21st Canadian National Kendo Championships

August 12-13, 2023
Markham, Ontario

Photo courtesy of Kendo Photography

Live Tournament Updates

21st Canadian National Kendo Championships


    Event Schedule

    Date Time Event Facility

    Friday, Aug 11th
    18:00 – 20:00 Shinai Weighing and Club Registration Markham PanAm Centre
    19:30 – 21:00 Canadian Kendo Federation
    Annual General Meeting
    Courtyard by Marriott Markham
    19:00 – 20:30 Optional Godo Geiko JCCC Kendo Club at JCCC
    Saturday, Aug 12th 06:30 – 09:00 Shinai Weighing and Registration
    If you are only participating in the Team competition, please wait unitl after the opening ceremony to have your shinai weighed. Juniors only competing on Sunday do not need shinai weighed.
    Markham Pan Am Centre
    08:00 – 17:30

    Senior Championships

    • Opening Ceremony
    • Individual Tournament
    • Lunch
    • Club Team Tournament
    • Provincial Team Tournament
    • Award Ceremony
    Markham Pan Am Centre
    19:30 – 22:00 Seniors Dinner Dragon Legend Chinese Buffet, Markham
    Sunday, Aug 13th 8:00 Doors Open Markham Pan Am Centre

    Junior Championships

    • Opening Ceremony
    • Individual Tournament
    • Lunch
    • Club Team Tournament
    • Provincial Team Tournament
    • Award Ceremony
    Markham Pan Am Centre
    18:00-21:30 Juniors Social (FREE)
    Please bring your tickets.
    XinFlix Media Markham
    Monday, Aug 14th

    Team Canada Prospect Practice
    09:00-12:00 Prospects Only. Closed to public.
    14:30 – 15:30 Open Godo Geiko by RSVP

    Please RSVP below by August 7th: https://forms.gle/XaqE9FbTN6KctRdQA

    Cornerstone Centre
    9680 Ninth Line, Markham
    9:30-12:30 (doors open at 9:15) Junior Kendo Seminar
    Grab-and-Go lunch provided
    Markham Wesley Centre
    22 Esna Park Drive, Markham

    Event Locations

    Gym & Meeting Locations

    Markham Pan Am Centre

    16 Main St Unionville, Unionville, ON

    Courtyard by Marriott Markham

    65 Minthorn Blvd, Markham, ON

    Markham Wesley Centre

    22 Esna Park Drive, Markham, ON


    Dragon Legend Chinese Buffet (Senior Social)

    25 Lanark Rd, Markham, ON

    XinFlix Media (Junior Social)

    421 Bentley St #8, Markham, ON

    Tournament Documents

    Program & Trees

    The program is finalized but the tournament trees may change. The tournament trees presented on the monitors on the day will be considered final. 


    Please ensure all participating members have completed the waiver by August 10, 2023

    Concussion Protocol

    In accordance with Kendo Ontario’s Concussion Protocol, players who sustain head trauma will be assessed onsite. If a concussion is suspected, players will be removed from play.

    Advertising & Donations

    Tournament Divisions

    21st Canadian National Kendo Championships

    • Men’s Individual Championships
    • Women’s Individual Championships
    • Masters Individual Championships
    • Open Club Team
    • Women’s Club Team
    • Provincial Senior Team

      2nd Canadian National Junior Kendo Championships

      • U11 Individuals (previously U10) 
      • U12 Individuals
      • U14 Individuals
      • U16 Girls Individuals (combined with U19 Girls)
      • U16 Boys Individuals
      • U19 Girls Individuals
      • U19 Boys Individuals
      • Junior Youth Club Team
      • Senior Youth Girls Club Team
      • Senior Youth Boys Club Team
      • Provincial Youth Team

      Specifications of Shinai for Ito

      *We will only be checking shinai for players competing in the Senior Championships

      Ages for 2023 competition Sex *Junior High School
      Born 2008, 2009, 2010
      Senior High School
      Born 2005, 2006, 2007
      Born 2004 and earlier
      Length Male/Female ≤ 114 cm
      Size 37 or less
      Male/Female≤ 117 cm
      Size 38 or less
      Male/Female≤ 120 cm
      Size 39 or less
      Weight Male ≥ 440 g ≥ 480 g ≥ 510 g
      Female ≥ 400 g ≥420 g ≥ 440 g
      Diameter Male ≥ 25 mm ≥ 26 mm ≥ 26 mm
      Female ≥ 24 mm ≥ 25 mm ≥ 25 mm

      Specifications for Shinai for Nito

      Ages for 2023 Competitions Sex Adults (born 2004 and earlier)
      Daito (longer shina) Shoto (shorther shinai)
      Length Male/Female ≤ 114 cm
      Size 37 or less
      ≤ 62 cm
      Weight Male ≥ 440 g 280 g ~ 300g
      Female ≥ 400 g 250 g ~ 280 g
      Diameter Male ≥ 25 mm ≥ 24 mm
      Female ≥ 24 mm ≥ 24 mm

      Event Sponsors

      Cityscape Displays
      Total Product Marketing
      Ginko Japanese Restaurant
      JCCC Kendo Club
      Chocolate Barr's Candies
      Budogu Zen
      Etobicoke Kendo Club
      Kendo Ontario
      Raijin Ramen
      Bogu Master
      John Chu Dentistry
      Toronto Kendo Club
      Kendo Zekken
      Toronto Kendo Club

      Donations & Sponsors

      Your support goes a long way!

      The Canadian Kendo Federation (CKF) is a Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association. Donations to the Canadian National Kendo Championships goes directly to the operations of the tournament. Contributions made to the Canadian Kendo Federation may be tax-deductible to the full extent of federal tax regulations, and a receipt will be emailed to you for this purpose.

      Not-for-Profit Sports Organization Registration Number: 13342 4457 RR0001

      Download the form for cash or cheque donations.

      Become a Sponsor

      Sponsorship opportunites are now closed. Sponsorship begins at $250 and includes a quarter-page space in the tournament program and visibility at the event and online. Larger advertising space can be purchased. Learn more through our Sponsorship and Advertising Form or contact Makiko Ara, CKF Vice President.

      Download the sponsorship form