2016 at Taiwan University Gymnasium in Taipei in Chinese Taipei.

The Instructors of This time from Japan were as follows.

Mr. Nariaki SATO Kendo Hanshi 8 dan
Mr. Masafumi OTAKE  Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Kazushi MYAKE  Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan




82 trainees from 8 countries of Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, China, Chinese Taipei, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore were attended to the seminar.
More than 100 including the seminar match players and local Kendo staffs were participated to the event.
And excellent players in Taipei performed good matches at the seminar.


Following to the opening message by Wu president of ROCKA, Chief Instructor SATO sensei was explained what is the important point for the Kendo refereeing.
And the refereeing training session was started by OTAKE sensei and MIYAKE sensei.
The seminar was conducted by 2 courts.
The main point of this seminar was to clarify the Yukodatotsu and to make sure the detail of refereeing.
After 2 days seminar, judging skill of Yukodatotsu has been improved and confirmed.
All of referee trainees were learned refereeing and enjoyed the seminar.







FIK European Zone Referee Seminar FY2015

FIK European-zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on 6th and 7th February 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.

The instructors from Japan this year were as follows.

Mr. Saburo IWADATE, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Shigenori MIZUTA, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan
Mr. Masaru YAMAZAKI Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan

And Yukio SATO FIK secretary general attended to the seminar.




The seminar was started from 6th Feb. 82 formal trainees from 19 countries in Europe were participated to the seminar.
Also, some local players for referee training as the Shiai-sya were participated.
Total participants were more than 100.


Beginning part of the opening ceremony, opening message was announced by Mr. Alain Ducarme President of European Kendo Federation and Vice President of International Kendo Federation and Sato secretary general.
After that IWADATE sensei explained the propose of this seminar and important points.
And refereeing seminar of Jitsugi was started immediately.
In the morning of second day, the seminar continued mainly reviewing last day's study.
After 2 days seminar, the judging skills of the trainees were improved and confirmed.








 FIK American Zone Referee Seminar FY2015

FIK American Zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on Jan 30 and 31, 2016 at Japanese Canadian Cultural Center in Toronto in Canada.

T
he instructors from Japan this time are as follows.

Mr. Yuji NAKATA, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Satoru KANAKI, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Koji KASAMURA, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan




In total 135 trainees from Brazil, U.S.A., Canada, Chile, Ecuador and Hawaii were participated to the seminar.
It was most large number of participants at American zone referee seminar.
On Jan. 24 (Sat.), after the opening speech by ORANGEVILLE president of Canada, Chief Instructor Nakata sensei explained about the important points of this seminar.
Particularly, the object of judgment, duty, rules of refereeing and Yuko-datotsu were explained.






FIK European Zone Referee Seminar FY2014

FIK European-zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on 31st January and 1st February 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.

Instructors from Japan were as follows.

Mr. Katsuo ENDO, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Shigenori MIZUTA, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan
Mr. Koji KASAMURA Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan




The seminar was started from 31st Jan. there are formal trainees of 87 from all over the Europe, and some local players for referee training, total participants were more than 100.

Beginning part of the opening ceremony, all participants prayed in silent for European Kendo-ka who are recently passed away in Europe .After the opening message by Mr. Alain Ducarme President of European Kendo Federation and Vice President of International Kendo Federation, ENDO sensei explained the propose of this seminar and important points.
After that the refereeing seminar of Jitsugi was started immediately.
In the morning of second day, the seminar continued mainly reviewing last day's study.
After 2 days seminar, the judging skills of the trainees were improved and confirmed.





FIK American Zone Referee Seminar FY2014

FIK American Zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on Jan 24 and 25, 2015 at Boy's Girls's Club in Las Vegas in USA.

The instructors from Japan this time are as follows.

Mr. Hitoshi Murakami, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Hiroyuki Tsukamoto, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan
Mr. Shigehiko Fukumoto, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan



In total 77 trainees from Brazil, U.S.A., Canada and Hawaii were participated to the seminar.
On Jan. 24 (Sat.), after the opening speech by Tagawa president of USA, all participants prayed in silent for US Kendo-ka who is recently passed away Mr Ichiro Murakami former president of AUSKF, Chief Instructor Murakami sensei explained about the important points of this seminar.
Particularly, the object of judgment, duty, rules of refereeing and Yuko-datotsu were explained.




FIK Asian Zone Referee Seminar FY2014

FIK Asia-Zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on Oct 25 and 26, 2014 at Kookmin University Gymnasium in Seoul in Korea.
The Instructors from Japan were as follows.

Mr. Masami MATSUNAGA  Kendo Hanshi 8 dan FIK vice president
Mr. Masaharu KAKEHASHI   Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Yuji NAKATA  Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan




Number of trainee was 51 from 7 countries of Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, China, Chinese Taipei, Australia and Thailand, total attendance were more than 80 including the seminar match players and local Kendo staffs.
Particularly, excellent players in Korea demonstrated good matches at the seminar.




Following to the opening message by Mr. Shin Managing director of KKA, Chief Instructor MATSUNAGA sensei and KAKEHASHI sensei made speech, what is the important point for the Kendo refereeing.
And the refereeing training session was started by NAKATA sensei.
The seminar was conducted by 1 court.
The main point of this seminar was to clarify the Yukodatotsu and to make sure the detail of refereeing.
After 2 days seminar, judging skill of Yukodatotsu has been improved and confirmed.
All of referee trainees were learned refereeing and enjoyed the seminar.






FIK Asian Zone Referee Seminar FY2013

FIK Asia-Zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on March 8 and 9, 2014 at Sydney University Gymnasium in Sydney in Australia.
The Instructors from Japan were as follows.

Mr. Saburo IWADATE Kendo Hanshi 8 dan
Mr. Masahiro SHIMANO Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Yuji NAKATA Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan




Number of trainee was 70 from 7 countries of Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, New Zealand, China, Chinese Taipei and Australia, and total attendee was more than 100 including the match players and local Kendo staffs.


Following to the opening message by Mr. Ward president of AKR, Chief Instructor IWADATE sensei made a speech, what is the important point for the Kendo refereeing.
And the refereeing training session was started by SHIMANO sensei and NAKATA sensei.
The seminar was conducted by 2 court.
The main point of this seminar was to clarify the Yukodatotsu and to make sure the detail of refereeing.
After 2 days seminar, judging skill of Yukodatotsu has been improved and confirmed.
All of referee trainees were learned refereeing and enjoyed the seminar.






FIK American Zone Referee Seminar FY2013

FIK American Zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on Feb 22 and 23, 2014 at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver in Canada.

The instructors from Japan this time were as follows.

Mr. Masaharu KAKEHASHI, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Noriyasu MAKISE, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Koji KASAMURA, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan




In total 60 trainees from Brazil, U.S.A., Canada and Hawaii were participated to the seminar.
On Feb. 22 (Sat.), following to the opening speech and ceremony, Chief Instructor KAKEHASHI sensei explained about the important points of this seminar.
Particlarly, the object of judgment, duty, rules of refereeing and Yuko-datotsu were explained.

For 7 Dan and the above, MAKISE sensei trained trainees, taking the World Kendo Championships in consideration, for improving capability and nature for exact judgment.
For 6 Dan and the below, KASAMURA sensei trained mainly basic points like management of Shiai, judgment of Yuko-datotsu, prohibited acts, Hansoku, Senkoku and use of Shinpan-ki.






FIK European Zone Referee Seminar FY2013

FIK European-zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on 1st and 2nd February 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.

The FIK instructors from Japan of this year were as follows.

Mr. Katsuo ENDO, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Tamiya KO, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Masaru YOSHIZAKI Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan




The seminar was started from 1st Feb. there are formal trainees of 72 from all over the Europe, and some local players for referee training, total participants were more than 100.


After the opening message by Mr. Alain Ducarme President of European Kendo Federation Vice President of International Kendo Federation, ENDO sensei explained the propose of this seminar and important points.
After that, trainees were separated to 2 groups ( 2 court), KO sensei was assigned court No, 1 as the instructor, and YOSHIZAKI sensei was assigned court No 2.
The refereeing Jitsugi seminar was started immediately.
In the morning of second day, the seminar continued mainly reviewing last day's study.
After 2 days seminar, judging skill of has been improved and confirmed.






Delegation to FIK Asian Zone referee Seminar FY2012

FIK Asia-Zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on March 16 and 17, 2013 at Taiwan University Gym in Taipei in Taiwan.
The Officials and Instructors from Japan were as follows.

Mr. Masami MATSUNAGA FIK Vice President Kendo Hanshi 8 dan
Mr. Tadahiro AJIRO  Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Masafumi OTAKE Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan


Number of trainee was 76 from 7 countries of Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, New Zealand, China, Chinese Taipei and Australia, and total attendee was more than 100 including the match players and local Kendo staffs.



Following to the opening message by Mr. Wu president of ROCKA, FIK vice president Matsunaga sensei made a speech, and head instructor Ajiro sensei made a speech what is the important point for the refereeing.
And the movement training session of the refereeing was started by.Otake sensei.
The main point of this seminar was to clarify and ascertain Yukodatotsu and detail of refereeing.
After 2 days seminar, judging skill of Yukodatotsu has been improved and confirmed.

The seminar was conducted by 2 court, and the match players from high school, university and company in Taipei were performed Kendo matches at the 2 court.
All of referee trainees were learned refereeing.








Delegation to FIK American Zone Referee Seminar FY2012

FIK American Zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on March. 9 and 10, 2013 at Ernest Community Cultural Center in Washington DC in USA.

The instructors from Japan this time were as follows.

Mr. Taizan SHIMANO, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Takao FUJIWARA, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Norio OHSAWA, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan



In total 61 trainees from Brazil, U.S.A., Canada, Aruba, Mexico, and Ecuador were participated to the seminar.
On March. 9 (Sat.), following to the opening speech and ceremony, Chief Instructor Shimano sensei explained about the important points of this seminar.
Particlarly, the object of judgment, duty, rules of refereeing and Yuko-datotsu were explained.

For 6 Dan and the above, Shimano sensei and Ohsawa sensei trained trainees, taking the World Kendo Championships in consideration, for improving capability and nature for exact judgment.
For 5 Dan and the below, Fujiwara sensei trained mainly basic points like management of Shiai, judgment of Yuko-datotsu, prohibited acts, Hansoku, Senkoku and use of Shinpan-ki.








Delegation to FIK European Zone Referee Seminar FY2012

FIK European-zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on 2th and 3th February 2013 in Brussels, Belgium.

The FIK instructors from Japan of this year were as follows.

Mr. Kunio HAYASHI, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Shigenori MIZUTA, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan
Mr. Isao OKIDO Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan



The seminar was started from 2th Feb. there are formal trainees of 73 from all over the Europe, and some local players for referee training, total participants were more than 100.

After the opening message by Mr. Alain Ducarme President of European Kendo Federation Vice President of International Kendo Federation, HAYASHI sensei explained the propose of this seminar and important points.
After that, trainees were separated to 2 groups ( 2 court), MIZUTA sensei was asainged court No, 1 as the instructor, and OKIDO sensei was assigned court No 2.
The refereeing Jitsugi seminar was started immediately.
In the morning of second day, the seminar continued mainly reviewing last day's study.
After 2 days seminar, judging skill of has been improved and confirmed.








Delegation to FIK Asian Zone Referee Seminar FY2011

FIK Asia-zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on October 22 and 23, 2011 at Chamshil Gymnastic Gym in Seoul in Korea.
The Officials and Instructors from Japan were as follows.

Mr. Yukio SATO FIK secretary general
Mr.Eiji TAGUCHI  Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr.Yuuji NAKATA  Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan



Number of trainee was 47 from 7 countries of Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China and Australia, and total attendee was more than 80 including the match players and local Kendo staffs.
Particularly, very excellent match players from university and company in Seoul were participated and demonstrated good matches, so that all of referee trainees were learned high level training of refereeing.



Following to the opening message by Mr. Ji president of KKA, Mr. Sato FIK secretary general made a speech, and head instructor Mr. Taguchi made a speech what is the important point for the refereeing.
And the training session of the refereeing was started by Mr. Nakata.
The main point of this seminar was to clarify and ascertain Yukodatotsu and detail of refereeing.
After 2 days seminar, judging skill of Yukodatotsu has been improved and confirmed.




Delegation to FIK American Zone Referee Seminar FY2010

FIK American Zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on March. 19 and 20, 2011 at Golf Main Park District-Feldman Gym in Chicago in USA.

The instructors from Japan are as follows.

Mr. Shuji FUKUMOTO, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan, FIK director
Mr. Tomoyasu OOTA, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Tadahiro AJIRO, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan



 The 73 trainees from Brazil, U.S.A., Canada, Aruba, Argentine and Hawaii were participated to the seminar.
On March. 19 (Sat.), following to the opening speech and ceremony, FIK director Mr. Fukumoto stated about the significance of this seminar, object of judgment, duty, rules of refereeing and international Kendo situation.

For 6 Dan and the above, FIK instructors trained trainees, taking the World Kendo Championships in consideration, for improving capability and nature for exact judgment. For 5 Dan and the below, we trained mainly basic points like management of shiai, judgment of yuko-datotsu, prohibited acts & hansoku and senkoku & use of Shinpan-ki.






Delegation to FIK Asian Zone Referee Seminar FY2010

FIK Asia-zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on February 26 and 27, 2011 at Lei Yue Mun Sport Centre Gym in Hong Kong.
The Instructors from Japan were as follows.

Mr. Hitoshi MURAKAMI   Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Michihiro KAWAMOTO  Kendo Hansi 8 Dan
Mr. Tatsuaki KOSAKA  Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan


Number of trainee was 68 from 10 countries and total attendee was more than 100 including the match players from outside of HK and local Kendo staffs.

Following to the opening message by Mr. Lai president of HKKA, Mr. MURAKAMI head instructor made a speech what is the important point for the refereeing, and also FIK instructors made the important explanation for Kendo Refereeing.

The main point of this seminar was to clarify and ascertain Yukodatotsu and detail of refereeing.
After 2 days seminar, judging skill of Yukodatotsu has been improved and confirmed.








Delegation to FIK/EKF European Zone Referee Seminar FY2010

FIK European-zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on 5th and 6th February 2011 in Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium.

The instructors from Japan this year were as follows.

Mr. Masami MATSUNAGA, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Isao NISHIDE, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Yuji NAKATA Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan



The seminar was started from 5th Feb. there are formal trainees of 120 from all over the Europe, and some local players for referee training, total participants were more than 130.

Following to the opening message by Mr. Alain Ducarme President of European Kendo Federation, Mr.MATSUNAGA Vice President of International Kendo Federation explained the propose of this seminar and important points.
After that, Mr. NISHIDE and NAKATA explained to the participants the aim of this seminar and detail points of refereeing, and the refereeing Jitsugi seminar was started immediately.
In the morning of second day, the seminar continued mainly reviewing last day's study.
After 2 days seminar, judging skill of Yukodatotsu has been improved and confirmed.






Delegation to FIK American Zone Referee Seminar FY2009



FIK America zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on March. 27 and 28, 2010 at Pinetree Community Center Gymnasium in Vancouver in Canada.
The instructors from Japan are follows.

Mr. Masaharu Kakehashi, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Osamu Asano, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Shigeki Yamanaka ,Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan

 The 82 trainees from Brazil, U.S.A., Canada, Aruba and Hawaii were participated to the seminar.
On March. 27 (Sat.), following to the opening speech by Mr. Okusa president of CKF, instructor Mr. Kakehashi stated about the significance of this seminar, object of judgment, duty and rules of refereeing.

For 7 Dan and the above, FIK instructors trained trainees, taking the World Kendo Championships in consideration, for improving capability and nature for exact judgment. For 6 Dan and the below, we trained mainly basic points like management of shiai, judgment of yuko-datotsu, prohibited acts & hansoku and senkoku & use of Shinpan-ki.





Delegation to FIK Asian Zone Referee Seminar FY2009



FIK Asia-zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on February 27 and 28, 2010 at Taiwan University Gym in Taipei Taiwan.
The Officials and Instructors from Japan were as follows.

Mr. Masami Matsunaga  FIK Vice President Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Yoshio Okushima Kendo Hansi 8 Dan
Mr. Takao Fujiwara, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan

Number of trainee was 118 from 10 countries and total attendee was more than 150 including the exhibition match players and local Kendo staffs.

Following to the opening message by Mr. Wu president of ROCKA, Mr. Matsunaga FIK VP made a speech what is the important point for the refereeing, and also FIK instructors made the important explanation for Kendo Referee.

The main point of this seminar was to clarify and ascertain Yukodatotsu and detail of refereeing.

After 2 days seminar, judging skill of Yukodatotsu has been improved and confirmed.




Delegation to FIK/EKF European Zone Referee Seminar FY2009



FIK European-zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on February 6 and 7, 2010 in Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium, as in the past years. Before the formal seminar, Ji-Geiko for 90 minutes was carried out in the evening of February 5 joining 70 participants.

The FIK instructors of this year were as follows.

Mr. Hitoshi Murakami, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Tadahiro Ajiro, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Yuji Nakata Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan

In addition, the following 2 more delegates were joined to the seminar from FIK Japan in this year.

Mr. Shuji Fukumoto FIK Director Kendo Hanshi 8 dan
Mr. Arinobu Kurose FIK assistant secretary general Kendo kyoshi 7 dan

This was a special case, the delegation has been received traveling subsidiary from Japanese government this year as well as last year.

The seminar was started from 6th Feb. there are formal trainees of 75 from all over the Europe, and some local players for referee training, total participants were more than 100.

Following to the opening message by Mr. Alain Ducarme President of European Kendo Federation, Mr.Fukumoto director of International Kendo Federation explained the propose of this seminar and important points.
After that, Mr. Murakami explained to the participants the aim of this seminar and detail points of refereeing, and the refereeing Jitsugi seminar was started immediately.
In the morning of second day, the seminar continued mainly reviewing last day's study.
After 2 days seminar, judging skill of Yukodatotsu has been improved and confirmed.








Delegation to FIK/EKF European Zone Referee Seminar FY2008





FIK European-zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on February 7 and 8, 2009 in Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium, as in the past years. Before the formal seminar, Ji-Geiko for 90 minutes was carried out in the evening of February 6 joining 120 participants.

The FIK instructors from Japan this year were as follows.

Mr Nariaki Sato Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Hitoshi Murakami, Kendo Hanshi
Mr. Tadahiro Ajiro, Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan

In addition, the following 2 more delegates were joined to the seminar from FIK Japan in this year.

Mr. Shuji Fukumoto FIK vice president Kendo Hanshi 8 dan
Mr. Arinobu Kurose FIK assistant secretary general Kendo kyoshi 7 dan

This was a special case, the delegation has been received traveling subsidiary from Japanese government this year.

The seminar was started from 7th Feb. there are formal trainees of 96 from all over the Europe, and some local players for referee training, total participants were more than 120.

Following to the opening message by Mr. Alain Ducarme President of European Kendo Federation, Mr.Fukumoto VP of International Kendo Federation explained the propose of this seminar and important points.
After that, Mr. Sato and Murakami explained to the participants the aim of this seminar and detail points of refereeing, i.e. making sincere efforts in improving the referring skills to judge Yuko-Datotsu correctly and to deal swiftly and properly with prohibition items and positioning among the referees.

In the morning of second day, the seminar continued mainly reviewing last day's study and in the after noon the grading examination was held with the applicants of 111. The results were as shown in the following figures of success/number of applicants. Shodan 8/10, 2Dan 4/5, 3Dan 6/10, 4Dan 4/10, 5Dan 3/13, 6Dan 6/50 and 7Dan 3/13.

We could have wished to do more challenging practice and expect further devotion.







Delegation to FIK American Zone Referee Seminar FY2008



FIK America zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on Jan. 24 and 25, 2009 at Rush Gymnasium in Los Angeles in USA.
The instructors from Japan are follows.

Mr. Tadashi Kumamoto, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr .Hitoshi Murakami, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Takao Fujiwara ,Hanshi 8 Dan

 The 56 trainees from Brazil, U.S.A., Canada, Argentina and Hawaii were participated to the seminar.
On Jan. 24 (Sat.), following to the opening speech by Mr. I. Murakami president of AUSKF and instructor Mr. H.Murakami, instructor Mr Kumomoto stated about the significance of this seminar, object of judgment, duty and rules of refereeing.

For 7 Dan and the above, we trained trainees, taking the World Kendo Championships in consideration, for improving capability and nature for exact judgment. For 6 Dan and the below, we trained mainly basic points like management of shiai, judgment of yuko-datotsu, prohibited acts & hansoku and senkoku & use of Shinpan-ki.








Delegation to FIK Asian Zone Referee Seminar in Seoul Korea FY2008



FIK Asia-zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on 25th and 26th October 2008 at Chamshi Gymnastic Gym in Seoul Korea.
Japanese delegation consists of directors and instructors were as follows.

Mr. Shuji Fukumoto   FIK Vice President
Dr. Yukio Sato  FIK Secretary General

Mr. Yoshio Okushima Hansi 8 Dan
Mr. Hitoshi Murakami, Hanshi 8 Dan

Number of trainee was 29 from 7 countries and total attendee was more than 60 including the exhibition match players and local Kendo staffs.

Following to the opening message by Mr. Ree, former Director of Korea Kumdo Association, Mr Fukumoto FIK VP made a speech what is the important point for the refereeing, and also FIK instructors made the important explanation for Kendo Referee.

The main point of this seminar was to clarify and ascertain Yukodatotsu and detail of refereeing.

After 2 days seminar, judging skill of Yukodatotsu has been improved and confirmed that some trainees will be selected for the World Kendo Championship referee.




Delegation to Indonesia



Japan-Indonesia Golden Year Kendo Championship was held on October 12 in Jakarta
, AJKF sent Mr. Eiko Nagao (Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan) and Mr. Yoji Iwai (Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan) for this event.
Players from Hong Kong, Burney, China and Japan are joined in addition to Indonesian players, total 115 players participated.

**This delegation was financially supported by The Japan Foundation.






Delegation to Venezuela



8th Caribbean and Central America Championship was held on October 11 in Caracas.
AJKF sent Mr. Hidetoshi Miyagawa (Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan) and Mr. Isao Okido (Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan) for this event. Players from Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Aruba and Trinidad & Tobago are joined in addition to Venezuelan players, total 70 players participated.

**This delegation was financially supported by The Japan Foundation.





Delegation to FIK American Zone Referee Seminar FY2007




FIK American zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on March 29 and 30, 2008 at Esporte Clubu Banespa in Sao Paulo Brazil.
The instructors from Japan are follows.

Mr. Masami Matsunaga, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Masaaki Arimitsu, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Tadahiro Ajiro, Hanshi 8 Dan

 The trainees (Brazil=77, U.S.A.=17, Canada=4, Argentina=5, Ecuador=1, Chile=1, Guatemala) participated the seminar.
On Mar. 29 (Sat.), following to the opening speech by Mr. Matsunaga, head of instructor and Mr.Kojima , President of CBK and Mr. Tamaki, president of SAK, Mr. Matsunaga stated about the significance of this seminar, object of judgment, duty and rules of refereeing.

For 6 Dan and the above, we trained trainees, taking the World Kendo Championships in consideration, for improving capability and nature for exact judgment. For 5 Dan and the below, we trained mainly basic points like management of shiai, judgment of yuko-datotsu, prohibited acts & hansoku and senkoku & use of Shinpan-ki.

Behaviors for acting, senkoku and use of shinpan-ki have been improved but it was observed that there are unclear judgments for yuko-datotsu and hansoku due to lack of experience for actual referee for shiai.
Among the trainees of 7 Dan and the above, there are some who have experience of referee for World Kendo Championships and they show good posture and behavior but still hope them to make more efforts to improve judgment of yuko-datotsu backed up by Concept of Kendo.




Delegation to FIK/EKF European Zone Referee Seminar FY2007



FIK European-zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on February 9 and 10, 2008 in Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium, as in the past years. Before the formal seminar, Ji-Geiko for 90 minutes was carried out in the evening of February 8 joining 105 participants.

The visited FIK instructors from Japan this year were as follows.

Mr. Hitoshi Murakami, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Kiyoharu Kai, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Osamu Asano, Hanshi 8 Dan

Number of formal trainee is 82 from 14 countries but including local players for referee training, the number of participant is over 120. Following to the opening message by Mr. Alain Ducarme, President of European Kendo Federation and Mr.Hitoshi Murakami, This year instructor of International Kendo Federation,
Mr. Kai spoke to the participants about the aim of this seminar, i.e. making sincere efforts in improving the referring skills to judge Yuko-Datotsu correctly and to deal swiftly and properly with prohibition items and positioning among the referees.

In the morning of second day, the seminar continued mainly reviewing last day's study and in the after noon the grading examination was held with the applicants of 96. The results were as shown in the following figures of success/number of applicants. Shodan 4/4, 2Dan 1/1, 3Dan 3/5, 4Dan 2/15, 5Dan 0/10, 6Dan 7/49 and 7Dan 0/12, Average passage was 17.7%.

As general observation, almost all of the applicants presented an obedient KENDO and posture, attitude and Datotsu were well appreciated.
We could have wished to do more challenging practice and expect further devotion.





Delegation to FIK Asian Zone Referee Seminar in Hong Kong FY2007



FIK Asia-zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on January 27 and 28, 2008 at Stanley Sports Centre in Hong Kong.

In this time, the following Japanese delegation was visited to the Seminar including 3 FIK instructors (Hanshi).

Mr. Hitoshi Murakami, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Yuji Nakata, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Takao Fujiwara, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Hiroshi Motoyashiki, Kyoshi 8 Dan
Mr. Tatsuaki Kosaka, Kyoshi 8 Dan
Mr. Toru Kamei, Kyoshi 8 Dan
Mr. Arinobu Kurose, Kyoshi 7 Dan
Mr. Junichi Kato, Renshi 7 Dan

Number of trainee was 53 from 6 countries and total attendee was more than 80 including the exhibition match players and local Kendo staffs.
Following to the opening message by Mr. Po Kit Wong, President of Hong Kong Kendo Association, Mr. Murakami FIK instructor, made a speech representing instructors. The main point of this seminar was to clarify and ascertain Yukodatotsu and detail of refereeing.

After 2 days seminar, judging skill of Yukodatotsu has been greatly improved and confirmed that some trainees are capable for the World Kendo Championship referee.





Delegation to Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Poland

Kendo Instructions & Demonstration in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland and Sponsored by Japan Foundation Nov. 6 to Nov. 19, 2007



AJKF instructors:

Yutaka FURUTA (Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan)
Masaaki ENDO (Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan)
Shoji MIYAHARA (Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan)
Tetsuo YOSHIMURA (Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan)

Serbia: 50 Kenshi joined the seminar and mainly had Basic Technique lessons. Dan grading has been done and 3 /3 of Shodan, 6/6 of 2 Dan and 4/5 of 3 Dan have been granted. 300 spectators enjoyed the seminar.

Croatia: 87 Kenshi including 1 from Italy joined the seminar
and had lessons for Nihon Kendo Kata Tachi 7 Hon,
Reihou, Basic Technique, Uchikomi and Jigeiko.
Furuta sensei appeared on the local broadcasting
station and had good immediate response from the
listners.

Slovenia: 27 Kenshi including 5 women joined the seminar and
had lessons for Nihon Kendo Kata (mainly Kodachi)
and Jigeiko.

Poland: Furuta sensei made a speech for 36 Japanese students and their parents at the Warszawa Japanese School.
After the speech many children excited to try striking Men and Dou. 20 Kenshi joined the seminar and 8/8 granted Shodan.
All Poland Kendo Championship was held participating 16 kenshi. 200 spectators enjoyed the good fights.

T.V. and newspapers reported the activities of the mission and instructors felt sincere attitude of learning Japanese culture
as well.


**This delegation was financially supported by The Japan Foundation.





Delegation to ASEAN Kendo Tournament in Thailand 2007.



8th ASANA Kendo Tournament was held in Bangkok Thailand on 13th and 14th Oct. 2007.

The following 6 countries was participated to the tournament.

Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei

Japanese Delegation, Mr. K. Hayasi, S.Kokubo and Y. Baba ( all 8dan ) were participated as leading Instructors.
( This delegation was financial supported by Japan Foundation. )

Team Match results are as follows.

Men's Team Match

1st place Thailand

2nd place Indonesia

Ladies Team Match

1st place Thailand

2nd place Singapore

**This delegation was financially supported by The Japan Foundation.





Delegation to FIK Asian Zone Referee Seminar FY2006



FIK Asia-zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on March 17 and 18, 2007 at University of Sydney Sports & Aquatic Centre in Sydney Australia. The visited instructors and trainees from Japan were as follows.

Mr. Eiji Taguchi, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Hitoshi Murakami, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Yuji Nakata, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Mitsuru Hamasaki, Kyoshi 8 Dan
Mr. Noriyasu Makise, Kyoshi 8 Dan
Mr. Nobuhide Sato, Kyoshi 8 Dan
Mr. Arinobu Kurose, Kyoshi 7 Dan
Mr. Junichi Kato, Renshi 7 Dan

Number of trainee was 44 from 7 countries but total attendee was
more than 70 including the exhibition match players and local Kendo fun. Following to the opening message by Mr. Richard Ward, President of Australian Kendo Renmei Incorporated, Mr. Taguchi, Managing Director of All Japan Kendo Federation, made
a speech representing instructors. The main point of this seminar was to clarify and ascertain Yukodatotsu.

The grading examination was held with the applicants of 7 for the grade of 5Dan and 6Dan. The results were as shown in the following figures of success/number of applicants. 5Dan 2/2 and 6Dan 4/7, average passage was 57%.

Worthy of special mention is that through 2 days seminar, judging skill has been greatly improved and confirmed that some trainees are capable for the World Kendo Championship referee.



Delegation to FIK American Zone Referee Seminar FY2006



FIK America zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on March 17 and 18, 2007 at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach California.
The visited instructors from Japan were as follows.

Mr. Shuji Fukumoto, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Minoru Fujii, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Kunio Hayashi, Hanshi 8 Dan

86 trainees (U.S.A.=77, Canada=6, Argentina=2 and Hawaii=1) participated the seminar. On Mar. 17 (Sat.), following to the opening speech by Mr. Fukumoto, Vice President of FIK and Mr. Hori, President of AUSKF, Mr. Fukmoto stated about the significance of this seminar, object of judgment, duty and rules of referee and ascertaining of Yukodatotsu and Hansoku. Then Mr. Hayashi instructed referee's behavior, showing of Shinpan-ki and way of Senkoku. Through demonstration by 13th WKC referee, united view for Yukodatotsu and Hansoku has been confirmed.
In the afternoon, trainees were divided into two and Mr. Fujii was in charge of 8 Dan to 6 Dan and Mr. Hayashi was in charge of 5 Dan and 4 Dan. They instructed referee's positioning, smooth replacement and overlooking of Yukodatotsu (Men or Kaeshi-Do, Men just after Kaeshi-Kote and unexpected Waza, etc.). On Mar. 18 (Sun.), mainly reviewing of last day's training has been done for two groups (43 trainees of 8 Dan to 6 Dan and 43 trainees of 5 Dan and 4 Dan). It has been emphasized by all instructors that unless appropriateness and fairness, there is not a qualification as a referee.





Delegation to FIK/EKF European Zone Referee Seminar FY2006



FIK European-zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held on February 10 and 11, 2007 in Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium, as in the past years. Before the formal seminar, Ji-Geiko for 90 minutes was carried out in the evening of February 9 joining 120 participants.

The visiting instructors of this year were as follows.

Mr. Shuji Fukumoto, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Eiji Taguchi, Hanshi 8 Dan
Mr. Hitoshi Murakami, Hanshi 8 Dan

Number of formal trainee is 81 from 14 countries but including local players for referee training, the number of participant is over 120. Following to the opening message by Mr. Alain Ducarme, President of European Kendo Federation and Mr. Shuji Fukumoto, Vice president on International Kendo Federation,
Mr. Taguchi spoke to the participants about the aim of this seminar, i.e. making sincere efforts in improving the referring skills to judge Yuko-Datotsu correctly and to deal swiftly and properly with prohibition items and positioning among the referees.

In the morning of second day, the seminar continued mainly reviewing last day's study and in the after noon the grading examination was held with the applicants of 95. The results were as shown in the following figures of success/number of applicants. Shodan 6/8, 2Dan 7/9, 3Dan 5/9, 4Dan 3/12, 5Dan 1/6, 6Dan 7/40 and 7Dan 3/11, Average passage was 33.7%.

As general observation, almost all of the applicants presented an obedient KENDO and posture, attitude and Datotsu were well appreciated.
We could have wished to do more challenging practice and expect further devotion.




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)

Beijing
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,
             No. 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 delegation.

Ulaanbaatar
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 as well.
              No. of applicants No. of success
1st Dan     23                   17
2nd Dan    7                     5
3rd Dan     1                     1
Total        31                    23

Shanghai
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.
              No. 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.