Markham Kendo Club Covid-19 Update

UPDATE 10:00 EDT Sep 22, 2021: We are starting in-person classes again at Markham Centennial Community Centre but there will be some changes to accommodate for COVID protocols.

All participants must register and pay for fees before arriving to the arena. Walk-ins will not be allowed to participate in our classes. We are accepting new students and individuals who wish to try Kendo. Guests are advised to practice at their home clubs at this time.

To pre-register, you must first obtain a free login account by contacting the Markham Contact Centre at 905-477-5530. At this moment, the city is only providing Markham residents with PIN numbers. The Contact Centre is open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm.

You can pay for your drop-in fees by visiting Markham’s registration website, https://econnect.markham.ca/start/start.asp select the Programs tab then advanced search. Use the Containing keyword search box and enter Kendo to find our program.

All participants must wear a facemask at all times and provide proof of vaccination. Please arrive dressed, the changeroom facilities are not available and are for swimming patrons only.

UPDATE 17:30 EDT Apr 19, 2020: To supplement our training, Sumi Sensei will now be leading practice on webinars with our Markham Kendo Club members at our normal practice times. Please contact us to be added to the clubs messenger chat that will contain the link to the practice.

UPDATE 14:28 EDT Apr 01, 2020: The City of Markham has cancelled all spring programs which means there will be no practices until at earliest the Summer session that in July. 

We will continue to provide updates for the Summer practice session as we receive them.

UPDATE 20:00 EDT Mar 30, 2020: The city announced on March 29th via Twitter that all City facilities and programs are closed or cancelled until further notice. We’re not sure how long this will continue to impact practices but it’s very unlikely kendo will start again on April 5th. 

We will continue to post updates to the website as we learn more.

Source: https://twitter.com/cityofmarkham/status/1244248214305476610?s=20

With regards to the Markham Kendo Club practices we will be making the following changes: 

The Town of Markham has closed all recreation centres and libraries effective midnight March 14, 2020 and will remain closed until April 5, 2020.

All practices are cancelled until this date.

If there are any changes to the schedule we will update our members through Facebook and the website.

Last updated: 10:00 EDT Sep 22, 2021

University of Toronto Kendo Tournament 2020 ***Postponed***

Update: March 12, 2020

Due to the CKF’s recommendations and the COVID-19 pandemic, the UofT tournament has been postponed. 

Dear All,

Due to the recent updates on the Coronavirus in the past few days, we have unfortunately decided to postpone the tournament on March 14th, 2020. We deeply apologize for the late notice, especially to those who have already made travel and booking plans.

The safety of the Kendo community is most important and we hope that everyone stays healthy during this time. More details will be sent out later.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Executives

UofT Kendo Club

www.uoftkendo.club 

To Kendo Clubs across Canada and the United States,

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 University of Toronto Invitational Kendo Tournament will be taking place on Saturday, March 14th, 2020. Please save the date.

Further information and the registration package will be sent out within the next two weeks.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Best,

Executives

UofT Kendo Club

www.uoftkendo.club

Kendo Ontario – Team Canada Practice 2020

To the Kendo Community,

One of Team Canada’s goals is to give back to the community and share some of the training techniques with members of the general Kendo community.

To support such, Team Canada is hosting special practices every second Friday at the JCCC Kendo Club from 7:30 ~ 9:30 p.m.

These practices are open to all bogu members of the Kendo community.

We especially encourage aspiring junior members to participate so they can begin their competitive training at an early age.

The plan is to have advanced attendees practice with the Team Canada prospects while less experienced or younger members follow the same instruction but practice among themselves in a separate group managed by a Team Canada associate coach.

The format is subject to change based on the quantity and ability of the participants on that particular day.

The first practice starts this Friday, February 14th and continues every second Friday.

Feb. 28
Mar. 13
Mar. 27
Apr. 10
Apr. 24
May 8
May 22
Jun. 5
Jun. 19
If there are any questions, feel free to contact any member of the TC Coaching Team.

Team Canada Central / Eastern Canada Coaching Team:

HyoSung Kim ([email protected])
Shane Asa ([email protected])
Shigemitsu Kamata ([email protected])

On Behalf of Team Canada 2021
Kendo Ontario

Kendo Ontario Shinpan/Referee Seminar

On Saturday February 22, 2020, Kendo Ontario will hold a Shinpan / Referee Seminar led by David Mori Sensei at the University of Toronto – Upper Gym starting at 1:00 p.m. All players 3rd Dan and Up are invited to participate. This seminar is beneficial for all members who compete as well as referee at Kendo tournaments.

We invite all 2 Dan Kendo players to come out and participate as players to improve their own shiai skills. The seminar will be followed by Godo Keiko and is expected to finish before 5:00 p.m.

As there will be several upcoming events that require Shinpan / Referee (University of Toronto Sr. Tournament on Sat., March 14 and JCCC Jr. Tournament on Sun., April 26), we encourage all qualified members to participate.

Cost

A seminar fee of $10 per shinpan participant to support Kendo Ontario is requested. Shiai players (2nd Dan) and members participating in the Godokeiko only do not pay this fee.

Requirements

All participants are reminded to bring their own Shinpan-ki (pair of red and white Shinpan flags) if possible and read and bring a copy of the FIK (International Kendo Federation) booklet – The Regulations of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan.

*** Kendo Ontario will be selling copies of the booklet @ $15. Quantities are limited. Please indicate in the registration form.

Deadline

We ask that a club / dojo representative send the completed registration form (available online here) to [email protected] by Wed., Feb. 12, 2020 (end of day).

2020 Winter Session Kendo Practice Schedule

Markham Kendo Practice Schedule:

This is a reminder of our Winter Session schedule at the Markham Centennial Community Center.

Sunday Practices (January 5th to March 15th) is from 5:30PM to 7:30PM

Wednesday Practices (January 8th to March 11th) is from 8:15PM to 10:00PM

2018 Fall Session Kendo Practice Schedule

The Markham Kendo Club Fall Session Practice Schedule is as follows:

Wednesday Practice resumes from September 12th, 8:15PM to 10:00PM

Sunday Practice resumes from September 16th, 5:30PM to 7:00PM

Please note that there will be no practice on Sunday September 2nd, Wednesday September 5th, and Sunday September 9th.

This Fall, there will be a 3-week closure in October of the Community Center Gym due to renovations and the municipal election. As a result, the following practice dates will be cancelled:

Sundays = October 14th, 21st and 28th

Wednesdays = October 17th and 24th

Thank you.