It’s that time again! If you have an interest in taking up kendo or naginata, we are holding our semi-annual beginner intake starting in March. Come on out and give it a try, there is no fee or obligation for the first month.
Please fill out a waiver form and bring it to practice. Practices start at 6:00 PM for children, and at 8:30 PM for adults (Over the age of 14). Mondays, the location is the Ukranian National Federation Hall, 10629 – 98 St. Wednesdays, we are at Eastwood School, 12023 – 81 St. Please note that on Wednesdays, you must use the gymnasium entrance around the back of the school, as we are not permitted to leave any of the other doors unlocked.
Beginner intake remains open until the last class of the month, which would be March 30. Children are still welcome to start at any time.
It’s all a go! We should all meet for the bus at 9:30 AM Friday, February 27. Members should have received an email with the itinerary by now, so we all know what we’re doing, right?
Let’s have a greay showing at the tournament on Saturday, and the grading on Sunday!
Due to the event, Kendo and Iaido practices for Sunday, March 1 have been cancelled.
While I’m at it, a belated congratulations to Scot, who won our in-club tournament in the non-bogu division, Jordan who won the mudansha division, and Jason, who won the open division. Great job, guys!
In-Club Tournament, Feb 8, 2015. We’ll be having an in-club tournament on February 8th. Rank division between beginners, mudansha and yudansha. (Below shodan and shodan and above). There will also be team competition, time permitting.
Steveston taikai Feb 14, 2015. We’ll all be wishing our little delegation luck!
Saskatoon seminar, tournament and grading event, Feb 27, 28, and Mar 1. All kendoka are encouraged to come out to this event, as it’s the big one on the prairie provinces. Exposure to new sensei is a good thing, and there is something for people at all skill levels. We’ve chartered a bus again this year.
Beginner grading has been scheduled for this Wednesday, Jan 14. Those wishing to grade for bogu should come to class prepared for testing.
Shinai should be maintained. No slivers or cracks, tsuru should be tight and everything should be in good order.
Kendogi and hakama (if you have them) should be work correctly and appear neat. Gym clothes if applicable should be neat and appropriately worn.
Be prepared to demonstrate proper etiquette
you will be aske to demonstrate kira kaeshi, as well as your basic strikes and combinations.
Good luck to everyone!
The heat is back on!
Just got word that the heat is back on at the UNF hall, so practice is back on! This will cancel the social practice at BPs, or at least set it back to it’s more regular after-practice hours. So come on out, and work hard in the heated dojo!
See you all there!
We have been informed thar there is no heat in the UNF hall. We have decided to cancel practices for Nov 30 and Dec 1. This affects all practices for Sunday and Monday.
Iaido practice cancelled.
Due to the terrible road conditions, iaido practice is cancelled, Friday Nov 27.
Enjoy your shopping spree!
To our new beginners:
We’ll be moving on to hitting motodachi in bogu very soon, please make sure that your shinai or naginata maintenance is up to date, or you may be asked to sit out for part of the class. Naturally the same goes to our advanced members as well.
With the onset of the cold weather, the climate here goes from dry to very dry, and bamboo can become dessicated and brittle very quickly. Shinai and naginata maintenance needs to be done every 2 weeks at the absolute minimum, whether you’ve actually hit anything with it or not. For beginners, if you come earlier in the evening to advanced practice and bring your maintenance kit, there may be someone there who is able to assist you with doing or completing maintenance.
For kendo beginners, we’ll be looking at grading you for bogu in 7 weeks or so. Please note that some vendors have longer lead times for ordering bogu, so you may want to look at ordering soon, or at the very least setting aside some funds for the purchase of bogu. The club does have a subsidy program available for purchasing bogu, you can inquire with any of the board members for conditions and a form to apply for this subsidy.
Who did Frankenstein take to the EKNC movie night?
Come on out, everyone, to our fun and spooky movie night on Saturday, November 1st at 7 PM at the EJCA (6750 88 St NW).
There will be costume contests with prizes (kids and adults), beverages, movies, and a prize for the person who brings the greatest number of non-EKNC members!
- One snack that would feed 3 or 4 people (a bag of chips, a box of cookies, etc.). Please, no nuts.
- A lawnchair, beanbag, or other comfy seat.
- Spare change – quarters, loonies, and toonies, to vote for the movie you want to watch.
- Don’t forget your costume!
Movies in the running for the kids’ show:
- Iron Giant
- Lego Movie
Movies in the running for the adults’ show:
- Evil Dead
- Army of Darkness
- Alien, Aliens, and/or Alien 3
See you there!
Will zombies eat popcorn with their fingers at the EKNC movie night?
No, they’ll eat the fingers separately!
Shinai/Naginata maintenance kits
So it’s time to get this stuff together. All students shoud be maintainng their shinai/naginata regularly. Broken weapons are expensive for you and dangerous for everyone.
Your maintenance kit shoud include:
- a bottle of light mineral oil. (NOT heavy!)
- A hard-edged non-serrated knife. (Special shinai maintenance tools are available from some suppliers.)
- Paper Towels and/or rags
- Sandpaper (100-400 grit)
- A white, unscented candle
Additionally, naginata students should have:
- White vinyl tape
- Hockey tape
- A metric ruler
Some things that are very handy to have:
- A pair of needle-nosed pliers
- An eyedropper
- A small toolbox or carry case