Aiea Taiheiji and Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Clubs

Aiea Taiheiji and Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Clubs

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Quarantine Challenge Week 1: Skye on the playground.
Grant Matsubayashi (white) vs. Randy Umetsu
Aiea Taiheiji KENDO Tournament - Nov. 19, 2017
Braxton and Nicole Chun in the team event.
Braxton and Eric Young in the team event.
Aiea Taiheiji KENDO Tournament - Nov. 19, 2017
Leeward Oahu Kendo Tournament 2017
Megan from Wahiawa Kendo Club just had her bogu stolen out of the trunk of her car outside Waipio Foodland. It was a white car with license plate #MJE910. Please keep an out if you see anything. THANKS!!!!

Kendo clubs located in Aiea, Hawaii teaching children and adults. WELCOME

We hope you’ll join us to learn Kendo! It is a traditional martial art that descended from Japanese swordsmanship and instills values of respect, a strong work ethic, and physical fitness.

Kendo is a great family activity for parents and children to train together. Why just drop your kids off for an hour or two when you can stay and work out with them? Kendo also provides opportunities to see the world. Many of our members have traveled the abroad and made lasting friendships through international Kendo competitions. INSTRUCTORS

Braxton Fukutomi, 5th Dan
Chief Instructor of Aiea T

Operating as usual

Photos from Aiea Taiheiji and Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Clubs's post 09/30/2021

Great to be back in person! Hot night! 🥵🔥

09/26/2021

Highlights from today’s zoom practice focusing on legs.

【Live】channel#01【第60回全日本女子剣道選手権大会】 09/19/2021

【Live】channel#01【第60回全日本女子剣道選手権大会】

The All Japan Women’s Kendo Championship is starting soon:

Channel 1:
https://youtu.be/YrfqRwIOmzQ

Channel 2:
https://youtu.be/pKnsp6FOdjo

【Live】channel#01【第60回全日本女子剣道選手権大会】 第60回全日本女子剣道選手権大会The 60th All Japan Women's KENDO Championship期日:2021年9月19日(日)午前9時30分開会 会場:ジェイテクトアリーナ奈良At JTEKT Arena Nara in Nara prefecture on 19th Septembe...

08/27/2021

Roxie and Maddy are now the same height. At least she’s still taller than Carter. 😁

Roxie and Maddy are now the same height. At least she’s still taller than Carter. 😁

08/22/2021

Happy Sunday from the Aiea and Waipahu Kendo clubs

Happy Sunday from the Aiea and Waipahu Kendo clubs

08/01/2021

Due to the increase in COVID cases over the past week, we have returned to online Zoom practices. If our daily case count improves over the next week, we will plan to return to in-person practice on Wednesday, August 11.

Due to the increase in COVID cases over the past week, we have returned to online Zoom practices. If our daily case count improves over the next week, we will plan to return to in-person practice on Wednesday, August 11.

07/25/2021

Highlights from today’s practice.

Photos from Aiea Taiheiji and Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Clubs's post 07/25/2021

Someone forgot her keiko gi and hakama. Happy Saturday!

07/22/2021

Highlights from Chris and Brax’s match with guest shimpan Dez Nakamoto.

07/18/2021

Highlights from this week’s practices

07/15/2021

Kendo Confessional with Carter: Why did you start Kendo? 🤔🤭😵😵‍💫😬😁

Photos from Aiea Taiheiji and Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Clubs's post 07/13/2021

With the return to in-person practice for many of us, I thought I’d share some information regarding the COVID vaccine for those who have questions about it or are on the fence of whether to be vaccinated or not. I included Kendo references throughout the document to make it more interesting for us as well.

07/11/2021

Highlights from today.

Photos from Aiea Taiheiji and Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Clubs's post 07/11/2021

Happy Saturday!

07/08/2021

Kendo Confessional with Carter. He really likes asking people about what they’re having for dinner.

07/04/2021

Highlights from today’s practice.

Photos from Aiea Taiheiji and Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Clubs's post 07/03/2021

Happy Fourth of July Weekend! 🎇 🎆 🇺🇸

06/30/2021

Highlights from this our beginners classes this past Saturday.

06/28/2021

Happy birthday Braxton! We are looking forward to your birthday kakari keiko on Wednesday. 😁

Happy birthday Braxton! We are looking forward to your birthday kakari keiko on Wednesday. 😁

06/28/2021

Highlights from yesterday’s practice! There were a lot of men highlights

Photos from Aiea Taiheiji and Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Clubs's post 06/27/2021

Today we said goodbye to Ryder and Lander. They’ll be away for two years, but they’ve already found a kendo dojo near their new home. We wish them the best and hope to see them when they come back!

In other news, Erika and Neil tie their men really tight—they’ve got the red marks on their foreheads to prove it! 🥵

Lastly, tomorrow is the HKF Zoom seminar at 8:30 am HST. It’s open to everyone, HKF members and non-members. We hope you’ll join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88995116920?pwd=Tnc4UGhONkdDanp5cFNULytTcHo3dz09

06/25/2021

Just another reminder of the HKF Mid-Year Zoom Seminar to be held on Sunday, June 27 from 8:30am - 12:20pm HST.

The seminar is open to all HKF and non-HKF members. We hope to see you there!!

Date: Jun 27, 2021.

Hawaii Standard Time: 8:30AM - 12:20PM
Pacific Standard Time: 11:30AM - 3:20PM
Eastern Standard Time: 2:30PM - 6:20PM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88995116920?pwd=Tnc4UGhONkdDanp5cFNULytTcHo3dz09

Meeting ID: 889 9511 6920
Passcode: 955729

Just another reminder of the HKF Mid-Year Zoom Seminar to be held on Sunday, June 27 from 8:30am - 12:20pm HST.

The seminar is open to all HKF and non-HKF members. We hope to see you there!!

Date: Jun 27, 2021.

Hawaii Standard Time: 8:30AM - 12:20PM
Pacific Standard Time: 11:30AM - 3:20PM
Eastern Standard Time: 2:30PM - 6:20PM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88995116920?pwd=Tnc4UGhONkdDanp5cFNULytTcHo3dz09

Meeting ID: 889 9511 6920
Passcode: 955729

06/25/2021

Highlights from last night’s practice. Erika was back in town to join us!

06/24/2021

Kendo confessional with Carter

What are you having for dinner today?

Photos from Aiea Taiheiji and Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Clubs's post 06/24/2021

Great to see our member Erika who was visiting from Vegas. Also, first time seeing Greg and Michael since we came back. Thank you to Ethan for coming early with Erika and helping us clean the dojo!

2021-06-19 do highlights 06/23/2021

2021-06-19 do highlights

Here are two do highlights from this last Saturday’s practice.

https://youtu.be/jNfEXwRV40A

2021-06-19 do highlights

Photos from Aiea Taiheiji and Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Clubs's post 06/21/2021

Happy Father’s Day! We’re lucky to have so many families who train together.

06/20/2021

Highlights from yesterday’s practice. It’s so different practicing without kiai.

06/20/2021

Here are some highlights from our beginner classes. We’re really lucky the Taiheiji is allowing us to use two additional rooms in the Japanese language school for our beginner classes.

Photos from Aiea Taiheiji and Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Clubs's post 06/20/2021

Thank you to all of our members and parents who came for the temple clean up today! Also, to show you how much the kids grew during the lockdown, check out these high water hakama! We also had our first scored matches today since coming back. Matches are so different without kiai.

06/17/2021

Highlights from last night’s practice. This is the first time we’re practicing with full bogu in over 60 weeks!

Photos from Aiea Taiheiji and Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Clubs's post 06/17/2021

We had our first keiko class tonight in over 60 weeks! Felt so good to be back in bogu! We had our sensei on the mainland (Roxy, Dez, and Erika) tune in to watch practice by Zoom. We had our members with bogu in the main hall and beginners in the outside lanai and a room in the Japanese language school. Thank you to all of our members for returning to practice!

06/14/2021

With the success of our last HKF Zoom Seminar and return to in-person practice, we will be hosting another Mid-Year HKF Zoom Seminar on Sunday, June 27 from 8:30am - 12:20pm HST.

The seminar is open to all HKF and non-HKF members.

The aim of this seminar is to spotlight some of our younger instructors and their unique perspectives of Kendo. Although young, our five speakers have a combined 100+ years of Kendo experience and represent four different dojo across Oahu and Kauai.

Time: Jun 27, 2021. 8:30AM - 12:20PM Hawaii Standard Time

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88995116920?pwd=Tnc4UGhONkdDanp5cFNULytTcHo3dz09

Meeting ID: 889 9511 6920
Passcode: 955729

With the success of our last HKF Zoom Seminar and return to in-person practice, we will be hosting another Mid-Year HKF Zoom Seminar on Sunday, June 27 from 8:30am - 12:20pm HST.

The seminar is open to all HKF and non-HKF members.

The aim of this seminar is to spotlight some of our younger instructors and their unique perspectives of Kendo. Although young, our five speakers have a combined 100+ years of Kendo experience and represent four different dojo across Oahu and Kauai.

Time: Jun 27, 2021. 8:30AM - 12:20PM Hawaii Standard Time

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88995116920?pwd=Tnc4UGhONkdDanp5cFNULytTcHo3dz09

Meeting ID: 889 9511 6920
Passcode: 955729

Photos from Aiea Taiheiji and Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Clubs's post 06/12/2021

Thank you everyone for joining us for our first in-person back since March of last year. Our beginner and advanced classes went pretty smoothly. We’re looking forward to keiko now that we’re in tier 4! See you Wednesday.

2021-06-09 - Aiea Practice 06/10/2021

2021-06-09 - Aiea Practice

Tonight was our last Zoom practice before returning to in-person practice. Here's a link to the video.

It's really amazing that we've been training together online for over a year! We're so thankful that Roxy had the great idea to start online practice right after the lockdown started. She led our first practices. I think she even wrote out a practice menu for those.

We were really lucky that Gale let us use her Zoom account. I think we're all a little more tech savvy. Braxton is a breakout room pro (Chris, still not so much). We'll think about using this online format so that our Sensei who live on the mainland (Roxy, Desi, and Erika) can check in on the students from time to time.

Thank you to all of our Sensei who taught our online classes. Braxton Sensei, our fearless leader, wins the prize for teaching the most classes, having the toughest burnouts (though Roxy may have him beat for the burnout she did during Honbu keiko), and staying the skinniest during the pandemic (Chris wasn't as lucky). Gale and Cynthia Sensei diligently taught our beginners in breakout rooms. The improvement our beginners, some of whom started Kendo during the pandemic, is a testament to their teaching. Roxy wins the attendance award. It was really nice seeing her so often. She's a great teacher and has a sharp eye. And Desi wins the prize for coming up with the best activities, like the Makakilo Challenge, which proved that we aren't runners like Neil Shimabukuro's son Colin (man, can he run).

Thank you to all of the guest Sensei who joined our sessions and taught us during Zoom sessions. We were very lucky to have Ray Murao Sensei from Steveston. He led suburi sessions and shared his World Kendo Championships experiences, which we will never forget. We're looking forward to seeing Murao Sensei in person at Steveston Kendo Club's next tournament. We felt the burn with Jayson Chaplin Sensei from Australia. He led us through some great core drills and burnouts, which we continued throughout the pandemic. Thank you to Esther Kim Sensei for joining us early on with Roxy. I hope you come to visit us in person in the future. And thank you to Garrett Matsumoto Sensei and Kenshikan Kendo Club for training with us during many joint sessions.

The Zoom sessions have been a fun ride and a great way to stay together as a club. Now let's get back to in-person practice!

https://youtu.be/YYYqrJ8fiaw

2021-06-09 - Aiea Practice

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Aiea Taiheiji Soto Mission, 99-045 Kauhale Street
Aiea, HI
96701

General information

SCHEDULE Taiheiji: Wednesdays from 6:15 - 8:00 p.m. at Aiea Taiheiji Soto Mission, 99-045 Kauhale Street, Aiea, Hawaii 96701 Seibukan: Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Aiea Taiheiji Soto Mission, 99-045 Kauhale Street, Aiea, Hawaii 96701 CONTACT Taiehiji: Braxton Fukutomi - [email protected] Seibukan: Cynthia Fukutomi - [email protected] INSTRUCTORS Braxton Fukutomi, 5th Dan World Kendo Championships ("WKC") Team Hawaii Member in 2009 (Brazil), 2012 (Italy), and 2015 (Japan) Grant Matsubayashi, Renshi, 6th Dan WKC Team Hawaii Member in 2000 (U.S.), 2009 (Brazil), 2012 (Italy), and 2015 (Japan) Billy Kang, 6th Dan WKC Team Hawaii Member Member in 2000 (U.S.) and 2018 (Korea) Bert Shibuya, 5th Dan Steve Colter, 5th Dan Chris Goodin, 5th Dan WKC Team Hawaii Member in 2000 (U.S), 2003 (Scotland), 2015 (Japan), and 2018 (Korea) Megan Watanabe, 5th Dan WKC Team Hawaii Member in 2009 (Brazil), 2012 (Italy), and 2015 (Japan) HISTORY "Kendo in Hawaii dates back to the start of the Japanese immigration of a hundred years ago. Kendo enthusiasts practiced individually in small groups, clubs, and in Japanese language schools. Finally, these groups were organized into one organization in 1955, the Hawaii Kendo Federation." Dr. Noboru Akagi, Kendo: Aiea Taiheiji Kendo Manual at 3 (1995). The Aiea Taiheiji and Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Clubs are members of the Hawaii Kendo Federation. A. Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Club Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Club was established in 1939 by Seigo Morita. Morita Sensei obtained the rank of 6-Dan in 1970 and received his Kiyoshi in 1972. He first taught students at Taiyoji Japanese School, more commonly referred to as Nishi School. As time went by, the Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Club moved to the Waipahu Japanese Social Club, a plantation-run facility. During World War II, participation in all Japanese-related cultural arts were banned. A year after the end of the war, Kendo in Hawaii started again, but the number of active Kendo practitioners would never return to pre-war levels. At this time, Morita Sensei opened a dojo at the Waipahu Plantation Gym, now known as Hans L’Orange Park. After many years, the dojo moved to the Waipahu Recreation Center. Morita Sensei passed away in 1986. His legacy was passed on to his granddaughter, Cynthia Fukutomi. Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Club moved again because of a major gym renovation project that closed the facility down. Over the years, the club has held practice at Pearl Ridge Elementary School, Halawa District Park Gym, Gus Webling Elementary School, Waimalu Elementary School, and is now at its present location at Aiea Taiheiji Soto Mission. Although Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Club has relocated many times over the years, one thing remains true then as it is now: Morita Sensei’s vision and love of Kendo is alive and well. B. Aiea Taiheiji Kendo Club In the early 1960s, Aiea Taiheiji Soto Mission rebuilt its temple into a magnificent place of worship the community was proud of. Kogan Yoshizumi Sensei, the presiding reverend, realized the importance of martial arts in the development of young individuals. He envisioned a place where people could go to learn the ways of life through martial arts. Thus, “Godo Kai” was formed. Within the newly constructed social hall five disciplines of Japanese martial arts were taught: kendo, karate, judo, aikido, and sumo. Reverend Yoshizumi approached Dr. Noboru Akagi to start a kendo dojo there. At that time, Dr. Akagi was holding kendo classes at the old Aiea Gym. Persuaded by Reverend Yoshizumi, Dr. Akagi opened the doors to his new kendo dojo in August of 1965. It was to be called Aiea Taiheiji Godo Kai Kendo Club. After a few years the clubs name was changed to Aiea Taiheiji Kendo Club. Under Dr. Akagi, the kendo dojo grew and built a strong nucleus of members. In 1990, he passed the dojo's leadership role to Mr. Arnold Fukutomi, assisted by Mr. Gerald Matsubayashi. Dr. Akagi became the chief advisor for the dojo. Arnold Fukutomi Sensei and Gerald Matsubayashi Sensei both passed away in 2014. Fukutomi Sensei’s son, Braxton, has taken on the position of chief instructor, assisted by one of Matsubayashi Sensei’s sons, Grant. The foregoing history was taken in part from the Hawaii Kendo Federation 50th Anniversary Booklet.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 6:15pm - 7:45pm
Saturday 10am - 12:45pm
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