Kendo in the Covid-19 Era: Part III

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 III

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 III

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...

We Have a New Home

For now 🙂 I am happy to announce that the Niagara Kendo Club will be resuming indoor Kendo training sessions at the Church of St. John the Evangelist (St. John’s Anglican Church), located at 12 Carleton St. South, Thorold. A map is below. Kendo training sessions...
Not-so-good Club News

Not-so-good Club News

Due to ongoing issues with squatters, vandalism, and theft, The Welland Martial Arts Centre has decided to vacate the dojo at 40 Division St. Of course, this means that The Niagara Kendo Club is now homeless. From what I can tell, at least two sets of club bogu were...

Virtual Suburi Practice for SWORD Dojos

Greetings all, Mori Sensei from the Forest City Kendo Club will be holding a virtual suburi practice on Zoom this Friday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. Invitations to the meeting have been sent to the dojo administrators of all SWORD dojos. Here’s the link to the...
Concussions, Rowan’s Law, and the Dojo

Concussions, Rowan’s Law, and the Dojo

Rowan’s Law was given Royal Assent on March 7, 2018. The law was named in memory of Rowan Stringer, who was a young rugby player from Ottawa. She died in 2013 from brain swelling, after possibly suffering three concussions in six days of rugby playing. The level...

Welcome to 2020

For all the talk about it being a new year or new decade, today is just a new day like any other day. Humans are good at creating meaning where none existed previously. Dinosaurs, dolphins, and antelope never celebrated a new year. They just lived their lives until...
Where Does Respect End?

Where Does Respect End?

If you haven’t read the AJKF purpose of Kendo, perhaps a refresher is in order. As Kendoka, respect is part of our training. Respect for yourself and respect for others. It’s the latter I want to focus on. We are surrounded by disrespectful behaviour. In...
Knocked Down? Get Up.

Knocked Down? Get Up.

Canadians went to the polls yesterday to make choices on how we want to be governed. Today, some people are happy and others are not. If you’ve bopped around on social media at all, you’ll probably have noticed a fair bit of negativity. How the heck does...