Congratulations to both the McGill and Montreal Naginata Clubs on their outstanding showing at the JSS Yamauchi Memorial Taikai hosted by The East Coast Naginata Federation in New Jersey this past weekend.

Both clubs brought their best and brought back the hardware to prove it! Here are the taikai results:

Dangai Engi:

  • First: Trevor Won/Ahnika Emery
  • Second: Karina Aksakal/Celia Slama (McGill)
  • Third: Gwenyth Evans/Ching Ching Shiue

Yudansha Engi:

  • First: Rebecca Pomeroy/Jessica Espinosa
  • Second: Antoine Fromentin/Ji Ni (Montreal)
  • Third: Yves Crepeau/Manon Dozois (Montreal)

Dangai Shiai Women’s Division:

  • First: Joanna Nguyen (McGill)
  • Second: Akiko Nakagawa (McGill)
  • Third: Henintsoa Rakatomalala (McGill)

Dangai Shiai Men’s Division:

  • First: Keisuke Nakajima (McGill)
  • Second: Sam Zhou (McGill)
  • Third: Trevor Won

Yudansha Shiai Women’s Division:

  • First: Rebecca Pomeroy
  • Second: Lily Hsin
  • Third: Sasha Nanette

Yudansha Shiai Men’s Division:

  • First: Antoine Fromentin (Montreal)
  • Second: Simon Bruins (McGill)
  • Third: Raphael Djinn

Congratulations to all competitors and a special thank you to the ECNF for being such abiding hosts!

  • April 3, 2019

FB_IMG_1552920249478The first Annual Winter Classis Taikai in Montreal was a resounding success!

Naginata Senshu from across Canada brought their best performances to the table with a great showing building up to the World Naginata Championships later this year.

Taikai Results:

1st place: Jordan Macklem and Tomas Paolo Almonte
2nd place: Lutan Liu and Abigail Lim
3rd place: Mary-Kate Proud and Mary Phan

Individual shiai:
1st place: Marija Landekic
2nd place: Lutan Liu
3rd place: Tomas Almonte

Team Shiai:
1st place: Team Gabriel Conquer, Andrew Boyd and Tomas Almonte
2nd place: Team Joanna Nguyen, Lutan Liu and Antoine Fromentin
3rd place: Team Keisuke Nakajima, William Choi and Jordan Macklem

Congratulations to all participants and let’s keep the momentum going forward!

  • March 22, 2019

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The Canadian Naginata Federation is pleased to announce the 1st annual CNF Winter Classic Taikai!
Date: March 16, 2019
Location: Milton-Parc Community Centre, 3555 St. Urbain st., Montreal, QC.
Registration Deadline: March 9th
Registration Cost: 25 years and older: $45 CDN
24 years and under: $30 CDN
The tournament will consist of Engi-Kyogi, and both individual and team Shiai-Kyogi.
People of all ranks are encouraged to volunteer as both Shimpan and helpers.
Please contact your Dojo leader for approval to compete.
This is a wonderful opportunity to access Naginata players from across Canada in both a tournament format and social aspect.

  • February 28, 2019

2018 was an incredibly successful year for naginata in Canada and Octobers Canadian Naginata Championships held in Montreal were no exception!

Canada was privileged to welcome many International guests who came to help oversee the event and would like to express our most heartfelt thanks to:

Chinobu Imaura Sensei- Kyoshi (JPN)

Kazuyo Yoshii Sensei- Renshi (JPN)

Kurt Schmucker Sensei- Renshi (USA)

Ellery Engalla Sensei- Godan (USA)

and Val Fran Sensei- (USA)

Through their guidance and patience Canadian naginata has reached new heights!

2018 Canadian Naginata Championship Results:

Engi Dangai
1st : Kevin Hallé/ William Choi
2nd : Milton Chow/ Gabriel Conquer
3rd : Henintsoa Rakotomalala/ Mei Yang

Dangai Shiai
1st : William Choi
2nd : Gabriel Conquer
3rd : Julia Luo

Yudansha Engi – Coupe Tanaka Cup
1st: Yves Crépeau/Antoine Fromentin
2nd : Lutan Liu/ Mika Sneyd
3rd : Alan McDougall/Marija Landekic

Yudansha Shiai
1st : Marija Landekic
2nd : Jordan Macklem
3rd: Antoine Fromentin

Team Shiai
1st: Mary Phan/Abigail Lim/Susan Davis/Jordan Macklem/Tomas Almonte (JCCC Naginata Club)
2nd: Helen Liu/ Kevin Hallé/William Choi/Sam Zhou/Marija Landekic (McGill Naginata Club)
3rd: Isabella Lin/Neha Ahmed/Alan McDougall/Andrew Boyd/Daniel Bouchard (Edmonton Naginata Club)

Kanto-sho (fighting spirit)
Yudansha: Simon Bruins
Dangai: Birgit Siegert-Iriyama/Daiki Iriyama

To round off the event, the CNF also hosted it’s most successful Shinsa to date! And we’re welcome to introduce 7 new Sandan, 6 new Nidan, 2 new Shodan as well as a small army of Kyu practitioners passed their respective gradings!

Congratulations to all and let’s strive to make 2019 even more successful!


  • February 8, 2019

Once again, the Canadian Naginata National Championships and seminar have come to a close.

The turn out this year was the biggest to date with over 60 Senshu from across Canada representing 6 Dojos showing to compete and grade.

The results are as follows:

Dangai Engi:
1st Place: M. Sneyd/ A. Lim (UTNC)
2nd Place: A. McDougall/ A. Boyd (Edmonton)
3rd Place: A. Lin/ L. Liu (UTNC)

Dangai Shiai:
1st Place: A. McDougall (Edmonton)
2nd Place: A. Boyd (Edmonton)
3rd Place: A. Lin (UTNC)

Yudansha Engi:
1st Place: Y.Crépeau/ J.F. Brisson (Montreal)
2nd Place: J. Chalifour/ M. Dozois (Montreal)
3rd Place: J. Macklem/ T. Almonte (JCCC)

Yudansha Shiai:
1st Place: M. Landekic (McGill)
2nd Place: T. Almonte (JCCC)
3rd Place: A. Fromentin (Montreal)

Team Shiai:
1st Place: M. Landekic/ A. Lim/ D. Wang
2nd Place: M. Phan/ S. Bruins/ B. Luong
3rd Place: J. Macklem/ L. Liu/ A. Klein/ J F. Brisson

Fighting Spirit: Noah Panagakos (Hudson)


Canada was also honored to have two American Sensei oversee the operation and assist with grading and overseeing the seminar and would like to thank both Takami Tanner-Sensei and Ellery Engalla-Sensei for all the hard work they put in for the benefit of the Canadian Federation.

As for the gradings, they were a complete success and Canada can now count amongst its ranks:

4 New Ni-Dan: J. Macklem, M-K. Proud, M. Phan, and S. Bruins

2 New Sho-Dan: A. Lin, and D. Bjorkquist

3 New Ikkyu: R. Yang, A. McDougall, and A. Boyd

As well as many new Nikyu-Yonkyus.

Congratulations to all and practice hard in the coming year!


  • October 24, 2016

The Canadian Naginata Federation is pleased to announce its newest Dojo!

McGill University is now up and running, lead by two talented individuals M.Landekic and S.Bruins.

Please check out their website for more details and enrolment inquiries; mcgillnaginata.com

  • January 20, 2016

The Canadian Naginata Federation now has Official Social Media Accounts;

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CAN_Naginata?s=09

Instagram: https://instagram.com/canadian_naginata/


  • November 18, 2015