Tuesday, December 25, 2007
William makes the team for Nationals!
Jeremiah Mazurek, William Thornton-Leonard, Yuka Kamimura, and Masumi Kamimura (pictured at William's bar mitzvah celebration) who were all selected as members of the All-Southeast U.S. Kendo Federation Team.
They will compete on the weekend of July 4th, 2008 at the All-U.S. Kendo Federation National Tournament in Las Vegas.
The Southeast U.S. Kendo Federation (SEUSKF) covers 7 states and includes more than 20 dojos and programs.
Of the more than 350 kenshi belonging to the SEUSKF, only 32 were selected for the team.
The above is from the Memphis Kendo blog. On a personal note:
To everyone who knows William and knows that he has to raise all funds for Kendo himself, please save your pennies for his biweekly cookie sales which will begin January 2008 and continue until June 2008. He is also available for casual labor (yard work, construction) and pet sitting. He has to raise about $700 for this tournament as the region does not supplement the team outside of the entry fee. That means airfare, hotel and food are the responsibility of the individual. In addition to this tournament he has plans to go to Cleveland for an April tournament!