Seminar 2015

The 26th Annual Saskatoon Kendo Seminar was held February 27 - March 1 2015. We had another great seminar this year. About 75 people came from all over the prairies plus BC and Ontario. This year we were pleased to welcome Calgary Kendo Club, Chinook Kendo Club, Edmonton Kendo Club, Manitoba Kendo Club and Regina Kendo Club. Missing this year was University of Winnipeg, hopefully they will visit us next year.

Thanks go out to our guest instructors, Daisuke Hayashi from University of Victoria, Hiro Okusa from SFU, Hyun-June Choi from Jungko and Akane D'Orangeville from McGill.

Also thanks to our club volunteers who made this possible, Lance Wall and Ryan Chappell.

This year, we had 20 candidates for grading. Congratulations to all who passed, particularly Saskatoon members:

Michael Twa, ikkyu
Colin Gibson, ikkyu
Corey Duchscher, shodan
Adam Beck, nidan
Mitsuaki Ota, sandan

Kids
1. Yoon Park, Regina
2. Michael Twa, Saskatoon
Beginners
1. Joe Armstrong, Chinook
2. Lucas Becker, Edmonton
3. Scott Loyie, Edmonton
3. Maxine Gautreau, Edmonton
Mudansha
1. Garner Beggs, Edmonton
2. Garth Brown, Manitoba
3. Cory Dolph, Regina
3. Jexxie Lafrance-Robineau, Regina
1-2 Dan
1. Mitsuaki Ota, Saskatoon
2. Jason Stelck, Edmonton
3. Saki Kawamura, Saskatoon
3. Eric Jeong, Chinook
Women
1. Kyoko Miyata, Manitoba
2. Takako Matisz, Saskatoon
3. Saki Kawamura, Saskatoon
3. Flora Chan, Calgary
3 dan
1. Bryan Villaneuva, Manitoba
2. Steve Hladky, Edmonton
3. Jared Fedorchuk, Saskatoon
3. Ryan Chappell, Saskatoon
Open
1. Hyun-June Choi, Jungko
2. Daisaku Taguchi, Chinook
3. Neil Gendzwill, Saskatoon
3. Yusuke Yanai, Regina
Team
1. Manitoba A
2. Calgary/Chinook/Manitoba
Fighting Spirit
Duncan Gurr, Regina
Nadia Leenders, Edmonton