July 10, 2019


Be sure to check out our new website at www.MemphisKendoAssociation.com !!

September 04, 2014

Takaaki Nakahama-sensei ~ "Grandfather" of Memphis Kendo Association

Finally!  Harry Dach-sensei has managed to find the above picture of Nakahama-sensei, Kendo Kyoshi 7.dan, his instructor in Iwakuni, Japan.

After trying several times to begin Kendo, Dach-sensei was eventually accepted by Nakahama-sensei as one of his first non-Japanese students.  Dach-sensei related to me some time ago, his initial "training" was more like a "test of willpower", as Nakahama-sensei's students would beat Dach-sensei literally out of the dojo doors, forcing him to [try to] fight his way back in.... "How bad do you really want to learn Kendo?"

Thankfully for all of us at Memphis Kendo, Dach-sensei's desire was strong, and a great friendship with Nakahama-sensei was formed.

Pat Register-sensei and Dach-sensei are the only two remaining Memphis Kendoka who were able to train directly under the guidance of Nakahama-sensei, because unfortunately, Sensei succumbed to cancer at the age of 44 in the late 1980s (1989, if everyone's memory is correct).

One thing, though, is for certain -- were it not for Nakahama-sensei, Memphis Kendo would not exist today.  It is for this reason that we should all be grateful to Nakahama-sensei and cherish his memory.  Be sure to check out Dach-sensei's profile for other tidbits about Nakahama-sensei.

The "mon" (family crest) seen on Sensei's dodai in the picture above is that of a Lotus Leaf:

2014 SEUSKF Tournament ~ MEMPHIS, TN ~ October 18-19, 2014

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May 27, 2013

Congrats to Shinn Taniguchi!

Congrats to Shinn Taniguchi-san on successfully passing his 2.dan promotional in Atlanta over this past weekend!

October 08, 2012

2012 SEUSKF Shinsa/Taikai Results

Congrats to Shinn Taniguchi for taking 1st place in the Youth A Division of the 2012 SEUSKF tournament!

Congrats also to the successful candidates at the rank testing:
Atsushi Kurihara - 2.dan
Justin Reh - 2.dan
Lance Wright - 2.kyu
Jodi Hilton - 2.kyu
Keita Inaba - 2.kyu
Takayuki Kurihara - 3.kyu
Yuki Kurihara - 5.kyu

July 10, 2012

2012 SEUSKF Tournament and Promotional

‎2012 SEUSKF Tournament/Promotional Announcement:

Hosted by Georgia Kendo Association (GKA), the event will take place at the Lifetime Fitness Center in Atlanta on the weekend of October 6 and 7.

In a kind of 'twist' of things, the current announcement is that the rank promotional will take place on Saturday (Oct 6) and the tournament will take place on Sunday (Oct 7).

At this time, that's all there is to announce, but more information (along with application form(s) and deadline) will be coming soon.

July 02, 2012

2012 SEUSFK Western Sub-Region Shinsa Results

Congrats to the successful candidates from this past weekend's shina in Nashville:

Don Crittenden - 3.dan
Martin Tribo - 1.dan
Hiroto Inaba - 2.kyu
Patrick Faulkner - 3.kyu
Keita Inaba - 3.kyu
Takayuki Kurihara - 4.kyu

March 28, 2012

Memphis Kendo 2nd largest club in SEUSKF!

The 2012 SEUSKF dojo statistics have been released, reflecting that Memphis Kendo Club is the SECOND LARGEST club in the SEUSKF, among 30 total clubs covering 7 states in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Also interesting to note that 3 of the 4 clubs in the state of Tennessee are among the Top Ten largest in the region.

The total list:

1. Georgia Kendo Alliance (Atlanta) - 65 members
2. MEMPHIS KENDO CLUB - 35 members
3. Northern Virginia Budokai (Wash DC area) - 34 members
4. Atlanta Kendo Kai (Atlanta) - 32 members
5. NASHVILLE KENDO CLUB - 31 members
6. Baltimore-Annapolis Kendo - 28 members
7. South Florida Kendo Club (Miami) - 27 members
8. Triangle Kendo and Iaido (Raleigh-Durham, NC) - 25 members
9. KNOXVILLE KENDO CLUB - 22 members
10. Koryo Dojo (Richmond, VA) - 21 members
11. Charlotte Kendo Club (Charlotte, NC) - 17 members
12. Gulf Coast Kendo Club (Tampa-area, FL) - 13 members
...... Winthrop Kendo Club (Rock Hill, SC) - 13 members
14. Summerlin Kendo Club (Bartow, FL) - 12 members
15. North Raleigh Kendo Club (Raleigh, NC) - 11 members
16. Tampa Kendo Club (Tampa, FL) - 10 members
..... Georgia Japanese Language School Kendo Club (Atlanta) - 10 members
..... Columbia Kendo Club (Columbia, SC) - 10 members
..... Hampton Roads Kendo Club (Hampton Roads, VA) - 10 members
20. Shudokan USA (Wash DC) - 9 members
21. Sedokan Kendo (Boynton Beach, FL) - 8 members
..... Virginia Beach Kendo and Iaido Club (Virginia Beach, VA) - 8 members
23. UMBC Kendo Club (Baltimore, MD) - 6 members
24. Central Florida Kendo Club (Orlando, FL) - 5 members
..... East Georgia Kendo Club (Athens, GA) - 5 members
..... Peachtree City Kendo Association (Atlanta) - 5 members
27. Seminole Kendo Club (Tallahassee, FL) - 4 members
..... Tallahassee Kendo Club (Tallahassee, FL) - 4 members
29. William & Mary Kendo Club (Williamsburg, VA) - 3 members
30. JACKSON KENDO CLUB (Jackson, TN) - 2 members

February 06, 2012


Congrats to Memphis Kendo Club's Warren Oster who successfully passed his 1.dan examination in Atlanta over the past weekend!

January 10, 2012


2012 AUSKF/SEUSKF Dues ---

Beginning this year, ALL Memphis Kendo Club members are REQUIRED to join AUSKF/SEUSKF.

For 2012, dues are:
$70 -- 18 yrs old and above
$50 -- 17 yrs old and below


Please submit your payment to Yasuda-sensei.
Also be sure to include YOUR NAME, YOUR DATE OF BIRTH, and YOUR CURRENT RANK (if any).

Be advised that you will also be required to sign an AUSKF/SEUSKF waiver of liability form at the same time you submit your payment to Yasuda-sensei.

October 27, 2011

New Members joining Memphis Kendo

After discussion among the Memphis Kendo Club instructors, it has been decided that, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, the club will only be accepting new members the first two weeks of the following months:

December (2011)
February (2012)

This info will be cross-posted to the Club FAQ.

October 23, 2011

22nd SEUSKF Tournament and Testing results

Unofficial results from the 22nd SEUSKF Tournament/Testing held in Murfreesboro, TN:

William Thornton-Leonard, 2.dan
Lysa Walterhouse, 1.dan
Shinnosuke Taniguchi, 1.dan
Justin Reh, 1.dan
Hiro Inaba, 3.kyu
Lance Wright, 4.kyu
Keita Inaba, 4.kyu

Taikai (169 Participants at this year's event):
Pat Register - Kanto Sho (Senior Division)
William Thornton-Leonard - 3rd Place (Youth B Division)
Shinn Taniguchi - 3rd Place (Youth C Division)
Justin Reh - 3rd Place (Mudansha Division)

August 17, 2011


Memphis Kendo Club has been invited to put on a kendo demonstration at the Germantown International Festival THIS SATURDAY, AUG 20 from 3:30 to 3:45pm.

If you are able to participate in this event, please contact Yasuda-sensei as soon as possible to let him know.

Germantown Baptist Church
9450 Poplar Avenue
Germantown, TN  38139

August 15, 2011

Congrats to MKC Members at the AUSKF Nationals!

This past weekend, several members of the Memphis Kendo Club competed at the All-U.S. Kendo Federation (AUSKF) National Championships in Atlanta.

Yuki Kasuya took 2nd place in the Senior Youth Division (Boys)
Masumi Kamimura took 2nd place in the Senior Youth Division (Girls)
Walter White took the Fighting Spirit award in the Senior Division

Related news...
The SEUSKF Women's Team took 3rd place in the Team Division (Women)
The SEUSKF Men's Team tied for 4th place in the Team Division (Men)
Shinobu Maeda-sensei took 2nd place in the Senior Division
Michio Kajitani-sensei (Little Rock, SWKIF) took 1st place in the Senior Division

Congrats to all!

May 31, 2011

MKC at 1st Atlanta Taikai

Congratulations to the group of Yuki Kasuya, Masumi Kamimura, Warren Oster, Shinn Taniguchi, and William Thornton-Leonard at the Inaugural (that's 1st) Atlanta Taikai over the Memorial Day weekend.

Competing as a 5-man team (senpo Taniguchi, jiho Thornton, chuken Kamimura, fukusho Kasuya, and taisho Oster), the group had a very tough draw in the brackets.  The team completely swept the Atlanta Kendo Kai's C Team with 5 victories, 2 pts each, but were defeated in the next round by eventual 3rd place finisher, a very physically large GKA-B team.

In the individual divisions, Yuki Kasuya took 1st place in the Sr Youth division and 3rd place in the 3.dan+ division.  Masumi Kamimura took 3rd place in the Women's division and Shinn Taniguchi took 2nd place in the Jr Youth division.

Congrats to all on a good showing!

May 03, 2011


Congrats to Memphis Kendo Club's Justin Reh who passed 1.kyu this past weekend in Dallas at the Nabeshima Cup/Texas Open Taikai and Shinsa!

April 20, 2011

Jackson (TN) Kendo Club to Open (and other news)



Tuesday, June 7, 2011 will mark the official opening of the Jackson Kendo Club in Jackson, TN.

The address for the practice (from 7pm to 9pm) is:

160 Campbell Street
Jackson, TN  38301

For more details, please see Justin Reh.
Please make plans to attend that practice if at all possible!


Unless otherwise indicated or communicated, Saturday Class will always be from 10am to 12pm, EVERY Saturday.

We will find a room in which to practice upon arrival... ALWAYS BE SURE TO BRING YOUR BOKUTO WITH YOU TO SATURDAY CLASS....  If there is no space available at the community center for regular practice, we will go outside and concentrate on Kendo Kata.

Monday practice (still open only to those in bogu) will regularly take place in the main room/auditorium.

There is a scheduled martial arts expo taking place in Jackson on Saturday, May 14.
At this point, we don't have all the information about venue/times, but there is a good possibility Memphis will be invited to do a kendo demonstration.

Jackson State Community College
2046 N Parkway
Jackson, Tennessee

TIME:  12:30pm - 1:30pm (that's the window; actual length of demo to be determined)

April 11, 2011

AUSKF Member ID #

If you do not know your AUSKF ID #, here is the most-current list on record at SEUSKF:

Abidi - #005826
Barratt - #009015
Bui - #010718
Cole - #005827
Crittenden - #003271
Dach - #003269
Edge - #003258
Gossett - #003254
Inaba, H. - #010719
Inaba, K. - #011071
Kahre - #005828
Kamimura - #006323
Kasuya - #008052
Oster - #009018
Ransom, D. - #011426
Ransom, G. - #011425
Register - #006325
Reh - #011068
Schaal - #011070
Taniguchi, S. - #007904
Taniguchi, K. - #010721
Thornton, K. - #007907
Thornton-Leonard - #004123
Tribo, M. - #010724
Troyer - #004307
Walterhouse - #009014
White - #003257
Wright - #011427
Wynne (Sr), R. - #011429
Wynne (Jr), R. - #011428
Yasuda - #003255

March 29, 2011

Shinsa (Rank Testing) thoughts from Tsuyoshi Inoshita-sensei (7.dan)

Dr. Tsuyoshi Inoshita-sensei

Dr. Tsuyoshi Inoshita -- for those not in the know -- is a long-time friend of Memphis Kendo.  He is a board-certified physician, having practiced medicine for more than 35 years.  He also happens to be a Kendo 7.dan, AUSKF Officer (Recorder), President of the GNEUSKF, and founder of the Cleveland Kendo Association, which hosts arguably one of the largest and best-known perennial kendo tournaments in the country. 
During the weekend of the 23rd Annual Cleveland Taikai (March 26-27, 2011), Inoshita-sensei sat on the grading panel for Sunday's rank testing (up through 4.dan).  He recently offered his personal insights on shinsa, as an examiner, and has graciously granted his permission to have them re-posted here.

Kendo Shinsa - by Tsuyoshi Inoshita on Monday, March 28, 2011

Some questions were raised regarding kendo shinsa this weekend.  Although I am not a kendo expert by any stretch of the imagination, I often sit on the examining board at the local level.  My ideas about kendo shinsa are as follows:
For the shodan/nidan level, the mechanics of strikes with the shinai, body, and spirits in unison, especially with the proper posture, is the most important aspect.  For the sandan/yondan, you have to be able to apply what you have learned into an actual keiko situation.
You can call it understanding of riai of kendo (reasoning behind kendo movements).  It is essentially like moving up from the basics to applications, trivium to quadrivium, or from 教養 to 専門. 
Although it may not be appropriate, let me use the card game, Blackjack, as an example.
In Blackjack, you have to learn the basic rules of the game and be able to hit cards as close to 21 as possible without going over the number.  After this phase, however, you have to learn how to play in relation to the hands of the dealer.  If the dealer has 6 and you have 11, you have to double-down.  If the dealer has an ace and you have 12, then it would be silly to double down.  You cannot just [keep] hitting cards without paying attention to the dealer's hands.
The same thing can be said about kendo.  You have to learn the basics of kendo strikes, but eventually you have to know when and how to use those strikes in relation to your opponent.  Although we cannot overemphasize men strikes -- as they say, kendo starts with men and ends with men --, you cannot keep hitting men.  You have to look at the situation and may have to react accordingly with ojiwaza [counter-attack].  Of course, ultimately we want to reach the level where you make your opponent move with your strong seme and strike your opponent accordingly.
The other important aspect of kendo is that it is an art -- you have to show grace, beauty, elegance, and composure as well as strength.  Incessant, brutal strikes would not make you a sophisticated kendoist.
Let's practice kendo more and harder to make ourselves better kenshi!!
Memphis Kendo Club gratefully thanks Inoshita-sensei for allowing his insight to be posted here for thought and reflection, and congratulates him and the Cleveland Kendo Association on yet another successful taikai!

March 23, 2011

2011 SEUSKF Members

Well, Kendo is obviously growing a little bit in the SEUSKF...

434 members representing 29 different dojos/clubs over 7 states have signed up for 2011.
This is an increase in 15 members since this time last year.

The Top 10:
1. Georgia Kendo Association -- 44
2. Nashville Kendo Club -- 36
3. Gulf Coast Kendo Club -- 35
    Northern Virginia Budokai -- 35
5. Atlanta Kendo Kai -- 31
7. Baltimore-Annapolis Kendo -- 24
8. Triangle Kendo and Iaido -- 23
9. Koryo Dojo -- 22
10. Knoxville Kendo Club -- 16

March 08, 2011

Memphis Club Members make All-SEUSKF Team!

The All-Southeast U.S. Kendo Federation (SEUSKF) Team has officially been announced.  With 35 total Team Members, almost a full 1/4 of the Team consists of members of the Memphis Kendo Club.

Congratulations to the following Memphis Kendo Club members who were selected to compete at the AUSKF National Championships this Fall in Atlanta:

Masumi Kamimura (Sr Youth Individual and Women's Team)
Warren Oster (Mudansha Indvidual)
Justin Reh (Mudansha Individual)
Yuki Kasuya (Sr Youth Individual and Sr Youth Team)
William Thornton-Leonard (Sr Youth Individual and Sr Youth Team)
Lysa Walterhouse (Sr Youth Girls Individual)
Shinn Taniguchi (Jr Youth Boys Individual)
Walter White (Seniors Individual)

This is the largest contingency of Memphis club members to be selected to the SEUSKF Team at one time.

The SEUSKF is a regional federation of the All-U.S. Kendo Federation (AUSKF) and consists of 29 different clubs/dojos covering 7 states (Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia).

Best of luck to all of our club members in representing not only the SEUSKF, but also the Memphis Kendo Club and its instructors!

Memphis Club members selected to previous SEUSKF Teams:
Kazuto Yasuda (Los Angeles, 2002)
Patrick Register (Cleveland, 1996 and Las Vegas, 1999)
Rogers Gossett (Cleveland, 1996 and Las Vegas, 1999)
Masumi Kamimura (Las Vegas, 2008)
Yuka Kamimura (Las Vegas, 2008)
William Thornton-Leonard (Las Vegas, 2008)
Jeremiah Mazurek (Las Vegas, 2008)
Valera Vulfson (Ann Arbor, 2005)

March 03, 2011

UPDATE ~ American Kitamoto Camp (Seattle) ~ Sept 1-5, 2011

There is still a limit of 30 participants for the camp.  If more than 30 people are interested in attending, there will be a selection process (out of necessity).

Visit the website:

...which includes a registration form if you are interested in participating.

There is also a Facebook page for this event:

January 17, 2011

Jackson (TN) Kendo Club

Memphis Kendo Club's Justin Reh (2.kyu) is in the very early stages of trying to start a kendo program up the road in Jackson, TN.

A Facebook page for the program was recently created, so if you're on Facebook, please check it out and consider clicking on the LIKE button to show your support!


December 20, 2010

New SEUSKF Board of Directors announced

Results from the recent SEUSKF Board of Directors election have been announced.

Arai, Kunitoshi
Barr, Ryoko
Canada, Tina
Eitel, Robert
Hyun, Phillip
Maeda, Shinobu
Scanlon, Wayne
Souder, Robert
Watson, Mike

The new Board will meet in January to elect officers.

December 15, 2010

2011 AUSKF Education Tour

Kunihide KODA-sensei (Kyoshi, 8.dan) of Ibaragi, Japan will be conductin an education tour for the eastern region of the United States in February 2011. 

Koda-sensei is a professor at Tsuba University (Kendo Section Head). 

His SEUSKF visit will take place in Atlanta on Wed-Fri, February 9th - 11th.

This is the only information available for the time being.
(Potential seminar registration fees, scheduling, topics to be covered, etc. are not known at this time but will be made available as soon as possible).


November 29, 2010

(UPDATE) AUSKF National Championships

The 2011 AUSKF National Championships will be held on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

The DATES for the event have been set for FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, AUGUST 12th-13th.
The dinner banquet will be Saturday night, of course, with no events scheduled for Saturday in order to permit travel back home on Sunday.

Keep in mind that SEUSKF Team tryouts are limited to certain individuals (see previous post on that matter) who have voluntarily committed to competing at the tournament should they are selected to the team.

November 15, 2010

Kunitoshi Arai-sensei passes 7.dan

Congrats to Arai-sensei of Georgia Kendo Association, who passed 7.dan this past weekend in Atlanta!

October 04, 2010

2010 SEUSKF Tournament and Testing Results

Congrats to a good showing by Memphis Kendo Club members at the 2010 SEUSKF tournament held this past weekend in Knoxville.  Cpmplete Tournament results will be posted as soon as the info is received.

Yuki Kasuya - 3.dan
William Thornton-Leonard - 1.dan
Warren Oster - 1.kyu
Martin Tribo - 1.kyu
Rigelle Tran - 1.kyu
Lysa Walterhouse - 1.kyu
Shinnosuke Taniguchi - 1.kyu
Kazuo Taniguchi - 2.kyu
Justin Reh - 2.kyu
Courtney Schaal - 4.kyu
Keita Inaba - 5.kyu
Ryo Komaru - 5.kyu

Youth Division A:
1st Place - Shinnosuke Taniguchi

Youth Division B:
3rd Place - William Thornton-Leonard

Youth Division C:
1st Place - Yuki Kasuya

Women's Division:
3rd Place - Masumi Kamimura

1.dan-3.dan Division:
1st Place - Yuki Kasuya

Mudansha Division:
Kanto Sho - Martin Tribo

July 26, 2010

"Dach's Kendo" ~ A short documentary on Memphis Kendo and Sensei Harry Dach

Originally presented at the Live from Memphis project "Flipside Memphis".
Very nice video quality and editing job.

Enjoy and please spread to all your friends!

April 26, 2010

SEUSKF Western Region Shinsa Results (Nashville testing results)

This past weekend, several members of the Memphis Kendo Club travelled to Nashville for the 2010 SEUSKF's Western Region seminar and rank promotion. Players also made the trek from Little Rock (SWKIF), New Orleans, Knoxville, and Atlanta.
Congratulations to everyone!
Warren Oster - 2.kyu
Martin Tribo - 2.kyu
Shinn Taniguchi - 2.kyu
Lysa Walterhouse - 3.kyu
**Kazuo Taniguchi - 4.kyu
**Hiroto Inaba - 4.kyu
**Rigelle Tran - 4.kyu
**Phy Tran - 4.kyu
** Val Barratt - 5.kyu
**denotes first promotional

March 31, 2010

Short Film "4th Dan" NOW ONLINE!

The independent short film "4th Dan" is now available for viewing online:


Click on the tab "THE FILM" to view it for free in its entirety, thanks to supportive efforts from E-Mudo Online Kendo Supplier (www.e-mudo.com)

The film is approximately 20ish minutes in length.

2010 SEUSKF Statistics - Memphis 3rd Largest Dojo

For 2010, Memphis Kendo Club came in as the 3rd largest dojo of the Southeast U.S. Kendo Federation.

The SEUSKF, made up of 32 clubs covering seven states (Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia), had a total of 419 people sign up prior to the March 1st deadline.

In addition to the Memphis Club coming in at #3, the other two AUSKF-affiliated clubs from the state of Tennessee (Nashville and Knoxville) were among the top 10 largest of the federation.

2010 Top Ten Largest Dojos of the SEUSKF
1. Georgia Kendo Federation (Atlanta) - 38 members
2. Northern Virginia Budokai (Wash, D.C.) - 33 members
3. Memphis Kendo Club - 30 members
4. Triangle Kendo and Iaido (Raleigh-Durham, NC) - 28 members
5. Nashville Kendo Club - 23 members
6. Georgia Kendo Alliance (Atlanta) - 22 members
7. Peachtree City Kendo Association (Atlanta) - 20 members
8. Gulf Coast Kendo Club (Tampa/St Pete, FL) - 18 members
8. Knoxville Kendo Club - 18 members
10. Koryo Dojo (Richmond, VA) - 17 members

Thanks to all who joined for 2010!!

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