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Monthly Archives: July 2010

UVic Kendo Club Ted Davis Memorial Seminar – Sept 18 & 19, 2010 @ UVic

We invite you to join us in a seminar with Kenji Horiyama Sensei, kendo kyoshi 8th dan, currently a professor in the Department of Sport Science at Chukyo University in Nagoya and the kendo club head coach. During his coaching career, his students have won the all Japan intercollegiate individual women’s division twice and placed third once. The men have won third place five times. In the Japan intercollegiate team matches, they have won the championship once, and placed second in each of the men’s and women’s divisions. You can watch his remarkable kendo at the twenty seventh all Japan kendo tournament quarter final in 1979 on YouTube.

Date: Saturday September 18th and Sunday September 19th, 2010
Time: Saturday September 18th
10:00am – 12:00pm Lecture “How to build kendo skills”
12:00pm – 1:00pm ($10 Lunch, please indicate when you RSVP)
1:00pm – 4:00pm Kendo Practice – focus will be on practical applications from the lecture session, followed by free practice.
5:00pm-7:00pm Post Seminar Dinner – Please indicate if you would like to attend when you RSVP.

Sunday September 19th
10:00am – 2pm How to practice basic skills using bokuto (AJKF kyu grading activity), followed by free practice.
3:00pm – 5pm Closing BBQ

Location: University of Victoria, McKinnon Gym
Entry Fee: By donation
Parking: Available beside McKinnon Gym, $2 all day
Attendance: Please RSVP by Friday, September 3rd and also indicate if you wish to order lunch ($10). Please inform us if you have specific dietary concerns (vegetarian, allergies, etc.).

If you can only attend one of the two days, please let us know.
Email or telephone Marcell Stoer or Allan Nichols.
Preferred participants – In Bogu and 16 years and older

Please advise us if you require accommodation/lodging while you are herefor the seminar. We can provide assistance in finding a place to stay.

Contact: Marcell Stoer Allan Nichols
Tel.: 250-721-0883 Tel. 250-386-0800
Email: Email:


Canadian Open Iaido Championships – August 7th/8th 2010 @ Toronto

Greetings senseis and fellow iaidoka!

I would like to cordially invite all of you to Toronto this August 7th and 8th for the 2010 Canadian Open Iaido Championship.  Many apologies for the slightly short notice – securing a venue that is central and large enough for an event such as this is often a challenge. The format will follow that which is used for the Ontario Open, which is comprised of a day-long seminar on Saturday August 7th, and the taikai itself on Sunday August 8th. This event will be held in Kobayashi Hall at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, Ontario (directions and address here:

Taikais in Canada seem to be gaining some momentum, judging from the attendance levels of the Ontario Open tournaments of the last two years.  For those of you that competed in previous Canadian Opens (Ottawa 2007, Etobicoke 2004, Guelph 2001), this will be an opportunity to continue a tradition that began in Canada almost a decade ago. For those of you that have not, it is an opportunity to show your iai to sensei in the spirit of friendly competition, to see some fantastic iaido, and join in a tradition that is instrumental in furthering the “way of the sword” in Canada.

The seminar portion will be held on Saturday August 7th.  Led by Kim Taylor-sensei (7th dan), it will at this point will emphasize ZNKR iaido as well as a small taikai judging sub-seminar.  Details are still being worked out with all the involved senseis, but a tentative schedule is included in this email.

The tournament will be held on Sunday August 8th.  We have the privilege of having Goyo Ohmi-sensei (iaido 7th dan renshi), Kim Taylor-sensei (iaido 7th dan renshi, jodo 5th dan) and Steven Cruise-sensei (iaido 7th dan renshi) on hand to preside over and judge at the Tournament.  The format will be highly dependent on the number of participants, but thus far the plan is a round-robin competition initially, followed by a single-elimination “ladder”, based on the results of the round-robin. This way, everyone will have ample opportunity to show their iai. This will be followed by a “Team” competition. For those of you unfamiliar with Team competition, it is similar to the individual competition, except with teams of three iaidoka of differing ranks (listed below).

The iaido divisions presently include:

1/ Godan and up
2/ Sandan/Yondan
3/ Nidan
4/ Shodan
5/ Ikkyu
6/ Mudansha
7/ Team (Yondan+, Nidan/Sandan, Shodan and below)

IN ADDITION, this year we are introducing an OPEN JODO division in the Canadian Open. In an effort to promote the practice of jodo in Canada, there will be a single-elimination (no round-robin) taikai for jodo practitioners. The details of this portion are still being sorted out, but please note that there will not be a jodo seminar attached to it, and tournament registration fees are reflective of this.  Please refer to the tentative schedule for timing:


Saturday August 7th – Iaido/Tournament Judging Seminar
Led by Kim Taylor-sensei
8:30 AM–9:00 AM –   Registration
9:00 AM–12:00 PM – Warm up, Seitei Iaido (all levels)
12:00 PM–1:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM–3:00 PM –   Koryu and kumitachi
3:00 PM–5:00 PM –   Judging Seminar (4D+)
Set up Match Courts for tournament
Practice taikai for judges and competitors (TBD)
5:30 PM – ?              Dinner at Tako Sushi

Sunday August 8th – Canadian Open Iaido Championships
Led by Goyo Ohmi-sensei, Kim Taylor-sensei, Stephen Cruise-sensei
8:30 AM–9:00 AM –   Sign-in
9:00 AM–12:00 PM –  Singles Competition: Round Robin then Single Elimination
12:00 PM–1:00 PM –  Lunch
1:00 PM–2:00 PM –    Jodo Competition: Single Elimination
2:00 PM–3:30 PM –    Singles Competition Finals, Team Competition
3:30 PM–4:30 PM –    Demonstrations
4:30 PM–5:00 PM –    Awards ceremony and Closing Remarks

Stay tuned for updates! We are in the process of setting up a small webpage with all the information you need for this event, so watch your inbox for the link.  In the meantime, I have attached the pre-registration form to this email for distribution to students.

As this is an “open” event, all CKF-affiliated and AUSKF-affiliated dojos are invited and encouraged to participate, and make this national championship a success!

P.S. I’m in the continual process of building my contact email list, so if I’ve missed anyone on this mailing (particularly our friends in the U.S.), please feel free to forward it to them, or anyone else you think would be interested…

In addition, while there will be awards provided for this competition, please feel free to donate items as awards for Fighting Spirit, etc.

Thanks everyone!

Kevin Adams
President, Mu Mon Kai/JCCC Iaido Club
Tournament Co-Ordinator