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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

Member Dojos
Cleveland Kendo Association
Akitsu Kendo Dojo LLC
Shigemi Matsuyama
2110 S Taylor Rd Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
Cleveland Touyuukai
Orsolya Kiss
3820 Superior Avenue, 2/F., Cleveland, OH 44114
Cornell University Kendo Club
Kyle Wang
Noyes Fitness Center
306 West Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850
2nd location: Helen Newman Hall
163 Cradit Farm Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
Rod Faghani
Sidwell Friends Lower School
5100 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814
George Washington University Kendo Club
Minh Vu
212 H Street, Washington, DC 20052
Hamilton College Kendo Club
Aoife Thomas
198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323
Hudson River Kendo Club
Garrett Huehner
Ripley-Grier Studio
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
Email:   pamelabeaty8@aol.com
Place of Practice: 1211 Spruce Ct., Kent, OH 44240
Keio Academy of New York
Daisuke Yuki
3 College Road, Purchase, NY 10577
Marshall University Kendo Club
Wentao Zhou
Recreation Center
402 Thundering Herb Drive, Huntington, WV 25755
Mikazukai Kai
Miguel Angel Diaz
Centro Dharma, 521 Calle Sagrado Corazone De Jesus,
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00915
NEPA Kobudo Kai
Corey Comstock
7378 SR 3001 Mehoopany, PA 18629
Ohio University Kendo Club
Jay E. Ryu
Ping Center, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701
Rutgers University Kendo Club
Isabella Church
Loree Gym., Rutgers University
70 Lipman Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Shidogakuin Genbukan (Iaido)
Duane Langenwalter
270 Harrison Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528
Shidogakuin Shidokan Harrison NY
Shozo Kato
(212) 979-7988
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)
Isabella Church
Second Reformed Church of New Brunswick
100 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Shidogakuin NY (Shidokan)
Shozo Kato
2265 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Stephen Kang
49 East Midland Avenur, Paramus, NJ 07651
Southern Ohio Kendo Association
Tsuyoshi Inoshita
Shawnee State University
940 2nd Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662
Syracuse University Kendo Club
Ke Wu
Flanagan Gym., Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13210
U.S. Military Academy (West Point)
Thomas Koizumi
PO Box 2441, West Point, NY 10997
James Yan
Herndon Community Center
814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA 20170
2nd location: Spring Hill Community Center
1239 Spring Hill Road, McLean, VA 22012
Kennon Crymble
3rd location: Dulles South Recreation & Community Center
24950 Riding Center Dr., South Riding, VA 20152
Yale Kendo Club
Jessica Ye
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.


Tournament committee

Update January 26, 2020:

Kakehashi Sensei, Onda Sensei and Kato Sensei seminar at Fudokan On 03-23-2020

**Download Seminar Information**

Dear Sensei,

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.

Warmest regards,
Rod Faghani

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

Dear Sensei,

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:
Summerlin Walker
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:
Summerlin Walker
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.

Warmest regards,
Rod Faghani

FUDOKAN-Sidwell Waiver.pdf
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.

T. Inoshita
President, GNEUSKF

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 (pcancer@zoomnet.net) 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.

T. Inoshita
President, GNEUSKF

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 ceickhoffkendo@gmail.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 ceickhoffkendo@gmail.com 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

Albert Gymnasium
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio
Saturday 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.

cleveland Kendo taikai

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!!


Tsuyoshi Inoshita
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

Albert Gymnasium
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio
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.

CWRU Kendo Taikai

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:

Friday, 9/27:
Godo Keiko

Saturday, 9/28:
Open Gym: 8am
Asa Geiko: 9am-10am
Shinpan Seminar: 10am-noon
Lunch Break: noon-1pm
Student Cup: 1pm-4pm

Sunday, 9/29:
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)

Best Regards,

Rintaroh Shima
CWRU Kendo Club