FIK American Zone Referee Seminar 2016–17
The FIK American Zone Kendo Referee Seminar was held from January 21–22, 2017, at Feldman Recreation Center in Chicago, U.S.A.
The FIK dispatched the following instructors:
Kazushi Miyake-sensei, Kendo Hanshi 8-dan
Hiroyuki Tsukamoto-sensei, Kendo Hanshi 8-dan
Yoshimi Higashi-sensei, Kendo Kyoshi 8-dan
In total 111 trainees from Brazil, the U.S.A., Canada, Mexico and Hawaii participated in the seminar; a very large number of participants.
On Saturday January 21, after the opening speech by Yoshiteru Tagawa-sensei, President of the AUSKF, Chief Instructor Miyake-sensei explained the important points that would be covered in the seminar. In particular, the objectives of making a judgment, duties of the referee, refereeing rules, and the awarding of “yuko-datotsu” (valid strikes and thrusts) were explained.
The judging skills of the trainees had improved by the end of the two-day seminar.