We plan to hold the Autumn Shodan examination into and within the dan degrees at Tunbridge Wells on the morning of the third Sunday in September. This will be confirmed shortly and a subject set for the written part of the proceedings.
Date now confirmed as Sunday 14th October.
The following members have been advanced to Shōdan rank under the authority of the British Kendō Renmei at the Shōdan Shinsa held at the Tunbridge Wells Dōjō on Sunday, 25th March 2012.
Virginie Bayle (Butokukan)
Melanie Carr (Butokukan)
Arran Crutcher (Butokukan)
David Munn (Butokukan)
Jessica Waring (Butokukan)
Congratulations from all our Kendōka and our Japanese Kendō friends.
Results of the Renmei Autumn Shodan-shinsa
John Bridger (Tunbridge Wells)
Stephen Horten (Tunbridge Wells)
Matthew Williams (Tunbridge Wells)
Congratulations! Well done!
The second of our irregular practices, incorporating the Autumn examinations into Shodan and above, was held at the Tonbridge Dojo in Skinner’s School, Tunbridge Wells on Sunday, the 15th November.
The examinations were conducted, as usual, under the Rules of this Renmei (following those of the Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei) as has been our custom for the last thirty-six years. This Shinsa was marked by being the smallest held, the main reason being that we are in an interim period where some of the mudansha (unranked) Kendoka are not yet ready for assessment and others in the lower dan have also much work to do to ready themselves for advancement. Two students were given the Ikkyu rank, mainly to mark their hard work and encourage further efforts towards shodan. Whilst we do not usually use the kyu ranking system, this is an exception. The results are as follows:
Tim Bailey (Butokukan)
Rowan Howell (Butokukan)
Tommy Lau (Butokukan)
The following advancements have been decided and are effective from Monday, 19th January 2009.