Holiday Party - December 1, 2007:
Back by popular demand, the second annual White Elephant with new rules to allow for three "steals" before an item is retired. White elephants are a huge deal in Tatiana's family, so she and Marco had a strategy to land up with some card holders on the third steal. They were very proud of themselves until Joe and his mom out strategized them with the glass jar with the club logo engraved on it.
Team Tryouts (Long Beach, CA) - November 4, 2007:
For fun and experience, Marco traveled to Long Beach, outside Los Angeles, California, to participate in the tryouts for the All US Kendo Federation's national team. The teams (one men's, one women's) will compete in the 14th World Kendo Championships to be held in Brazil in 2009. Selections are made on a regional basis, east versus west.
Thank you to Flickr's DRal10 for the group photo.
Each year, the Japan America Society of San Antonio works with the San Antonio Public Library to bring a Japanese-style festival or matsuri to the main library. We enjoy supporting this JASSA event. This year's festival was particularly fun and well attended.
We demonstrated iaido and kendo kata outside, and kendo. in the auditorium. The kendo was so loud that some of the small children in attendance were scared!
RCIKK Goes To Chicago - October 16, 2007:
Marco's turning into our official ambassador, as work took him to Chicago and kendo practice at the Chicago Kendo Dojo. Matsumoto Sensei remembered O-Sensei Chiba and shared many wonderful stories with Marco.
This year, 14 teams from 9 clubs throughout Texas, Mexico, New York, and California competed in the "Longhorn Invitational Team Kendo Taikai." RCIKK wanted to send two teams, but ultimately decided on sending one team and a crew of supporters. Sensei Chiba was an honored guest, and his son competed on the Houston A team.
The competition has a fixed team order of five players, who compete in 3-minute matches. The matches are 3-pon shoubu. The top 2 teams from each block advance to the final rounds. If points are tied, a play-off will be conducted with 1-pon shoubu order. Imagine our surprise when RCIKK was tied in wins and points with another team. Marco, as our team captain, fought a play-off with great spirit! Although we did not advance, we made our best showing yet. Congratulations, team!
Sensei Toshitane Chiba and his son, Tsunatane Chiba, came to Houston for a short visit. The special practices held in honor of the Chiba family were intense but fun. It was great that Joe and Marco were able to make some of the events.
Not only was Tatiana gracious enough to have a cake in the shape of a kendo men at her wedding, she even indulged Marco's desire to practice kendo on their honeymoon in Cancun (July 31 and August 1). What a wonderful lady.
Thank you, Cancun Kenshi.
Congratulations, Marco and Tatiana!
(Pictures to follow)
As the new life of Marco and Tatiana was beginning, another life dear to us was ending. "Mr. D.," the father of two of the younger kendo students, unexpectedly but quietly passed away in his sleep. Mr. D. was one of those energetic and outgoing parents who attended each class and supported not only his children's efforts, but the entire club. His loss will be felt by all.
Joe said it was the best camp he's ever attended. Thank you, Steve, and your entire club! And congratulations, David!
Congratulations, Christina and Paul, on the birth of your sons!
We always feel lucky to have a member attend one of the national training events. Marco had a wonderful time.
Everyone really pulled together to make the regional testing a successful event. We had over 30 participants from south Texas and Mexico. Special thanks to the SUSKIF judges and our photographers, Paul and Tatiana.
Demonstration - May 26, 2007:
Thanks to Rose and Joe for demonstrating ZNKR iaido at Fort Sam Houston during its Asian Pacific Islander Expo.
Demonstration - May 5, 2007:
Thank you to Joe, Marco, Michael, Phyllis, and Scott for giving demonstrations at the JASSA Kumamoto En at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.
Kendo Taikai (Dallas, TX) - April 21, 2007:
The Dallas-Fort Worth Kendo & Iaido Kyokai sponsors an individual kendo tournament every two years. As you can see, we sent a large group this year to compete. Congratulations everyone for fighting hard and representing us so well.
Kendo Seminar - March 24, 2007:
Thank you, Sensei Craig and Sensei Smith, for traveling to San Antonio to teach us about Japanese swords and to give us instruction in iaido and kendo.
Thank you also to our friends from Laredo, who joined us for this special event. We're particularly grateful to the Velasquez family for practicing with us, especially since it was Bianca's birthday. It was kind of Sensei to remember her and to sign books for the youngest RCIKK students.
Not only did Sensei Craig help us to understand fighting from a wheelchair, he graciously took on our most eager fighter, who also happens to be our yougest fighter.
Demonstration - February 10, 2007:
We celebrated the Year of the Boar at the coldest Asian Festival that San Antonio can remember. At least it didn't rain. The martial arts demonstrations were relocated to the "back 40," beneath a large tent. While the grass was uneven, it was an improvement over the gravel area used in the past. At least it gave us another opportunity to demonstrate kendo, in addition to iaido. We had fun with our four demonstration times. We proudly showed off some of our youngest members.
Budokan Matsuri (Houston, TX) - January 7, 2007:
One of the Budokan's traditions is an annual party for all members of the dojo to celebrate the new year by making mochi (sweet rice balls). The shinto shrine that came from Japan is also opened to fresh mochi and much fan fare. The festival is open to all the Budokan martial artists, but of course we think kendo and iaido students make the best rice pounders.
We celebrate the new year with a special practice on new year's day devoted to cutting paper. It's harder than it looks, but it can be done with a bokken, which Drew aptly proved. This was the first year we were able to hold the New Year's class on the kid's kendo floor.
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