The Cleveland Kendo Association is a member of the All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF),
the Greater North Eastern United States Kendo Federation
(GNEUSKF), and the International Kendo Federation (FIK).
The Cleveland Kendo Association
is the only AUSKF affiliated dojo in Northern Ohio
(including Akron, Canton, Youngstown, and Toledo).
Why you should learn Kendo from an AUSKF
The All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF) is the
official organization responsible for the development
and promotion of Kendo in the United States. The AUSKF
is made up of regional Kendo Federations that are
approved by the AUSKF, which support its local dojo
members. The AUSKF is a member of the International
Kendo Federation based in Japan, which is affiliated
with the All Japan Kendo Federation.
Membership in the AUSKF allows you to attend
tournaments, visit other AUSKF-affiliated dojos and most
importantly, get graded for any rank from 1st Kyu and
above that is recognized by the International Kendo
Federation and the All Japan Kendo Federation.
A dojo has to apply to and be accepted into the AUSKF
for it to display the AUSKF logo and have its students
recognized as AUSKF members.
So, what does that mean for you?
Learning Kendo from an AUSKF-affiliated dojo is like
doing business with an accredited, licensed
professional (i.e. recognized by a medical board or bar
association, and not "self-accredited").
An AUSKF-affiliated dojo is approved by the AUSKF
because it teaches Kendo properly, with instructors
whose rank and experience is internationally recognized.
Senior instructors from other AUSKF dojos will visit and
collaborate to make sure that the instruction is being
conducted correctly and if not, they will remedy the
situation. This makes for better instructors AND better
What will you miss if you don't learn Kendo from
an AUSKF-affiliated dojo?
• You may not learn proper techniques.
• You will not be able to participate in Kendo
• You will not be able to be officially graded above 2nd
If you are truly interested in learning Kendo, you
should learn from an AUSKF-affiliated dojo.
Note: University Kendo clubs such as Case Western
Reserve University, Cleveland State University, and
State University are affiliated with the Cleveland Kendo
Association and the AUSKF.