Reminders and upcoming events for 2017

  • Deadline reminders Also
    • unless otherwise noted below, we will have practice every Monday and Friday (see hours)
    • if you would like to receive dojo email announcements, please email (be sure to provide your name!).

  • Sat-Sun 10/21-22/17: SCKF Women's Seminar, Norwalk

  • Sat-Sun 10/28-29/17: SCKF Iaido Seminar, Venice

  • Sun 10/29/17: SCKF Youth Practice, Covina Dojo

  • Mon 10/30/17: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p

  • Wed 11/1/17: SEJSCC advisory committee meeting, SEJSCC

  • Sat 11/4/17: SCKF godo geiko; board meeting, Chuo 6pm; 7:30pm

  • Fri 11/17/17: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p

  • Fri 11/24/17: Thanksgiving break, no keiko

  • Sat 12/2/17: Norwalk hosting SCKF godo geiko, Chuo 6pm

  • Fri 12/15/17: Norwalk Dojo Christmas party

  • Mon 12/18/17: Norwalk Dojo last keiko of 2017

  • Fri 1/5/18: Norwalk Dojo first keiko of 2018
  • Wed 7/11/18: Camp Hanabi Kendo Demo 1:30-2:20pm
  • Sat-Sun 7/28-29/18: SEJSCC Cultural Festival
  • Mon-Sun 8/13-26/18: gym closed for floor refurbishing
  • see also SCKF 2018 calendar

  • Recurring Norwalk Dojo events
    • Monthly tournament, last Monday practice in even months or last Friday practice in odd months, except as noted. We require participation, especially yudansha shinpan, to be eligible for promotion. We will do a round robin tournament if there are less than 6 people in the division (everyone plays everyone else, time limit 2 minutes, no encho or hantei, 1st place goes to the person with the most wins, then the most points won. In case of tie there will be a 2-minute 1ppon shobu playoff). Next tournaments: 9/29f, 10/30m, 11/17f, 12/11m
    • Kata practices
      We require all 3 kyu and above to attend kata practices and to perform kata one level above FIK regulations. Prior to the fall shinsa, all 3kyu and above will start practicing kata about 3 months prior to the shinsa, culminating in kata exams for all kenshi, regardless of shinsa aspirations. Good attendance and performance will be a prerequisite for entry in the shinsa. For potential candidates for the spring shinsa (this will be a minimal set), kata evaluations will take place in February, and further kata practices will occur as needed. Next kata practice sessions: Thu (see special Thursday practice notes) 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21; Fri 9/29, 10/6/ 10/13
    • Monthly attendance recognition
      We will recognize good, excellent, and perfect attendance on a monthly basis for everyone (even sensei!). Note: you must be here on time; tardies do not count.
    • Extra practices (outside of Norwalk Dojo) are encouraged for advanced kenshi. Note that this is in addition to, not instead of, Norwalk keiko! Our sister dojo include Costa Mesa Dojo, Covina Dojo, and Gedatsu Dojo. Other recommended practices include SCKF godo geiko (Chuo 6-7pm 2nd Saturday of the month), Industry Sheriffs nichiyokai (ULV 8:30-10am 1st Sunday of the month), and Covina Dojo special practice (2-4pm 1st Sunday of the month). Covina also has a special ato-geiko on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 9:30-11:30pm. Please discuss it with the Norwalk sensei when you wish to start attending outside practices.
    • Federation practices, Sun 8am-12pm.
      Norwalk Dojo is hosting
      SCKF youth practices (Norwalk kenshi are encouraged to attend, but please make sure you're ready for a hard practice).

  • Per dojo policy, if you need to take some time off from keiko, you must notify the dojo in writing before the beginning of the month to avoid dues for that month being deducted from your security deposit. Also, if funds are deducted from your deposit for whatever reason, you must replenish it as soon as possible.

  • In order to practice kendo at Norwalk Dojo, you must sign liability forms for AUSKF and SEJSCC, and parents must sign a consent for medical treatment form for minors. Outside kenshi need to sign an SEJSCC guest liability form.

  • When paying by check, the payee should be "Southeast Japanese School", with "Norwalk Kendo Dojo" on the memo line.

  • Sheriff's Dept phone number 562-863-8711
    The SEJSCC Board recommends not to confront anyone suspicious loitering on the property; instead call the sheriff's department. We also need to keep unmonitored entrance doors closed. Do not leave valuables unattended, especially in the dressing rooms or parking lot.
Past Events

  • Sun 10/15/17: SCKF Fall Shinsa , Wilson Park

  • Sun 10/8/17: SCKO Indiv Championships, Huntington Beach
    Kodama Jean will be attending as SCKF president.

  • Fri 9/29/17: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Kim Ryan (youth kyu), Chong Connie (adult kyu), and Trost Jeffrey (yudansha).

  • Sun 9/24/17: SCKF Team Championships, Wilson Park
    Norwalk participants include Kim Ryan, Cho Daniel, Cho Ryan (senior youth kyu); Ji Daniel, Domen Sumi, Nguyen Emil, Hamamura Andy, Chang Jeffrey, Kariya Yoshijiro (yudansha).

    Congratulations to our yudansha team for taking 3rd place!

  • Fri-Sun 9/22-24/17: PNKF Iaido Seminar, Bellevue WA
    Norwalk participants included Okuno sensei and Tekin Korhan.

    Congratulations to Korhan for taking 2nd place in 1dan-2dan division!

  • Sun 9/17/17: SCKF Youth Practice, Norwalk Dojo

  • Sat 9/16/17: AUSKF 8-Dan Tour SoCal Seminar, Torrance

  • Mon 9/11/17: start iaido new beginners
    Welcome new member Oshima Paul, as well as Chang Stewart (who started kendo earlier this year).

  • Sat 9/9/17: SEJSCC bingo (kendo toban), 2:30pm
    Norwalk Kendo Dojo is hosting center bingo night, so we will need donation of homemade desserts (eg cookies, cakes, cupcakes, pies, etc; non-homemade desserts are also ok). We will also need volunteers to help prepare and serve yakisoba and sushi for dinner. Please be there by 2:30pm; usually ends between 8:30-9pm.

  • Mon 9/4/17: Labor Day, no keiko

  • Fri 9/1/17: start kendo new beginners
    Welcome new member Quimpo Ed! Also, welcome back Park Brandon!

  • Fri-Sun 9/1-3/17: NCIA iaido camp and shinsa, San Jose
    Norwalk participants include Okuno sensei and Tekin Korhan.

  • Thu 8/31/17 - Fri 10/13/17: Kata Practice
    On Thursdays from 8/31 until just before team championsihps, we will have kata practice at 9:30pm (as soon as Dance Club is done with the gym). Then on Fridays from 9/29 through 10/13 we will have kata practice at 9pm (instead of ato geiko). All kenshi 3kyu and above are required to practice kata regardless of (but especially to prepare for) shinsa. Lack of participation and appropriate kata proficiency will make you ineligible for shinsa this fall and next spring. We need all yudansha to come be partners and help teach!

  • Mon 8/28/17: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Kim Ryan (youth kyu), Chong Connie (adult kyu), and Fu Linda (yudansha).

  • Sun 8/27/17: SCKF Kata Seminar, Pioneer High School

  • Sat 8/26/17: Team SCKF Victory Party, Dave & Busters Orange 2-4pm
    Norwalk attendees include Chang Jeffrey, Fu Linda, Kodama Jean.

  • Sun 8/6/17: Nikkei Games, CSULB Pyramid
    Norwalk participants include Kim Ryan, Cho Daniel, Cho Ryan (3-1 kyu team); shinpan Kariya Yoshijiro.

  • Fri-Sun 8/4-6/17: AUSKF Summer Camp, Ann Arbor MI
    Kodama Jean will be attending.

  • Mon 7/31/17: Norwalk Dojo group photo 9pm
    We need to take a group photo for the History of SCKF commemorative booklet. We need all kenshi, iaidoka, sensei, and parents to be present to fill out the photo! Please come even if you're currently taking a break from practice.

    Thank you so much to Mr Cho (professional phtographer, and Ryan and Daniel's dad) for taking our photos!

    Note: if you are able to help out with the booklet, it would be greatly appreciated as we are currently shorthanded.

  • Fri 7/28/17: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Kim Ryan (youth kyu), Chong Connie (adult kyu), and Ji Daniel (yudansha).

  • Mon 7/24/17: carnival clean up 6:30-9pm (no keiko)
    All hands are needed to put supplies back in the storage and clean up.

  • Sat-Sun 7/22-23/17: Center Cultural Festival, SEJSCC
    All hands are needed both days for food prep and manning the food and gold fish booths. Times are Saturday 12-9pm and Sunday 11:30am to closing. See carnival page for information.

    We also need volunteers for our kendo demonstration Sat 4pm in the judo room.

  • Fri 7/21/17: carnival prep 7:30p (no keiko)
    All hands are needed to help take out supplies from the storage, set up our booths, and prep vegetables (bring a knife and apron). Note: we will not have a shift sign up sheet this year because we will be very short handed. Please come all 4 days to help with our annual fund raiser!

    Also, each family please bring 6 gallons of water.

  • Sat 7/15/17: Okuno sensei celebration, 3pm Venice Dojo
    Thank you to Asai Cliff and Mott Harry for hosting a celebration at Venice Iaido Dojo to congratulate Okuno sensei for passing 6 Dan. Practice started at 3pm followed by a late lunch.

  • Wed 7/12/17: Camp Hanabi kendo demo 1:30-2:30p
    Thank you to Cho Daniel, Cho Ryan, Yoon Courtney, and Kodama Jean for putting on the demonstration!

  • Restricted parking Mondays 7/10 and 7/17
    Ondo practice for the cultural festival will be conducted in the front parking lot on Mondays and Thursdays in July from 7:30pm. For Monday keiko, please do not park in the area by the ondo circle, and be careful of the ondo participants, especially small children.

  • Sun 7/9/17: SCKF Indiv Championships, Wilson Park
    Norwalk participants include Kim Ryan (14-15) and Kodama Jean (senior).

    Congratulations to Kodama Jean for taking 3rd place in the senior division!

  • Fri 7/7/17: Victory Party for Linda/Jeffrey 9pm
    To celebrate gold medal recipients Chang Jeffrey and Fu Linda (members of the SCKF men's and women's teams which won first place at the US Championships in San Jose), we will have a victory party following first practice. Congratulations Linda and Jeffrey!

  • Fri 7/7/17: start iaido new beginners
    Welcome new member Miesner Hajo! Also welcome Cho Daniel to the iaido class!

  • Mon 7/3/17: Independence Day weekend, no keiko
    Have a safe and sane Fourth of July!

  • Mon 6/26/17: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Kim Ryan (youth kyu), Chong Connie (adult kyu), and Yoon Courtney (yudansha).

  • Fri 6/23/17: start kendo new beginners
    Welcome new member Chang Stewart!

  • Fri-Sun 6/23-25/17: AUSKF Kendo Championships, San Jose
    If you are going to the Championships, see the SCKF webpage for links to details such as map and schedule. AUSKF Junior Open will be on Thursday 6/22.

    Our two Norwalk competitors on Team SCKF were Chang Jeffrey (men's team) and Fu Linda (women's team). Both teams took gold! Woohoo!

    The Norwalk contingent included Kodama Jean (all 3 days) and Yoon Kay, Yoon Courtney, Domen san, Hamamura san, and Yoshimura san on Saturday.

  • Mon 6/19/17: Two celebrations!
    Tonight will be the last Norwalk practice before the US Championships in San Jose. Come wish Chang Jeffrey and Fu Linda good luck!

    Tonight is also Okuno sensei's first time back since passing his 6dan shinsa at iaido camp. We'll end iaido practice early and have a small celebration to congratulate him!

  • Sun 6/18/17: Team SCKF practice and send off party, Norwalk 8am-2pm
    Final practice for Team SCKF will end early so we can hold a send-off party to wish them well in San Jose for the US Championships. Party will be in the parking lot. Practice will end early and the party will start asap (maybe 10am).

  • Team SCKF fundraising raffle and SCKF tshirt sale
    Team SCKF fundraising raffle tickets are now on sale. Help support Chang Jeffrey and Fu Linda, members of Team SCKF!

    Also on sale: SCKF tshirt, $13 each (click on picture at right for more information).

    Deadline for both is 6/9/17.

  • Frk 6/9/17: Kendo Demo, Burbank Elementary School 7:30p
    Thank you to Yoon Brian, Yoon Courtney, Cho Daniel, Kim Ryan, and most of all Domen Sumi for putting on the demo! It's our first time at this event, and it's due to interest generated by our demo for Rascals last year (thanks Sumi and Andy!).

  • Thu-Mon 6/8-12/17: AUSKF Iaido and Jodo Camp, Bryn Mawr PA
    Omedeto, Okuno sensei, for passing your 6dan promotional exam!

  • Sun 6/4/17: SEJSCC General Meeting, 12-2pm
    Kodama Jean attended and presented a report on dojo activities for the past year.

  • Sun 6/4/17: SCKF Booklet meeting, Norwalk 9am
    Kodama Jean attended.

  • Sun 6/4/17: Team SCKF practice, Norwalk 8am-noon

  • Mon 5/29/17: Memorial Day, no keiko
    Have a nice holiday!

  • Fri 5/26/17: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p
    Also, tonight judo needs to move their mats into the gym to prepare for their weekend clinic. Gardena Judo Club will deliver their mats around 8-8:30pm, and then Norwalk Judo Dojo will come to the gym around 10pm to start setting up.

  • Mon 5/22/17: Friday keiko
    Thank you to Lee Kookbae sensei (CHUO) for practicing with us!

  • Sun 5/21/17: SCKF Booklet meeting, Norwalk 9am
    Kodama Jean attended.

  • Sun 5/21/17: Team SCKF practice, Norwalk 8am-noon

  • Fri 5/19/17: Friday keiko
    We will Team USA men's team at keiko tonight.

  • Fri 5/12/17: Friday keiko
    Welcome back Yoon Courtney!

  • Sun 5/7/17: Team SCKF practice, Norwalk 8am-noon

  • Mon 5/1/17: Monday keiko
    Welcome new member Zavala Rafael! Also welcome back iaido member Washington Christine!

  • Sun 4/30/17: Nisei Week Taikai, Alhambra
    Norwalk participants include Cho Daniel (11-13); Kim Ryan and Cho Ryan (14-15); Chong Connie (women's kyu); MacIntyre Cole (adult 0-4kyu); kyu team Cho Daniel, Kim Ryan, Cho Ryan, Chong Connie, Chang Jeffrey (coach).

    Also, Yoon Brian will perform kendo kata with Ma Jeason (COV), and Tekin Korhan will perform iaido embu.

  • Mon 4/24/17: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Cho Daniel (youth kyu), Moody Anthony (adult kyu), Liao Steve (yudansha). and Fu Linda (yudansha Norwalk winner).

  • Sun 4/23/17: Team SCKF practice, Norwalk 8am-noon

  • Mon 4/17/17: Sensei Portraits, 6:30pm
    Many thanks to Mr Cho (Ryan and Daniel' dad) for offering to take portrait photos of the senseis!

  • Sat 4/15/17: SCKF Spring Shinsa, Covina
    Cho In Ho was are only applicant in this shinsa, and he was one of two people to pass 4dan.

    Omedeto, Cho sensei!

  • Sat 4/8/17: Center Recognition Dinner
    This year kendo does not have food prep duty. Anyone who helped with spring clean up 3/26 and wishes to attend the recognition dinner will be covered by the dojo.

  • Sat-Sun 4/8-9/17: AUSKF Board Meeting and Shinsa, San Jose
    Kodama Jean will be attending.

  • Fr-Sun 4/7-9/17: Oda Sensei Iaido Seminar, Denver
    Okuno sensei will be attending.

  • Sun 4/2/17: Team SCKF practice, Norwalk 8am-noon

  • Fri 3/31/17: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Cho Daniel (youth kyu), Chong Connie (adult kyu), and Nguyen Emil (yudansha).

  • Sun 3/26/17: Center spring clean up
    We will need all hands on deck to help clean up the dressing rooms and storage area. Time is 9am to noon.

    Thank you to everyone who came out to help! The list included Yoon Brian, Yoon Kay, Fu Linda, Liao Steve, Liao William, Kim Ryan, Cho Daniel, Cho Ryan, Kodama Jean, Choi Eunice, Kariya Yoshijiro, Tekin Korhan, Chang Jeffrey, Ji Daniel.

  • Fri 3/24/17: Norwalk TV filming at Center
    Norwalk TV is doing an in-depth program about the Center, with a crew out to film judo, ikebana, and kendo tonight. Everyone please come out so we have a good showing on TV. We are also hoping to have iaido folks on hand. Be dressed and ready to go into the gym by 7:20pm.

    We had cake (thanks Linda!) to celebrate Chang sensei's North-South tournament trophy for being on the yudansha team which won NCKF.

  • Sun 3/19/17: North-South Tournament, San Jose
    Norwalk participants include Cho Daniel (11-13yrs), Chang Jeffrey (3-4dan), Kariya Yoshijiro (5dan and above), Kodama Jean (senior). Shinpan include Yoon Brian, Kariya Yoshijiro, Kodama Jean. Kariya Yoshijiro will also be participating in the iaido embu.

    We will leave from the dojo Sat morning 8:30am. Thank you to Yoon sensei for arranging the van and hotel rooms, and for doing all the driving!

    Congratulations to Chang Jeffrey for being part of the yudansha team which won NCKF!

  • Sun 3/12/17: Team SCKF practice, Norwalk 8am-noon
    Norwalk has toban duty. Thank you to Yoon Brian, Kay, and Courtney for taking care of things!

  • Sat-Sun 3/11-12/17: East Coast Iaido Seminar, Bensalem PA
    Okuno sensei will be attending.

  • Sun 3/5/17: SCKF Shinpan Seminar, El Rancho High School
    Norwalk participants included Yoon Brian*, Chang Jeffrey, Kodama Jean* (*=bento $9). Kariya Yoshijiro attended in the morning.

  • Mon 2/27/17: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Kim Ryan (youth kyu), MacIntyre Cole (adult kyu), and Ji Daniel (yudansha).

  • Sun 2/26/17: Team SCKF practice, Norwalk 8am-noon

  • Now Collecting AUSKF/SCKF Federation Dues
    Deadline for the dojo to turn in membership to SCKF is Fri 3/24/17.

  • Fri 2/24/17
    Cake is served! Congratulations again to Chang sensei for his awesome performance in Steveston (2nd place 4dan and above, and member of 1st place SCKF team

  • Sun 2/18-19/17: AUSKF Mudansha Seminar, Huntington Beach
    Chong Connie attended.

    Power is out at the Center due to heavy rainstorms and winds.

  • Sun 2/12/17: Team SCKF practice, Norwalk 8am-noon

  • Sat 2/11/17: Steveston Taikai, Canada
    Chang Jeffrey and Kodama Jean attended.

    Congratulations to Chang sensei for winning 2nd place in 4dan and above division, as well as being a member of the SCKF senior team which won 1st place!

  • Sun 2/5/17: Kubota Memorial Tournament, Wilson Park
    Norwalk participants include Cho Daniel, Cho Ryan (3-1kyu); Fu Linda (women's dan); Tseng George, Ji Daniel (1-2dan); Chang Jeffrey (3-4dan); Cho In Ho (senior). Shinpan include Chang Jeffrey, Kodama Jean.

  • Sat 2/4/17: Kanto Gakuin University Godo Keiko, Wilson Park 3:30p

  • Mon 1/30/17: keiko
    Welcome back Kim Matthew!

  • Sun 1/29/17: Team SCKF practice, Norwalk 8am-noon

  • Fri 1/27/17: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Kim Ryan (youth kyu), and Nguyen Emil (yudansha).

  • Mon 1/23/17: keiko
    Thank you to Brown Jason sensei (TOR) for practing with us!

  • Sat-Sun 1/21-22/17: FIK Shinpan Seminar, Chicago
    Kodama Jean will be attending.

  • Mon 1/16/17: keiko
    We introduced Miyagawa Misako from Norwalk iaido, who will be taking over for Yoon Brian to create articles for the Tomodachi newsletter. Thank you Misako and Brian!

  • Fri 1/13/17: keiko
    Thank you to Dong Allyson sensei (CM) for practing with us! Dong sensei and Kariya sensei will perform kendo kata at the Kubota Memorial tournament. Also, welcome back Chong Connie!

    We presented new sensei Yoon Brian with his official set of shinpanki (referee flags).

    Finally, thank you to Tseng George for the delicious moon cake from Taiwan!

  • Sun 1/8/17: SCKF New Year's Party, Alhambra
    Yoon Brian and Kodama Jean will be attending.

  • Sun 1/8/17: Team SCKF practice, Norwalk 8am-11am
    Moved from 1/15. Ending early due to SCKF new year's party.

  • SEJSCC January Tomodachi newsletter is now available online

  • Fri 1/6/17: Norwalk Dojo first keiko of 2017
    Thanks so much to the moms for making the delicious zenzai and freshly made mochi dishes! Everything was so good! Kodama Jean also brought homemade chocolate chip cookies and decorated gingerbread.

  • Happy holidays!
    Norwalk Dojo will be on holiday break from Fri 12/23 through Mon 1/2. See SCKF holiday schedule for other dojo schedules.
For past news, see this year's summary or past archives

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