The CNF fiscal year will be changed as of 2023 to line up with the calendar year. This means that going forward, dojo and membership fees will be due on January 1st of the given year. A couple notes on some caveats:

  • People who have already paid their 2022-2023 membership will have that membership extended to the end of 2023. Therefore, if you renewed your CNF membership in September of 2022, your next renewal will be January 1st 2024 (this also applies to dojo membership fees).
  • It is common for new members to first register for the CNF along with their first attendance of the annual CNF Seminar in October, or at the beginning of the school year in September. To accommodate this: First-time members who register in September or October of a given year will be considered to be paid in full for the following year (ie. if a brand new member registers in September 2023, they will not renew until January 1st 2025).
  • January 1, 2023

A reminder that the CNF’s Community Grant is available to all those looking for financial assistance with things related to Naginata training. This can include grading fees, tournament fees, travel expenses, etc. Applications should be submitted to the CNF email no later than 14 days prior to the event in question. Members can ask their dojo leaders for access to the request form.

  • January 1, 2023

Congratulations to the University of Toronto Naginata Club on the 15th Anniversary of their club! It’s been an incredible decade and a half for our oldest university club, and here’s to many more years!

Check out their Instagram @uoftnaginata for the latest happenings.

  • November 15, 2022

The year 2022 saw the debut of multiple naginata dojos around the country!

The Wild Rose Naginata Club is located in Edmonton and was founded by Alan McDougall.

The Concordia Naginata Club is located at Concordia University in Montréal, and was co-founded by Kevin Hallé and Jeremy Frandon.

The Québec Naginata Kai is located in Québec City and was founded by Philippe Mercier.

It’s great to see the growth of the Canadian naginata community. We look forward to meeting all the new dojo members at various future events!

  • November 1, 2022

CNF Membership fees will be raised for the first time in over a decade. This year it will be $50 for adult members and $25 for those under 18 years old.

  • September 5, 2022

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.

Please welcome:

  • 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 Canadian Naginata 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!

  • August 31, 2021

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