On July 1st 2011, we will have a General Meeting and on the next day,
July 2nd, the 17th Canadian Kendo Championship will be held in Greater
Vancouver. I would like to ask all members across Canada to get
together at this time, since they are only held once every three years.
It is also time to establish Team Canada members for 2012. I would like
to encourage prospective team members to continue working hard in
practice to strengthen their skills. The team will participate the 15th
World Kendo Championship in Novara (near Milano), Italy in 2012. I hope
that many Kenshi and their family members have the opportunity to
attend. I believe it will be a great opportunity to cheer on the
participants and also to sight-see!
CKF History Book
This past year, we have started gathering historic Canadian Kendo
documents and pictures.
The picture shown above is an image of kendo practice at an interment
camp post-World War II. This picture was taken in 1946 in Moose
Jaw, Saskatchewan. The war ended in 1945 but many Japanese-Canadians
were still held in the camps. The people in this camp were moved
after the camp in Angler, Ontario closed. In the written record,
there were four locations where kendo was practiced in the interment
According to multiple sources, kendo in Canada started over 100 years
ago. The History Book Committee’s job is to collect past records
before we lose them completely. Please let me know if you have
any old records pertaining to kendo in Canada – this would be much
Asa Sensei Koro-sho and Kyoshi
It is with much pleasure that I announce to the membership that our
past President of many years, Mr. Roy Asa has been awarded with a
Koro-sho by the ZNKR/FIK as well as with his Kyoshi shogo from the CKF.
These awards are in recognition of his efforts on behalf of kendo in
Canada and internationally. Please join me in expressing appreciation
for Asa sensei's efforts.
As you are already aware, the CKF established liability insurance at
the end of last year. I believe it is very beneficial to small
clubs and for all members overall.
We have raised our membership and grading fees for 2011 due to items I
have mentioned earlier and simple inflation. Although the CKF has not
raised them for several years, we feel this is necessary due to the
current budget. Regardless, these fees will be within reason and
comparable to FIK member country rates.
Our financial system
As for the financial system, with the help of our excellent Treasurer,
John Msaisonnue, we established a very prompt payment system and our
online registration system works very efficiently to collect
fees. Again, we would like to thank all of you for your
cooperation with this initiative. We also introduced an internal
reviewer from last year. This will make CKF accounts more
transparent to members.
Reviewing CKF by-laws
Please note that we have started a review of our bylaws to bring them
up to date.
This year Mr Morito Tsumura will step down as Chair of the Central
(National) Grading Committee and will be replaced by Shigetaka Kamata
sensei. On behalf of the membership I would like to thank Tsumura
sensei for his many years of dedicated service as Chair.
We are fortunate to have very devoted instructors as they are always
ready to go and teach at seminars in remote areas. If interested,
please organize a group to get further instruction and apply to the
We should be proud of the CKF’s achievement for this art. For
years, our section has been the best established on the North
&South American continent. You will have a good chance to
learn this art by participating in the Guelph Iaido & Jodo Seminar
in the spring and we have jodo instructors who are willing to travel as
well. Again, please organize a group to get further instruction and
apply to the Development Fund.
If time allows, please look into these arts as well as kendo to learn
in tandem with the art you are training now.
Board of Directors Change
Mr. Tom Yamashita has retired from the Board and has been replaced by
Neil Gendzwill. We welcome Neil to this position.
Regional kendo federations and CKF
CKF will continue to seek strong relationships with Provincial and
regional kendo federations such as BCKF and OKF. We also
encourage local/regional kendo groups in Quebec, the Atlantic and the
Prairies to form regional federations as well. With the use of
the Development Fund, we are planning to support more seminars to
promote our disciplines, especially in more remote and underdeveloped
areas. Needless to say, this policy applies to Iaido and Jodo as well.
The Year of the Junior
The future of the CKF depends on our beginners so I would like to
declare 2011 the year of the Junior in the CKF. We need to grow the
number of juniors registered and practicing, if your dojo has any
events planned for recruitment of kids let us know, there are funds
available to help.
Thank you again for all of your contributions to the CKF in 2010.
Looking forward to working with you all in 2011.