Tournaments and Seminars


Kentucky Kendo Tournament Postponement

Good evening fellow Kenshi,

The last few days has included a lot of changes and updates going on concerning the operation of the Kentucky and Cleveland tournaments that have been planned to occur over the last few weeks. As I’m sure all of you know, the spread of the COVID-19 virus around the world has caused event organizers to weigh the risks of hosting an event where large amounts of people plan to gather. Some of those planned events have, unfortunately, been canceled or postponed out of consideration to public health.

Unfortunately, after weighing the risks to our own Federation and possible visitors, the ECUSKF has decided to postpone the Kentucky Tournament for the time being. For those of you that have already sent in your money for the tournament, those checks will not be processed. The silver lining is that the promotion will still go on as planned, but it will be moved to Columbus. We’re still trying to nail down a time, but the location will be at the following location:
Worthington Recreation Center
345 E Wilson Bridge Rd
Worthington, OH 43085

There was also a series of joint practices that were going on this month to prepare for the Junior Nationals and the AUSKF National Tournament this year. Those have also been postponed until a later date (the Jr. Nationals have also been canceled. The AUSKF Tournament’s fate hasn’t been decided as of this email).

Yesterday, we were also informed that ALL events surrounding the Cleveland Tournament (tournament, promotion exam, seminar and godo-keiko) have been canceled. At this time, I’m not sure if it will be rescheduled at a later date, but I’ll let you know about the latest developments. If anyone has already pre-paid for the tournament when they signed up, the organizers are working on a way to make sure that everyone gets a refund.

As for our regular practices, I currently don’t see a need to cancel practice at this time. The only thing I can really say at this point is to pay close attention to your health and stay home if you start to feel sick (don’t try to “brave” it out for the sake of ego). You also want to keep yourself, and others, healthy by practicing good hygiene (washing hands, showering, etc.), getting enough sleep and eating properly.

There’s still a lot of activity going on behind the scenes with the situation, so I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted. If there are any questions or concerns, feel free to ask!

Chris George