Upcomming and Past Club Events


August 18th - 20th  2017

Ethnic Enrichment Festival out at Swope Park in Kansas City Missouri.  Here is the link to the event and location.  


We perform on stage at 12:00 ( Noon ) on Sunday the 20th. Be there by 11:30 all dressed in uniform and bogu ( if you have it ) and ready to go. This is a really cool festival and I would encourage you to go all three days.  The food is amazing.  And the location has good parking for the event.  I am getting 15 tickets for performers (only) so first come first serve.

Sept 22 - 24th 2017

Scouting 500.  As many of you know, my son is in Troop 92 and I am heavily participating in scouts as a registered adult leader, troop photographer, and merit badge instructor.  Several years ago, the BSA decided to try a new event called the Scouting 500 where the scouts camp AROUND the outside of the SpeedWay over by the Legends and Friday Night and All Day Saturday the scouts engage in a bunch of extremely cool activities ( Archery, Spear throwing with an Atlatl, Scuba Diving, Zip Lines, Daisy BB Guns, etc, etc etc. ) They also have some stage activities.  We did two demonstrations last time on the concourse.  This year, we will be on-stage Saturday the 23rd at 
9:00AM-9:30 and 10:30-11:00 
The rest of the afternoon you can go around and look and participate in some of the activities if you want. 

Here is the link:   https://www.hoac-bsa.org/scouting-500

I will probably need to know numbers ahead of time and get you on an invite list because security will be high to keep the scouts protected.  So if you can make it PLEASE contact me. 

October 7th 2017

Greater Kansas City Japan Festival at Johnson County Community College.
Here is the link:  http://www.kcjapanfestival.org/

I do not have times yet.  I'm still getting together the list of Dojos from the other styles that will participate. Remember we  do both an indoor demonstration on stage as well as an outdoor workshop. So even if you for some remarkable reason can't attend, we could really use the borrowing of your shinai for the day so that patrons can use it/them during the workshop.

October 21st - 22nd 2017

28th in Battle Creek Michigan Fall Taikai and Testing for the MidWest Kendo Federation.

I will find out the link for membership sign ups for those who didn't do it in the Spring.  Remember to Fight you can join at the last minute.  But to test you have to be a member of the Federation a recruiting round prior to the one for the test.  So that means during the summer camp period. 


July 22nd 2017,  

The Raccoon Valley dojo will have a visit from Takada Sensei from the Lakeshore Dojo in Chicago.  A bunch of us will be going.   So no class tomorrow.

The event starts at 11am and goes till about 4:30pm.

The location is the Stillwell Junior HIgh School at 
1601 Vine Street,  West Des Moines IA 50265
Doors open at 10:00am

There will be a short lunch from 2:05 - 2:25  ( Brown Bag or Jimmy John's )

After Keiko there will be a social at Taki Sushi  
Westmark Plaza II,  2601 86th St. Urbandale, IA 50322

April 19th, 2016

Greetings everyone.  There will be no class the 23rd of April.  We have a demonstration at the Mid America Asian Associations Asian Cultural Festival this weekend being held at the Olathe East High School.  Also the next day is the Cherry Blossom Festival in Independence Missouri.

Sites for the festivals:


Remember its starting to warm up so dress appropriately and bring something to drink.

Also, since its starting to warm up it would be nice to see some of the hibernating people again!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Past Events ***************************************************************************

August 17th, 2014


Ethnic Festival out at Swope Park,  Be there changed and ready to go by the stage by 12:45.  (Sometimes groups don't show or get done early).

Then afterwards go sample the food, displays and services offered by the different ethnic groups represented there.

October 11th, 2014

Japan Festival at JCCC.

November 26, 2013

Last week we celebrated Holly's ascension to 1-Dan.  This week we will not have classes on Wednesday the 27th nor the following Saturday the 30th.  Let everyone have a good Thanksgiving and then come back the following Wednesday to start practicing again and work off some of that Turkey.

The Saturday of the 7th we'll be right back at having our celebration classes.  That day will be for Max for also getting to 1-Dan and on the 14th we'll have our celebration for Derrick.

Please come and help us celebrate their new ranks.

November 9th

Classes are going as scheduled.

The summer heat has gone but our winter isn't too cold yet.

Today we had the birthday bash for me and there were 10 people to show the love.  The next four weeks will be to celebrate the ranks earned by Ziplock, Holly, Max and Derrick in Chicago last week.

Please come and help us celebrate their new ranks.

September 2013

Don't forget that the Japan Festival is coming up on October 5th.

I am still getting groups to add for the demonstrations so I haven't decided our spot yet in the rotation of demos, once I have, I'll send out the timeschedule.

August 16th, 2013

Ethnic Enrichment Festival.   6:30pm

December 1, 2012

Class next Saturday the 8th will be Ziplock's Birthday celebration class!!!!! Please show up and wish him Happy Birthday in our own special way.

Greater Kansas City Japan Festival
     Saturday, October 6, 2012.

     We will do a workshop and a demonstration as always.

     Workshop is outside in the Library area as usual and starts at 1:00pm.  Please be there by 12:30 for setup.

     The Demonstrations start at 2:30 and go till 4:30.   Please be there at 2:15 in case performance times change.

     We need as many shinai as possible for the workshop for the attendees to use.  Or workshop is always the largest since the
     people get to use shinai and get a hands on experience actually striking us.

     Link to Martial Arts Demonstations: 


     Link to the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival


     Look forward to seeing you all there.

Sept 19th 2012.

There will be a special class tonight for Holly, because of her birthday.

So please be there to wish her a happy one with your Shinai.

There will be a Kendo Demonstration at the Metropolitan Community College on Friday evening.
If you haven't noticed your email, and are a current member and want to attend let me know. Normal class on Saturday.

When: Friday March 4th 2011
When: 7:45 PM-ish
Where: Metropolitan Community College - Longview College
500 SW Longview Rd
Lee’s Summit, MO 64081-2115

Who: All members are eligible to participate not just the experienced. We want you newer members as well.
Cost: Nothing to us.

Notes: Demo starts around 7:45, we need to be in uniform and bogu at 7:00.

Corporate Demo

When: Friday October 15th 2010
When: 7:00 PM-ish  
Where: Overland Park Convention Center (Sheraton Hotel)
College and Metcalf
Overland Park, Kansas 

Who: All members are eligible to participate not just the experienced. We want you newer members as well.
Cost: Nothing to us.

Notes: Demo starts around 7:00, we need to be in uniform and bogu at 6:30. We all meet at 6:00 to get suited up and go over the action plan.

Japan Festival

When: Saturday October 2nd 2010
When: All Day 
Where: Johnson County Community College,
Overland Park, Kansas 

Who: All members are eligible to participate not just the experienced. We want you newer members as well.
Cost: (I'll have to find out) Parking is free.
Link: http://www.eeckc.org/docs/2010_Flyer.pdf
Link2: http://www.jccc.edu
Notes: Demo starts at xxx, we need to be in uniform and bogu at xxx up by the stage. We all meet at xxxx to get suited up and go over the action plan.

Also we are doing both Demo and Workshop. For those that can't make either or the workshop, the loan of your shinai for this event would be greatly appreciated.  We usaully scrounge about 20ish shinai and have to turn people away.  So the more the merrier.

Ethnic Enrichment Festival


  • When: Sunday August 22nd 2010
  • When: 1:30 - 2:00 
  • Where: Swope Park (Same park as the Zoo and Starlight)
  • Kansas City, Missouri 64132
  • Who: All members are eligible to participate not just the experienced. We want you newer members as well.
  • Cost: $3.00 to get in. Parking is free.
  • Link: http://www.eeckc.org/docs/2010_Flyer.pdf
  • Link2: http://www.eeckc.org/Events.htm
  • Notes:  Demo starts at 1:30, we need to be in uniform and bogu at 1:00 up by the stage.  We all meet at 12:30 to get suited up and go over the action plan. 

Asia Festival

  • When:  Saturday May 1st 2010
  • When:   11:00  -  4:00   (Demo at 11:30)
  • Where:  Blue Valley Neighborhood Library
  •               9000 W. 151 St
  •              Overland Park, Ks, 66221
  • Who:  All members are eligible to participate
  • Cost:  Fun
  • Link:  http://calendar.jocolibrary.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp
2009 Midwest Kendo Federation Taikai
  • When: Saturday November 14th and Sunday November 15th 2009
  • Where:  Chicago, IL
  • What:  Individual/Team Tournament on Saturday.  Rank testing for Kyu and Dan grades on Sunday
  • Who:  Must be member of MWKF to attend Tournament.  Must be member of MWKF if testing for 2 kyu or lower.  Must be member of MWKF AND AUSKF if testing for 1 kyu or higher.
  • Cost: Will send informational packet to those interested in going
2009 Kansas City Japan Festival
  • When: Saturday September 19th 2009
  • Where: Johnson County Community College
  • What: Demonstration/Workshop
  • Who: All KCKC members regardless of rank (No Bogu needed)
  • Cost: Tickets are free for members participating in the Demo/Workshop, they can be picked up at the Will-Call booth in the main lobby.
  • There will not be a regular class.
  • kcjapanfestival.com

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