Updated: December 1

Registration is now open for the following gradings. Please note that written examinations are due on the same date as the registration deadline. Registration deadlines are 2 weeks before the examination date.
Les inscriptions sont maintenant ouvertes pour les examens suivants. Veuillez noter que les examens écrits sont dus à la même date que la date limite d’inscription. Les délais d’inscription sont de 2 semaines avant la date de l’examen.

Jodo

The written examination for jodo is available here.
L’examen écrit de jodo est disponible ici.

EAST
Location: Clarke Memorial Hall
161 Lakeshore Road W
Mississauga, ON
Date: November 12
Registration Deadline: October 29 (CLOSED)
Registration Time: 12:30
Time: 13:00
Ranks tested: 1 kyu through 3 dan

Iaido

The written examination for iaido is available here for 1-4 dan and here for 5 dan.
L’examen écrit de iaido est disponible ici pour le 1er – 4e dan et ici pour le 5e dan.

EAST
Location: Etobicoke Olympium
590 Rathburn Road
Etobicoke, ON
Date: December 3
Registration Deadline: November 19 (CLOSED)
Registration Time: 08:30
Time: 10:00
Post grading seminar: 13:30 (extra charge: $20, register via email to [email protected])
Ranks tested: 1 kyu through 5 dan

WEST
Location: Simon Fraser University
Lorne Davies Sports Complex, East Gym
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC
Date: November 6
Registration Deadline: October 23 (CLOSED)
Registration Time: 13:00
Time: 13:30
Ranks tested: 1 kyu through 3 dan

Kendo

The written examination for kendo is available here.
L’examen écrit de kendo est disponible ici.

EAST
Location: JCCC
6 Garamond Ct
North York, ON
Date: November 13
Registration Deadline: October 30 (CLOSED)
Registration Time: 08:45
Time: 09:30
Ranks tested: 1 kyu through 7 dan

Special notes for JCCC:

JCCC does not require face masks for the general areas. However, face masks covering nose and mouth must be worn by everyone attending the Gradings at all times while inside the dojo. During the jitsugi, a mask OR face shield inside the men will be mandatory.

Kirikaeshi is not required as part of the exam.

Only those who pass jitsugi will be required to perform Kendo no Kata or Bokuto Ni Yoru Kendo Kihon Waza Keikoho.

WEST

Location: University Of Calgary
Gold Gymnasium
376 Collegiate Blvd NW
Calgary, AB
Date: November 12
Registration Deadline: October 29 (CLOSED)
Registration Time: 09:15
Time: 10:00
Ranks tested: 1 kyu through 3 dan

Special notes for Calgary:

1) Applicants must be up to date on their vaccinations against Covid-19. Vaccination status and temperatures will not be checked (unless mandated again by the government). However, if one is not feeling well or shows any COVID symptoms, please do not attend the Gradings. Respect and safety of fellow Kenshi comes first.

2) Face masks covering nose and mouth must be worn by everyone attending the Gradings at all times while inside the University of Calgary Gold Gym. During the jitsugi, a mask OR face shield inside the men will be mandatory.

3) During the Jitsugi portion of the Grading, Taiatari may be inevitable but please refrain from remaining in Tsubazeri for longer than necessary. It is up to each applicant to mutually, quickly, and smoothly back out of the Tsubazeri position until their Shinai’s Kensen no longer cross.  Especially for the lower level applicants, Waza executed while continually chasing an opponent who is willingly trying to step away from Tsubazeri will not be counted. The Tachiai will be instructed to maintain these rules and call Wakare / Yame as deemed necessary. Please refer to the updated COVID Shiai Rules published by the All Japan Kendo Federation and the presentation given previously by CKF President Hyun June Choi Sensei for further clarification.

4) Applicants grading for 1 Kyu to 3 Dan will be required to do Kirikaeshi before their Jitsugi Keiko.

5) The Keiko portion of the Jitsugi exam will be timed as follows: 1 Kyu – 45 seconds; 1 Dan to 3 Dan – 60 seconds.

6) Preliminary results will be announced on the day. However, official results will be announced a few days later from the CKF once the results have been verified.

7) All applicants, volunteers, and examiners will do their best to maintain physical distance at all times as we all need to do our part in ensuring everyone’s safety.

*Change of location – from Aux gym to Gold gym at the University of Calgary, Gold Gym – Room KNA 109 (Just two doors away from previous location – there will be signs and escort volunteers to guide participants into the gym)

Location: Steveston Martial Arts Centre
4251 Moncton St
Richmond, BC
Date: December 10
Registration Deadline: November 26 (CLOSED)
Registration Time 1 kyu to 3 dan: 11:15
Exam Time 1 kyu to 3 dan: 12:15
Registration Time 4+ dan: 14:00
Exam Time 4+ dan: 15:00
Ranks tested: 1 kyu through 7 dan

Special notes for Steveston:

Due to COVID distancing measures and limited space available, there will be no opening or closing ceremonies and all applicants may leave upon completion of their respective gradings. Examiners will not field questions or comments.

A minimum of two (2) applicants are required for a Dan category to be held. In the case where there is one or less applicants, the Dan category will be cancelled.

For Applicants during the Gradings:

1) Applicants must be up to date on their vaccinations against Covid-19. Vaccination status and temperatures will not be checked (unless mandated again by the government). However, if one is not feeling well or shows any COVID symptoms, please do not attend the Gradings. Respect and safety of fellow Kenshi comes first.

2) Face masks covering nose and mouth must be worn by everyone attending the Gradings at all times while inside the Steveston Martial Arts Centre. Furthermore, due to the nature of Kendo and the vocalization of our spirit through Kiai, mouth shields will also be required to be used in conjunction with your face mask inside your men to minimize the potential spread of airborne particulates. Eye Shields will be optional. 

Although the CKF has stipulated that mouth shields OR face masks are required for all official CKF events until the end of the calendar year, out of respect for the procedures being used by venue host Steveston Kendo Dojo, both face masks AND mouth shields will be required by all applicants.

3) During the Jitsugi portion of the Grading, Taiatari may be inevitable but please refrain from remaining in Tsubazeri for longer than necessary. It is up to each applicant to mutually, quickly, and smoothly back out of the Tsubazeri position until their Shinai’s Kensen no longer cross.  Especially for the lower level applicants, Waza executed while continually chasing an opponent who is willingly trying to step away from Tsubazeri will not be counted. The Tachiai will be instructed to maintain these rules and call Wakare / Yame as deemed necessary. Please refer to the updated COVID Shiai Rules published by the All Japan Kendo Federation and the presentation given previously by CKF President Hyun June Choi Sensei for further clarification.

4) Applicants grading for 1 Kyu to 3 Dan will be required to do Kirikaeshi before their Jitsugi Keiko.

5) The Keiko portion of the Jitsugi exam will be timed as follows: 1 Kyu – 45 seconds; 1 Dan to 6 Dan – 60 seconds; 7 Dan – 90 seconds.

6) Only applicants who pass the Jitsugi portion of the grading will do Kata. Applicants who pass both their Jitsugi and Kata portions of the gradings will be considered a pass. Preliminary results will be announced on the day. However, official results will be announced a few days later from the CKF once the results have been verified.

7) Efforts will be made to minimize crowding in the venue during the Gradings. Guardians and any other persons accompanying those applicants who are not applicants themselves may be asked to wait outside of the venue. Video cameras may be set up prior to the commencement of the Gradings so long as they do not interfere with the running of the Gradings.

8) Due to limited space in the changing rooms, applicants who live within an hour’s drive to the Steveston Martial Arts Centre will be asked to come to the venue already changed into their Gi and Hakama and leave without changing clothes. Preference to change rooms access will be given to applicants who reside outside of an hours’ commute and/or out-of-town applicants.

9) All applicants, volunteers, and examiners will do their best to maintain physical distance at all times as we all need to do our part in ensuring everyone’s safety.