Beginners shinai maintenance update, prepare for bogu!

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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.

EKNC movie night Nov 1, 2014

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Who did Frankenstein take to the EKNC movie night?
His ghoul-friend!

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!

Please bring:

  • 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
  • ParaNorman
  • Lego Movie

Movies in the running for the adults’ show:

  • Evil Dead
  • Army of Darkness
  • Alien, Aliens, and/or Alien 3
  • Ghostbusters

See you there!

Will zombies eat popcorn with their fingers at the EKNC movie night?
No, they’ll eat the fingers separately!

Shinai Maintenance Items

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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

Thanksgiving Long Weekend 2014

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Thanksgiving Long Weekend
All practices over the long weekend have been cancelled. There will be no iaido practice Friday, Oct 10, 2014. There will be no advanced practice Sunday, Oct 12, 2014, and there will be no kids’ practice, advanced practice, nor beginner practice Monday, Oct 13, 2014.

Take the long weekend off, and rest up, ready to work hard on Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014.

Calendar Issues
Yeah, the calendar did something weird again. Some of you will have noticed that the start times for Sunday practices got shifted starting in November. This appears to have been another iteration of the earlier problem which surfaced when the calendar back end software got upgraded, and things got shifted. I’ve corrected the problem (again) and it should correctly reflect the start time for classes after the time change weekend.

Case Centre 2014

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About Casa Centre
Please be aware that we are not permitted to leave the south doors of Casa Centre unlocked during our time at that facility. This is because we are unable t o monitor any comings and goings through those doors at all from the gymnasium where we practice. Please go around to the east side where the gymnasium is, where we will have doors unlocked or open that you can come in. Once inside, please remove your shoes before crossing the floor. Shoes, jackets, bags and whatnot can be stored on the stage for the duration of practice. You are encouraged to leave valuables at home.

Also note that there is NO lost and found at Casa Centre, so please take care to ensure that you have all of your belongings when you leave. The club is not responsible for any articles that you may leave behind.

For new beginners: If you wish to have club updates emailed to you, please use the contact link to send me an email, so that I can add you to the email list. All official club communications will come through that email list and/or the website.

Welcome Back, Kids’ class!

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Welcome Back, Kids!
Well, kids classes start back up today. Lots of fun things in store this year, so I’m hoping to see everyone back and ready to go after a long summer break.

Beginner Grading Postponed
Due to an unexpected emergency for sensei, the beginner grading scheduled for today will be postponed. Because of the short notice, beginners can expect their grading to be wither Wednesday, or next Monday, whichever they can attend first. Sorry for the short notice, but it was unavoidable!

Beginner grading, Fall 2014

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Beginner Kendo Grading
Kendo beginners! Your grading is coming up fast! Please remember to be at the dojo before 7:00 PM, so that we can begin promptly! Remember, you will be graded on basic etiquette, appearance being appropriate for practice, an appropriately maintained shinai, as well as kiri kaeshi and basic strikes. We wish you all the best of luck with grading, and are looking forward to you joining us in the advanced practice!

If you are brand new to kendo, you’re also welcome to come observe the last group’s grading. This is where we will expect you to be come February.

Wednesday Practices, Fall 2014

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Wednesday Practice Location
Okay, I’ve updated the Locations page to have the new address for Casa Centre. It’s at 12023 81 St NW in Edmonton, not too far from Rexall Place. This will be the location for Wednesday practices from here on in, so please go there and be ready to practice.

A reminder to last semester’s beginners that your bogu grading will be September 8. Please be at the dojo before 7:00 PM so that we can start promptly.

New Beginner Intake Fall 2014

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New Beginner Intake
Well it seems that September is finally here, so it is time for new beginners to start coming to practice.

As you may know, Casa Centre has moved, starting well, now. We do not yet have all our time slots booked, so we do not have the facility for Wednesday, September 3 as planned. We have made alternate arrangements for space at the Edmonton Japanese Community Association hall, 6750 88 Street NW, in Edmonton. This is normally where iaido practices are held Fridays.

There will be no children’s or advanced practice for that day, as the taiko drumming group has the hall booked for that time slot, and we will be in the lounge area until their practice finishes.

Children’s classes will therefore resume Monday, September 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Please download and fill out a Waiver form and bring it with you. (I will have some blank ones available as well, if you forget.)

Labour Day Weekend, 2014

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Long Weekend Practices
I’ve been told that practices for the long weekend are a go! We have the UNF Hall for regular practice times both Sunday and Monday, both beginner and advanced practice times.

New beginner intake still starts as of September 3, and I’ll have details on Casa Centre location as soon as possible.

See you all at practice!