Kendo Injuries and Recovery

Kendo Injuries and Recovery

I’ve had my fair share of kendo injuries. Sometimes they’ve been broken bones (one wrist from falling during drills, two toes from playing stupidly), but mostly they’ve been soft-tissue injuries. Think muscle sprains, strains, and tendonitis. Like...
Last Chance to Join for the Summer

Last Chance to Join for the Summer

Just wanted to remind folks that we are approaching the end of May, which means your chance to start your kendo training this summer is slipping away! Registration for the summer session of kendo closes on May 31. If you’re interested in joining after that,...
Memories of Gill Sensei

Memories of Gill Sensei

This is harder to write than I thought it would be. It occurs to me that some point while I’m writing this, Gill Sensei is heading home. When I went to visit him for the last time on Tuesday, he said he was going to hang out with Ip Man and the other masters...
Kendo Equipment for Beginners

Kendo Equipment for Beginners

Starting your kendo journey is easy: just get to the dojo regularly. Just as easy is the equipment you’ll need, because you really don’t need much. Here’s the equipment we suggest for new students. Bokuto Set (wooden swords) – long and short...

CanFitPro Certification

In May 2021 I decided it might be beneficial to have more knowledge about physical training so I enrolled in a course to become a Personal Training Specialist (PTS) through the canfitpro organization. I passed the theory portion in May. In hindsight, I should have...
Kendo in the Era of Covid-19: Part V

Kendo in the Era of Covid-19: Part V

These have been challenging times for martial arts dojos, gyms, yoga studios, fitness studios, sports clubs, and all manner of businesses and organizations. As Ontario moves toward “Step 3” of its reopening plan, it seems we will be able to move indoors...
Kendo in the Covid-19 Era: Part IV

Kendo in the Covid-19 Era: Part IV

We’ve now had our first practice working under the “Orange” level of Covid-19 restrictions that require us to have a 3m distance between students when training. Last week we didn’t have classes so this week was the first test of the system, so...
Kendo in the Covid-19 Era: Part IV

Kendo in the Covid-19 Era: Part III

Ontario has moved to a more restrictive level of its Covid-19 response framework. Niagara is now subject to the “orange” level of restrictions. It seemed another call to Niagara Region Public Health was in order. I spoke to the same person (Matt H.) as I...
Kendo in the Covid-19 Era: Part IV

Kendo in the Covid-19 Era: Part II

So . . . the Ontario government has released a new Covid-19 Response Framework. For your reading pleasure, here’s the link: https://files.ontario.ca/moh-covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open-en-2020-11-08.pdf Niagara is in the yellow...
Kendo in the Covid-19 Era: Part IV

Kendo in the Covid-19 Era

As you’ve heard, the Niagara Kendo Club has resumed indoor practices. So, what do these look like now that we’re in the era of Covid-19? They’re a little different, but not all that much. Here’s what’s going on. New Facility Our new...