Junior Kendo Championships - ResultsMay 27-29, 2022 | Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta
Inaugural Canadian National Junior Kendo Championships
May 27 – 29, 2022 | Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta
The Canadian Kendo Federation held its first Canadian National Junior Kendo Championships— a national championships dedicated to youth athletes, 18 years and younger. The event hosted 85 participants from 11 clubs from BC, Alberta, and Ontario.
The event was hosted by Alberta Kendo and its member clubs. Sport Calgary provided promotional support for the event.
The CKF extends a special thank you to the Organizing Committee headed by Kyle Lee Sensei, and the dozens of volunteers who dedicated their time and resources over the months and weeks leading up to the event. We would like to also thank the many corporate sponsorships and personal donations received to make this event a success.
Participating Clubs by Province
- Chinook Kendo Dojo
- Edmonton Kendo Club
- Lethbridge Kendo Club
- Sturgeon Kendo Club
- Renbu Dojo
- Steveston Kendo Club
- University of Victoria Kendo Club
- Youshinkan Dojo
- Etobicoke Kendo Club
- JCCC Kendo Club
- Toronto Kendo Club
Photo courtesy of Kendo Photography
Official 2022 Tournament Results
Champion: Hyun Seo Chang (Chinook Kendo Dojo, Alberta)
2nd: Jacob Park (Chinook Kendo Dojo, Alberta)
3rd: Rayan Islam (Edmonton Kendo Club, Alberta)
3rd: Sarah Park (Chinook Kendo Dojo, Alberta)
Champion: Soshi Ara (Renbu Dojo, BC)
2nd: Brayden Chartrand (Chinook Kendo Dojo, Alberta)
3rd: Risako Harada (Toronto Kendo Club, Ontario)
3rd: Emerson Komori (Chinook Kendo Dojo, Alberta)
Champion: Masaaki Shirai (Youshinkan Dojo, BC)
2nd: Patrick Yoon (Chinook Kendo Dojo, Alberta)
3rd: Rihiro Harada (Toronto Kendo Club, Ontario)
3rd: Chatturaputh Dhin Thanasuwanditee (JCCC Kendo Club, Ontario)
U16 Girls Individuals
Champion: Emily Chui (Steveston Kendo Club, BC)
2nd: Fiona Huang (University of Victoria Kendo Club, BC)
3rd: Noah Park (Chinook Kendo Dojo, Alberta)
3rd: Haeyun Kwak (Chinook Kendo Dojo, Alberta)
U16 Boys Individuals
Champion: Clark Liao (Renbu Dojo, BC)
2nd: Nathaniel Son (Renbu Dojo, BC)
3rd: Isaac Hwang (Renbu Dojo, BC)
3rd: Taketoshi Miyamoto (Toronto Kendo Club, Ontario)
U19 Girls Individuals
Champion: Hiyori Tominaga-Kwok (Renbu Dojo, BC)
2nd: Yuka Lee (Renbu Dojo, BC)
3rd: Liliana Cheung (Renbu Dojo, BC)
3rd: Misaki Natuume (University of VictoriaKendo Club, BC)
U19 Boys Individuals
Champion: Cole Robillard (Steveston Kendo Club, BC)
2nd: Hugo Young (Renbu Dojo, BC)
3rd: Kenta Yoshimura (Renbu Dojo, BC)
3rd: Daniel Chui (Steveston Kendo Club, BC)
Fighting Spirit Awards for Individual Competition:
Renee Bae (Chinook Kendo Dojo, Alberta)
Dean Jo (Chinook Kendo Dojo, Alberta)
Daichi Soso (Toronto Kendo Club, Ontario)
Risako Harada (Toronto Kendo Club, Ontario)
Lily Hoysak (Etobicoke Kendo Club, Ontario)
Isaiah Son (Renbu Dojo, BC)
Junior Youth Club Team (U14)
Champion: Chinook Kendo Club A Team (Renee Bae, Dean Jo, Ian Chang)
2nd: Canada Mixed Team B (Dhin Thanasuwanditee, JCC and Akari Kobayashi, YOS)
3rd: Renbu Dojo (Kazma Yoshimura, Soshi Ara, Harumi Ara)
3rd: Steveston Kendo Club (Valentina Guo, Marcus Chong)
Senior Youth Girls Club Team (U19)
Champion: Renbu Dojo (Yuka Lee, Yura Kawabe-Schlegal, Hiyori Tominaga-Kwok)
2nd: University of Victoria Kendo Club (Fiona Huang and Misaki Natsuume)
3rd: Chinook Kendo Dojo (Haeyun Kwak, Grace Chang, Noah Park)
3rd: Canada Mixed Team A (Emeraldine Aberndanio, EDM; Liliana Cheung, REN; Emily Chui, STV)
Senior Youth Boys Club (U19)
Champion: Renbu Dojo (Clark Liao, Isaac Hwang, Nathaniel Son)
2nd: Steveston Kendo Club (Daniel Chui, Cole Robillard, Riley Nakano)
3rd: Toronto Kendo Club (Daichi Soso, Taketoshi Miyamoto, Lee Hesson)
3rd: JCCC Kendo Club (Julien Couturier, Hudson Lin, Filip Ivanovski)
Champion: Team BC
Clark Liao, Kenta Yoshimura, Cole Robillard, Yuka Lee, Nathaniel Son, Riley Nakano, Hiyori Tominaga-Kwok
Coach Kazuki Unzei and Assistant Coach Tsuyoshi Hamanaka
2nd: Team Ontario
Julien Couturier, Daichi Soso, Hudson Lin, Taketoshi Miyamoto, Filip Ivanovski, Rihiro Harada, Chatturaputh Dhin Thanasuwanditee
Coach Bill Kim
3rd: Team Alberta
Aiden Bae, Dowon Kang, Seung Won Kang, Patrick Yoon, Paul Jo, Reid Pidsadowski, Roman Voigt
Coach Shion Miyashita
Photo courtesy of Kendo Photography
Referees and Officials
Head Referee (Shinpan Cho):
Shuya Shiono, 7 Dan Kyoshi, AB
Court A Head Referee (Court Shunin):
Ray Murao, 7 Dan Kyoshi, BC
Court B Head Referee (Court Shunin):
Shuya Shiono, 7 Dan Kyoshi, AB
Court C Head Referee (Court Shunin):
Shigemitsu Kamata, 7 Dan Kyoshi, ON
Dean Ara, 7 Dan Kyoshi, BC
Makiko Ara, 6 Dan Renshi, BC
Daisaku Taguchi, 6 Dan Renshi, BC
Koichi Miyamoto, 6 Dan Renshi, ON
Bill Kim, 6 Dan Renshi, ON
Elliot Altilia, 6 Dan, ON
Ryo Yasumura, 6 Dan, ON
Sanghoon Lee, 6 Dan, ON
Wendy Robillard, 5 Dan, BC
Flora Chan, 5 Dan, AB
Jacok Schmidt, 5 Dan, BC
Keita Kobayashi, 5 Dan, BC
Tsuyoshi Hamanaka, 5 Dan, BC
Filip Ivanovski, 4 Dan, ON
Minako Gardner, 4 Dan, BC
Steven Hladky, 4 Dan, AB
Jason Stelck, 4 Dan, AB
Nadia Neenders, 4 Dan, AB
Sponsors and Donors
We also thank the corporate sponsors and individual donors who have helped to pay for many of the expenses of these championships. Gifts of prizes have been donated by our bogu vendors, Bogushop.com, Budogu Zen and Bogu Master.
T-shirts for all participants and volunteers have been donated by Total Product Marketing.
Financial sponsorships have been donated by Merry Maids Calgary and Lethbridge, Reading Town, Young & Beauty House, Izumi Kitchen & Bar at 935 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB, Etobicoke Olympium Kendo and Iaido Club, Bespoke Mortgage Group, Sunalta Management Consulting, and ASE Services.
Parting lunch boxes for all participants and instructors on Sunday afternoon was prepared by Izumi Kitchen & Bar and donated by Chinook Kendo Dojo.
Photo courtesy of Kendo Photography
Day 1: May 27, 2022
17:00 – 19:00 at Mount Royal University Recreation gymnasium
Keiko for participating athletes and godo geiko with senior sensei from across Canada.
17:00 – 18:00 at Mount Royal University Recreation facility
Shinpan (Referee) Meeting led by Shinpan Cho (Head Referee), Shuya Shiono Sensei.
Day 2: May 28, 2022
08:00 – 08:45 Competition day begins
Individual warmups underway with a final referee meeting to begin the day.
08:45 Group Suburi
Group suburi led by Paul Jo of Chinook Kendo Dojo brought together all 85 participants in body and spirit.
09:00 Athlete’s Procession
The opening ceremony begins with the athlete’s procession.
09:10 Opening Ceremonies
Opening ceremonies with the introduction of the head table, speeches, athlete’s pledge by Reid Pidsadowski of Sturgeon Kendo Club, and Kata demonstration by Paul Jo and Aiden Bae from Chionook Kendo Dojo.
10:00 – 13:30 Individual Competitions
Spirited matches for U10, U12, U14, U16 Girls, U16 Boys, U19 Girls, and U19 Boys were held in the morning. Here are some photos of our individual champions taken by Kendo Photograhy’s Tero Patana. Find more photos from the event on the Kendo Photography Facebook Page.
We send our gratitude to our officials and referees who helped to make this day possible. Without your fair judgement, this tournament would not have been possible. Officials: Shinpan Cho (Head Referee) and Court B Shunin (Court B Head Referee) Shuya Shiono Sensei, Court A Shunin (Court A Head Referee) Ray Murao Sensei, Court B Shunin (Court C Head Referee) Shigemitsu Kamata Sensei.
From teammates, coaches, parents, and supporters, your clapping and cheering are part of the sounds of a tournament. Thank you to all the supporters who cheered on our athletes throughout the day.
14:00 – 17:00 Team Competitions
The afternoon Team competion for U16 Club Team, U19 Girls Club Team, U19 Boys Club Team. Some photos of the competition here. Find more photos from the event on the Kendo Photography Facebook Page.
Junior Youth Club Team Competition
Club team competions consisted of 3-person teams for 13 years and under (Elementary school age). 7 club teams and 2 mixed teams competed for the championships with Chinook Team A (Taisho Renee Bae, Chuken Dean Jo, and Senpo Ian Chang) taking home the championship.
Senior Youth Girls Club Team Competition
Senior Youth Girls Club Team competions consisted of 3-person teams for 18 years and under (Highschool age). 4 club teams and 1 mixed team competed for the championships with Renbu Team (Taisho Yuka Lee, Chuken Yura Kawabe, and Senpo Hiyori Tominaga) taking home the championship.
Senior Youth Boys Club Team Competition
Senior Youth Boys Club Team competions consisted of 3-person teams for 18 years and under (Highschool age). 13 club teams competed for the championships with Renbu Team A (Taisho Clark Liao, Chuken Isaac Hwang, and Senpo Nathaniel Son) taking home the championship.
Provincial Team Competiton
Provincial Team competions consisted of 5-person teams made up of select provincial players. Three provincial teams competed for the championships with Team BC taking home the championship.
Junior Nationals Social Hosted by CKF
The CKF hosted all junior competitors to attend a fun social event at the end of the competition day. We didn’t take too many pictures, as we were busy having fun. Thank you to Anita Espiritu and Katie Ip for organizing the social and working with the team of volunteers. We all enjoyed meeting new friends, dancing, snapping photos at the photo booth, games, and some delicious food!
Day 3: May 29, 2022
08:00 – 12:00 Junior Seminar Led by Kyle Lee Sensei
The final event of the Championships was the Junior Seminar led by Kyle Lee Sensei of Chinook Kendo Dojo. Assisting Lee Sensei on the day were, Makiko Ara Sensei, Ryo Yasumura Sensei, Elliot Altilia Sensei, Tsuyoshi Hamanaka Sensei, and Bill Kim Sensei. Lee Sensei began the session with a dance-off, followed by a massive game of Octopus, then dazzled the participants with an insipring session on everything from the multiverse to Driver’s Ed 101. Surely a day we won’t soon forget! We are still wondering what happens in Level 15…
It is with great gratitude that we give recognition to the Organizing Committee of the Inaugural Canadian Natioanl Junior Kendo Championships.
Makiko Ara, CKF Executive Sponsor
Kyle Lee, Tournament Chair
Flora Chan, Logistics Coordniator
Eric Keskin and Alexander Katelnikoff, Documents Coordinator
Kiho Yoon, Registration Coordinator
Sophie Han, Awards and Ceremony Coordinator
Minjoo Kim, Facility Coordinator
Janet Leahy, PR Coordinator
Anita Espiritu and Katie Ip, Social Event Coordinator