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! Today until the end of September, we’re accepting new members to try us out and see if we’re a good fit for you!
So what is it that we do? Well, while the martial arts are the main focus of our clubs, we also have a strong social component as well. We frequently go out for some food, drink and conversation after practices are over, and there are several social events throughout the year, with movie nights and other group events. We are a proud member of the Edmonton Japanese Community Association, and take part in several events which the EJCA puts on through the year, and participate in the Heritage Days festival as volunteers and put on demonstrations at the festival as well. We participate in other festivals and events around town, like the recent Animethon, and the upcoming Edmonton Expo. Our component clubs are members of the Canadian Kendo Federation and the Canadian Naginata Federation as well, which means that our gradings and ranks are recognized nationally and internationally. At the recent World Naginata Championships, we sent two representatives on the goodwill team to represent Canada. We have also had Team Canada members in our kendo club in past years.
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 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 Sundays at 11:00AM at the UNF hall downtown, 10629 – 98 Street, and Fridays at 6:00PM at the EJCA centre, 6750 – 88 Street. Iaido is separate from both kendo and naginata, and can be practiced itself only, or in combination with either kendo or naginata.
Equipment to buy
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.
We really hope to see you there!