Monthly Archives: September 2017

Kiwada Sensei – Toronto Schedule and Invitation

As previously posted, Daiki Kiwada Sensei (7 Dan, Renshi / 2012 All Japan Champion / 2009, 2012 World Champion Team Division) from Osaka Police will be visiting Canada from Sep 30th – Oct 11th.

Kiwada Sensei’s visit is made possible largely by the relationship between Chuo University and the University of Toronto. ¬†He will be visiting Montreal / Toronto / Vancouver.

Kiwada Sensei’s Toronto Keiko Schedule (Oct 1-6) is as follows:

  1. Sunday, October 1:
    Location: JCCC
    Time: 10:00 a.m. ~ noonAs this will be the first keiko for Kiwada Sensei in Canada, we would like to take this opportunity to have Kiwada Sensei get an understanding of the level of Kendo in Canada. He will thus observe keiko in the beginning and then join motodachi-geiko. This practice is open to all who are able to attend.
  2. Wednesday, October 4:
    Location: Etobicoke Kendo & Iaido Club
    Time: 7:00 ~ 9:00 p.m.This practice will be shiai-geiko followed by motodachi-geiko and is open to all who are able to attend.
  3. Thursday, October 5:
    Location: University of Toronto Kendo Club
    Time: 9:00 ~ 10:30 p.m.Practice will be motodachi-geiko and is open to all who are able to attend.
  4. Friday, October 6:
    Location: JCCC
    Time: 7:00 ~ 8:00 p.m.This will be a motodachi-geiko practice open to all who are able to attend.Following this practice, there will be a further session from 8:00~10:00 p.m. for Team Canada members only.

Schedule is subject to change and updates will be posted on the Kendo Ontario website, Facebook page and Twitter.

We are very fortunate to have Kiwada Sensei visit Canada.  Please take advantage of this opportunity to practice with him during his stay.

All Japan Kendo Champion Visiting Toronto

On Thursday, October 5th, Daiki Kiwada Sensei – All Japan Kendo Champion – will be visiting the University of Toronto.

The U of T Kendo Club has graciously extended an invitation to members of all dojos to join them that evening for practice.

Location: Upper Gym, U of T Athletic Centre (55 Harbord St. at Spadina)
Time: 9:00 ~ 10:30 p.m.

If your dojo will be attending, please email [email protected] to let them know as well as the number of participating members.


Fall Ontario Junior Kendo Tournament

On Sunday, October 22nd, the Etobicoke Kendo Club will be hosting the Fall Ontario Junior Kendo Tournament. We invite everyone interested in competing to come join us to help the development and spirit of Kendo.

Participant Registration Deadline: Sunday, October 15, 2017.

For details, click on the links below.



Photo by Alexander Vasolla.

New Kendo Ontario Board of Directors

To all Kendo Ontario Members

On Saturday September 9th, a General Meeting of Kendo Ontario was held at the University of Toronto and attended by over 23 members from 12 different kendo clubs. A general update and status of Kendo Ontario was presented as well as an election for a new Board of Directors and Executive. We would like to announce the result of this election as follows:

The new Board of Directors is;

  • Bryan Asa
  • Derek Barr
  • Tony Davidson
  • David Johnson
  • Mark Kawabe
  • Jan Mendoza
  • Paul Nakamura
  • Hideki Sumi
  • Lawrence Tsuji

In addition, the new Executive is as follows:

  • Bryan Asa – President
  • Mark Kawabe – Vice-President
  • Lawrence Tsuji – Secretary/Treasurer

We would like to congratulate the BOD and Executive members and encourage all kendo players across Ontario to give them their full support and help in developing kendo in Ontario.

On behalf of the previous Executive, myself, Hideki Sumi, Paul Nakamura and Mindy Choe, we would like to thank everyone who supported us over the years and we look forward to helping the new Executive of Kendo Ontario.

Best Regards

David Johnson
Past President
Kendo Ontario

University of Waterloo’s 30th Anniversary event – Sep. 30th

From University of Waterloo Kendo Club:

Dear Sensei, Alumni, and Kendo Friends,

It is my pleasure to invite you to the University of Waterloo’s 30th Anniversary! This year, we are going back to the roots of our organization.

Please join us for a seminar led by our founder, Taro Ariga Sensei (Kyoshi 7th Dan). We are very grateful to him for coming all the way from California to lead this event.

Please see contact [email protected] for more Information and to register.
Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017
2:30pm – 6:30pm

Columbia Icefield Athletic Centre
250 Columbia St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 0A1

Please forward any questions or concerns to [email protected]

Thank you and all the best,

Elena Dybner
University of Waterloo Kendo Club President

Re: 2017 Markham Rensei-kai Info and Registration Pkg

From Markham Kendo Club:

“Dear Sensei and fellow kendoka,

We would like to extend an open invitation to the 3rd Annual Markham Rensei-kai event, which will be held on Saturday, October 14th at the Markham Pan Am Center. Please find attached the Information package (Program document and Registration file). The registration deadline is Friday, September 29th.
If there are any questions, the contact information is contained within the Program document.

Thank you very much.
Best regards,
Lawrence Tsuji
Markham Kendo Club ”