Sunday, December 28, 2008

SKIF-USA Team Request for the 10th World Tournament -- Need reply by 1/12/09

Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation United States Web: www.skifusa.comP.O. Box 120904 Phone: 651 631-2379New Brighton, MN 55112 Email: U.S.A.
TO: All SKIF-USA Members (High Priority!) The 10th SKIF World Tournament, along with Yudansha Kai training sessions and SKIF dan grading under Kancho Kanazawa, will be held in Athens Greece , from July 21-26, 2009 . Once again, SKIF-USA hopes to send a strong team to the 10th SKIF World Tournament. There is detailed information on the 10th SKIF World Tournament on the SKIF-Japan website, which you can link to from our SKIF-USA website ( or by going directly to

All the tournament rules and divisions are listed there. Because it is important to have our team roster set as soon as possible, YOU MUST LET US KNOW BY JANUARY 12, 2009, IF YOU OR ANY OF YOUR STUDENTS PLAN TO PARTICIPATE AS MEMBERS OF THE SKIF-USA TEAM. WE NEED THE PARTICIPANTS’ NAMES, ADDRESSES, AGES (dates of birth), DIVISIONS THEY WANT TO COMPETE IN, AND WEIGHT IF THEY WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN A KUMITE WEIGHT DIVISION. YOU MUST RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL VIA EMAIL BY JANUARY 12, 2009 OR YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS MAY NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SKIF-USA TEAM. The only limitations on the number of participants will be in the 20-39 year old “Senior Divisions.” (See the information on the website for details on this.)

However, we do need to know who is planning to compete in all of the divisions by January 12, 2009. With respect to the 20-39 year old “Senior Divisions,” if we have more competitors who want to compete than positions available, the SKIF-USA Board & Technical Committee will select the team members based on their participation and placement at our SKIF-USA Nationals in Florida, and on their past competition and training records, just as we have done in the past. This is another reason we need to know by January 12, 2009 if you or any of your students plan to be on the team. At this time, I am unsure how much travel planning SKIF-USA will be able to do on behalf of the team but I hope to be able to send you more information on this via email after January 12, 2009. In addition, we will probably hold a team training seminar led by our SKIF-USA Board & Technical Committee members sometime in the spring, and we will send out more information on this in early 2009. Finally, we wish you Happy Holidays, and we look forward to receiving your responses to this email by January 12, 2009.

Glenn Stoddard
SKIF-USA General Secretary

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