Kendo Advancements – Autumn 2017

The Renmei practice at Tunbridge Wells, on Sunday 22nd October, saw the formal announcement of the following advancements within the dan degrees:

To Yondan: George Dillon Butokukan Dojo
To Godan: Ian Pattenden Tonbridge Dojo
Stuart Dickinson Vauxhall Dojo
Ric Bithell Butokukan Dojo
To Rokudan: Lucy Pratt Butokukan Dojo

All advancements are made under the Examination Rules and authority of the British Kendo Renmei .

Brian Scrafton – a thank you

A few days ago, and completely out of the blue, two of Donn Draeger’s books arrived. Good clean copies of ‘Classical Bujutsu’ and ‘Classical Budo and Bujutsu’ sent by former member Brian Scrafton (1982-86), unfortunately without a reply address.

I would like to thank Brian for his kind consideration. If you are reading this, please get in touch through the contact page.

Fujii Okimitsu 1939 – 2017

Fujii-sensei presenting awards in 2015

On Tuesday the 11th April Fujii Okimitsu-sensei suffered a fatal heart attack.
His contribution to kendo is hugely underrated and that he occupies the position as the “Forgotten Ronin” of British kendo, as he touched each and every part associated with kendo and iaido in the early days of the BKA.
Arriving in the UK on the 1st April 1967 he spent most of his life here dedicated to kendo and the Kenseikai kendo clubs that he established.
Fujii-sensei had lived in Cornwall for many years where he continued to practise and teach kendo & iaido until he sadly passed away.
We will remember him with sincere respect, and fond memories as a very modest, diligent teacher with a kind nature, and a mischievous smile which was to be seen both in and out of the dojo.

‘Rest in Peace dear friend and sensei’.

Paul Budden

Shodan Shinsa – Spring 2017

The following students were advanced into or within the dan degrees at the shodan shinsa, held under the Rules of the Eikoku Kendō Renmei, at Tunbridge Wells on Sunday 5th March 2017.

To Shodan:

Ian Calvert (Tonbridge)
Andy Haynes (Tonbridge)

To Nidan:

John Bridger (Tonbridge)
Matthew Williams (Tonbridge)

To Sandan:

Tim Bailey (Butokukan)
Tony Booker (Tonbridge)
Alistair Brindle (Butokukan)
Stephen Horton (Tonbridge)
Mark Morford (Tonbridge)
Philippe Negri (Tonbridge)