Membership Dues, Rental Fees and Ordered Items:


As you are aware AUSKF/RMKF dues are coming up this month. Some of you have already paid or declared intentions, and many have not. Please let me know by the 15th of February. If you are able to pay dues by the 15th that would be greatly appreciated as I need to get this information and a check in the mail to Iwakabe Sensei as soon as possible. We understand that some of us may have limited financial resources. Please remember that if you would like to attend special training sessions in Denver and have the opportunity to train with Sensei that visit from Japan, this privilege is extended to members first, and then non-members as space is limited. Also, all testing and promotions is accomplished in Denver twice a year, and in order to test for and hold rank in Kendo or Iaido it is a prerequisite that you are a member.


Just a reminder, rental fees are due as soon as you are fiscally able.


Bokuto Training:


Saturday Feb. 12th is Bokuto Ni Yoru Kendo Kihon Waza Keiko Ho training. Cost is $15 to cover room expenses. Training will begin promptly at 9am so please arrive at least 10 minutes early to get ready. This will last until 430pm. Our class will either be at Indian Paintbrush or Slade Elementary school, we should know that by Monday at the latest. We have the honor of instruction from our supervising instructor and additional guest instructor from South Dakota, plus Kenshi from Cheyenne and Greeley, CO. If you wish to eat pizza for lunch, please bring $5 and we will have it delivered to us, otherwise please bring something to eat and drink. Any sports drink is a good choice. Changing areas for Men and Women will be available.


9am-11am Training

11am-Noon Lunch

12-2pm Training

2-230pm Break

230-430pm Training


After training we will meet at Altitude for social gathering.


AUSKF Nationals Training in Denver:


There will be a Kendo Seminar, February 26, 2005, from 12:00 PM - 3:00PM. All those planning or hoping to compete at the AUSKF Nationals are welcome to come. The cost is $20.00 and you should let me know if you would like to attend no later than February 17, 2005.


Tournament and RMKF Team Tryouts for Nationals:


This is coming up sometime in April, date, cost and location TBA.


Nationals:


This year AUSKF nationals is to be held in Ann Arbor Michigan and information can be found on the AUSKF.info website. If you would like to attend either as a spectator or participant please let me know as soon as you can. If we have enough interest and participation we may rent a van and carpool out to Michigan.


Rei-ho:

We count on everyone attending class as often as possible, but if you are unable to make it for whatever reason, please feel free to call me at 307.760.5529. We understand that each person has a busy schedule and unexpected events often transpire, but please contact me when possible (emergencies notwithstanding). We miss you while you are gone.


Dojo:

A thanks to all who were able to attend winter training in Denver and a

congratulations to the following Kenshi who were recently promoted:


Will Plumb 1st Kyu

Colin Longhurst 5th Kyu

Ben Froidevaux 6th Kyu

Matt Martineau 6th Kyu


On a side note:


Well, we have a lot of things happening this year, and it looks like we are fortunate to have some excellent resources to help us elevate our Kendo. I thank all of you for attending class and participating as well as supporting our Federation through dues as well as attending special training seminars. If you ever have any questions or just need some information please contact me via e-mail or phone. I will gladly find out the information or find someone who can. Summer training in Denver is around the corner, and we hope to have a good showing from the Wyoming Kenshi again. This past winter Tullis Sensei and I were honored to have half of the participants at the RMKF Winter training from Wyoming. Also, sometime in June we hope to have a 2 day training

seminar and test practice. Looks to be a very active year for us so train diligently and have fun!


Personal News:


Many of you may already be aware that I have a medical condition that arose from military service earlier this year. Unfortunately to resolve this issue I will be undergoing surgery in the near future, and this will hamper my ability to actively participate in the class for at least 1 month if not more. I still plan on being available to instruct and participate in class and seminar training as much as possible, but I will not be able to do much Kendo exercise for some time. Kendo practice will continue under the guidance of the Senior students


Gambatte!