Reminders and upcoming events for 2017

  • Deadline reminders Also
    • unless otherwise noted below, we will have practice every Monday and Friday (see hours)
    • see more notes below

  • Mon 12/11/17: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p

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

  • Sun 12/17/17: SCKF Youth Practice, Norwalk Dojo

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

  • Happy holidays!
    Norwalk Dojo will be on holiday break from Fri 12/22 through Mon 1/1. See SCKF holiday schedule for other dojo schedules.

  • Wed 1/3/18: SEJSCC advisory committee meeting, 7pm SEJSCC

  • Fri 1/5/18: Norwalk Dojo first keiko of 2018

  • Sat 1/13/18: SCKF godo geiko; board meeting, Chuo 6pm; 7:30pm

  • Sun 1/13/18: SCKF New Year's Party, Almansor Court
    Cho sensei will be among the honorees. $40 ($20 for children 3-12).

  • Sun 1/21/18: Mori Hai Tournament, Wilson Park
    Norwalk participants include Cho Ryan, Cho Daniel, Kim Ryan (3-1kyu), Chung Connie (women's kyu), Fu Linda (women's dan), Chang Jeffrey, Nguyen Emil (3-4 dan), Kodama Jean (senior); shinpan Nguyen Emil, Chang Jeffrey, Kariya Yoshijiro, Kodama Jean.

  • Sat 2/10/18: Steveston Tournament, Steveston Canada
  • Sat-Sun 2/10-11/18: FIK Shinpan Seminar, Montreal Canada
    Kodama Jean will be attending.
  • Sun 2/25/18: SCKF Shinpan Seminar, El Rancho HS
  • Sun 3/25/18: North-South Tournament, Wilson Park
  • Sat 4/21/18: SCKF Spring Shinsa, tbd
  • Sun 5/8/18: Nisei Week Tournament, tbd
  • Sun 6/24/18: SCKF Individual Championships, Wilson Park
  • Sun 7/8/18: SCKF Kata Seminar, El Rancho HS
  • Wed 7/11/18: Camp Hanabi Kendo Demo 1:30-2:20pm
  • Sat-Sun 7/28-29/18: SEJSCC Cultural Festival
  • Sun 8/?/18: Nikkei Games, tbd
  • Mon-Sun 8/13-26/18: gym closed for floor refurbishing
  • Sun 9/30/18: SCKF Team Championships, Wilson Park
  • Sun 10/21/18: SCKF Fall Shinsa, Wilson Park

  • 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: 12/11m; 2018: 1/26f, 2/26m, 3/30f, 4/30m, 5/25f, 6/29m, 7/27f, 8/27m, 9/28f, 10/29m, 11/30f, 12/10m
    • 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).

  • If you would like to receive dojo email announcements, please email norwalkkendo@gmail.com (be sure to provide your name!).

  • 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.

  • 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 (email is suggested). Also, if funds are deducted from your deposit for whatever reason, you must replenish it as soon as possible.

  • 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

  • Fri 12/8/17: Monthly attendance recognition
    • Congratulations to Kim Ryan, Liao William, and Yun Olivia for achieving perfect attendance in November!
    • Excellent attendance: Cho Ryan, Cho Daniel, Quimpo Ed, Park Joanne, Lee Seth.
    • Good attendance: Liao Steve.

  • Wed 12/6/17: SEJSCC advisory committee meeting, 7pm SEJSCC
    A special appreciation dinner was served at 6:30pm. Kodama Jean and Nakagawa Takeshi attended.

  • Mon 12/4/17: keiko
    Welcome new member Kim Anthony!

  • Sat 12/2/17: Norwalk hosting SCKF godo geiko, Chuo 6pm
    It is Norwalk Dojo's turn to host godo geiko this month. Yudansha, especially sensei, please plan to attend!

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

  • Sat 11/18/17: Iaido godo geiko, 3-5pm Venice
    At this first godo geiko, we will review what Kato sensei taught at the SCKF Iaido Seminar

  • Fri 11/17/17: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p
    One week earlier than normal due to the Thanksgiving break.

    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Kim Ryan (youth kyu), and Tseng George (yudansha).

    Also welcome new members Walton Aleaya and Crawford John!

  • Sun 11/12/17: Norwalk Dojo picnic, noon
    A good time was had by all at our pot luck type picnic at Cerritos Park East.

    Special thanks to Yoon Kay, Yoon Brian, and Fu Linda for organizing it. And thanks to everyone who attended! The food was great!

  • Sun 11/05/17: SCKF Youth Practice, Norwalk Dojo

  • Fri 11/03/16: monthly attendance recognition
    Congratulations to Quimpo Ed for achieving perfect attendance in October!

  • Fri 11/03/17: SCKF Senior Practice, Norwalk 9:15pm
    We will host senior (50 and over) practice during ato-geiko.

  • Mon 11/06/17: keiko
    Welcome new member Lee Seth!

  • Mon 10/30/17: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winner Cho Daniel (youth kyu).

    Also welcome new members Park Joanne and Yun Olivia!

    No iaido tonight (recovering from the SCKF seminar).

  • Sat-Sun 10/28-29/17: SCKF Iaido Seminar, Venice
    Norwalk attendees include Okuno sensei, Ralutin sensei, Kodama sensei, Korhan Tekin, Ma Philip, Kariya Yoshijiro. Chang Stewart and Oshima Paul also observed on Saturday.

  • Fri 10/27/17: start kendo new beginner
    Welcome new member Kim David!

  • Sat-Sun 10/21-22/17: SCKF Women's Seminar, Norwalk
    The seminar was led by 6dan women sensei Kodama Jean (NOR), Tew Saeko (COV), and Anderson Emi (STYO). Participants came from SCKF, SCKO, WKF, and even NCKF.

    Many, many thanks to Fu Linda for arranging all the refreshments, dinner, and lunch, as well as Yoon Brian, Yoon Kay, and Domen Sumi for assisting.

  • Sun 10/15/17: SCKF Fall Shinsa , Wilson Park
    Congratulations to Chong Connie for passing 4kyu, and to Kim Ryan, Cho Daniel, and Cho Ryan for passing 3kyu!

  • Sun 10/8/17: SCKO Indiv Championships, Huntington Beach
    Kodama Jean will be attending as SCKF president.
For past news, see this year's summary or past archives

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