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.

Mission: "The goals of Kendo are to build a strong healthy body and to develop a sound character with perseverance, mental fortitude, and the ability to quickly and keenly observe, analyze, understand, and promptly cope with any situation. These qualities can be aptly applied to our everyday lives." Dr. Noboru Akagi, Kendo: Aiea Taiheiji Kendo Manual at 2 (1995).

Operating as usual

Brax made some really nice stickers!

Broken shinai challenge. Send us a photo if you’ve repurposed broken shinai.

Bert Shibuya started Kendo 30 years ago at the Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Club as he was the A+ after-school instructor for our own Roxine Kubo (Nakamoto) and was interested in trying a new martial art. He is currently the head instructor of the Waipahu Seibukan Kendo Club and represented Team Hawaii at the 1997 World Kendo Championship in Kyoto, Japan. He also has a deep interest in comics and may be considered our club’s unofficial superhero himself. In his words;

“Kendo has taught me to do the best you can with what you have.”

Mari Shimabukuro started Kendo at the age of 11 at the Aiea Taiheiji Kendo Club with her father Neil. During her first tournament, she knocked out FOUR of her fellow dojo mates, including her own father on her way to winning 1st place in the Kenshikan Tournament Novice Division. Her firey spirit earned her the Kantosho Award at the 2017 Aiea Kendo Tournament and she is currently training for a spot to represent Team Hawaii at the 18th World Kendo Championship in Paris, France. In her words;

“I like that Kendo makes me feel strong. It’s helped me to build my self-confidence and pushes me out of my comfort zone.”

For all members of the Hawaii Kendo Federation, please fill out this survey regarding Kendo injuries. It’ll only take about 2 minutes to complete and will help us immensely. Thank you!!

Kendo Injury Survey: https://forms.gle/49GUeM1yvGqWhZnG8

Kendo Dummy Kakarigeiko and Hikiwaza

Tried upping the intensity of my routine to include kakarigeiko

Murao Sensei vs Nishikawa Sensei

Murao Sensei talking about his experience competing against Nishikawa Sensei (former All Japan Champion) at the 7th World Kendo Championship

Waiea BINGO Day Part 2

Highlights from our Waiea BINGO Day starting with the dizzy challenge! Other highlights include...

7:10 Erika's super slow suburi
8:30 Erika completely ignoring my BINGO followed by Kiyomi's perfect push up form (bottom row)
9:20 Super slow suburi by all the sensei

Maddy came up with the “shinai whip” challenge. What is the heaviest shinai or bokken you can cut air with? Start with a bamboo gardening stick or a single shinai piece. Then go up to a 32 shinai, then 37 shinai, then 39 shinai, then suburito. How about the Christmas tree bokken, Braxton Fukutomi? 💪😁

So apparently Home Depot is where to go if you want to have a Kendo meet up.

Also, it’s funny how all of our shirts have our names on them Ronald and Keith 😂

KENDO INJURY FORM: https://forms.gle/49GUeM1yvGqWhZnG8

We are conducting a survey to evaluate the frequency of Kendo injuries among Hawaii Kendoist.

Completion of the survey above regardless of your age or even if you have any kendo injuries at all is hugely appreciated and as a form of our appreciation, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into our RAFFLE CONTEST!! We will be selecting one person to receive a $100 gift certificate to Foodland or any other local business as a means of supporting our local community. Thank you!

Waiea Bingo Day Part 1

Waiea group shaka on the news

Our zoom practice last night regarding tsuki with a short interruption to watch our shaka video on the news! Skip to 3:45 to see the shaka!

Osae kote vs osae men

Thought I’d try a side by side comparison of my osae kote and osae men

Murao Sensei Talk to Our Intermediate Group

Murao Sensei talking to our intermediate group about footwork and hitting men

Here’s the second video from our “talk story” hour with Bryant Fukutomi and Dez Nakamoto. In this one, we talk about how so many of our members were “forced” to do kendo as young kids, but how they later appreciated kendo based on the values, physical fitness and coordination components, and opportunities to travel and meet new people.

Last week Wednesday, we had a “talk story” hour with Bryant Fukutomi and Dez Nakamoto about their kendo experiences. We’ll be sharing a series of clips from the talk. In this one, we introduce Bryant and Dez, both of whom were twice members of team Hawaii at the World Kendo Championships. The clip also features Dez sharing his experiences growing up doing kendo and participating at the WKC at the young age of 13.

Murao Sensei Advice to Beginner Class

Great advice from Murao sensei for our beginner class

Nuki men! 🤕 Music on!

Waiea Zoom Practice with Murao Sensei

Waiea Zoom Practice with Murao Sensei. More videos to come with his instructions to our beginner, intermediate and advanced groups.

Here’s another video from our session with Jayson Chaplin. In this one, he gives some great advice about tenouchi.

In this clip, Jayson Chaplin answers some questions about training for the World Kendo Championships.

Jayson Chaplin graciously answered some questions from our members. Here he shares what got him started in Kendo and the factors that influenced him to continue training through the years.

Practice with special guest from Australia, Jayson Chaplin!

Practice with special guest from Australia, Jayson Chaplin!

Kendo stair exercises

Did a bunch of stairs yesterday. My chest muscles are sore from pumping my arms so hard.

Total: 50 sets, 1000 steps

Warm up jog (2 steps at a time) 5 sets
Sprint up (1 step at a time) 5 sets
Sprint up (2 steps at a time) 5 sets
1 footed hop (1 step at a time) 3 sets/leg
1 footed hop (2 steps at a time) 3 sets/leg
1 footed hop (3 steps at a time) 3 sets/leg
Fumikomi up (1 step at a time) 2 sets/leg
Fumikomi up (2 steps at a time) 2 sets/leg
Fumikomi with drive up (3 steps at a time) 2 sets/leg
Sprint up (2 steps at a time) 5 sets

Here are Kenzo and Akira showing off their club jackets. Nice!

Here are highlights from this past Wednesday’s practice. We focused on shifting the center of gravity forward in subur. We also did some hiki waza.

Thank you to Kenshikan for holding a joint practice with us last week Saturday!

Mega Bokken Challenge: Complete 100 left hand suburi with the mega bokken

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Videos (show all)

Kendo Dummy Kakarigeiko and Hikiwaza
Murao Sensei vs Nishikawa Sensei
Waiea BINGO Day Part 2
Waiea group shaka on the news
Osae kote vs osae men
Murao Sensei Talk to Our Intermediate Group
Murao Sensei Advice to Beginner Class

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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 18:00 - 20:00
Saturday 09:00 - 11:00
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