We’re glad to announce that the team roster for the upcoming 2020 Detroit Open Taikai is complete. You can download it from the link below:
Take a look and see who your teammates will be in February!
On February 15th and 16th, 2020, the Detroit Kendo Dojo will host the 22nd Annual Detroit Open Kendo Seminar and Tournament.
These events are our flagship endeavor and are open to all members under the International Kendo Federation and they have, since its inception, drawn thousands of kenshi from across the United States, Canada and Japan to southeastern Michigan. We hope to use this event to advance our mission of creating learning opportunities for all generations in the art of kendo, as well as enhancing cross-cultural understanding and relationships.
Special Guest Sensei
The special guest for Tournament and Seminar Instructor is Takumi Chikamoto Sensei, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan from Aichi Prefecture Police Department. He is the winner of the Emperor Cup in the 51st All Japan Kendo Championship in 2003.
Important Notice – Participant requirement to furnish own “Mejirushi” / “Tasuki”
Following practice of FIK and AUSKF, all participants need to bring their own (or their own dojo’s) “Mejirushi” (a pair of red and white strips used during matches, another name is “Tasuki”). The host organization will not prepare nor put on “Mejirushi” for participants.
Not having Mejirushi at the time of a match will result in disqualification. We have notified Mazkiya USA and Maruyama, two scheduled on-site bogu venders, of the anticipated needs for Mejirushi, however please order well in advance, as needed.
Sat Feb 15th
8:30 AM Doors Open
9:30 AM Seminar Begins
2:30 PM Midwest Kendo Federation Promotion Tests Begin
Sun Feb 16th
6:30 AM Doors Open
7:30 AM Opening Ceremony, Tournament Begins
Venue is the same for all events
Seaholm High School
2436 West Lincoln, Birmingham, MI 48009
Parking entrance is on Cranbrook Rd, north of the school building.
Seminar and Tournament Registration
Due Date: Saturday, January 18th, 2020
For individual divisions, registration is per individual, not per dojo. Please refer to the appendix at the bottom of this page and register yourself. The chart and entry rules in the appendix take precedence, however the on-line registration system may allow different entries. For team registration, Detroit Kendo Dojo highly recommends appointment of team representative as soon as possible. The representative needs to submit on-line team roster(s) before the registration due date, Sat January 18th.
Midwest Federation Kendo Promotion Test
Tests are for Kendo 4-Dan rank and below. For applications, please use the link below:
A special group rate is available at the Detroit Marriott Southfield, which is close to the event venue. The group rate is $104/night for a two-bed room and this rate includes a $32 value 2 complimentary breakfast passes per room per night stayed. This is a significant discount to the other hotels in the area and we encourage you to take advantage of it. A special arrangement was made with the hotel that breakfast will be served starting at 6 am on the tournament Sunday.
- Those who can participate in multiple divisions (i.e. Senior + 5-Dan+) can choose to only participate in one division. Participating in multiple divisions is not mandatory.
- Qualifications for “Sr. Youth” division
① “Mudan” status is required. A Youth with Dan status cannot participate Sr. Youth, and he or she must participate in one of the Adult Ranking divisions (1 and 2 Dan).
② Female Youth players with Dan status can attend both the Women’s division and one of the Adult Ranking divisions (1 and 2 Dan).
③ The above requirement is not the same for Team divisions. Youth with Dan rank can choose either Sr. Youth Team or Adult Team.
- Qualifications for “Women’s division”
Dan status is required. Mudan is not allowed.
- Qualifications for “Senior” division
A) Men – 50 years old or up
B) Women – 45 years old or up for women
① Senior females with Dan rank must participate in the Women’s division and they can choose to either participate in either the “Senior” division or one of the Adult Ranking divisions (1 Dan through 5 Dan+). If they choose the Senior division, they cannot participate in any of the Adult Ranking divisions, and vice versa.
② Senior females with Dan cannot participate in both the Senior and Dan divisions, opting out women.
Individual Registration – 2020 Detroit Open Taikai Registration Form – Individual Registration is now closed.
Team Registration – Dojo Representatives Only – 2020 Detroit Open Taikai Team Registration Form
Thank you to the Japanese Cultural Center of Saginaw for hosting our dojo members and letting us do a presentation on the history and practice of Kendo for this year’s Saginaw Japan Festival. The weather was excellent and we enjoyed showing our practice to the audience. We even had some audience participation!
Congratulations to the members of the Detroit Kendo Dojo who placed at the Stratford Kendo Club Invitational Tournament on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at St. Michael’s Catholic Secondary School, Stratford, Ontario.
1-Dan to 2-Dan Division
- Ryan Choi – 2nd Place
3-Dan and Above Division
- Atsushi Kurita – 3rd Place
- Yumi Ishida – 3rd Place
Congratulations to the participants from the Detroit Kendo Dojo who represented the Midwest Kendo Federation (MWKF) in the AUSKF Junior Open Nationals that were held on 4/6/2019 in Cumming, Georgia. We are all very proud of your progress!
Detroit Kendo Dojo 2019 Junior Open Nationals Representatives
Tyler Barrone (16-18 years old division – 3rd place)
Shosuke Arai (12-13 years old division – Kantosho – Fighting Spirit Award)
Kiki Choi (Girls 13 under division – Kantosho – Fighting Spirit Award)
Keigo Ishida (12-13 years old division – 3rd place)
Daichi Sakuma (16-18 years old division – Kantosho – Fighting Spirit Award)
Full tournament results can be found here -> https://auskf-jrnationals.com/results.html
Congratulations to all of the participants of the 31st Cleveland Kendo Tournament / Greater North East US Kendo Federation Championships!
Results for the Detroit Kendo Dojo participants are below.
Junior A Division (12-years old & under)
Kiki Choi (2nd place)
Yuushi Masuda (3rd place)
Junior B Division (13 to 15-years old)
Nathan Choi (3rd place)
Junior C Division (16 to 18-years old)
Jonathan Oestringer (3rd place)
Youth Team A Division (up to 12-years old)
Detroit Team B (Kiki Choi, Eric Onuma, & Taichi Matsuura (Koyokai), 1st place)
Detroit Team A (Kazuto Hirano, Takushi Masuda, & Yuushi Masuda, 3rd place)
Youth Team B Division (13 to 16-years old)
Nathan Choi with two members from other dojos, 3rd place
- Aidan O’Neill
- Eric Onuma
- Taichi Matsuura (Koyo-kai)
- Masato Dahl
- Kent Kiyomi
- Wataru Horiguchi
- Eric Onuma
Tonight’s practice at the Hillside Middle School / Northville Parks and Rec office is still going to take place; it has NOT been cancelled.
With the sub-zero temperatures in Michigan the most important thing for everyone is to stay safe and stay warm.
This is a reminder that there will be no practice on 11/22 (THU) and 11/24 (SAT) for Thanksgiving vacation.
Photo By Jean-Pol GRANDMONT - Own work, CC BY 3.0, Link
Have a great holiday and we will see you on 11/29 (THU) !