February 9, 2002


Once again a large contingency of kendo people made their way to the blustery North Country to participate in the 40th Anniversary Kendo Tournament of the Steveston Kendo Club of Steveston, BC, Canada. In all, 30 kenshi and sensei along with 17 parents and family attended this year’s event. As usual, the group was treated to a delicious supper on Friday followed by a vigorous Keiko at the community center.


Saturday, the tournament got underway at approximately 10:00 a.m. with slightly over 300 kenshi ready to fight their way to the top. Because of the very high number of participants, the tournament finally ended at 10:00 p.m. Although a long day, all of the SCKF attendees came away with a good feeling of a day that was filled with excitement and satisfaction. Many thanks must be given to all the terrific people of the Steveston Kendo club for hosting such an event.


The results are as follows:


10 years and under                                          11 to 13 years

1st              Y. Hori, Torrance                            1st              R. Campbell, Steveston

2nd             B. Fukutomi, Hawaii                         2nd             S. Fujimoto, Covina

3rd              R. Murao, Steveston                        3rd              H. Fukushima, Vancouver

3rd              G. Mizutani, Renbu                          3rd              R. Marumo, Sunrise


14 to 15 years                                                   Women

1st              H. Kinjo, Covina                             1st              M. Hayashi, Vancouver

2nd             B. Imanishi, Cascade                      2nd             T. Matisz, Saskatoon

3rd              R. Nakata, Renbu                            3rd              W. Nakano, Steveston

3rd              K. Kawagishi, Norwalk                  3rd              E. Marsten, Highline


Non-Degree (Adult Kyu)                                 1 to 3 dan

1st              Y. Osada, Uvic                                 1st              T. Yamada, Vancouver

2nd             E. Kobashigawa, Cascade              2nd             Y. Kitajima, Torrance

3rd              M. Kim, UBC                                    3rd              J. Chinen, Covina

3rd              H. Kim, Torrance                           3rd              F. Itokazu, Covina


4th dan and above

1st              S. Asaoka, Youshinkan                   

2nd             Y. Kaneko, Obukan

3rd              C. Yang, Torrance

3rd              M. Minami, NCKF


Junior Team                                      Senior Team

1st     Vancouver                                  1st        Southern California Kendo Federation

2nd    Steveston                                   2nd       Steveston