The annual UTNC gasshuku was held May 27-29, with participation from both our university clubs (UofT & McGill). It was three-day whirlwind full of practice, hard work, and fun. Everyone had the chance to reflect on their naginata and set priorities for what to work on for their next practices!
The annual TNT is returning this year! It will be held in Toronto on Saturday, June 18th. There will be individuals and team matches, and volunteers are welcome to help run the tournament! Please check the Facebook event page for the latest details via this link.
Date: Saturday, June 18th, 2022
Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School 1107 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5N 3B1
March 19th marked the fourth annual Canadian Winter Classic Tournament! It was a jam-packed day with engi, individual shiai, and team shiai matches. Thank you to the volunteers who helped to run the tournament, and thank you to Marija Landekic for organizing the entire event.
First Place: Julia Luo & Marija Landekic
Second Place: Joanna Nguyen & Keisuke Nakajima
Third Place: Lutan Liu & Tomas Almonte
First Place: Tomas Almonte
Second Place: Marija Landekic
Third Place: Kevin Hallé
Tianyu Zhang, Marija Landekic, Grace Yoo
Kevin Hallé, Keisuke Nakajima, Jason Lujan
Jérémy Frandon, Raquel Trentin, Tomas Almonte
Best Match Award
The Third Place Engi Match – Grace Yoo / Akiko Nakagawa vs. Lutan Liu / Tomas Almonte
Three different Canadian Regional Taikai took place this year during the months of October and November. See below for the results of each one!
Toronto Regional Taikai
October 30 was the Toronto Regional Engi Tournament!
It was a busy 10-match round robin engi tournament and everyone had the opportunity to shinpan for multiple matches. We hope everyone had the chance to show off what they’ve been working on and to practice being shinpan. Special thanks to Mary-Kate Proud for organizing the tournament.
1st Place: Tianyu Zhang & Lutan Liu
2nd Place: Juliette Lee & Tomas Almonte
3rd Place: Mirage Wu & Victor Lu
Edmonton Regional Taikai
November 30 was the Edmonton Regional Tournament!
It was a peer-ranked uchikaeshi, engi, and kakari keikotournament. Everyone had two attempts to try and improve their score where the highest scores counted towards a total. Excited to see everyone incorporate their feedback into regular practice for the next tournament! Special thanks to Alan McDougall for organizing the event.
1st Place: Dan Bouchard
2nd Place: Alan McDougall
Montreal Regional Taikai
Nov 13-14 was the Montreal Regional Tournament. It was a shiai and engi tournament each with two pools of round robin. We were excited to see such an amazing turn out, and especially to welcome McGill Naginata beginners to their first tournament ever! Everyone had the opportunity to shinpan and to help run the tournament. Special thanks to Marija Landekic for organizing the event.
Oct 16-17 was the return of the annual CNF Seminar! It was incredible to have so many clubs gather and to practice safely with everyone in person again.
This year’s seminar focused on solidifying fundamentals, taking bogu practice to the next level, learning to teach, and shinpan training. We hope that everyone found some points to reflect on and take back to home dojos!
Thank you very much to the instructors for all the sessions:
Kaori Kubo (5dan)
Marija Landekic (4dan)
Tomas Almonte (3dan)
Simon Bruins (3dan)
Mary-Kate Proud (3dan)
Lutan Liu (2dan) and Alan McDougall (2dan)
Keep an eye out for a future post on the Regional Taikai results!
The CNF has recently selected new officers. Thank you to everyone who applied to help us support and further Naginata in Canada; we look forward to continuing to work together on this mission in the future.
President: Marija Landekic
Vice President: Kaori Kubo
Treasurer: Birgit Siegert-Iriyama
Executive Secretary: Jordan Macklem
Membership Secretary: Daiki Siegert-Iriyama
We are deeply grateful to the previous officers for their hard work; in particular, Antoine Fromentin-sensei, our previous President. He has been instrumental in shaping CanadianNaginata over the past years and growing the Federation to what it is today. Thank you, Antoine-sensei, for your time as President and we hope to practice with you again soon!