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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!

Tags:  kendo tournament

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!

Tags:  registration