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 fundamentalstaking bogu practice to the next levellearning 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!

  • October 20, 2021

We’re excited to announce the return of the annual CNF Seminar, and that Regional Taikai will be held in Western Canada, Toronto, and Quebec. Details below:

CNF Seminar:

  • Dates: October 16 & 17
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec
  • Notes:
    • In person
    • CNF members only
    • Double-vaccination required
    • Mask required
    • All local, provincial, and federal health guidelines will be obeyed

Regional Taikai (and the relevant point-person):

  • TorontoOctober 30 – Mary-Kate Proud
  • Edmonton: November 7 – Alan McDougall
  • Montreal: November 14 – Marija Landekic

Please contact the point-person for each region for further details!

  • September 1, 2021

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


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

Autumn has come and with it the last of this year’s Naginata events!

Oct 8-9, ECNF Seminar – East-Coast Naginata Federation (US Naginata Federation) is hosting a seminar in Alexandria, Virginia on Oct 8-9th, 2016. If you wish to attend, speak to your dojo leaders soon! This seminar is always on Thanksgiving weekend so the CNF often participates. Car pooling is an option.

Oct 15-16, CNF Seminar and Taikai – Canadian Naginata Federation seminar and tournament. The most important event of the year for the Naginata community in Canada! Our annual seminar with sensei from around the world, national championship tournament, and grading up to 2dan this year. Talk to your dojo leader for more details.

Nov 19-20th, RMNF Seminar, Indiana – Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation (US Naginata Federation) is hosting a seminar in Batesville, Indiana on Nov 19-20th with Takami Tanner-sensei! If you wish to attend, speak to your dojo leaders. The CNF often participates, so car pooling is an option.

Dec 3-4th, AJNF Taikai – All Japan Naginata Federation Tournament. The #1 viewing event of the Naginata calendar, if you watch no other tournament, this is the one to pay attention to! Whether streamed live or posted on youtube, videos are usually available thanks to the hard work of the foreign Naginata community living in Japan. A guide to the event may be published by the Canadian community, owning to the success of last year’s guide. ( Please, Jordan, please?)

  • September 4, 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