The Midwest Kendo Federation is pleased to announce the following upcoming Kendo Promotion Test opportunity.
Please note: Registration for testing is a separate process than the event. Please visit the Upcoming Events page to complete the requirements to participate in summer camp.
2023 Detroit Taikai Promotion Shinsa
Saturday, February 18, 2023 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Applicants must check in by 1 pm
Ernest W. Seaholm High School (This is the same place as Feb 18 Detroit Seminar and Feb 19th Detroit Kendo Tournament)
2436 West Lincoln Street, Birmingham, Michigan 48009
Registration, payment and essay submission deadline:
Saturday January 28th, 2023
It is applicants’ responsibility to be a paid member of All United States Kendo Federation at the time of registration.
All COVID-19 precaution requirements are the same as the ones for recent MWKF events and the Detroit Kendo Seminar and Tournament which can be found here. If you fail to comply, you cannot test.
Per the latest AUSKF shinsa guidelines, the Bokuto-ni-yoru Kendo Keiko-Ho test is postponed and not implemented.
- The following tests will be offered: 6 – 1 Kyu and 1 Dan – 4 Dan
- You must be a member of All United States Kendo Federation. To pay dues please visit https://www.unitedstateskendo.com/
- A member of the other AUSKF regional Kendo Federations from outside of Midwest has to submit Regional Permission Form. The e-mail address to submit regional permission form is email@example.com
Form: Regional Permission Form (outside of MWKF)
- Practice period needed and minimum age are shown below.
|Rank||Practice Period||Minimum Age|
|6 – 2 Kyu||N/A||N/A|
|1 Dan||Trained over 3 months after granting of 1 Kyu||13|
|2 Dan||Trained over 1 year after granting of 1 Dan||N/A|
|3 Dan||Trained over 2 years after granting of 2 Dan||N/A|
|4 Dan||Trained over 3 years after granting of 3 Dan||N/A|
Applicants must agree to all requirements set forth in the Midwest Kendo Federation waivers including in the payment link as well as fulfill all COVID precautions listed here.
|Rank||Essay||Uchikomi Test||“Tachiai” Keiko||Nihon Kendo Kata|
|2 kyu – 6 kyu||N/A||Evaluated||N/A||N/A|
|1 Kyu||Evaluated||Evaluated||Evaluated||Tachi 1-3|
|1 Dan||Evaluated||N/A||Evaluated||Tachi 1-5|
|2 Dan||Evaluated||N/A||Evaluated||Tachi 1-7|
|3 Dan||Evaluated||N/A||Evaluated||Tachi 1-7 and Kodachi 1-3|
All essays must be submitted by January 28, 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The questions are based on rank attempting, choices are listed below.
|1 Kyu||Explain the benefits of kirikaeshi|
|1 Dan||Choose (1) of the following to answer:|
– (A) Describe ki-ken-tai-ichi
– (B) Describe 4 types of kendo footwork
|2 Dan||Choose (1) of the following to answer:|
– (A) Describe the 4 types of kendo “sickness”
– (B) Describe the 3 “ma-ai”
|3 Dan||Choose (1) of the following to answer:|
– (A) Describe the elements of “y uko-datotsu”
– (B) Describe “enzan-no metsuke”
|4 Dan||Choose (1) of the following to answer:|
-(A) Describe the benefits of the Kendo kata and its
relevance to shinai keiko
-(B) Describe the elements of “yuko-datotsu”
(don’t use this question if answered for sandan)
Essay Form: Utilize the provided essay form or a blank sheet of paper including the same required information.
Rank Certificate (Menjo) Payment
Menjo payments can be made online, following the instructions below.
All applicants who successfully pass the exam must pay the associated Menjo Fees within 14 days of the exam date. If payment not received on time, your exam results will be canceled.
Deadline: March 4, 2023
|Rank||Testing Fee||Menjo Fee|
|Kyu (17 years or under)||$30||$20|
|Kyu (18 and above)||$40||$30|
The AUSKF Kendo Promotion Test Study Guide can be found at https://www.auskf.org/info/kendo-promotional-exam-study-guide. Please contact email@example.com with any additional questions.
Hank Mizusawa, Midwest Kendo Federation, VP of Promotion