Summary for 2017
January

  • Happy 2017!
    We are looking forward to another great year at Norwalk Dojo. To see what happened in past years, see the archives.

  • 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.

  • SEJSCC January Tomodachi newsletter is now available online

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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 2/11/17: 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 2/12/17: Team SCKF practice, Norwalk 8am-noon

  • Fri 2/17/17 PRACTICE CANCELLED
    Power is out at the Center due to heavy rainstorms and winds.

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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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).
March

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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 3/26/17: 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 3/31/17: monthly dojo tournament 7:30p
    Congratulations to monthly tournament winners Cho Daniel (youth kyu), Chong Connie (adult kyu), and Nguyen Emil (yudansha).
April

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

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

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

  • 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 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!

  • 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!

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

  • 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 4/30/17: 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.

May

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

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

  • Fri 5/12/17: Friday keiko
    Welcome back Yoon Courtney (home for the summer from college!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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!).

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

  • 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).
July

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

  • Fri 7/7/17: start iaido new beginners
    Welcome new iaido member Miesner Hajo!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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-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.

  • 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.

  • 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 7/31/17: 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.

August

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

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

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

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

  • 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).

  • 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!
September

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

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

  • Mon 9/4/17: Labor Day, no keiko

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

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

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

  • 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 9/24/17: 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 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).


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