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Come join us this September!

Come join us this September!

Posted on August 28, 2017 - 05:15pm by Stephen

September is around the corner and that means that the Fall 2017 semester is starting for the Kita Kaze Budo Association! For the month of September, all new students may try Kendo, Naginata, or Iaido free of charge! If you wish to continue practicing after September, you must register with appropriate clubs before the end of the month.

Please check the website calendar for the times and locations of practices (new students practicing Kendo need only attend the Adult Beginner classes). If you just want to come and watch, you are more than welcome; there are usually several senior students around who may answer any questions you may have. If you do wish to join the practice, please bring gym clothing with you (no shoes or socks are necessary though).

We look forward to meeting you in September!

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19th Canadian National Kendo Championships

19th Canadian National Kendo Championships

Posted on August 14, 2017 - 03:15pm by Stephen

This past week the Edmonton Kendo Club sent 12 members to Markham, Ontario to participate in the 19th Canadian National Kendo Championships. The championship is held every three years so this occasion was a rare opportunity to show our club's progress on a national stage. What made this event extra special was the inclusion of senior (50+ age) and provincial tournament divisions. Edmonton was able to field a full roster of players for each division, as well as provide the majority of members for the provincial teams:

Edmonton and Alberta Junior Team:
Spencer Check, Avery Nham, Shion Miyashita

Edmonton Men's Team:
Shion Miyashita, Avery Nham, Stephen Hladky, Jason Stelck, Scott Loyie

Edmonton Women's Team:
Brianna Loyie, Julie Robertson, Maxine Gautreau

Alberta Men's Team:
Shion Miyashita, Mikhail Kraskovskiy, Jason Stelck, Stephen Hladky, Kyle Lee (Chinook Kendo Club)

Alberta Women's Team:
Kathy Gee, Nadia Leenders, Flora Chan (Calgary Kendo Club)

Never before has Edmonton sent this many members to a national event. Moreover, this is the first time Edmonton has placed at the Canadian championships. Below are the result highlights:

  • Edmonton and Alberta Junior team placed 2nd and 3rd in their respective divisions
  • Alberta Men's Team placed 3rd
  • Shion Miyashita placed 3rd in the Junior individuals and won a fighting spirit award
  • Avery Nham won a fighting spirit award
  • The Edmonton Men's team made it to the quarter finals, tied the McGill Kendo Club in matches won but lost by points

All in all, the Edmonton club made an excellent mark on Canadian kendo at this event. It was a lot of hard work by all team members and they all have much to be proud of for their accomplishments!

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New Student Intake May 2017

New Student Intake May 2017

Posted on May 1, 2017 - 04:00pm by Stephen

The summer semester is starting for the Kita Kaze Budo Association! All of our martial arts clubs are transitioning to a the semester-based schedule for admitting new adult students. For the month of May, all new students may try Kendo, Naginata, or Iaido free of charge! If you wish to continue practicing after May, you must register with appropriate clubs before the end of the month.

Please check the website calendar for the times and locations of practices (new students practicing Kendo need only attend the Adult Beginner classes). For your first practice, please bring gym clothing (no shoes or socks are necessary though).

Let's have fun training during the summer months!

Tags:  registration

New Student Intake January 2017

New Student Intake January 2017

Posted on January 4, 2017 - 03:30pm by Stephen

The Kita Kaze Budo Association is ringing in the 2017 year with the start of a new semester! For those interested in trying Kendo or Naginata, you are welcome to attend Monday and Wednesday practices during the month of January, free of charge! If you wish to continue practicing after January, you may decide to register with club at that time. You are welcome to try either art during the intake month however you will be required to choose one to continue thereafter.

The new semester starts January 2 but you may start at any time during the month. For your first practice, please bring gym clothing (no shoes or socks are necessary though). Prepare to work hard and have fun!

Please check out the club registration pages for more information!

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Canadian Naginata Championships

Canadian Naginata Championships

Posted on October 23, 2016 - 11:00pm by Alan

October 14-16th marked the 2016 Canadian Naginata National Championships.
This year the Edmonton Naginata Club sent four representatives to participate and compete with other Naginata Players from across the country and we are happy to announce that this was Edmontons best year yet!
Not only did all four members pass their respective gradings; they also brought back some hardware!
Andrew Boyd and Alan McDougall took a shared second place finishing in Dangai Engi Kyogi (partnered Kata competition) but Alan also took the Gold medal in Dangai Shiai (Competitive sparring), with Andrew taking the silver medal! This was by far Edmontons best tournament results to date, and hopefully the first of many!
Congratulations to all!

New Student Intake September 2016

New Student Intake September 2016

Posted on August 25, 2016 - 03:15pm by Karyn

Are you interested in trying kendo, naginata or iaido? If so, and you’re in the Edmonton area, it’s time to come on out for our fall intake! For the month of September, we’re accepting new members to try us out and see if we’re a good fit for you! The first official new beginner’s class will be Monday, September 5 but if you are planning on going away for the weekend, feel free to come the following Wednesday instead.

Kendo beginners classes start at 8:30PM, Mondays and Wednesdays at the UNF hall downtown, 10629 – 98 Street. (Mondays we’re in the main hall, Wednesdays we’re in the basement.) We strongly encourage beginner members and potential members to come early and observe the advanced practice which happens beforehand to see what will be expected to them once they’ve completed the beginner course and are ready to move into advanced practice.

Naginata classes will run Sundays at 9:00AM and Mondays at 7:00PM, also at the UNF hall downtown, 10629 – 98 Street. Beginners and advanced members will be mixed for these classes.

Beginners can try both naginata and kendo for the month of September, but starting in October, you must choose one or the other. At this time, we do not support actively practicing both.

Iaido classes are Wednesdays at 6:00PM and Fridays at 6:00PM at the UNF hall downtown, 10629 – 98 Street. Iaido is separate from both kendo and naginata, and can be practiced itself only, or in combination with either kendo or naginata.

To start with, you do not need to buy equipment. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, and bring your willingness to work hard with you. Around the end of the month, we will ask you to buy a shinai for kendo, or a naginata. Complete this form and bring it to practice, that is all you have to do!

Welcome

Welcome

Posted on August 23, 2016 - 10:30am by Stephen

Welcome to the new website! The site is somewhat devoid of content right now but we hope to add much more over the coming weeks.

The old Edmonton Kendo and Naginata Club website will be phased out shortly and its domain will be redirected to the Kita Kaze Budo Association. Please note that all practice information posted on the old site is still the official version until it is closed down.

As part of the organization overhaul, every club now has its own individual website. Please check them out here: