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* 5th Annual GKA Taikai, Promotion, Seminar

posted May 20, 2015, 5:49 AM by Iko Bullington   [ updated May 20, 2015, 5:49 AM ]
Dear fellow Kenshi:

GKA is pleased to announce and welcome you all to the 5th Annual GKA Taikai. In addition to the taikai, we will also host a promotion test event from kyu level to 3rd dan, as well as a seminar hosted by visiting guests from Japan.

Visiting Guests:
Masahiko Yamamoto Sensei (Hachi dan, Hanshi):
Masahiko Yamamoto sensei is one of the coaches from Osaka Police department. He specializes in the Jo-dan style of kendo. He was the 3rd place winner at the 1991 8th World Kendo Championship for men’s individual in Toronto, Canada. He was also selected to compete in the 12th All Japan Hachi-dan Kendo tournament in 2014. Lastly, he is also the father of Mariko Yamamoto, the winner of the all Japan Women Kendo Championship in 2013, and a participating member in the World Kendo Championship.

Nobuaki Kotake Sensei (Nana dan, Kyoshi):
Kotake sensei will be joining Yamamoto sensei on the trip and will be helping to host the seminar.

The seminar will cover Kendo basics, Debana waza, as well as introduction to jo-dan style kendo.
The taikai, promotion, and seminar will be held on the weekend of July 3rd - 5th, 2015. For additional detail please see the attached application.
The application deadline is June 15, 2015. Please have your dojo representative fill out the dojo form and email it to

Iko Bullington,
May 20, 2015, 5:49 AM