Information Surrounding COVID-19

Check back often for updates.

September 4, 2020

On September 4, 2020, the International Kendo Federation (FIK) officially announced the postponement of the 18th World Kendo Championships scheduled for May 2021 in Paris, France. Read the full article

 

June 14, 2020

CKF Vice President East, Hyun-June Choi presented the CKF COVID-19 Return to Training Recommendations. The virtual presentation was attended by 39 dojo leaders from across our member dojos.

During the call, the audience was polled on whether a re-start date had been set for their dojo. Of the responding attendees, only Tessin Dojo from Manitoba responded with a confirmed start date of July 1st. All other responding attendees reported that a re-start date had not been set yet. 

If you are a dojo leader and have not received the COVID-19 Return to Training documents, please contact [email protected]. Please be advised that these resources are for Dojo leaders only.

 

June 12, 2020
COVID-19 Update

Presentation of COVID-19 Return to Practice Guidelines

As government restrictions on gathering sizes and personal distancing begin to be lifted in some areas of Canada, many of you may be thinking about how or when to resume practice. The CKF has documented some guidelines for returning to practice, as well as protocols to consider, specific to Kendo, Iaido and Jodo.

Please join the CKF for a presentation with a Q&A session to follow.

Sunday, June 14th
17:00 – 18:00 EST
Meeting ID: https://meet.google.com/pga-dhsw-wsk
Call in: +1 226-213-8281
PIN: 835 767 621 0109#

This meeting is intended only for dojo leaders, but if you are not able to attend, you may invite another dojo representative in your place.

Best regards,
Hyun-June Choi
CKF Vice President East

June 2, 2020
COVID-19 Update

CKF President, Christian D’Orangeville has penned a message to all CKF members, as we continue to stay apart during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full letter in English and in French.

May 30, 2020
COVID-19 Update

Many dojos across Canada have found ways to stay connected through virtual classes and online community gatherings – most of these sessions are free.

The CKF encourages its existing members and those interested in exploring the three arts of Kendo, Iaido, and Jodo to reach out to your local dojo.

May 15, 2020
Community COVID-19 Update

Looking to keep fit and in kendo shape besides suburi? There are many exercise guides, and one source is All Japan Kendo Federation. They have put out videos on various no equipment isometric training, core, body weight upper body, lower body training and stretching to improve and maintain physical health during this period of suspension. Hoping to see everyone back in the dojo healthy and safe in the near future. https://bit.ly/2VvR7RC

April 27, 2020
COVID-19 Update

Due to the on-going uncertainty and health risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CKF Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to postpone the 20th Canadian National Kendo Championships, scheduled to be held July 24-27 in Burnaby, BC. This postponement extends to the Annual General Meeting as well as all scheduled activities surrounding the Championships.

While the future of the pandemic remains unclear, the health and safety of players, referees, and their families is our top priority. Health and Medical Leaders at both the Federal and Provincial levels have advised the on-going restriction of large gatherings, travel, and close physical contact. Postponing the Championships supports the efforts made by all Canadians to help contain the spread of the virus and stay safe.

The Canadian Championships are held every three years and we understand that canceling the championships would be disappointing for many athletes. Therefore, the CKF will continue to monitor federal and provincial guidelines in an effort to schedule the Championships once it is safe for us to gather together again.

As all of our members across the country continue to be away from their regular and familiar training schedules, many individuals have stepped up to find creative ways to virtually train together. Our strength and character will be tested during this time of adversity, but we are always stronger when we can come together.

The CKF will provide regular updates on the scheduling of future events, providing as much lead-up time as possible for participants to prepare for these events. We urge all of our members to be patient and take social responsibility during this extremely difficult time.

Updates will be made through the CKF mailing list as well as the CKF Facebook Page.

For any questions regarding this or any other CKF matters, please contact [email protected].

April 4, 2020
Community COVID-19 Update

From the Stratford Kendo Club

Stratford Kendo Club Tournament scheduled for May 9, 2020 is cancelled.

April 4, 2020
Community COVID-19 Update

From the Vancouver Kendo Club

Following up our save the date email that was sent out in February, we would like to inform you of the cancelation of the 55th Tournament scheduled on May 30, 2020.

The Burnaby School District has informed the official cancellation of events and rentals of the facilities due to COVID-19. Due to the unforeseeable future, we will not reschedule the tournament for this year.

We hope that all of the kendo community stays safe and in good health during this pandemic.
Thank you for your continued support of our tournament and hope to see you some time next year.

March 31, 2020
COVID-19 Update

During these uncertain times, it is our sincerest hope that all of our members across Canada and the globe are safe and healthy.  

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.

At this time, the CKF has not made any decisions regarding the rescheduling or cancelation of events beyond July. We will be making an announcement about the Canadian National Kendo Championships by the end of April. 

See Further Details

March 30, 2020
Community COVID-19 Update

The 2020 JCCC Junior Kendo Tournament scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2020 has been cancelled.

Given the current COVID-19 situation and in the best interest and safety of the members of our kendo community, we regrettably announce the cancellation of the 2020 JCCC Junior Kendo Tournament scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2020.

March 24, 2020
Community COVID-19 Update

全日本剣道連盟 All Japan Kendo Federation has cancelled or postponed all events scheduled for April and May. This includes all gradings and the Kyoto Taikai and related events.

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April 4, 2020
Community COVID-19 Update

From the Vancouver Kendo Club

Following up our save the date email that was sent out in February, we would like to inform you of the cancelation of the 55th Tournament scheduled on May 30, 2020.

The Burnaby School District has informed the official cancellation of events and rentals of the facilities due to COVID-19. Due to the unforeseeable future, we will not reschedule the tournament for this year.

We hope that all of the kendo community stays safe and in good health during this pandemic.
Thank you for your continued support of our tournament and hope to see you some time next year.

March 31, 2020
COVID-19 Update

During these uncertain times, it is our sincerest hope that all of our members across Canada and the globe are safe and healthy.  

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.

At this time, the CKF has not made any decisions regarding the rescheduling or cancelation of events beyond July. We will be making an announcement about the Canadian National Kendo Championships by the end of April. 

See Further Details

March 30, 2020
Community COVID-19 Update

The 2020 JCCC Junior Kendo Tournament scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2020 has been cancelled.

Given the current COVID-19 situation and in the best interest and safety of the members of our kendo community, we regrettably announce the cancellation of the 2020 JCCC Junior Kendo Tournament scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2020.

March 24, 2020
Community COVID-19 Update

全日本剣道連盟 All Japan Kendo Federation has cancelled or postponed all events scheduled for April and May. This includes all gradings and the Kyoto Taikai and related events.

March 16, 2020
Community COVID-19 Update

Canada
March Toronto Spring Godo Keiko – POSTPONED

United States
June 2020 AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp – CANCELLED

International
VIII Latin America Kendo Championships – POSTPONED

March 12, 2020
Community COVID-19 Update

From the University of Toronto Kendo Club:

Due to the COVID-19 updates in the past few days, we have unfortunately decided to postpone the tournament on March 14th, 2020. We deeply apologize for the late notice, especially to those who have already made travel and booking plans.

The safety of the Kendo community is most important and we hope that everyone stays healthy during this time. More details will be sent out later.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Executives
UofT Kendo Club

March 11, 2020
COVID-19 Update

Guidance and advisory for events being organized and held in the Canadian Kendo, Iaido and Jodo community.

In recognition of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian Kendo Federation advises that events scheduled for March and April be postponed or canceled if possible. For those who cannot, we advise announcing that anyone having any symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, rhinorrhea, pneumonia) and those who have traveled abroad within the last 14 days to any country that is under travel advisory (https://www.canada.ca/…/20…/latest-travel-health-advice.html) to not participate in any kendo community events.

We advise clubs follow these guidelines as well for people joining practices.

Based on the risk assessment, kendo and kendo tournaments are considered a high-risk event.

Furthermore, the list of affected and high-risk areas covers many of our community members’ backgrounds, so special care should be taken.

For the Canadian National Kendo Championships in July, we do not recommend that participants make flight and accommodation bookings until further notice. The CKF will reassess the situation at the end of April again regarding the scheduling of the Canadian National Kendo Championships.