The Greater Northeastern United States Kendo Federation (GNEUSKF)
The Greater Northeastern United States Kendo Federation (GNEUSKF) is one of the member federations of the All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF), a member of the International Kendo Federation (FIK). It is a federation composed of clubs and dojos with the common goals of commitment to excellence in kendo and iaido, education and promotion of these disciplines, and friendship among those who are students of these Japanese martial arts. Its members are mostly located in the northeastern region of the United States, but it is bonded more by these ideals than its geographic confinement.
GNEUSKF Member Dojos
|Cleveland Kendo Association
Akitsu Kendo Dojo LLC
2110 S Taylor Rd Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
3820 Superior Avenue, 2/F., Cleveland, OH 44114
|Cornell University Kendo
Noyes Fitness Center
306 West Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850
2nd location: Helen Newman Hall
163 Cradit Farm Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
Sidwell Friends Lower School
5100 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814
|George Washington University Kendo Club
212 H Street, Washington, DC 20052
|Hamilton College Kendo Club
198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323
|Hudson River Kendo Club
520 Eight Avenue, NY, NY 10018
|Japanese Swordman Society
Ji You Ni
180 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302
2nd location: Hudson School
4th Floor Gym., 601 Park Ave., Hoboken, NJ 07030
|Kent State University Kendo Club
Contact Person: John Beaty
Place of Practice: 1211 Spruce Ct., Kent, OH 44240
|Keio Academy of New York
3 College Road, Purchase, NY 10577
|Marshall University Kendo Club
402 Thundering Herb Drive, Huntington, WV 25755
Miguel Angel Diaz
Centro Dharma, 521 Calle Sagrado Corazone De Jesus,
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00915
|NEPA Kobudo Kai
7378 SR 3001 Mehoopany, PA 18629
|Ohio University Kendo Club
Jay E. Ryu
Ping Center, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701
|Rutgers University Kendo Club
Loree Gym., Rutgers University
70 Lipman Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
|Shidogakuin Genbukan (Iaido)
270 Harrison Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528
|Shidogakuin Shidokan Harrison NY
270 Harrison Avenue Harrison, NY
• 6:00 - 7:00 Beginner Kendo (bogu and non-bogu)
• 6:30 - 8:30 PM Kendo Advanced
• 5:00 - 6:25 PM Basics and Beginner Kendo (bogu and non-bogu)
• 6:30 - 8:00PM Kendo Advanced
|Shidogakuin Miami Kendo Club
Lewis F. Murphy
Ruiz Tiger Karate Dojo
66307 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, FL 33023
|Shidogakuin NJ (Hakushikan)
Second Reformed Church of New Brunswick
100 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
|Shidogakuin NY (Shidokan) |
2265 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016
49 East Midland Avenur, Paramus, NJ 07651
|Southern Ohio Kendo Association
Shawnee State University
940 2nd Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662
|Syracuse University Kendo Club
Flanagan Gym., Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13210
|U.S. Military Academy (West Point)
PO Box 2441, West Point, NY 10997
Herndon Community Center
814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA 20170
2nd location: Spring Hill Community Center
1239 Spring Hill Road, McLean, VA 22012
3rd location: Dulles South Recreation & Community Center
24950 Riding Center Dr., South Riding, VA 20152
|Yale Kendo Club
Yale University, 70 Tower Road, New Haven, CT 06511
Update March 8, 2020:
Cancellation of 32nd Cleveland Kendo tournament / GNEUSKF Championships scheduled for March 28, 2020.
Dear Sensei and Friends
With a heavy heart, I regret to announce the cancellation of the 32nd annual Cleveland Kendo Tournament / GNEUSKF Championships scheduled for March28, 2020.
We were hoping that the nascent coronavirus epidemic starting to affect the whole world will come under a reasonable control by now, but it appears that this is in fact getting worse. We are seeing exacerbation rather than amelioration, and it does appear that the clusters of outbreak s are just beginning, indeed far from reaching their peaks in the United States. Fortunately Ohio is one of the few remaining states without positive cases, but this may be due to the fact that testing was not widely available until recently. With this in mind, we have decided it is more prudent to make a decision at this point rather than wait until the last moment, jeopardizing everybody’s heath.
We, therefore, will cancel the entire events for the weekend of March 27 – 29, 2020. We are considering holding a small tournament in conjunction with the Student Cup Tournament this fall if the situation improves by then.
As a personal note, I have been directly involved with the tournaments past 31 years consecutively, and this was a heart-wrenching decision. However, everybody’s health is more important than anything else. Please understand the situation, and I apologize sincerely to those who have already made travel arrangements.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Update January 26, 2020:
Kakehashi Sensei, Onda Sensei and Kato Sensei seminar at Fudokan On 03-23-2020
**Download Seminar Information**
I hope the New Year has started well for you and yours. I'm honored to announce that Fudokan will host a seminar by Kakehashi Sensei Kendo 8 Dan Hanshi, Onda Sensei Kendo 8 Dan Kyoshi and Kato Sensei Kendo 8 Dan Kyoshi as part of the GNE's educational tour. The seminar will be from 6-9 PM on Monday March 23rd followed by group dinner, please see attached file for detailed information and registration form.
I'd like to invite you and those of your students who will benefit from the seminar. I'd appreciate if you could please let me know whether you are interested in participating in the seminar and if so, approximately how many members and their ranks. This would be very helpful to cater the seminar format to those attending.
Update December 20, 2019:
The date is set for the 32nd Cleveland Kendo Tournament / GNEUSKF Championships
Mark your calendars! The 32nd Cleveland Kendo Tournament / GNEUSKF Championships will take place on Saturday March 28, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. More news to follow soon.
Update September 22, 2019:
October Seminars and Ranking Exam
Fudokan is very excited to announce that we will be hosting Shozo Kato Sensei (Kyoshi 8 Dan) and Tsuyoshi Inoshita Sensei (kyoshi 7 Dan) for two seminars and a promotional examination (up to 3 Dan).
The Greater Northeastern United State Federation promotional examination and the seminar will take place on October 12th at our usual location, Sidwell Friends Lower School. The address is 5100 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda MD, 20814. Sidwell has a free private parking lot and it is also located just a few minutes walk from the Bethesda metro station.
Kato Sensei will lead both seminars, Friday October 11th seminar will be from 6-9 PM for all levels. Saturday October 12th seminar will be for those who are ready to take their 4th Dan and up shinsa with focus on the necessary elements to pass promotional examinations. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from one of only two Sensei in the United States who has passed every rank in kendo. Kato Sensei, Inoshitsa Sensei and other kodansha Sensei will also provide their advice and feedback for participants of the mock shinsa.
Please note, participation in the seminar/s is NOT required, but highly encouraged, to take the promotional exam.
The gym will open at 5:30 PM on Friday and at 10:30 AM on Saturday with the seminar starting at 11 AM sharp. From 1:00 PM to 1:30 there will be time for a lunch break or free practice. Participants can bring their food or enjoy one of the many great restaurants within walking distance of the dojo.
Registration for shinsa starts at 1:00 PM and the testing will begin at 1:30 PM.
Time permitting, there will be a godo keiko after the testing has concluded. The security has asked that we clear out of the space by 4:00 PM at the latest.
Please find the shinsa application form and topics of required essay attached to this email:
1) The shinsa fee is $25, made payable to GNEUSKF.
2) A separate check is required for the menjo fee (see attached chart), payable to GNEUSKF. The menjo check deposited only in the case of passing.
3) For those interested in testing from outside GNEUSKF, permission is required from your federation president along with a copy of the applicant's last menjo.
Please submit ranking examination application form, menjo copy, written test, testing fee and menjo fee to:
9345 Davis Drive, Lorton VA 22079
Deadline for submission:
Must be received (not post marked) by October 4, 2019
To all those interested in participating in the seminar, please find the required waiver form attached.
1) The seminar fee is $20 made payable to Fudokan, LLC.
2) Participants from the same dojo are encouraged to pay with a group check.
· Please submit the waiver forms and check to:
9345 Davis Drive, Lorton VA 22079
Please note, all documents and checks must be received (not post marked) by October, 4th.
Please do not hesitate to let me know should you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you and your dojo members in October.
October Shinsa & Seminar Fudokan.pdf
Update September 18, 2019:
Change of dates for the final tryout date for GNEUSKF Men's Team
Dear GNEUSKF members:
Due to some schedule conflict, the final tryout for the GNEUSKF men’s team between the Northeast and Southwest teams will be Friday 12/6 (evening) and Sunday 12/7 (morning). The location will be Fudokan Dojo in Bethesda MD. The details will be emailed to those representing both teams at a later date.
Update August 23, 2019:
GNEUSKF Southwest Region 2020 AUSKF Nationals Men's Team Tryout
Dear GNEUSKF members:
As previously communicated, for the selection of the GNEUSKF men’s team we will divide the federation into two regions, Northeast region (CT, NYC area, NJ, PA, MD) and Southwest region (including but not limited to upstate NY, OH, WV, VA, FL). We will select a 6-man team representing each region and will have a final tryout in Bethesda MD on Saturday 12/13/2019.
For the Southwest region, we will have two preliminary tryouts – in Cleveland OH on 9/29/2019 (at the time of Student Cup) and in Herndon Virginia on Sunday 11/17/2019. We will select 3 senshu at each tryout (6 in total). One can participate in either in Cleveland or Virginia or both. If one does not make the team in Cleveland, one can retry in VA. Those 6 selected will move on to the final tryout. If you are interested in trying out, please contact T. Inoshita (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 9/21/2019.
One of the main purposes of the nationals at the great cost to AUSKF is to promote kendo throughout the United States. This can be achieved by participating in the process - practicing hard and preparing for the tryout. We hope that a lot of kenshi will participate in the process regardless of their current skill levels.
Update August 23, 2019:
GNEUSKF 2020 AUSKF Nationals Women's Team Selection
Attention all female kenshi of GNEUSKF,
As you are aware, GNEUSKF will be conducting an open tryout for all female kenshi interested in representing GNEUSKF at the 2020 AUSKF National Championships in Detroit, Michigan. Preliminary information about the event can be found on the AUSKF website: https://auskfnews.wordpress.com/2019/02/10/2020-auskf-national-championships-preliminary-information/
There are two opportunities to try out for the women's individual, senior women's individual (ages 45+), and women's team divisions. Those interested in representing GNEUSKF at nationals in any of these divisions must attend at least one of the two tryout practices:
1. Sunday, September 29, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio
2. Sunday, November 17, 2019 in Herndon, VA
If you are interested in trying out, please obtain approval from the head sensei of the GNEUSKF dojo you are registered with (either verbal or written), then email the attached registration form to Christine Eickhoff email@example.com no later than Sunday, September 21st, 2019. Please note that only federation members in good standing are eligible to participate, please see the tournament regulations if you have questions about eligibility. If you have questions about the tryout, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to September 14th. Practice locations and times will be announced as soon as these details are confirmed.
T. Inoshita, President GNEUSKF
C. Eickoff, Coordinator, GNEUSKF women’s team for 2020 AUSKF Nationals
Downloand Registration Form
32nd Cleveland Kendo Tournament / GNEUSKF Championships
Case Western Reserve University
March 27 - 29, 2020
Since 1988, The Annual Cleveland Kendo Tournament has become one of the longest running continuous Kendo tournaments in North America, attracting competitors from across the United States, Canada, Japan, and other countries. SEE DETAILS BELOW.
January 20, 2020
Dear Fellow Kenshi:
We are extremely excited to share the information on the 32nd Cleveland Kendo Tournament / GNEUSKF Championships to be held on March 27 – 29, 2020.
We are proud to announce thatMasaharu Kakehashi Sensei, 8 Dan hanshi, former chief instructor of Tokyo Metropolitan Police Kendo, and Koji Onda Sensei, 8dan Kyoshi, Tokyo Metropolitan Police Kendo, will be with us during the tournament weekend. They will give us a special kendo seminar as part of the GNEUSKF Kendo Educational Tour 9 AM to 12:00 noon on Sunday March 29, 2020.
We hope you will be able to join us in Cleveland during the weekend in Cleveland!!
Tournament Committee Chair
President, Greater Northeastern United States Kendo Federation
Online Tournament Registration:
Tournament registartion and fees. Due by 3/15/2020 (Sunday)
Sunday seminar registration and donation . Due by 3/15/2020 (Sunday)
Register here: https://www.jotform.com/form/200144919572152
Download: Tournament Packet, Promotion Exam Forms, Waiver Forms, and general information
10 Annual CWRU Student CUP Kendo Tournament 2019
Case Western Reserve University
September 27 – 29, 2019
Since 2010, the Case Western Reserve Kendo Club has been hosting a kendo tournament in September for middle school, high school, and college students (and recent graduates). The weekend encompasses special practices and seminars with visiting instructors, an AUSKF sanctioned promotion examination, and of course the competition itself. SEE DETAILS BELOW.
Greetings Sensei and Kendoka,
On behalf of the Case Western Reserve University Kendo Club, I would like to cordially invite all of you to our 10th Annual Student Cup. This event will be held on the 27th to 29th of September, 2019. We welcome all high school, university, and recent alumni to participate in our event. Furthermore, I am happy to announce that this event will also include a shinpan seminar, a promotional exam up to the 3rd dan, many opportunities for godo geiko, and a federation tryout for the AUSKF National Championships in 2020.
The schedule for this event is as follows:
Open Gym: 8am
Asa Geiko: 9am-10am
Shinpan Seminar: 10am-noon
Lunch Break: noon-1pm
Student Cup: 1pm-4pm
Open Gym: 8am
Godo Geiko: 9am-10am
Promotion Exam: 10am-11am
Federation Tryout: 11am-noon
Registration Forms (download)
Tourmament Information Packet (download)
Shinsa Information Packet (download)
CWRU Kendo Club