We are now the KKBA!

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We have formed a nonprofit organization called the Kita Kaze Budo Association, which translates to Japanese Martial Arts Association. The Edmonton Kendo and Naginata Club is now the KKBA. We must now update our records and have any actively participating members complete the new registration, waiver and likeness release form. Please print off the new form and either send it to info@eknc.org or give it to the secretary during practice. This will ensure you remain on the email list for club events.

If you wish to try out Kendo, Naginata or Iaido in September, during our next beginner intake, please bring this form to practice with you.

New Beginner Intake Starts May 2!

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Welcome!
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! For the month of May, 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 the month of May, but starting in June, 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! If you have any questions about membership, email info@eknc.org.

Shinai Maintenance March 30

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Now that our beginners have their shinai, it is time to learn how to take care of them so they will last longer, and not harm the people they are practicing with! This will take place tomorrow during beginner’s practice at 8:30pm.

Please bring the following:

  • Your shinai
  • Light mineral oil, or sewing machine oil. Note: Not heavy mineral oil, which is unsuitable
  • Medium grit sandpaper. (200-400)
  • An unserrated knife. Note: Hobby knives are not suitable, but most folding pocket knives are fine, or a Leatherman.
  • Paper towels, or an old towel. (Not a good one, as it will get oily.)
  • A container to keep things in. A large ziplock bag or something waterproof is recommended, such as a toiletry bag.

Nice to have, but not strictly necessary:

  • An eyedropper.
  • Needle nosed pliers.
  • A white, unscented candle.

Senior students, if you can stay, bring your maintenance kits, and extra items if you have them.

Accepting new beginners for 2016!

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Beginner Intake
Now accepting new students for 2016!

If you’re interested in trying out kendo, naginata or iaido, it’s time to come out and give it a try! We ask that you fill out a waiver form and bring it in, and that’s it. Wear some loose, comfortable clothing, and show up for practice, the schedule can be found on our calendar.

First practice for kendo and naginata starts on Monday, January 4 at 8:30PM, at the UNF hall downtown, 10629 – 98 St NW. First practice for iaido is Friday January 8 at 6:30PM, at the Edmonton Japanese Community Association 6750 – 88 St NW. Iaido practice is also available at the UNF hall on Sundays at 11am. The entire month of January is free of charge, with a one-time registration fee and monthly fees becoming due at the start of February. We want you to come try it out and see if these arts are for you. You can change your mind at any time in January and switch from kendo to naginata, or vice versa. You will be asked to choose one or the other at the start of February. For iaido, you can choose to just do that, or you can do that in addition to either kendo or naginata, since practice times are separate.

Come join us!

Fall Events 2015

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Upcoming Events
Iaido Pumpkin Practice
Iaido pumpkin carving, Oct 18. We’ll be taking a trip to Calgary, so our dojo practice is cancelled for the day. For those coming, we’ll car-pool down to Calgary for a trip to the Ka Muso Kai dojo for their Halowe’en pumpkin carving practice.

Calgary Kendo seminar
October 23-25 there is a shiai seminar in Calgary, hosted by the Chinook club. They have some fantastic sensei coming out, it’s a great opportunity for some great learning! Come if you can, it will be more than worth it!

Pure Spec Festival
If you can’t make it to the Chinook seminar, Pure Spec is happening the same weekend. We have a demonstration for the event, and can use all the help we can get to help promote our club!

Halowe’en party
Get dressed up, and come watch some movies with the club on Oct 30. It’s a social event, with maybe a bit of fundraising. Bring some money to vote for which movie you’d like to watch from the ones available. Bring your DVD or Blu-Ray movie that you’d like to see. We’ll have a family friendly choice, and one more for later in the evening. Friends and family are all more than welcome, bring your friends!

In-Club Tournament
come on out Nov 15 at 8:00 AM for our in-club tournament. There will be categories for everyone, beginner or advanced student alike. Come participate, or even just watch!

Beginner Intake ending, Practice cancellations, Sep 2015

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Beginner Intake Ending
Our new beginner intake for this semester is drawing to a close. If you’re interested in kendo, naginata, or iaido you are running out of time to join the club! Come on out and find out just how much fun we have! Kendo beginner classes remaining are Wednesday Sept 23, Monday Sept 28 and Wednesday Sept 30, all at 8:30PM. Naginata has only Sept 28 at 7:00PM left! Iaido has Friday Sept 25 at 6:00PM left!

Practices Cancelled
Saturday, Sept 26, the UNF hall has an event which will preempt practice that day. Sunday, Sept 27 practice is cancelled due to the Edmonton Expo. Come out and help demonstrate, or hand out flyers if you can please! Saturday demo times are Saturday at 12:45PM and 3:45PM, Sunday at 10:00AM and 2:45PM. each slot is 1 hour in duration. Please bring shoes, since we’ll be outside on concrete.

Welcome Notice, Beginner Intake, September 2015

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Welcome!
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!

Practice Space Update, Sep 2015

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Practice space update
And… Right after the last update, of course things change.

For Wednesdays, we can use the basement at the UNF hall. This means that beginner practice will continue to be Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30PM until 10:00PM at the same location for the time being. Children’s class will move slightly, starting at 6:30PM instead of 6:00PM, and going for 1 hour. Advanced practice will run from 7:30 until 8:30, and will focus on kata.

New beginners will still start for Aug 31, and will be able to come for the Wednesday, Sep 2 practice as well.