Welcome to the CKF web site.  We are working to support and promote Kendo, Iaido and Jodo in Canada.  Please  forward your event notices to us so that we can post them on our events page. 
- Christian D'Orangeville, President, CKF.

Important News Links

Posted November 2nd, 2014

Winter grading details
CKF photo contest
FIK America Zone Kendo Referee Seminar

FIK America Zone Kendo Referee Seminar
// S駑inaire am駻icain d誕rbitrage de kendo de la FIK

Posted November 2nd, 2014

La version fran軋ise suit.

FIK has sent an invitation letter for the annual FIK American Zone Kendo Referee Seminar which will be held in Las Vegas January 24-25, 2015.
The invitation letter is available in English or Japanese and contains the hotel information.

Candidates should complete this form and submit it by email to Ms Akane d'Orangeville. The form provides space to indicate name, rank, whether you wish bento on either day plus whether you wish to attend the welcome party on Saturday. More than one applicant can be on the form. NOTE: applicants are preferred to be 5 dan or higher, although 4 dan applicants will be accepted.

Please note: the final internal deadline for the CKF to receive your application is Saturday November 15th.

Also, please find below additional information sent by the AUSKF concerning hotel reservation and the Saturday night dinner:
In order to book reservations please have your guests contact our reservation specialists at 800-634-3454. Please advise your guests to state they are booking with the ALL UNITED STATES KENDO FEDERATION group code GSKENDO to assure they receive the group rate. Alternately, use the online reservation link.
Please be advised that the last date for these rates is: 01/05/2015.

Saturday night dinner location:
Orchids Garden (Chinese) Restaurant
5485 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 631-3839
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:30pm
Transportation to/from hotel: Provided by AUSKF.


La FIK a publi une lettre d段nvitation au s駑inaire annuel d誕rbitrage de kendo pour les ノtats-Unis. L帝dition 2015 de ce s駑inaire se tiendra Las Vegas, les 24 et 25 janvier prochains.

L段nvitation de la FIK est disponible en anglais et en japonais et comporte des informations relatives l檀饕ergement. Les candidats doivent remplir le formulaire d段nscription et l弾nvoyer par courriel Akane d'Orangeville. Le formulaire vous permet d段ndiquer votre nom, votre rang, si vous souhaitez un repas bento pour l置n ou l誕utre ou les deux jours et si vous souhaitez participer la f黎e du samedi soir. Le m麥e formulaire peut servir l段nscription de plus d置ne personne.

Nota bene - 1. La participation des kendoka ayant un 5e dan et plus est encourag馥, les kendoka ayant un 4e dan seront tout de m麥e accept駸.

Nota bene - 2. La date limite interne (CKF) pour soumette votre candidature est samedi le 15 novembre 2014.

Nota bene - 3. Vous trouverez ci-dessous des informations suppl駑entaires envoy馥s par l但USKF au sujet de l檀饕ergement et du repas du samedi soir :

- Pour effectuer les r駸ervations d檀饕ergement, veuillez contacter nos sp馗ialistes au 800-634-3454. Veuillez demander vos camarades de sp馗ifier qu段ls veulent r駸erver avec la ALL UNITED STATES KENDO FEDERATION, et de mentionner le code de groupe suivant 敵SKENDO afin de s誕ssurer qu段ls pourront b駭馭icier du tarif de groupe. Vous pouvez aussi utiliser le lien de r駸ervation en ligne. Veuillez noter que la date limite pour b駭馭icier de ce tarif est fix馥 au 5 janvier 2015.

- Le repas du samedi soir se tiendra de 18h30 21h30 au :
Orchids Garden (Chinese) Restaurant
5485 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 631-3839

- Le transport aller-retour entre l檀tel et le restaurant sera fourni par l但USKF.

1st Canadian Kendo Federation Photo Contest - Win tickets to 16th WKC! // Premi鑽e 馘ition du Concours de photos de la F馘駻ation - Billets gagner pour le WKC de 2015!

Posted November 2nd, 2014

La version fran軋ise suit.

Submit your best pictures of Kendo, Iaido or Jodo!
We are launching a photo contest where anyone can share their images of people, places, things, events, and anything related to these three arts. From now until Dec 15, 2014, you can send us your images from across the world. The photos can be from any time, and not restricted to pictures taken during the contest period.

This is open to anyone worldwide!

The photos entered will be uploaded to a photo album under Canadian Kendo Federation's Facebook Page, and everyone will be invited to vote by "like".

We will select between 6 to 12 top pictures and create a 2015 calendar that will be available for sale, with the proceeds going to support Team Canada in the 16th World Kendo Championships.

The winners, whose pictures have been chosen for the calendar will receive a free copy of the calendar. The calendar will contain important kendo events around the world. If they are current Canadian Kendo Federation members, 2015 membership will be renewed.

The winner with the most votes - 斗ikes - will receive one Level 1 ticket to Day 3 (May 31, 2015) of the 16th World Kendo Championships in Tokyo, Japan.

One randomly chosen entrant will also receive one Level 1 ticket to Day 3 (May 31, 2015) of the 16th World Kendo Championships in Tokyo, Japan.


Web Entry Version
All entries must be submitted electronically as .jpg files by e-mail to hjchoi@kendo-canada.com. Digital files should be at least 1,000 pixels wide for a horizontal image or 1,000 pixels tall for a vertical image at 72 dpi.

Print Version
Entrants must be able to provide a high-resolution version of each photo that they submit (uncompressed TIFF or maximum quality JPEG, Grayscale or Colour (RGB), minimum 1600 pixels on the longest side). For photographs that are selected for print, the high-resolution version of the photograph will be required for printing.

Copyright Notice
With regard to any photograph submitted to this Contest, the owner of the photo痴 copyright retains all copyright.

By submitting any photograph to the Contest, you grant (or warrant that the owner of such materials expressly grants) CKF a world-wide, royalty-free, irrevocable and non-exclusive right and license to use, copy, transmit, communicate, publicly display and perform, distribute and create compilations and derivative works or merchandise from any such submitted photograph to promote the Contest. You represent and warrant that you have the right to grant the license set out above.

By submitting a photo to the contest, the entrant hereby grants the Canadian Kendo Federation (CKF) the right to use photos submitted to the contest (a) on the CKF website, print media, to promote CKF via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media outlets; and and future CKF materials.

By submitting a photo to the contest, the entrant also hereby grants to CKF non-exclusive, perpetual right and licence to reproduce, publish and distribute, and to authorize the reproduction, publication and distribution of the photos, in print, and in all electronic forms and media. CKF reserves the non-exclusive right to publish any entry and/or use any entry in its material during or after the Contest without further compensation to the entrants.

Contest closes on December 15, 2014. All photographic entries must be sent by December 15, 2014 local time.

Winners whose pictures have been chosen for print will receive a copy of the calendar.

The winner with the most votes - 斗ikes - will receive one Level 1 ticket to Day 3 (May 31, 2015) of the 16th World Kendo Championships in Tokyo, Japan.

One randomly chosen entrant will also receive one Level 1 ticket to Day 3 (May 31, 2015) of the 16th World Kendo Championships in Tokyo, Japan.

If the winners whose pictures have been chosen for print is a current Canadian Kendo Federation member, 2015 membership will be renewed at no cost.

Prizes are not transferable; no prize substitutions or equivalents are permitted, except by the CKF at its sole discretion. In all cases, CKF reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any of the Contest Prizes.


Soumettez vos meilleures photos de kendo, iaido ou jodo!
Nous mettons sur pied un concours de photos auquel tous peuvent participer en partageant d段ci au 15 d馗embre 2014 leurs meilleures images de personnes, de lieux, d弛bjets ou d帝v駭ements li駸 aux arts martiaux promus par la F馘駻ation. Cest photos peuvent avoir 騁 prises n段mporte o et n段mporte quand.

Le concours est ouvert tous ceux et celles qui souhaitent participer dans le monde!

Les images soumises seront t駘騅ers馥s dans un album photo sur la page Facebook de la F馘駻ation, puis tous seront invit駸 voter pour leur image favorite en utilisant la fonction 笛誕ime.

Nous s駘ectionnerons entre 6 et 12 images pour cr馥r un calendrier de l誕nn馥 2015. Ce calendrier sera mis en vente et les profits financeront l帝quipe Canada aux Championnats mondiaux de kendo de 2015.

Ceux et celles dont les images auront 騁 choisies pour le calendrier en recevront tous une copie. Les 騅駭ements internationaux importants li駸 au kendo seront int馮r駸 au calendrier. Si les gagnants sont des membres en r鑒le actuels de la F馘駻ation, leur cotisation de 2015 sera pay馥 par la F馘駻ation.

La personne ayant soumis l段mage recevant le plus de 笛誕ime recevra un billet (niveau 1) pour le 3e jour (le 31 mai 2015) des Championnats, se tenant Tokyo au Japon.

Une personne ayant soumis une image au concours sera choisie au hasard et recevra 馮alement un billet (niveau 1) pour le 3e jour (le 31 mai 2015) des Championnats, se tenant Tokyo au Japon.


Les images soumises au concours doivent 黎re de format .jpg et 黎re envoy馥s par courriel hjchoi@kendo-canada.com. Les fichiers num駻iques devraient faire au moins 1,000 pixels de large pour les images horizontales ou 1,000 pixels de haut pour les images verticales une r駸olution de 72 dpi.

Les images soumises au concours en copie papier doivent 馮alement 黎re disponibles en format num駻ique (TIFF non-comprim ou JPEG de qualit maximale, en nuances de gris ou en couleur (RVB), d置n minimum de 1,600 pixels sur la dimension la plus longue). Ce format num駻ique sera exig pour toute image s駘ectionn馥 dans le cadre du concours.

Avis de droit d誕uteur
Pour toute image soumise au concours, le propri騁aire de l段mage conserve tous ses droits d誕uteurs.

En soumettant une image au concours, vous accordez (ou garantissez que le propri騁aire de l段mage accorde express駑ent) la F馘駻ation un droit irr騅ocable, non-exclusif, libre de droits, valide dans le monde entier et une licence qui permet l置tilisation, la copie, la transmission, la communication, l誕ffichage public ainsi que l弾x馗ution, la distribution et la cr饌tion de compilations et d弛euvres d駻iv馥s ou de marchandises partir de toute image soumise pour faire la promotion du concours. Vous d馗larez et garantissez que vous avez le droit d弛ctroyer les licences susmentionn馥s.

En soumettant une image au concours, vous accordez la F馘駻ation le droit d置tiliser toute image soumise au concours sur le site web de la F馘駻ation ou sur un m馘ia imprim, pour faire la promotion de la F馘駻ation via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ou autres r駸eaux sociaux, ainsi que dans tout 騅entuel mat駻iel promotionnel de la F馘駻ation.

En soumettant une image au concours, vous accordez 馮alement la F馘駻ation un droit non-exclusif et perp騁uel, et une licence qui permet la reproduction, la publication, la distribution et l誕utorisation de toute reproduction, publication et distribution des images par tout medium imprim ou num駻ique. La F馘駻ation se r駸erve le droit non-exclusif de publier ou d置tiliser toute image ou toute soumission durant ou apr鑚 le concours sans compensation additionnelles aux participants.

Date limite
La concours se termine le 15 d馗embre 2014. Toutes les images doivent 黎re soumises au plus tard le 15 d馗embre 2014, heure locale.

Les participants dont les images auront 騁 s駘ectionn馥s pour illustrer le calendrier en recevront une copie.

Le participant dont l段mage aura re輹 le plus de 笛誕ime recevra un billet (niveau 1) pour le 3e jour (le 31 mai 2015) des Championnats, se tenant Tokyo au Japon.

Une personne ayant soumis une image au concours sera choisie au hasard et recevra 馮alement un billet (niveau 1) pour le 3e jour (le 31 mai 2015) des Championnats, se tenant Tokyo au Japon.

Les gagnants qui sont des membres en r鑒le actuels de la F馘駻ation verront leur cotisation de 2015 pay馥 par la F馘駻ation.

Les prix ne sont pas transf駻ables; aucune substitution ou 駲uivalence n弾st permise, sauf par la F馘駻ation et sa seule discr騁ion. La F馘駻ation se r駸erve le droit de substituer n段mporte quel des prix du concours un prix d置ne valeur plus importante ou 駲uivalente.

Winter Exams / Examens d'hiver

Updated October 16, 2014

Winter grading registration is open, please check the dates below. Remember to get proper authorization from your Sensei first, then ask the Dojo Administrator to unlock the grading application form for you. Please DO NOT wait until the last minute. If you have problems please contact CKF Secretary Neil Gendzwill. Information on qualifications, requirements and fees is available at the grading info page. Foreign candidates including from the USA, please see here.

Le procédure d'inscription pour les examens d'hiver; est maintenant enclenchée. Veuillez consulter les dates ci-dessous pour connatre les événements venir. N'oubliez pas qu'il faut demander l'autorisation votre sensei avant de vous inscrire. Lorsque vous avez obtenu son autorisation, l'administrateur du dojo doit déverrouiller l'option d'inscription aux examens dans le système en ligne. Veuillez vous inscrire dès maintenant pour les événements de ce printemps. Si vous avez des difficultés, écrivez secrétaire de la Fédération Neil Gendzwill. Informations concernant les qualifications, les exigences et les frais est disponible la page info de examens.


Examinations will be from 1-Kyu to 7-Dan. Written exams are required from 1-Dan to 5-Dan.
Examens de 1er-Kyu ? 7e-Dan. Examens écrits de 1er-Dan ? 5e-Dan.
Kendo Written Exam / Examen Ecrit Kendo
The written exam deadline is the same as the registration deadline.
Le formulaire doit 黎re transmis avant la date limite d'inscription.

Eastern/Est du Canada:
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON
DATE: November 30, 2014
DEADLINE/DATE LIMITE: November 21, 2014

Western/Ouest du Canada:
Steveston Martial Arts Centre
4111 Moncton ST., Richmond, BC
DATE: December 6, 2014
DEADLINE/DATE LIMITE: November 28, 2014


Examinations will be from 1-Kyu to 4-Dan. Written exams are required for all candidates.
Examens de 1er-Kyu ? 4e-Dan. Examens écrits de tous les candidats.
Iaido Written Exam / Examen Ecrit Iaido
Please send your response prior to Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. Late submissions will be refused.
Le formulaire doit 黎re transmis le 29 novembre 2014 au plus tard. Tout formulaire re輹 apr鑚 le 29 novembre ne sera pas accept.

Eastern/Est du Canada:
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON
DATE: December 6, 2014
DEADLINE/DATE LIMITE: November 15, 2014

Western/Ouest du Canada:
Steveston Martial Arts Centre
4111 Moncton ST.
Richmond, BC
SEMINAR/SノMINAIRE: 1:00-4:30 pm
DATE: December 7, 2014
DEADLINE/DATE LIMITE: November 30, 2014

Kitamoto Seminar Reports

Posted August 30, 2014

Every year, CKF sends delegate to attend the Foreign Leaders Kendo Seminar in Kitamoto, Japan. This is a wonderfulopportunity for development of your kendo as an instructor. We are now compiling reports from people who have attendedso that others may learn about their experience. The first reports are from Hyun-June Choi from 2013 and Mike Arai from 2014. Enjoy!

Choi report in English
Le rapport de Choi en fran軋is
Arai report in English
Le rapport de Arai en fran軋is

Anti-Doping Manual

Posted August 4, 2014

D'Orangeville-sensei is a member of the FIK anti-doping committee. They have produced this manual which iscurrently available only in English.

Anti-doping manual.

Board of Directors Decisions

Posted July 25, 2014

On June 27, meetings were held with both the old and new board of directors. Most of the discussion pertained to routine business, however the membership should be aware of the following decisions:

Okusa-sensei will remain as Canada's FIK director until the end of the upcoming WKC
- Okusa-sensei will resign at that time
- D'Orangeville-sensei will assume the directorship by default unless the BOD appoints a proxy (FIK rule)

A motion was passed making the past president advisor to the board for one term. The past president is invitedto all BOD meetings but is not entitled to vote. First such advisor will be Okusa-sensei.

Motions were passed establishing standing committees for iaido, jodo and history. The iaido and jodo committees will consist of at minimum one board member and the respective national chief examiner. The history committee will consist of at minimum one board member and the president.
- board member for iaido will be Patrick Suen
- board member for jodo will be Eric Tribe

Executive will be Christian D'Orangeville (president), Neil Gendzwill (VP West, secretary), Hyun-June Choi (VP East) and John Maisonneuve (Treasurer).

IT committee will be headed by Eric Tribe.

New President's Message/Message du nouveau pr駸ident

Posted July 24, 2014

Message from new president Christian D'Orangeville
Message du nouveau pr駸ident Christian D'Orangeville

2014 AGM Minutes

Posted July 24, 2014

Minutes of the 2014 Annual General Meeting.
(D駸ol, seulement disponible en anglais.)

Team Canada Preliminary Selections

Posted July 24, 2014

The TC coaches have made their decisions as to the preliminary team.The current list has 10 men and 9 ladies. The final team list (which willbe decided at the end of the year) will consist of 8 men and 8 ladies.

Preliminary TC Men (Last name alphabetical order)
1) Elliott Altilia
2) Tsuyoshi Hamanaka
3) Tuan Anh Hoang
4) Shigemitsu Kamata
5) Eiji Kita
6) Kyle Lee
7) Ryan Murao
8) Ryo Tamaru
9) Takashi Yamada
10) Eddie Yamashita

Preliminary TC Ladies (Last name alphabetical order)
1) Bora Choi
2) Aki Fukushima
3) Misato Hamanaka
4) Kyrene Kim
5) Juneko Kurahashi
6) Man-San Ma
7) Ayaka Sugiyama
8) Hanaca Yamada
9) Bree Yang

I would like to Thank all of the prospects for their efforts during the evaluationsand gasshukus and hope that all of you will continue to practice and pushour selected members harder.

Ray Murao
Team Canada Manager

2014 BOD Election

Posted July 6, 2014

As part of the 2014 AGM, a new board of directors was elected. The new board met after the AGM and elected the executive. The results are:

President: Christian D'Orangeville (McGill University Kendo Club)
Vice-President (West) and Secretary: Neil Gendzwill (Saskatoon Kendo Club)
Vice-President (East): Hyun-June Choi (Jungko Kendo Club)
Treasurer: John Maisonneuve (Isshin Kendo North Country)
Shigetaka Kamata (Etobicocke Olympium Kendo Club)
David Mori (Forest City Kendo Club)
Patrick Suen (Mu Mon Kai)
Eric Tribe (Rai-un kai)

Okusa-sensei will serve as advisor to the board until the next election in 2017. The contact information has been updated elsewhere on the website. Please don't hesitate to contact your board members directly with any concerns.

Messages from Past President Hiro Okusa

Posted July 6, 2014

National Championships

The 18th CNKC has successfully concluded including junior, mudansha, ladies, mens and team categories. We also had the first-ever East-West Masters Shiai and various demonstrations, including a Taiko performance. The taikai was extremely well organized and also exceeded our financial targets.

Thank you to the organizing committee for all your hard efforts and it's chief, Mr. Thu-Nhon.

Thank you for your support

Dear CKF members & practitioners;

I hope this message finds you well.

As you know, we have done various events including the CNKC, which successfully happened in Montreal. After the AGM election, we have a new director and three retired directors, including myself.

Eduardo and Junko, thank you for your support to CKF in the past several years. Eduardo's dedication has certainly changed the administration of the CKF. Patrick is the new director, whose ability the board can rely on. John and Neil will continually serve CKF; I really appreciate their dedication -- without them CKF would not function.

I have served over 5 years since the 16th WKC in Brazil. I hope I had some contribution for CKF during my presidency. It was an unclear path when I took over -- I believe there is now a more visible & clear path forward. I am sure the CKF will move into a fresh direction under the new President d'Orangeville sensei's leadership. His tireless & undying passion for kendo will be warmly accepted by all CKF members and the broader community.

I will continue being a FIK director for CKF until the end of Tokyo WKC in 2015. Thank you for your support and encouragement for the past few years. I have learned and enjoyed working alongside such dedicated volunteers -- it was my pleasure serving the CKF.

Yours truly,
H. Okusa

Canadian National Kendo Championships

Posted March 23, 2014

The Canadian National Kendo Championships will be held the last weekend in June in Montreal. The schedule is as follows:
Fri, June 27 7 pm - 9 pm: CKF Annual General Meeting, Leacock Building, McGill University
Fri, June 27 7 pm - 9 pm: Free practice, McGill Sports Centre
Sat, June 28 8 am - 6 pm: 17th Canadian National Kendo Championship, McGill Sports Centre
Sat, June 28 8 pm: Banquet, place TBD
Sun, June 29 TBD: Team Canada practice

Please note that to participate in the tournament in either individual or team competition, you must be either a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant). Registration instructions are available in both English and French.

The recommended hotel is Novotel Montreal Centre. Please call (514) 861-6000 or e-mail them directly and ask for the Canadian Kendo Federation or F馘駻ation canadienne de kendo rate. Rooms are limited, please reserve soon.

Board of Directors Election

Posted March 23, 2014

Details about the AGM that will be held in conjunction with the Canadian National Kendo Championships will be coming later. However, one of the key items on the agenda will be the election of the new board of directors. According to our new by-law, all members of the board of directors are elected every three years. This means that any current members who wish to continue must resign their position and offer themselves as candidates in the upcoming election to be held at the AGM.

If you are interested in serving on the board of directors, please submit your candidate information to CKF Secretary Neil Gendzwill no later than May 30. This information should contain a short biography and also a paragraph or two making the case for your candidacy. This information will be posted on the CKF website so that the members can be informed in advance of who they will be voting for. No late entrants will be allowed. Candidates are strongly encouraged to attend the AGM, where they will be expected to make a short speech to the members.

Kaiseiki Tournament Delegation

Posted February 6, 2014

The Canadian Kendo Federation and its Kendo Development Fund is excited to announce the team that will represent Canadian high school kendoka at the 43rd Kaiseiki National High School Kendo Tournament (43回魁星旗争奪全国高校勝抜剣道大会) to be held at the Akita Prefectural Budokan in Akita, Japan from March 29~31.

Shigemitsu Kamata sensei (Etobicoke Kendo Club) as the coach will lead the following players:
Ryo Kariya (Etobicoke Olympium Kendo Club)
Louis Oka (Tozenji Kendo Club)
Terry Okitsu (Tozenji Kendo Club)
Michael Park (Jung Ko Kendo)
Alex Lee (Vancouver Kendo Club)
Sean O'Sullivan (Steveston Kendo Club)

Please join us in wishing the team the best at this high calibre event where 4000 high school kendoka from 200 high schools across Japan will be participating. We hope this will help motivate and raise the level of our younger kendoka, and CKF will continue to look to create more of these opportunities.

CKF would like to thank Shigetaka Kamata sensei and the Akita Kendo Federation, whose generous support has made this possible.

Saskatoon Written Exams

Updated January 23, 2014

Deadline/Date limite: February 23
Exam questions/Les questions d'examen:
Please note, the exam is the same as Fall 2013.
Kendo Written Exam / Examen Ecrit Kendo

FIK Referee Seminar Deadline

Posted January 15, 2014

This is a reminder that the deadline to apply for the FIK referee seminar for CKF members is January 29. Please submit directly to Okusa-sensei. Details are here.

New Year's message from the President

Posted January 15, 2014

Year of the Horse

Note - "Year of the Horse" graphic by Cruise-sensei. Cliquez ici pour la version fran軋ise

Happy new year to all CKF members and practitioners! I hope 2014 brings happiness and success to you all!

I would like to speak briefly on the topic of memberships. We gained 258 new members in 2013. As of December we have a total of 1568 registered members but only 55% of those have paid their fees. By discipline, jodo members are the most likely to be current with their fees at 65%, and kendo members the least at 52.5%.

Membership fees are essential to the operation of CKF, so please make sure your fees are current for 2014. Dojo administrators, please clean up old accounts so that our statistics are accurate.

We will have the Canadian National Kendo Championship Saturday, June 28 at McGill University in Montreal. There will be Team Canada training and an opportunity for godo keiko with Team prospects on Sunday, June 29. In association with the championships, we will hold our Annual General Meeting on the evening of June 27. For 2014, it will be in person and include the election of the new Board of Directors. More information will be coming from the Secretary regarding this important meeting. Please take note and book that into your calendars as June approaches. As reference, attached are the minutes for the 2013 CKF AGM which was held electronically.

In 2013, we also had a very successful first Canadian National Iaido Championship from August 31 - September 1. Two Iaido sensei came to join us from Japan and it was a very successful few days. From now on, this championship will be held at different cities every three years in the same way as the Kendo championship.

Team Canada has launched activities for the 16th WKC in Tokyo. In 2013, they have finished evaluations held in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. The new Team Manager is Ray Murao, with returning coaches Matthew Raymond and Daisuke Hayashi.

CKF is going to send five high school practitioners, managed by Shigemitsu Kamata, to Kaiseiki Taikai. This event will be held in Akita, Japan from March 28-31, 2014. Funding for this project will be split between a private donor, the CKF development fund and the players themselves. I am expecting this experience to stimulate the younger generation of kendo players and help to move our Team Canada development program forward for the future.

Finally, let me add my resolution for the New Year: Lifelong Training.

Hiro Okusa
President, CKF

La F馘駻ation souhaite une bonne ann馥 tous ses membres et pratiquants ! J'esp鑽e que 2014 apportera bonheur et succ鑚 tous!

Permettez-moi de bri钁ement discuter du statut de membre de la F馘駻ation. En 2013, nous avons augment de 258 notre nombre de membres. En d馗embre, nous 騁ions 1568 inscrits au total, mais seulement 55 % d'entre nous avaient pay leurs frais. Par discipline, les membres pratiquant le jodo sont les plus jour, leurs frais 騁ant r馮l駸 65 %, tandis que ceux pratiquant le kendo sont les moins jour, avec 52,5 %.

Comme les frais provenant des membres sont essentiels aux op駻ations de la F馘駻ation, veuillez SVP vous assurer d'黎re jour pour l'ann馥 2014. Les administrateurs des dojos sont aussi pri駸 de faire le m駭age des comptes d駸uets afin que les statistiques sur nos membres soient correctes.

Le Championnat national canadien de kendo se tiendra le samedi 28 juin l'universit McGill de Montr饌l. Il y aura un entranement de l'ノquipe canadienne ainsi qu'un godo keiko avec les candidats au recrutement le dimanche 29 juin. De pair avec les championnats, nous tiendrons notre Assembl馥 g駭駻ale annuelle dans la soir馥 du 27 juin. Pour 2014, la rencontre se fera en personne et inclura l'駘ection d'un nouveau comit ex馗utif. Plus d'information ce sujet sera publi馥 par le Secr騁aire. Veuillez noter la date de l'Assembl馥 et la r駸erver. Veuillez aussi trouver en attachement le proc鑚 verbal de la rencontre de la F馘駻ation qui s'est tenue 駘ectroniquement l'ann馥 derni鑽e (2013 CKF AGM).

En 2013, s'est 馮alement tenu un premier Championnat national canadien d'iaido du 31 aot au 1er septembre. Deux sensei d'iaido se sont joints nous du Japon, couronnant de succ鑚 ces quelques jours. Ce championnat aura dor駭avant lieu dans diff駻entes villes tous les trois ans, de la m麥e fa輟n que le championnat de kendo.

L'ノquipe canadienne a d饕ut ses activit駸 dans le cadre du 16e WKC Tokyo. En 2013, l'ノquipe a compl騁 des 騅aluations tenues Montr饌l, Toronto et Vancouver. Le nouveau g駻ant est Ray Murao, tandis que Matthew Raymond et Daisuke Hayashi demeurent entraneurs.

La F馘駻ation enverra cinq kendoka 騁udiants du secondaire, g駻駸 par Shigemitsu Kamata, au Kaiseiki Taikai. Cet 騅駭ement, aura lieu Akita, Japon, du 28 au 31 mars 2014. Le financement de ce projet est partag entre un donateur priv, le fonds de d騅eloppement de la F馘駻ation et les joueurs m麥es. Je crois que cette exp駻ience stimulera la jeune g駭駻ation de pratiquants du kendo et donnera une pouss馥 vers l'avenir notre programme de d騅eloppement de l'ノquipe canadienne.

Finalement, permettez-moi d'ajouter ma r駸olution du Nouvel an : l'Entranement vie.

Hiro Okusa
Pr駸ident, FCK

Happy New Year - What's New

Posted January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!

The CKF online system is back, please login to regularize your membership fees. Updates to the CKF Membership pages are listed here: ENGLISH and FRENCH

FIK Referee Seminar: Further Details

Posted December 29, 2013

The invitation to the 2014 America Zone FIK Referee seminar is now available in both English and Japanese.

The application form is also available. Canadian attendees please submit directly to Okusa-sensei by January 24. All other applicants submit to FIK as per the instructions in the invitation. Canadian attendees 5 dan and up are eligible for a travel subsidy from CKF, either $100 (Sask and West) or $200 (Manitoba and East).

The instructors for the seminar have been named, they are:
Masaharu Kakehashi, 8 dan hanshi
Noriyasu Makise, 8 dan hanshi
Koji Kasaumura, 8 dan kyoshi

2014 FIK Referee Seminar

Posted December 10, 2013

The 2014 FIK America Zone Referee Seminar will be held February 22-23, 2014 in Burnaby BC. Bookmark this page for further details as they become available.

Kitamoto Foreign Leaders Kendo Camp

Posted November 28, 2013

The 2014 Kitamoto camp will be held starting July 25. Each dojo who has interested applicants should fill out this form with the applicants information and send it to CKF President Okusa-sensei. More information is available in this document.

Special IBU Kendo Course

Posted November 28, 2013

If you are interested in a special kendo course to be held in April 2014 at International Budo University in Japan, please contact CKF President Okusa-sensei. Limited information is available in this document.

How to apply for Exams

Posted October 30, 2013

See the forms page for instructions on applying to grade, including for US and other foreign candidates.

Iaido Pre-Grading Seminar - December 7

Posted November 14, 2013

See Registration Form for more details.

How to apply for Exams

Posted October 30, 2013

See the forms page for instructions on applying to grade, including for US and other foreign candidates.

Fall Written Exams

Updated November 16, 2013

Deadline/Date limite:
Kendo Nov 25 West/Nov 19 East (extended to match application deadline)
Iaido Nov 23 West/Nov 30 East
Jodo Nov 30 (East only)
Exam questions/Les questions d'examen:
Please note, there is no written exam for kendo ikkyu or for rokudan and higher.
Kendo Written Exam / Examen Ecrit Kendo
Iaido Written Exam / Examen Ecrit Iaido
Jodo Written Exam

Fall Kendo Exams

Posted October 20, 2013

Fall Kendo grading is open, please check the dates below and remember to get proper authorization from your Sensei first, then ask the Dojo Administrator to unlock for you the grading application form. Also, same reminder as usual, please DO NOT wait until the last minute, if you have problems accessing your profile online please contact support@kendo-canada.com

Le procédure d'inscription pour les examens de kendo du automne; est maintenant enclenchée. Veuillez consulter les dates ci-dessous pour connatre les événements venir. N'oubliez pas qu'il faut demander l'autorisation votre sensei avant de vous inscrire. Lorsque vous avez obtenu son autorisation, l'administrateur du dojo doit déverrouiller l'option d'inscription aux examens dans le système en ligne. Veuillez vous inscrire dès maintenant pour les événements de ce printemps. Si vous avez des difficultés, écrivez support@kendo-canada.com.

Kata requirements/Katas demandés:
1/1er kyu Bokut ni yoru kend kihon waza keik h 1-9 Hon
1/1er dan Kendo no Kata Tachi 1-3 Bon
2/2e dan Kendo no Kata Tachi 1-5 Hon
3/3e dan Kendo no Kata Tachi 1-7 Hon
4+/4e+ dan Kendo no Kata Tachi 1-7 Hon & Kodachi 1-3 Bon

Examinations will be from 1-Kyu to 7-Dan. Written exams are required from 1-Dan to 5-Dan.
Examens de 1er-Kyu ? 7e-Dan. Examens écrits de 1er-Dan ? 5e-Dan.
Kendo Written Exam / Examen Ecrit Kendo

Eastern/Est du Canada:
Ryerson University Kerr Hall Gym,
350 Victoria St, Toronto, On
DATE: Nov 24 2013

Western/Ouest du Canada:
Steveston Martial Arts Centre
4111 Moncton ST., Richmond, BC
DATE: Nov 30 2013

Fall Iaido and Jodo Grading

Posted October 20, 2013

The following is the planned Iaido and Jodo grading events that will take place during the fall across Canada.
Les examens en iaido et en jodo suivants auront lieu au cours du automone; 2013 dans l'ensemble du pays.

If you are planning to grade please don't wait till the last minute in order to avoid unnecessary stress or missing your grading altogether. Please obtain approval from your Sensei and ask your Dojo administrator to unlock your application form. Written exams forms will be available on the main CKF?s site.
Si vous souhaitez passer un examen, veuillez vous inscrire dès maintenant afin d'éviter oublis et délais. Veuillez également obtenir l'accord de votre sensei, puis demandez ? l'administrateur de votre dojo de déverrouiller le formulaire d'application (web) aux examens. Les formulaires d'examen écrit seront disponibles sur le site web de la Fédération.

Written exams are required from 1 kyu to 5 dan.
Examens écrits de 1er-Kyu ? 5e-Dan.
Iaido Written Exam / Examen Ecrit Iaido
Jodo Written Exam

Eastern/Est du Canada:
IAIDO 1-Kyu to 5-Dan/1er-Kyu ? 5ème-Dan
JODO 1-Kyu to 5-Dan/1er-Kyu ? 5ème-Dan
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Crt., Toronto, On
START/EXAMENS: 13:00 (jodo to follow iaido)
DATE: Dec 7 2013

Western/Ouest du Canada:

IAIDO 1-Kyu to 4-Dan/1er-Kyu ? 4ème-Dan
JODO: no grading/pas de examen Steveston Martial Arts Centre
4111 Moncton ST.
Richmond, BC
SEMINAR/SノMINAIRE: 14:00-17:00
DATE: Dec 1 2013

Eastern Selection camp for Team Canada 2015

July 27, 2013

Manager: Ray Murao
Men coach: Matthew Raymond

Registered Prospects (Men): 6
- Maximillien Madison (25) MKC
- Antoine Fortier (27) MKC
- Tuan Ahn Hoang (28) McGill
- Shaw Kim (24) McGill
- Elliott Altilia (27) McGill
- Andrew Wong (29) McGill

Registered Prospects (Women): 3
- Veronique Marchand (30) AMS
- Sophie Helg (27) McGill
- Susie Wang (24) McGill.

The 9 prospects were challenged by more than 13 motivated motodachi in shiai and kendo drills. Then, they had some shiai together.

All prospects did their best and show their dedication to belong to Tokyo 2015 Team Canada.

That regional event was a great kendo experience for all.

Christian d'Orangeville

Special Iaido Grading for 5 and 6 Dan

July 25, 2013

Dear members,

Registration to apply for the 5 and 6 Dan grading during the Canadian National Iaido Championships is now open.

Place: JCCC - 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON
Date: September 1, 2013 at 09:00 am.
Registration Deadline: August 24, 2013 at midnight

Please obtain approval from your Sensei and have your Dojo Administrator to unlock your application form.

If any questions please contact support@kendo-canada.com

Thank You
Eduardo Cigliutti
CKF Membership Secretary

Chers membres,

Inscription appliquer pour Iaido classement est maintenant ouverte.
Les candidats Godan et Rokudan seulement.

Lieu: JCCC 6 Garamond Ct, Toronto Ontario.
Date: 1 septembre 09:00
Date limite d'inscription 24th Aot minuit.

S'il vous plat obtenir l'approbation de votre Sensei et demandez votre administrateur Dojo pour d饕loquer votre formulaire de demande.

Si des questions, veuillez communiquer avec support@kendo-canada.com

Eduardo Cigliutti
Secr騁aire adh駸ion CKF


July 22, 2013

The UVIC KENDO CLUB invites you to a seminar on 溺aking Winning Possible and Shinpaning with Hayashi Kunio Sensei, kendo hanshi 8th dan. Hayashi sensei is currently a professor in the Department of Sport Science at Chukyo University in Nagoya and a Permanent Director of the All Japan Kendo Federation. He is also the Head Director of Training for Japan痴 Under 25 Kendo Team and was the Head Manager of the Japan痴 Team at the 1st Women痴 World Kendo Championship.

Dates: Saturday September 14th & Sunday September 15 2013

For more details, please download the official invitation.

Criteria for Team Canada

July 11, 2013

The following document details the requirements for members intered in trying out for Team Canada

Team Canada Requirements.

Canadian Iaido Championship

Posted July 12,2013

It is our pleasure to announce the First Canadian Iaido Championship, to be held on August 31, 2013. There will be a seminar before and after the tournament with special delegation from the All Japan Kendo Federation:

Chihiro Kishimoto (Hanshi 8 Dan)
Atsumi Hatakenaka (Kyoshi 8 Dan)

All members of the International Kendo Federation are cordially invited to participate in a 1 day tournament will be held on August 31st, and in the 2-day seminar (Aug 30, Sep 1) focusing on the principles of competition in Iaido.

For more information and to register, go to: http://cnic2013.blogspot.ca/

Forward any questions to info@mumonkai.ca

Summer Gradings Completed

Posted June 17, 2013

Dear CKF members and practitioners;

We have now completed all of the 2013 summer grading for kendo, iaido and jodo. I really appreciate the support of those who have dedicated enormous amounts of time towards organizing and running gradings. For those of you who were successful, certificates will be issued by August. For those who failed, you should prepare for the upcoming winter grading which will be held at the end of November or beginning of December. I myself have failed many gradings, but I have never given up. It is a lifelong commitment, so never rush. Take your time and you will be successful in the end.

Enjoy your summer!

H. Okusa
CKF President

Spring exam information

Posted May 7, 2013

Some shortcuts to find the exam information among the other posts:
Written exam information
Kendo exam information
Iaido and jodo exam information

Foreign Kendo Leaders Summer Camp

Posted May 7, 2013

The delegates to the summer camp in Kitamoto have been chosen. They are:
Hyun-June Choi, Jungko
Sungsoo You, McGill

Kendo Team Canada 2015 - Coaches

Posted May 7, 2013

The CKF board of directors is pleased to announce that the management and coaching staff for Team Canada has been selected. Each of these positions represents a huge commitment in time and effort towards Team Canada. Please join us in giving these people our thanks and support as they prepare for the upcoming 16th World Kendo Championships, to he held in Tokyo in 2015. The selection process for player positions will be published later.

Manager - Ray Murao
Men's Coach - Matthew Raymond
Women's Coach - Daisuke Hayashi

Kendo Grading Change

Posted March 29, 2013

Dear Members:

The CKF is changing the structure of incoming Kendo grading events. Starting in the winter 2013, it will be mandatory, for those applicants grading for 1st Kyu, to perform the Bokuto ni yoru Kendo kihon waza keiko ho which consists of 9 katas that differ from the regular katas by using techniques that can be applied in keiko or shiai practice.

Most Dojos have been already informed and steps towards providing adequate training have been implemented.

You can take a look to those techniques by following this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj6V_sT2dnQ

If any questions please contact support@kendo-canada.com

Thank you all
Hiro Okusa
CKF President

Chers membres,

La Fédération canadienne de kendo procède ? la modification de la structure des examens de kendo. ? compter de l'hiver 2013, la démonstration du Bokuto ni yoru Kendo kihon waza keiko ho sera exigée de tous les candidats au grade ikkyu. La série Bokuto ni yoru Kendo kihon waza keiko ho est composée de 9 kata qui mobilisent des techniques susceptibles d'être utilisée lors du keiko ou du shiai.

La majorité des dojos ont déj? été informés de ce changement et ont modifié leur pratique et leur enseignement en conséquence.

La série Bokuto ni yoru Kendo kihon waza keiko ho est disponible en ligne : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj6V_sT2dnQ.

Pour toute question, veuillez écrire ? : support@kendo-canada.com.

Hiro Okusa

Tax Receipts for 2012 Donations

Posted March 1, 2013

The tax receipts for donations made to the CKF during 2012 will be mailed out soon.

If you have any questions please contact the CKF Treasurer at accounts@kendo-canada.com

Final by-laws, French policies

Posted February 7, 2013

The final version of the new by-laws is coming soon. Thanks again to all who contributed to the effort to make this happen

A couple of policies have been translated into French: coming soon

Saskatoon Kendo Exam

Posted February 6, 2013

There will be a grading for kendo ikkyu through sandan inclusive held as part of the 24th Annual Saskatoon Kendo Seminar. The grading is to be held March 3 at the Saskatoon YMCA starting at 9 am. Registration is now open with a deadline of February 24. The same deadline applies for the written exam. The exam is the same as used for the fall gradings, available in English or French. If you have trouble opening the links, try right-click and save as, they are Word documents and may not open automatically depending on your browser. Send your completed examinations by email to kendonationalwrittenexam@kendo-canada.com

Welland Iaido Clinic

Posted February 4, 2013

The Hayakawa Kendo/Iaido Club are pleased to announce this year's Welland Iaido Clinic on Saturday, March 16, 2013. See poster for more details.

Team Canada Officials for WKC 2015

Posted January 14, 2013

The CKF is looking for people to fulfill the following roles in supporting the teams through the preparation period and into the 2015 WKC:

Team Canada Manager
Men's Coach
Women's Coach
Assistant Coach
Fundraising Committee

If you are interested in any of these positions, inquire and apply to the CKF President, Hiro Okusa sensei (hokusa@kendo-canada.com) by January 31, 2013. Please include a resume detailing your coaching/managing experience.

Detailed Team Canada Roles can be found HERE

Happy New Year: many important notices!

Posted January 6, 2013

Year of the snake

Note - "Year of the Snake" graphic by Cruise-sensei.

There have been many important notices posted recently, please be sure you don't miss anything:
UPDATED: FIK referee seminar (NOTE: deadline to apply now January 26)
New year's message from Okusa-sensei, CKF president
New year's message from Kamata-sensei, national chief examiner
New year's message from Taylor-sensei, Jodo chief examiner
Revised grading policy
Kendo history articles in Nikkei Image
Foreign Kendo Leaders Summer Camp (NOTE: deadline to apply January 31)

New Year's message from the President

Posted January 6, 2013

A Happy New Year - May this be a prosperous 2013 for all!

Looking back on 2012, one of the most important issues for all members has been the new by-law. Thank you all for your support - the new by-law was passed recently in November 2012. I would like to clarify the terminology: under the new by-law, "member" means a club and "practitioner" means an individual. Both clubs and individuals pay CKF fees as in the past.

I would like to emphasize that practitioners are covered under CKF Liability Insurance only if their "practitioner fee" is paid. So if you do not pay it annually, you are not covered with the insurance. I recommend all practitioners pay their dues by the end of January and a dojo sensei or administrator makes sure that both the club member dues and all practitioner dues are paid up.

Team Canada trained and worked very hard during 2012 for the world championships in Novara, Italy. A big thank you for all the volunteers who helped on the management and administration of this great team including Dave Mori, Matthew Raymond, and Daisuke Hayashi senseis.

Iaido is planning the first Canadian National Iaido Championship (CNIC) with the support of International Kendo Federation (FIK). The CNIC is tentatively scheduled to take place in the Fall season. I anticipate this event will bring Canadian Iaido students together from all over the nation and thus become a very important gathering. Both Ohmi and Cruise Sensei have graciously accepted the responsibility to organize this event for Toronto in Fall 2013.

On a congratulatory note, the honourable shogo Hanshi has been awarded to Morito Tsumura sensei in 2012. This is the very first shogo Hanshi issued by CKF in its history, for Tsumura-sensei's extraordinary work both past and present.

Also Kyoshi have been issued for Kendo to senseis d'Orangeville, Ma, Shiono, and myself at the same time. Additionally, Ohmi-sensei was granted Kyoshi shogo in Iaido. I really appreciate these sensei's effort to promote our arts in the past and present.

I'd like to thank all the volunteers who have been putting a tremendous amount of effort in CKF's daily activities.

Mr. John Maisonneuve , treasurer, has been managing CKF's account for over three years. I hope everyone recognizes how quickly payments are processed these days compared to the past. He makes financial matters very clear, a very difficult and important task.

Our secretary, Mr. Neil Gendzwill, has worked very hard for the newly introduced by-law and still works around the clock to push other matters forward.

Mr.Eduardo Cigliutti, handles memberships and acts as the head of IT, has worked diligently to connect our general members and the administration.

We also thank Mrs. Eriko Taguchi and Mr. David Chiu has been has taken on the responsibility of organizing and sending certificates for both summer and winter examinations over the past three years. I would also like to emphasize that the daily activities of the CKF could not have been accomplished without all the volunteers, including many others who I have not mentioned in this message. Without your help, we would not be here today, so thank you very much.

Hiro Okusa, CKF President

New Year's message from Kamata-sensei

Posted January 6, 2013

This coming year I wish all of you good health and happiness.

I would like us to work at increasing our children membership this year, so we can have a bigger children's Kendo tournament and grow CKF for the future.

Truly yours,
Shane Kamata, National Chief Examiner

New Year's message from Taylor-sensei

Posted January 6, 2012

To all those in the jodo section, my very best wishes for a successful and happy new year. In the past year and a bit we have expanded the section to the very edge of the Pacific through the efforts of Thomas Groendal who will continue to guide jodo in that region along with David Williams and Alex Cook. To our other leaders in the more Easterly direction I would also like to say thanks for your continuing work to promote the art and train your students.

As most of you know I have returned recently from a trip south to Uruguay where I presented a jodo seminar at the Latin American kendo and iaido championships. Jodo is present in South America with students in Chile and Brazil and now Montevideo Uruguay. To any of our senior members heading south, please get in touch so we can see if we can arrange some jodo (or iaido or kendo) training with the folks in South America. They will appreciate the opportunity and it will be a good chance to strengthen our friendships.

On the home front I would like us all to consider ways to increase the membership through local demonstrations, participation in social media and through outside advertising. For this last initiative I would ask that we all touch base with Eric Tribe so that we can coordinate our efforts. There is a lot that we can do to raise the profile of jodo (and the other arts) and we should do so as we come out of this most recent recession.

Kim Taylor, Jodo Chief Examiner

Policy Changes

Posted January 6, 2013

The board of directors has approved a revised grading policy. This policy is available in English here and will be translated into French soon.

The policy brings CKF kendo grading standards into line with international standards. Effective this year, candidates for ikkyu will no longer be required to demonstrate kata, instead they will be required to demonstrate the Kendo Kihonwaza Keiko Ho. Kata requirements for all other ranks are moved up one dan, so now shodan candidates do tachi 1-3 and the first dan requiring kodachi kata is yondan.

Technical requirements for iaido and jodo are unchanged. However the policy does formalize the requirement for written exams for all arts, and also formalizes the requirements for shogo.

The policy includes a section on registering foreign dan or shogo. CKF recognizes dan or shogo from any FIK country. There is a $50 fee to register a dan or shogo obtained outside Canada.

Finally, as discussed at the by-law meeting, a policy has been set to cover the payment of back dues. That policy is available here and will be translated into French soon.

Neil Gendzwill, CKF Secretary

FIK North America Zone Referee Seminar

Updated January 14, 2013

This year's FIK referee seminar will be held March 9-10 in Washington, DC. If you are planning on attending, please apply using this form to both Okusa-sensei and myself by January 26. I apologize for the short notice. For anyone 5 dan and up, travel assistance is available from CKF in the amount of $200 from those traveling from Western Canada (Manitoba and West) and $100 for those travelling from Eastern Canada (Ontario and East). For more information, see the invitation in English or Japanese.

Neil Gendzwill, CKF Secretary

Nikkei Image Articles

Posted January 6, 2013

An article documenting kendo history in Canada was recently published by the Japanese Canadian National Museum & Cultural Centre. This is our second publication of this kind by CKF. We will continue to publish kendo history in Canada. Thank you for your continuous support.

Article images from "Nikkei Image": Cover, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

H. Okusa, CKF President

Foreign Kendo Leaders Summer Camp

Posted December 9, 2012

CKF is accepting applications to attend the Foreign Kendo Leaders Summer Camp in 2013. If you are interested in applying, please fill out the application form and send a copy to both Okusa-sensei and myself. The deadline for application to CKF is January 31, 2013. Details of the camp can be found here.

Neil Gendzwill, CKF Secretary

By-law Meeting Results

Posted November 27, 2012

The new by-laws were approved at the special meeting of the CKF on November 24. These by-laws will serve as the back bone of the CKF organization for quite some time to come. CKF will keep working on improving our activities and promotion of kendo, iaido and jodo. Thank you for your continuing support.

H. Okusa

Cliquez ici pour le français

Dear CKF members;

A special meeting of the CKF was held on Saturday, November 24 to debate and vote on the new by-laws for the Federation and associated Articles of Continuance. Adoption of new by-laws requires a Special Resolution of the CKF. Quorum required is at least 50% of members, and the motion must pass by 2/3 majority. Quorum was easily met with 50 out of 70 total clubs represented either in person or by proxy. Thanks to all the club representatives who attended the meeting, which started late after a long day at the JCCC tournament. I appreciate everyone's help in moving this important issue forward.

The four motions to amend the draft by-laws were presented and debated, then voted upon. After the results of that vote were tallied and presented to the attendees, the vote on the main motion to adopt the Special Resolution was held. Motions 1 and 2 were defeated by a large majority, motions 3 and 4 were passed also by a large majority. The Special Resolution was nearly unanimously approved, meeting the necessary 2/3 majority not just of those attending, but of all clubs. Therefore it is a clear mandate to continue with the process of putting these by-laws in place. Our lawyer, Ryan Prendergast, will proceed with the necessary work.

The CKF board of directors thanks Ryan and former CKF Secretary Wakabayashi-sensei for all their hard work in preparing the documents. We also thank Sandra Jorgenson, who prepared the original draft.

Detailed results are below.

Neil Gendzwill
CKF Secretary

Note: three clubs are entitled to 2 votes due to their size
Special Resolution: 51 for, 2 against
Motion 1 requiring directors to hold yondan: 5 for, 48 against
Motion 2 requiring officers to be directors except Secretary: 8 for, 45 against
Motion 3 adding a policy for outstanding dues: 53 for, 0 against
Motion 4 removing some unnecessary wording regarding dues: 46 for, 7 against

Click here for English

Chers membres de la Fédération Canadienne de Kendo,

Une assemblée extraordinaire a été tenue samedi le 24 novembre afin de débattre et de voter des propositions relatives aux nouveaux règlements généraux de la Fédération et aux articles de continuité. L'adoption des nouveaux règlements généraux requière une résolution spéciale : le quorum est fixé à 50% des membres et la proposition doit être acceptée à majorité des 2/3 pour être valide. Le quorum a été atteint puisque 50 des 70 clubs étaient représentés, que ce soit en personne ou par procuration. Nous exprimons nos remerciement cordiaux aux représentants des clubs qui ont assisté à l'assemblée extraordinaire, laquelle faisait suite à la longue journée du Championnat du JCCC. La participation de chacun est grandement appréciée.

Les quatre propositions d'amendement ont été présentées, débattues, puis mises aux voix. Par la suite, il en a été de même avec la résolution spéciale. Les propositions 1 et 2 ont été défaites par une large majorité et les propositions 3 et 4 ont été acceptées également par une large majorité. La résolution spéciale a été presque unanimement acceptée.La Fédération a par conséquent le mandat clair de poursuivre le processus de mise à? jour des règlements généraux. Notre avocat, Ryan Prendergast prend la relève à partir d'ici.

Le comité exécutif de la Fédération tient à remercier Ryan et Wakabayashi-sensei, ex-secrétaire de la Fédération, pour leurs efforts et la qualité de leur travail. Un remerciement est aussi à Sandra Jorgenson qui a rédigé la première mouture des nouveaux règlements généraux.

Le détail des résultats est disponible ci-dessous.

Bien cordialement,
Neil Gendzwill,
Secrétaire de la Fédération

Nota. Trois clubs ont droit à? votes en raison de leur taille.
Résolution spéciale : 51 pour; 2 contre
Proposition 1 qui exige le garde minimal de yondan pour les directeurs : 5 pour; 48 contre
Proposition 2 qui exige que les exécutants soient membres du comité d'administration : 8 pour; 45 contre
Proposition 3 qui exige la rédaction d'un politique relative aux sommes dues : 53 pour; 0 contre
Proposition 4 qui retranche certaines formulations relatives aux sommes dues : 46 pour; 7contre

Fall Gradings: Updated Nov 27

Posted October 18, 2012

There will be gradings held for the fall as follows:
Atlantic Kendo Grading: Nov 18, Halifax, NS (up to 1 dan only)
Eastern Kendo Grading: Nov 25, Etobicoke Olympium, ON
Eastern Iaido and Jodo Grading: Dec 1, Etobicoke Olympium, ON
Western Kendo and Iaido Grading: Dec 1, Steveston Dojo, Richmond BC
There will be no jodo grading in the West this fall.
Registration is now open for all exams.
Application and written exam deadlines are as follows (please note revised deadlines):
Atlantic Grading: closed
Eastern Grading (kendo): closed
Eastern Grading (iaido and jodo): closed
Western Grading (all disciplines): closed
NOTE: please do not use old written exams. All exams are now available.
Kendo English Kendo French
Iaido English Iaido French
Jodo English Jodo French

Meishinkan Kendo Dojo Members Visit to Canada

Posted September 15, 2012

Dear Senseis and fellow kendoka:

I am pleased to announce that 4 Senseis from Meishinkan Kendo Dojo (located in Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan) will be visiting the Etobicoke Kendo Club on October 7 and October 10, 2012, to join our regular practice. We would like to invite you to join our practice and help our guests feel welcome to Canada. The 4 visitors are as follows:

    Umemura Sensei (Kyoshi 7th Dan)
    Matsui Hiroyuki Sensei (Kyoshi 7th Dan)
    Matsui Kazuko Sensei (Renshi 6th Dan)
    Yamashita Sensei (5th Dan)

Here is the general schedule:
    Sun Oct 7, 09:00-13:00    Extended Kendo practice and Keiko (may include Kata)
    Wed Oct 10, 19:00-21:00  Regular practice and Keiko

We hope to see you at one or both of these practices.


Kin Tak Ma
Chief Instructor, Kendo
Etobicoke Kendo Club

Edmonton Kendo Club 10th Anniversary Seminar

Posted September 13, 2012

The Edmonton Kendo Club will be celebrating its 10th anniversary the weekend of Feb 21-23. Guest sensei are Hiro Okusa from SFU and Christian D'Orangeville from McGill. For more information please see the invitation.

UVIC Kendo Club TED DAVIS Memorial Seminar

Posted September 4, 2012

The 2012 Ted Davis Memorial Seminar will be a one day event held on Saturday September 15th from 10 am to approximately 2pm. Hamaguchi sensei (8th dan) will once again lead the seminar with the focus on kendo shiai. He will be accompanied by 30 kendo players, seven of whom have 7th dan.

For registration please contact Marcell Stoer or Allan Nichols

15th WKC - President's Message

Posted August 28, 2012

Dear members of the Canadian Kendo community,

I would like to first apologize for this belated message and express my gratitude to all of you, members of the Canadian Kendo Federation, for your continuous support. I had the chance to go to the 15th World Kendo Championships in Novara, Italy, as the leader of the Canadian delegation to accompany Team Canada. A total of fourteen players, two prospects and two official shinpans participated to the international event.

Team Canada members, both men and women, have trained very hard for the past years to represent our country on the international scene. They have given a lot to our community by being an inspiration to future generations of kendo players. On behalf of the CKF, I would like to thank the team members as well as the manager, M. David Mori, and the two coaches, Mr. Matthew Raymond and Mr. Daisuke Hayashi, for their dedication and all their sacrifices.

I would also like to thank all supporters, especially the Fundraising Team for the great result in helping our team.

We will soon proceed to the planning of the next World Kendo Championships in Tokyo, 2015. Your continuous support will allow us, once again, to send a brilliant team to fight amongst the best of international kendo.

Please excuse this belated message

Hiro Okusa, President

Chers membres de la communauté canadienne de Kendo,

Veuillez, tout d'abord, m'excuser pour ce message tardif. Mes remerciements sincères vont ? tous les membres de la Fédération canadienne de Kendo pour votre soutien continu. J'ai eu l'occasion d'aller aux 15e championnats mondiaux de Kendo ? Novara, en Italie, en tant que chef de la délégation canadienne pour accompagner notre équipe canadianne. Quatorze participants, deux futurs membres potentiels et deux juges officiels ont participé ? cet évènement international.

Les femmes et les hommes de l'équipe canadienne ont accumulé de longues années d'entrainements difficiles afin de représenter notre pays sur la scène internationale. Ils ont grandement co ntribué au dynamisme de notre communauté en devenant une inspiration pour les générations futures de kendoka. Au nom de la Fédération Canadienne de Kendo, je tiens ? remercier les membres de l'équipe canadienne, ainsi que le manager, monsieur David Mori, et les deux coachs, monsieur Matthew Raymond et monsieur Daisuke Hayashi, pour leur dévouement et les sacrifices qu'ils ont d? faire.

Je remercie aussi nos supporters, tout particulièrement l'équipe de levée de fonds pour leur travail exceptionnel.

Nous commen?ons maintenant les préparatifs pour les prochains championnats mondiaux qui auront lieu ? Tokyo en 2015. Votre soutien nous permettrons, encore une fois, d'envoyer une brillante équipe canadienne parmi les meilleurs du kendo mondial.

Hiro Okusa, Président.

Mu Mon Kai 2012 Iaido Taikai

Posted August 7, 2012

Mu Mon Kai, in conjunction with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, are proud to introduce the 1st Mu Mon Kai Iaido Open Taikai. The team that brought you the '08, '09, '11 Ontario Iaido Opens and the '10 Canadian Iaido Open will be raising the bar this year, producing the most authentic Iaido taikai experience outside Japan.

Participants can look forward to a full day of Iaido competition, Koryu demonstrations, and vendors available for equipment purchase. 4 Dan and up may also be asked to referee some of the lower rank matches. A referee seminar (4 Dan+ only) will be held on Friday night (Sept 14) at the JCCC from 9:15pm to 10:45pm.

This event will be used as preparation for a Canadian National Iaido Taikai coming in the near future. See http://mmkiaidotaikai.blogspot.ca/ for more information. Discovery, Empowerment, Fellowship

Etobicoke Olympium Kendo Iaido Club?s 31st Anniversary

Posted July 30, 2012

In celebration, they have organized an Open Seminar for all Kendo & Iaido members. Three Senseis have been invited from the Keishicho (Tokyo Police Force); Tomoharu Ito Sensei (Kendo & Iaido 8 Dan), Fuminori Kodama Sensei, and Masanobu Hirose Sensei. The seminar will be led by the three senseis and will consist of Kendo and Iaido.

Details can be found here.

Board of Directors Report

Posted July 5, 2012

The Board of Directors held a meeting in Toronto on June 9th where several decisions were made that CKF members should be aware of.

Tadashi Wakabayashi resigned from his positions as Director and CKF Secretary. The board accepted his resignation and thanked him for his service to CKF.

Neil Gendzwill was nominated and approved as the new CKF Secretary. He will also continue in his function as Grading Secretary, responsible for overseeing the organization and recording of gradings.

Eduardo Cigliutti was nominated and approved as interim Director. His position will be up for vote at the next Annual General Meeting. Additionally, Mr. Cigliutti accepted the position of Membership Secretary, responsible for maintaining the membership list.

The Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act is changing. The CKF has until 2014 to comply with the revised act by submitting articles of continuance and filing new by-laws. The board has been at work on this project for many months. Ryan Prendergast, member of York University Kendo Club and a lawyer who specializes in this kind of law, assisted us in drawing up the documents in accordance with the upcoming changes to the law. The board thanked Prof. Wakabayashi and Mr. Prendergast for all their hard work in preparing the articles of continuance and new by-law.

The board approved draft versions of the articles of continuance and new by-law. However, these documents must also be approved by the membership. There will be a special meeting for this purpose held later this year, as our normal practice of discussing such things at national championships will not allow sufficient time to meet the 2014 deadline. Notice of the meeting together with the the draft documents will be distributed at a later date.

The board also discussed the problems related to the collection of fees for both individuals and clubs. Various solutions to the problem were discussed but no resolution was made. The board wishes to remind the membership that fees are due every year regardless of whether people grade or not, and that the CKF as an organization relies on its membership fees to operate.

Hiro Okusa reported some highlights of the IKF Directors' meeting held in Novara. He gave some statistics for numbers of practitioners: Japan had 1.6 million; Korea, 0.6 million; France, 8000; the US and Chinese Taipei, 5000 each; and Germany, 4000. Hence Canada lags behind in numbers.

He related that he had visited the Maritime Provinces in January and was well treated by eager practitioners who asked for their own grading rather than have to go to Quebec or Ontario. The Development Fund Committee is currently looking into this proposal.


Neil Gendzwill, CKF Secretary
for Hiro Okusa, CKF President

Le Conseil d'Administration s'est réuni ? Toronto le 9 juin. Durant cette rencontre, plusieurs décisions ont été prises dont les membres de la FCK devraient être informés.

Monsieur Tadashi Wakabayashi s'est résigné de sa position en tant que Directeur et Decrétaire de la FCK. Le conseil a accepté sa résignation et l'a remercié pour sa contribution ? la FCK.

Monsieur Neil Gendzwill a été nommé et approuvé comme nouveau Secrétaire de la FCK. Il continuera ? maintenir ses fonctions en tant que Secrétaire des passages de grades et sera responsable de la gestion de l'organisation et résultats des passages.

Monsieur Eduardo Cigliutti a été nommé et approuvé comme Directeur par intérim. Sa position sera votée ? la prochaine réunion générale annuelle. De plus, Monsieur Cigliutti a accepté la position de Secrétaire des adhésions de membres et sera responsable de la gestion de la liste des membres.

La loi canadienne sur les organisation ? but non lucratif est en changement. La FCK a jusqu'? 2014 pour se soumettre ? cette loi révisée en soumettant les articles de continuation et en déposant les nouveaux règlements. Le Conseil a travaillé de longs mois sur ce projet. Monsieur Ryan Prendergast, membre du club de Kendo de l'université York et avocat spécialisé dans ce type de droit, nous a assisté dans la préparation des documents afin de répondre aux changements. Le conseil remercie professeur Wakabayashi et Monsieur Prendergast pour leur travail assidu ? la préparation des articles de continuation et des nouveaux règlements.

Le Conseil a accepté les ébauches des articles de continuation et les nouveaux règlements. Néanmoins, ces documents doivent être acceptés par les membres. Alors qu'il nous est coutume de survoler les sujets importants durant la réunion ? l'occasion des championnats nationaux, nous devrions tenir une réunion spéciale plus tard durant l'année afin de clore le dossier avant la date limite de 2014. Un avis de convocation ainsi que les ébauches seront transmis ? une date ultérieure.

Le Conseil a aussi discuté des problèmes de collecte des frais d'adhésion des membres et des clubs. Plusieurs solutions ont été discutés mais aucune décision n'a été prise. Le Conseil rappelle aux membres que les frais doivent être payés même s'il y a passage de grade ou non. Les opérations de la FCK dépend grandement sur les frais d'adhésion.

Monsieur Hiro Okusa a surligné quelques points mentionnés durant la réunion des Directeurs de la FIK ? Novara. Il a indiqué des statistiques des pratiquants dans plusieurs pays: 1,6 million au Japon; 0,6 million en Corée; 8000 en France; 5000 aux ?tats-Unis, Chine et Taiwan ; et 4000 en Allemagne. Le Canada a un nombre de pratiquants grandement inférieurs aux autres grands pays de Kendo.

Il a aussi visité les provinces maritimes en janvier et a re?u la demande des pratiquants pour un passage de grade dans leur région, sans avoir ? se déplacer vers le Québec ou l'Ontario. Le comité des fonds de développement étudie cette demande.


Neil Gendzwill, Sécrétaire de la FCK
pour Hiro Okusa, Président de la FCK

CKF Senior Leaders Fund

Posted May 11, 2012

Dear members,

As you may know, the CKF recently announced the establishment of development committees for Kendo, Iaido and Jodo. The Board of Directors has committed to the funding of these committees to a total of $12,500 per year for all three Arts.

The committees are comprised of our younger CKF generation. I am expecting that this funding initiative will encourage a grass roots development of the Arts throughout the country.

In addition the Board of Directors have also set up a CKF Senior Leaders? Fund which will provide senior leaders exposure to international level of training. Our commitment for this new initiative is $5,000 for this year. As I am sure your are aware, our senior leaders have, in addition to their personal commitment of time and effort, also have in the past made personal financial investments.

SeniorLeadersFund -final (eng).doc

The Board of Directors appreciates and supports this ongoing dedication to CKF. We strongly believe that the advancement and improvement of our leaders? knowledge and skills will benefit all our members. And to this end, these two funding initiatives will be managed by our young and senior generations to promote the future of CKF

These funding initiates are made possible by the recent increases in grading fees.

Hiro Okusa, President

Chers membres,

La Fédération a récemment fait l'annonce de la création de fonds dédiés au développement du kendo, du iaido et du jodo. Le Conseil d'administration a octroyé un total de 12,500$ ? l'ensemble de ces fonds. J'ose espérer que ce projet contribuera ? l'essor du développement de ces arts martiaux ? travers le pays.

Le Conseil d'administration a également mis sur pied un fonds d'excellence pour les leaders, qui vise ? faciliter l'accès des hauts gradés ? des séminaires de niveau international. Ce fonds est pourvu de 5,000$ pour sa première année d'opération. Les leaders investissent considérablement de temps et d'effort dans la pratique et le perfectionnement, il semble donc opportun qu'ils n'aient pas ? investir de surcro?t des sommes importantes issues de leur propre porte-feuille.

SeniorLeadersFund -final-FR.doc

Par son soutien univoque ? ce fonds, le Conseil d'administration de la Fédération souhaite témoigner son appréciation ? l'égard des leaders. Leur engagement et leur effort continu de perfectionnement est ? l'avantage de tous nos membres. Il est ? noter que les comités qui gèrent les fonds sont composés de membres de la jeune génération.

Tous les montants transférés ? ces nouveaux fonds sont issus de l'augmentation des frais de passage d'examen.

Bien cordialement,
Hiro Okusa, Président

Guelph Examination Deadline Extended

Posted May 9, 2012

The deadline for registration and submission of written exams for the Guelph seminar is now May 10.

Team Canada Fundraising and Report

Posted May 9, 2012

Dear CKF Members,

The 15th World Kendo Championships are fast approaching and scheduled for May 25-27th, 2012. Over 1,000 participants representing 52 countries will be attending. With the tournament only weeks away, our players are making their final preparations to represent us in Novara, Italy. Attached is a short report on Team Canada 2012.


The Report includes the final Team Canada roster, photos and an invite for support. We're very proud of the commitment shown by all members of Team Canada and are confident that their hard work will lead to success in Italy. For further information on Team Canada, feel free to contact us anytime.

Bryan Asa and Paul Eric Marko
Team Canada Fund-Raising and Legacy Support

Note to Dojo Leaders:
- Please share this email with all members of your dojo

Chers membres et partisan(e)s de la CKF,

Les 15es Championnats du Monde de Kendo se rapprochent rapidement et auront lieu du 25 au 27 mai 2012. Plus de 1 000 représentants et représentantes de 52 pays y participeront. Avec seulement quelques semaines avant le tournoi, les membres d??quipe Canada font leurs derniers préparatifs avant de nous représenter ? Novara en Italie. Ci-joint est un court rapport sur ?quipe Canada.


Ce rapport contient la liste finale des membres de l??quipe, des photos d??quipe ainsi qu?une demande d?appui. Nous sommes très fiers de l?engagement démontré par tous les membres d??quipe Canada et sommes confiants que leurs efforts seront couronnés de succès en Italie. Pour plus d?information sur ?quipe Canada, veuillez nous contacter directement.

Bryan Asa and Paul Eric Marko
?quipe Canada, Levée de Fonds et Soutien ? l?Héritage

Note aux représentants/chefs de Dojo :
- Veuillez faire suivre et partager le contenu de ce courriel ? tous les membres de votre Dojo.

Spring/Summer Gradings

Posted May 6, 2012

A number of opportunities for grading are fast approaching.

The Eastern iaido and jodo gradings are to be held in conjunction with the Guelph Seminar on Monday, May 21. Iaido gradings for up to yondan and jodo gradings for up to sandan will be held in the morning, with registration beginning at 8:30 am. For more information, see the Seidokai website

The Western gradings will be held at Steveston Dojo the weekend of June 2-3. Kendo will be held on June 2. Registration begins at 12, grading begins at 1. The Jodo gradings follow immediately afterwards on the same day. There will be a iaido seminar on June 3 at 1 pm, with the iaido gradings to follow at approximately 4 pm.

The Eastern kendo gradings will be held at Etobicoke Olympium on June 23. Registration begins at 9 am, grading begins at 9:30.

As has been the case for the last few gradings, a written exam is required for shodan through sandan in all arts. The written exams are found at the following links:
Kendo: English, French
Iaido: English, French
Jodo: English

Please ignore the deadline embedded in the iaido exams - it was for Guelph, since extended. The new deadline for the Guelph iaido and jodo exams is May 10. The deadline for all Western written exams is May 26. The deadline for the Eastern kendo written exam is June 16.

CKF Invests in development of Kendo

Posted April 30, 2012

I am happy to announce that the new Kendo Development Fund Committee.

The members of the committee come from all over the country, consisting of our younger leadership generation with their fresh energy, vision and ambition. I am expecting the committee members will lead/create the future of Kendo in our country.

The committee members are:

British Columbia
Dean Tajitsu
Misato Hamanaka

Prairies (MB, SK, AB)
Daisaku Taguchi
Lance Wall

Shigemitsu Kamata
Hyun-June Choi

Hiroshi Awaga
Thu-Nhon Luu

Jim Brown

I would like to ask for your support as well to help the fund become a valuable part of our effort to develop and grow Kendo in Canada. Application forms are available here.

Hiro Okusa

CKF Invests in development of Iaido and Jodo

Posted March 29, 2012

The CKF is pleased to announce the composition of the Iaido and Jodo Development Fund Committee for 2012.

Hanna Ikeda-Suen (Toronto) - Chair Iaido
Chris Jarvie (Ottawa) - Chair Jodo
Alex Cook (Calgary )
Elizabeth Nicholson (Guelph)
Natan Cheiftetz (Vancouver)
Bill Anderson (Fredericton)

The CKF has increased the Iaido and Jodo Development fund allocation to $5000 (a 25% increase from 2011). The purpose of the fund is to support the development of Iaido and Jodo in Canada. We encourage all dojo active in Iaido or Jodo (or both) to apply for funding. Applications are sent to the section chairs and the application forms are available in the Iaido and Jodo sections (http://kendo-canada.com/iaido/ckf.html and http://kendo-canada.com/jodo/ckf.html)

Hiro Okusa

Team Canada 2012 Members Announced

Posted March 11, 2012

CKF is pleased to announce those selected to represent Canada at the 15th World Kendo Championships:


Suguru Asaoka (captain)
Shigemitsu Kamata
Eddie Yamashita
Ryo Tamaru
Takashi Yamada
Tuan Anh Hoang
Elliott Altilia
Tsuyoshi Hamanaka (development prospect)


Maya Taguchi (captain)
Akiko Fukushima
Tania Delage
Bree Yang
Man-San Ma
Hanaca Yamada
Misato Hamanaka
Ayaka Sugiyama (development prospect)

Congratulations to all members of Team Canada, and good luck in Italy!

Message from the President and Treasurer on Fee Increases

Posted March 11, 2012

Dear CKF Members,

The CKF Board of Directors has recently announced our new fee structure for grading, registration, and the issuance of dan certificates. These fees have not seen a substantial increase in the past decade.

Some may think that these increases are quite large. However one must not view the percentage increases solely compared with last year; that is, the actual annual rate of increase over time is quite nominal, since increases have not been implemented for many years.

Moreover, we would like members to appreciate that these increases are needed to cover costs for many areas of our on-going operations that have risen appreciably. We have new costs in areas such as legal fees, PayPal, information technology, and Webpage administration, in addition to higher expenses related to grading itself.

Furthermore, we have implemented new development programs for all three arts, kendo, iaido and jodo. We are also starting an important outreach program to areas in Canada that are just beginning to organize, such as the Atlantic provinces, which is showing much promise. All these initiatives require additional resources.

Please note as well that we have made separate categories for junior CKF members. As an incentive for younger members to grade, there is no increase for juniors at 1st-kyu level and a very nominal increase for the 1st-dan level.

After you consider the above factors, we hope you will kindly understand, appreciate, and accept our rationale for increasing CKF fees at this time.

Thank you very much.

Hiro Okusa, President
John Maisonneuve, Treasurer

FIK American Zone Referee Seminar

Posted February 14, 2012

Pictures for the event held at the McGill University Kendo Club can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/76575309@N05/sets/72157629311086785/

Saskatoon Grading: Written Exam Available

Posted January 29, 2012

The written exam is now available for the Saskatoon Grading on March 4. You can find the exam here. Send your completed examinations by email to kendonationalwrittenexam@kendo-canada.com. The deadline for both registration and exam submission is February 26th.

Updates to the CKF Online System

Posted January 6, 2012

Annual maintenance to the online system will be completed on schedule, and members will regain access as of Monday, January 9, 2012.

To see what's new: English or French.

Happy New Year!

Posted January 1, 2012

Year of the dragon

New Years Greeting from the CKF President
Souhaits du Nouvel An du président de la FCK

Posted January 1, 2012

Happy new years to you all!

Bonne année ? tous!

In 2011, we celebrated the 100 year anniversary of kendo in Canada. As you know, the history of kendo in our country is rich, filled with tradition but also with continuous developments. All CKF promoted disciplines have been very active in recent years characterized by exciting ongoing events and key milestones.

En 2011, nous avons célébré le centenaire du kendo au Canada. Nous pouvons nous enorgueillir d'avoir une riche tradition nationale et un dynamisme qui assure le développement futur du kendo au pays. Les communautés du iaido et du jodo ont également été actives dans les dernières années, en organisant des événements récurrents et en franchissant des étapes symboliques.

On February 11th, the 50th Steveston Kendo Tournament will take place. I would like to extend my gratitude to those who have organized and supported this special event over generations.

Le 11 février 2012 aura lieu la 50e Compétition de Kendo Steveston. Je souhaite remercier chaleureusement tous ceux qui ont organisé et contribué ? la réussite de cet événement, année après année.

In addition, the 15th World Kendo Championship will be held in Novara, Italy from May 24th. The WKC will have participants from over 53 countries, an amazing testament of how kendo has spread throughout the world. Team Canada has been training hard since last spring: the women's team trained at a gasshuku for nine days in Japan whilst the men's final selection will be announced very soon. We wish the best of luck to all participants. In support, the Team Canada management group has launched a successful fundraiser and as a result, the CKF has received funding from both National Bank and Hitachi Canada Ltd. The group is also gratefully accepting donations from individual CKF members.

Le 15e Championnat Mondial de Kendo aura lieu cette année ? Novara, en Italie. L'événement débutera le 24 mai 2012. Les représentants de 53 pays participeront ? ce championnat, ce qui témoigne admirablement de l'essor international du kendo. L'?quipe Canada a suivi un régime d'entra?nement exigeant depuis le printemps dernier : l'équipe féminine s'est entra?née ? un gasshuku de neuf jours au Japon, et la sélection finale de l'équipe masculine sera annoncée sous peu. Nous souhaitons la meilleure des chances ? tous les participants. Par ailleurs, les administrateurs de l'?quipe Canada ont mené une campagne de financement et recueilli un soutien financier de la Banque Nationale et de Hitachi Canada Ltée. Les donations des membres individuels de la FCK sont également les bienvenues.

Going forward, I continue to encourage region wide promotion of all kendo activities in British Columbia, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.

En prospective, je souhaite encourager la promotion la plus large possible du kendo dans l'ensemble des régions du pays : la Colombie-Britannique, les Prairies, l'Ontario, le Québec et les Maritimes.

As for Iaido/Jodo, over 70 applicants applied in the 2011 winter grading which took place in Toronto. I am pleased to see the increasing popularity of these disciplines in the east and look forward to further growth in the west.

Par ailleurs, plus de 70 membres de la FCK ont passé un examen en iaido ou en jodo lors des examens d'hiver qui ont eu lieu ? Etobicoke (Toronto). Je constate avec enthousiasme la popularité grandissante de ces disciplines dans l'est du pays et je souhaite qu'il en soit de même dans l'ouest dans les prochaines années.

I would like to thank you all for your continued support and dedication to CKF.
Best wishes to you and your families in 2012.

Enfin, je souhaite vous remercier tous pour votre soutien indéfectible et pour votre engagement auprès de la FCK.
Mes meilleurs voux ? vous et votre famille pour l'année 2012.

Sincerely / Bien cordialement,
Hiro Okusa
President / président,
Canadian Kendo Federation / Fédération canadienne de kendo

Team Canada needs your support!

Posted December 13, 2011

The fine kendoka chosen to represent your country at the 15th World Kendo Championships could use your support. Please check out these important messages in English or French. Also available is the presentation given at the 2011 CKF AGM.

Kitamoto Seminar 2012

Posted December 13, 2011

The 2012 Foreign Kendo Leaders summer seminar will be held in Kitamoto City, Saitama from July 27 to August 3. Please send your application to Okusa-sensei by the February 5 deadline. For more information, see the invitation.

FIK Referee Seminar Instructors Announced

Posted December 8, 2011

The visiting sensei for the 2012 FIK Referee seminar have been announced. They are:

1. Mr. Tatsuaki Kosaka Kendo-Hanshi 8 Dan
2. Mr. Kazushi Miyake Kendo-Kyoshi 8 Dan
3. Mr. Kunihide Koda Kendo-Kyoshi 8 Dan

The seminar will be held January 28-29 in Montreal. For more information, see the invitation in either English or Japanese.

Development Fund

Posted October 11, 2011

Were you aware that CKF has a Development Fund? Dojos and individuals who are current CKF members may apply to obtain financial assistance for the development, study and promotion of Kendo, Iaido and Jodo in Canada. Examples of funding opportunities include seminars, competition and special training events. To apply, you will need to fill out and submit an application form and a budget/accounting form

Team Canada News

Posted August 28, 2011

Team Canada is pleased to announce the return of National Bank and Hitachi Canada Ltd. as team sponsors. Also, there will be a special women's practice held on Sept 10 in conjunction with the women's team training camp in Steveston. There will be an open practice with the men's team held on Sept 11 in conjunction with the Montreal Taikai.

See the Team Canada page for more details.

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