Reminders and upcoming events for 2017

  • Deadline reminders Note: if you would like to receive dojo email announcements, please email (be sure to provide your name!).

  • 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).

  • Wed 5/3/17: SEJSCC advisory committee meeting, SEJSCC

  • Sun 5/7/17: Team SCKF practice, Norwalk 8am-noon
  • Sat 5/13/17: SCKF godo geiko; board meeting, Chuo 6pm; 7:30pm
  • Sun 5/21/17: Team SCKF practice, Norwalk 8am-noon
  • Fri 5/26/17: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p
  • Mon 5/29/17: Memorial Day, no keiko
  • Sun 6/4/17: Team SCKF practice, Norwalk 8am-noon
  • Thu-Mon 6/8-12/17: AUSKF Iaido and Jodo Camp, Bryn Mawr PA
  • Sun 6/18/17: Team SCKF practice, Norwalk 8am-noon
  • Thu 6/22/17: AUSKF Junior Open, San Jose
  • Fri-Sun 6/23-25/17: AUSKF Kendo Championships, San Jose
  • Mon 6/26/17: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p
  • Sun 7/9/17: SCKF Individual Championships, Wilson Park
  • Fri 7/21/17: carnival prep 7:30p
  • Sat-Sun 7/22-23/17: Center Cultural Festival, SEJSCC
  • Mon 7/24/17: carnival clean up 7:00p
  • Fri-Sun 8/4-6/17: AUSKF Summer Camp, Ann Arbor MI
  • Sun 8/6/17: Nikkei Games, CSULB Pyramid
  • Sun 8/27/17: SCKF Kata Seminar, Pioneer High School
  • Mon 9/4/17: Labor Day, no keiko
  • Sun 9/24/17: SCKF Team Championships, Wilson Park
  • Sun 10/15/17: SCKF Fall Shinsa, Wilson Park
  • Sat-Sun 11/11-12/16: AUSKF Board meeting and shinsa, tbd
  • Fri 11/24/17: Thanksgiving break, no keiko
  • Fri 12/15/17: Norwalk Dojo Christmas party (or 12/22/17))
  • Mon 12/18/17: Norwalk Dojo last keiko of 2017
  • Fri 1/5/18: Norwalk Dojo first keiko of 2018

  • Recurring Norwalk Dojo events
    • Special practices, Sun 8-10am. These practices are for Norwalk Dojo members only and are primarily intended for yudansha and serious kyu kenshi. Those having difficulty making it to weeknight practices (expat college students, workers with long commutes, etc), are especially encouraged to attend. Next practices: have been suspended due to hosting Team SCKF practices (you are welcome to attend, but please make sure you're ready for a hard practice!)
    • Yudansha practices, 1st Monday practice of the month (after regular keiko), except as noted. For 1dan and above only, so yudansha can practice at an advanced level.
    • Shiai geiko, 3rd Monday practice of the month (after regular keiko), except as noted. For all kenshi in bogu, to hone your competitive skills.
    • 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: 5/26f, 6/26m, 7/28f, 8/28m, 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.
    • 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
      Team SCKF practices to prepare for the AUSKF Championships in 2017. Next practices: 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 4/02, 4/23, 5/07, 5/21, 6/04, 6/18

  • 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

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

  • 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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