Shodan Shinsa – Spring 2012

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.

Shodan Shinsa – Autumn 2009

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:

To Shodan:

Tim Bailey (Butokukan)

To Ikkyu:

Rowan Howell (Butokukan)
Tommy Lau (Butokukan)

Senior Advancements within the Renmei

The following advancements have been decided and are effective from Monday, 19th January 2009.

Name Dojo Present Rank New Rank
Roald Knutsen Butokukan Rokudan Renshi Nanadan Renshi
Phil Jupp Vauxhall Rokudan Nanadan
Patricia Knutsen Butokukan Rokudan Nanadan
Simon Crittenden Tonbridge Godan Rokudan
Steve Phillips Vauxhall Godan Rokudan
Peter Powell Butokukan Godan Rokudan