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 ”

Reminder: Kendo Ontario General Meeting September 9

To all Kendo Ontario dojos:
This is a reminder of the Kendo Ontario General Meeting on September 9 at the University of Toronto.  We would like to have representatives from each kendo club attend the meeting to vote.  Anyone interested in becoming a director of Kendo Ontario should contact us to indicate their intention before the meeting.  The Annual General Meeting will be held at 1230pm in Room307  followed by a Godokeiko at 2pm in the Upper Gym.
Thank you.
Paul Nakamura
Kendo Ontario

TOMOHARU ITO Sensei – IAIDO and KENDO SEMINAR – Monday August 7, 2017


TOMOHARU ITO Sensei will be leading an IAIDO and KENDO SEMINAR.

Date:Monday August 7, 2017
Hosted by Etobicoke Olympium Kendo\ Iaido Club

When: Monday, August 7, 2017
IAIDO SEMINAR: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
KENDO SEMINAR: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Where: Grand Dance Studio 34 Doncaster Ave. Unit 6 Thornhill (just off Yonge St., 4 blks. north of Steeles Ave.)

Please see attached poster for more details.

Team Ontario – Open Shiai practice

From Johnson sensei:

At the upcoming Canadian National Kendo Championships, there will be a team shiai between provinces. Currently we have 3 Ontario Provincial Coaches, Eddie Yamashita, Shane Asa and Koichi Miyamoto. They have been holding regular practices and are in the final process of selecting the members for the three Provincial Teams, Men, Women and Juniors. On Sunday July 23, 10 am at Ryerson University, there will be an Open Shiai practice with these players. The Coaches would like to invite kendo players in Ontario to come out and challenge the members to a match. Let’s support the Team Members and help them win at the CKF Championships in August.

Save The Date – 2017 Markham Rensei-kai / Saturday, October 14th

From Markham Kendo Club:

Dear Sensei and fellow kendoka,

The Markham Kendo Club would like to announce that this year’s 2017 Markham Rensei-kai will be taking place on Saturday, October 14th. This event will again be held at the Markham Pan Am Center, same as in previous years and also the location of this year’s 19th Canadian National Kendo Championship. Please “Save-The-Date”, and we hope to see you at this year’s event. More details will follow in September. Thank you.

Kendo Ontario shimpan seminar – July 15th

Tuesday May 16, 2017
To: All Kendo players in Ontario;
On Saturday July 15, Kendo Ontario will hold a shimpan seminar in preparation for the Canadian Kendo Federation National Championships in August. The seminar will be run by S. Kimura Sensei, 7 Dan. All players 4 Dan and up are invited to participate. This seminar is important for all those who attend, as well as judge kendo tournaments. In addition, we would also like to invite anyone who is participating in the National Championships to come and practice their shiai skills. Please see details below:
Date & Time: Saturday July 15, 2017
12:30 ~ 5:00 pm with Godokeiko

Location: University of Toronto Upper Gym

Cost: A seminar fee of $ 10 per shimpan participant to support Kendo Ontario is requested.

Requirements: 1. All participants should be in good standing and regular members of their respective dojos and Kendo Ontario.
2. All participants should read and bring their copy of the IKF booklet “The Regulations of Kendo Shiai and Shimpan as well as shimpan ki.

Please see attached seminar registration form. Registrations are to be received no later than Saturday July 8. Players attending the shiai or godokeiko do not have to register. Looking forward to seeing you there.
David Johnson
Kendo Ontario
[email protected]