Monday, July 20, 2015

12th Annual Michigan Family Tournament results

We had a great time at the annual Family tournament.  Thank you to everyone that came and participated.  Below are the results.

Non Bogu:

1. Ohno
2. Matsuura
3. Stolarski
3. Asaoka

Jr. Youth:

1. N. Choi
2. K. Choi
3. Shinohara
3. Arai

Sr. Youth:

1. Barrone
2. Sakuma
3. Ogita
3. M. Mori


1. Manome
2. Billich
3. Rieland
3. N. Motta


1. Sakuma
2. N. Motta
3. Choi
3. Y. Mori

Sho/Ni Dan:

1. Phillips
2. Barrone
3. Ware
3. Renardy

San dan and up:

1. Hill
2. Matsuuraa
3. Manome
3. Ohashi

Again, thank you to everyone for coming and see you next year.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Annual Michigan Family Tournament

The annual Family Tournament has been scheduled for Sunday July 19, 2015 at 11:00am in the Warner Gymnasium Gym of Eastern Michigan University.  An invite was sent to all dojos in Michigan.  Please return a list of participants no later than Monday July 13th.  Thank you and we are excited to host this event again. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Visit to Japan for the World Championships.

Over 10 days in June of this year I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Japan for the World Championships.  Ron Fox, Burm Kim, Joe Ponchart and I went to see the tournament and to practice every day.  We were very lucky to be invited and hosted by Hayashi Noburo sensei, Hachidan, at the Noma dojo, Mitsubishi dojo and his University kendo team practice.  Below are the links to the matches that we took part in against the college team.  There is also a link of myself practicing with Hayashi sensei.  More writing and videos and pics to come. 


Match one






Match 2:






Thursday, January 15, 2015

Rerouted posts and new site

Hello everyone,

I have just rerouted all of the posts since 2006 from the old blog to this new one.  What a time warp.  I suggest that you go through these, it is a great way to relive what Eastern Kendo has been through.  A great time.  This will be the new location for all things related to Eastern Kendo Club.  I look forward to writing more again.  See you soon. 

11th Annual Michigan Family Tournament

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Family Tournament.  It was a great day.



1st: Mori
2nd: Fukuda
3rd: Onuma
3rd: Takei


1st: Kotani
2nd: Barrone
3rd: Sakuma
3rd: Ochi


1st: Takai
2nd: Sherrod
3rd: Mishina
3rd: Baker


1st: Barrone
2nd: Wesserling
3rd: Nishya
3rd: Sakuma

Sho/Ni dan:

1st: Sherrod
2nd: Takei
3rd: Holmgren
3rd: Miller

San dan and up:

1st: Hill
2nd: Matsuura
3rd: Chaffin
3rd: Burm
10th Annual Michigan Family Tournament
Below are the results for this year's tournament.  Thank you to eveyrone that came out and helped in making this a great 10th year event.  Special thanks to Matsuura sensei for his guidance and donation of the Women's cup and to Tagawa sensei for leading the family.  See you sonn at the dojo.


1st: Ogita
2nd: Matsuura
3rd: Kondek


1st: Sherrod
2nd: Sakuma
3rd: Wesserling
3rd: Kameyama Aoi


1st: Sherrod
2nd: Miller
3rd: Sakuma
3rd: Ledebuhr

Sho-Ni Dan:

1st: Chen
2nd: Renardy
3rd: Engling
3rd: Phillips

San dan and above:

1st: Hill
2nd: Matsuura
3rd: Kim
3rd: Thompson

Again, thank you to everyone that came and we cannot wait till next year. 
24th Midwest Championships
So we have just finished competing in the 24th annual Midwest Championships.  What a great time and a great finish for myself and Zakiah.  The only two who went.  Anyway, the week previously MSU hosted the founding senseis the Hayashi brothers  Hachidan kyoshi for a visit to the midwest.  This was one of the highlights of my kendo career.  Without these two senseis kendo would not have started at MSU and Ron would not have found it, then I would not have found it.  So I was looking forward to their vist.  For me it started on saturday as they visited Detroit Kendo Club.  They were amazing instructors and took the time to teach and fight harder then you could imagine for people in their 70s.  Next they visited the MSU club and those who went can share their stories.

After that they visited us at Eastern.  Now, running a dojo is one thing, when your kendo grandparents come to visit for the first time is an entirely different thing.  What a night.  From their comments on men to the jigeiko and then the daini dojo for discussion and fun, one of the best moments in my kendo life. 

Then it was on to the tournament in chicago.  After a 6 and a hlaf hour drive, normally 4, to chicago I got there in time for most of the practice they were hosting with the Hayashi brothers.  Another great practice and second dojo later it was time for the tournament on saturday. 

The taikai starts with sandan and above so we were up first.  I fought against Zhe from UofM and fought my way to a victory with a men.  Then I was up against an old friend of mine Okanda san from Chicago.  We have fought a good deal of times and I have always managed to get a point for victory.  This time I did get a men but it was not enough.  The shimpan were not as adept as usual for this level and missed a kaeshi men of his and a kote of mine.  But as it goes, that doesn't matter and when I dropped my guard he got a do.  Now I had to make it up and he got another do to end my matches in the divison.  It was a great fight.

Then shimpan all day.  At that point I saw some great matches from Zakiah who took home the gold in the Junior divison for teams and individuals.  Great job.

After lunch it was on to the teams.  Now, I was there alone so I was asked by Chicago to be a part of their team.  You have to understand that these are the people that I grew up in kendo with and always admired.  Being on their team was like your big brother asking you to go to the game with him or something. 

The team matches were awesome.  We fought against Detroit D first and I was able to get a men and then get my opponenet out of bounds twice.  Two points for me and we went on to win the rest of the matches.  Next up was Wisconsin A.  I was up against someone who was good but a strong pusher.  No big deal as I got his men and then threw his shinai out of his hands into the crowd.  After that we won the match and the court.  Third place guaranteed.  We were then up against Battle Creek.  Matsuura sensei and Travis Hill for a chance to be in the finals against Choyokan. 

First up it was Ronan vs. Matsuura.  Ronan did a great job of holding him off and then Matsuura got one point just before the whistle blew.  I was up next against Trusevich.  I knew he was going to try to hold and get a tie so I went hard.  So did he.  As the match went no one got ippon.  I went in for men and he ran his shinai into my chest.  This caused me to lose my breath and to have to ask for time.  I did and then got back up to fight.  After some more, not very clean kendo from either of us, the match ended in a tie.  Then Travis took out Condon and we were down by 3 points.  Shio was up next and she took care of her opponenet so we were down by 1 now.  It was Inoue vs Chaffin and I knew Chaffin would try to hold for the tie.  He did and that was the end of the match.  We took home third.  I later found out that my rib was factured from the missed tsuki but that's kendo.

After an extremely late night banquet the exam was the next day.  Zakiah passed his shodan exam and the ride home with a broken rib was lots of fun. 

Overall, it was like doing kendo when I started, fighting with my old friends, and visiting with the Hayashi senseis.  What a week of kendo.  I am now out for 2-3 weeks but cannot wait to get back on the floor.  Gambatte.