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2020 Financial Statement

The Canadian Kendo Federation (a not-for-profit Athletic Federal Corporation) operates on membership fees and grading revenue received from our members. Once again, we have secured the services of Stern Cohen, Certified...

2020 Spring and Summer Gradings Cancelled

In light of the growing COVID-19 health crisis in Canada, the CKF has officially cancelled all Kendo, Iaido, and Jodo gradings planned for the spring and summer of 2020.

2020 President’s New Years Message

Membership registration is now open for 2020. The CKF has many exciting events and endeavours planned for 2020, including our tri-annual National Kendo Championships.

2019 Fall Gradings

Fall 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...


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Information Surrounding COVID-19 Check back often for updates.September 4, 2020 On September 4, 2020, the International Kendo Federation...

2020 Financial Statement

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Ka Muso Kai Zoom Seminar Information

Member Dojo Event: Ka Muso Kai Calgary invites you to participate in a two-day Iaido and Jodo seminar online August 14 - 16, 2020 via...

2020 Spring and Summer Gradings Cancelled

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2020 President’s New Years Message

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Jodo in Canada – Then and Now

The study of ZNKR Jodo in Canada, through the Canadian Kendo Federation, began in the mid-1990s. As interest grew and more members began studying Jodo, Matsuo Haruna sensei invited Katsuhiko Ide sensei to come to teach jodo at the Guelph Spring Seminar, adding jodo to the long-running iaido seminar. Since then, the CKF has invited sensei from the ZNKR Jodo section to teach at the Guelph Spring Seminar each year and also for various Fall seminars and to participate in CKF Jodo gradings.

The first CKF grading was held in Guelph in May of 2000 under the supervision of Shigenori Namitome sensei. In 2017, the first high level (6dan+) grading was held at the Guelph Spring Seminar. At this grading, the first four Canadian Jodo 6th Dans passed:

Kim Taylor sensei (CKF Jodo National Chief Examiner) – Sei Do Kai, Guelph
Eric Tribe sensei (CKF Jodo Eastern Examiner) – Rai Un Kai, Thunder Bay
Ed Chart sensei – Takahashi Dojo, Ottawa
Kimeda Takeshi sensei

Photo of Groendal sensei and Taylor sensei courtesy of Siebren Kwekkenboom

Jodo in Canada

Learning Jodo in Canada

Jodo is the smallest of the three Canadian Kendo Federation arts and as a result, it tends to be a tight-knit and familiar community. It teaches the use of two weapons: the tachi (sword) and the jo (a 128cm long staff) with the jo being the main weapon, practiced in partner kata against the tachi.

The jo is a complex and versatile weapon and the main goal is to control and subdue the swordsman without using lethal force.

Aims and Effects of Learning Jodo (from the All Japan Kendo Federation Jodo Instruction Manual, April 2017 1.3)

The principal purpose of practicing Jodo is to cultivate the spirit and train the body. As the techniques work on the minds and the limbs, they cultivate the spirit.

Jodo training brings about many results, of which the following five may be described as the main ones:

  1. A spirit of respect, loyalty, sincerity and endurance is cultivated.
  2. Strengthens the body and quickens the actions.
  3. Posture and attitude are improved.
  4. Judging and decision-making abilities are cultivated, thereby allowing you to face matters with confidence.
  5. Relationships with others improve, and the ability to cooperate with others that is necessary for today’s lifestyle is cultivated.

To Find a Dojo, see the link at the top of this page. For more information about Jodo please feel free to contact Pam Morgan, Jodo Members’ Secretary.


The CKF Jodo Curriculum Consists of the Following


Twelve ZNKR Kihon (Basics) – Tandoku and Sotai Dosa (Solo and with a Partner)

  1. Honte Uchi (Normal Hand Strike)
  2. Gyakute Uchi (Reverse Hand Strike)
  3. Hikiotoshi Uchi (Pull, Drop and Strike)
  4. Kaeshi Tsuki (Turn Over and Thrust)
  5. Gyakute Tsuki (Reverse Hand Thrust)
  6. Maki Otoshi (Rolling Drop)
  7. Kuri Tsuke (Catch and Pin)
  8. Kuri Hanashi (Catch and Throw)
  9. Tai Atari (Body Strike)
  10. Tsuki Hazushi Uchi (Thrust Evade and Strike)
  11. Do Barai Uchi (Body Sweep and Strike)
  12.  Tai Hazushi Uchi (Body Evade and Strike)

Twelve ZNKR Jodo Kata (Forms, with a Partner)

  1. Tsuki Zue (Reaching Stick)
  2. Suigetsu (Solar Plexus)
  3. Hissage (Hidden Stick)
  4. Shamen (Side Head)
  5. Sakan (Seeing Into the Left)
  6. Monomi (Looking Out, Watchman)
  7. Kasumi (Mist)
  8. Tachi Otoshi (Dropping on the Sword)
  9. Rai Uchi (Thunder Strike)
  10. Seigan (Straight to the Eyes)
  11. Midare Dome (Stopping Confusion)
  12. Ran Ai (Uniting with Chaos)

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President: Christian D'Orangeville
Vice President East: Hyun-June Choi
Vice President West: Makiko Ara
Secretary: Neil Gendzwill
Treasurer: John Maisonneuve
Director: Pamela Morgan
Director: David Mori
Director: Patrick Suen