The Kita Kaze Budo Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Japanese weapon arts in Edmonton, Canada.
The association was formed in 2015 by the membership of the Edmonton Kendo and Naginata Club, which has now reformed into separate clubs under the Kita Kaze Budo banner. The association currently provides administrative and financial support to these clubs and engages with the local community to bring better awareness of Japanese weapon arts.
Kita Kaze Budo supports the following martial art clubs:
Kendo, meaning "way of the sword" in Japanese, is a full-contact sport where practitioners put on armour and strike each other with bamboo swords.
The Naginata is the Japanese polearm, A full-contact sport comprised of sparring with armour and bamboo weapons as well as kata (choreographed sequences of attack and defense)
Iaido, the art of cutting a target immediately from the draw and sheathing the katana, utilizes a dull blade while performing special choreographed seqeuences called kata.