Kendo Ontario December Events

We hope you and your family and friends are healthy and safe. Kendo Ontario continues to promote Kendo and the importance of community during these ‘unprecedented times’ and is pleased to host Two (2) upcoming ‘Zoom’ events to close the year.

  1. Junior Kendo meets Team Canada: Sun Dec 6 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm
  2. Senior Kendo Social MeetUp: Thu Dec 10 @ 8:00 – 9:00pm

About ‘Junior Kendo Meets Team Canada’

All Junior Kendo members are encouraged to join this event and interact with members of Team Canada in a series of fun activities. All ages are welcome!

Details of this event will be sent out early next week!

About ‘Senior Kendo Social MeetUp’

Senior Kendo members also need to reconnect, especially given we have not been able to share keiko over the past 8+ months. Similar to the year’s Social MeetUps at the Canadian Kendo Federation’s Virtual sessions in July and Kendo Ontario’s Bokuto Ni Yoru Kendo Kihon Waza Keiko Ho seminar, we will be mixing attendees randomly into smaller groups and into different ‘break out rooms’ to socialize. It will be a good opportunity to meet new Kendo people or re-establish old relationships as we close the year. Participants are encouraged to bring a drink (or two) and be prepared to reminisce, share stories and enjoy the ‘virtual’ company of their fellow Kendoka.

Date: Thursday December 10, 2020
Time: 8pm – 9:00pm (may vary depending on number of attendees)
Preparation: Attendees are encouraged to bring their own ‘refreshments’
Zoom Link:
Password: Please ask a Sensei for the password

It’s unfortunate that we are not able to meet and practice together as we have in the past but we hope these events will enable the members of our Kendo community to stay connected as we close and celebrate the end of 2020.

Thank you for the ongoing support,

Bryan Asa
Kendo Ontario

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 welcome.

To pre-register, you must first obtain a free login account by contacting the Markham Contact Centre at 905-477-5530. 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, 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. 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.


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

2020 Spring/Summer Gradings Cancelled

During these uncertain times, it is our sincerest hope that all of our members across Canada and the globe are safe and healthy.  

In light of the growing COVID-19 health crisis in Canada, the CKF has officially cancelled all Kendo, Iaido, and Jodo gradings planned for the spring and summer of 2020.

At this time, the CKF has not made any decisions regarding the rescheduling or cancelation of events beyond July. We will be making an announcement about the Canadian National Kendo Championships by the end of April. 


2020 JCCC Junior Tournament ***Cancelled***

***UPDATE 21:11 EDT Mar 28, 2020: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the tournament has been cancelled.***

Hello Kendo Clubs,

Given the current COVID-19 situation and in the best interest and safety of the members of our Kendo community, we regrettably announce the cancellation of the 2020 JCCC Jr Kendo Tournament scheduled for Sun April 26, 2020.

We understand the news is disappointing given the importance in developing our junior members. However, once the situation improves, we will review the calendar of events scheduled for the remainder of the year and see if we can reschedule.

We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

The JCCC Kendo Club will be hosting its annual Junior Spring Kendo Tournament on Sunday, April 26th, 2020. We extend our invitation to all Junior Kendoka of 18 yrs old and under to join us. We look forward to an enjoyable and fun event for everyone.
Date: Sunday, April 26, 2020
Time: 8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM Tournament
Location: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Kobayashi Hall
Registration Deadline: Sunday, April 5, 2020
Please review the Tournament Package by clicking the link below and do not hesitate to contact us if there are any questions.

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.



UofT Kendo 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.



UofT Kendo Club

CKF Covid-19 Announcement

Guidance and advisory for events being organized and held in the Canadian Kendo, Iaido and Jodo community. 

In recognition of the current situation of Covid-19, Canadian Kendo Federation advises that events scheduled for March and April be postponed or canceled if possible. For those that cannot, we advise announcing that anyone having any symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, rhinorrhea, pneumonia) and those who have travelled abroad within the last 14 days to any country that are under travel advisory (…/20…/latest-travel-health-advice.html) to not participate in any kendo community events.

We advise clubs follow these guidelines as well for people joining practices.

Based on the risk assessment, kendo and kendo tournaments would be considered a high risk event.

Furthermore, the list of affected and high risk areas cover many our community members backgrounds, so special care should be taken.

For the Canadian National Kendo Championships in July, we do not recommend that participants make flight and accommodation bookings until further notice. The CKF will reassess the situation at the end of April again regarding the scheduling of the Kendo Nationals.


2020 Kendo Ontario – Junior Godo Keiko ***Canceled***

***UPDATE: The 2002 Junior Godo Keiko has been cancelled due to the Corvid-19 pandemic.***


To All Kendo Ontario Members,

Kendo Ontario is pleased to announce that there will be a Junior Godo Keiko on Sunday, April 5 from 11:00 a.m. ~ 1:00 p.m. hosted by The Burlington Kendo Club and members of the Team Canada 2021 Program. Kendo Ontario has been actively focused on supporting the development of Junior players across the province through various initiatives. Juniors are the lifeblood of the community and through the support of Sensei, Parents and Volunteers we hope to continue to experience growth.

This practice is part of the Junior Development Program led by Koichi Miyamoto Sensei and supported by Kendo Ontario. The invitation is open to both non-bogu and bogu junior members.

Host:     Burlington Kendo Club and Team Canada 2021 Program members
Date:     Sunday April 5, 2020
Time     11:00 a.m. ~ 1:00 p.m. (plus pizza lunch to 2:00 p.m.)
Registration:     10:30 a.m.
Seminar:     11:00 a.m. ~ 1:00 p.m.
Pizza lunch:     1:00 p.m. ~ 2:00 p.m.

(Pizza lunch and drinks will be provided for all of the Junior participants following the practice)

Site:    Gym 5/6
            Haber Community Centre
            3040 Tim Dobbie Drive (Corner of Dundas Street)
            Burlington, Ontario L7M OM4
            Google Map Link

Deadline:     Sunday March 22, 2020 (Registration)

We request that each club/dojo complete and send the registration form along with waiver forms to [email protected] so that event leaders can schedule the activities for the day accordingly.

For those who are interested in supporting Kendo Ontario with the Junior Development Program in any capacity, please contact Koichi Miyamoto at [email protected]

Thank you,
Bryan Asa
Kendo Ontario

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