Further to the Canadian Kendo Federation email, we are pleased to announce the team that will be attending the Gakuren Alumni Taikai in Japan on December 1, 2019. They seven UTKAN members are:
Tomas Flecker (Kingston Kendo Club)
Xiaohe Chen (Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Kendo Club)
Owen Ward (University of Toronto Kendo Club)
Issac Ru (University of Toronto Kendo Club)
Fidel Labit (University of Toronto Kendo Club)
Mark Kawabe (Niagara Kendo Club)
Naim Ghany (University of Toronto Kendo Club)
We’d like to thank all of you – our wonderful community of alumni and friends – for your support in making this trip possible. For anyone who will be in Tokyo during the tournament, please let us know as we’ll be hosting a few social events!
As announced at our last event, the guidelines for team selection for the Gakuren Alumni Taikai are now available. We’ve also confirmed with the organizers that the date of the tournament will be Sunday, December 1, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.
Team selection will be based on the following criteria:
Active participant in the alumni community and related UTKAN events
In possession of a UTKAN nafuda to wear during the tournament
In adequate health condition with the ability to participate in a full day of kendo activities
Available to travel to Tokyo, Japan and attend the tournament on December 1 , 2019
A member of Canadian Kendo Federation in good standing
In possession of a valid passport with ability to enter and leave Japan without legal hinderance
As mentioned at our previous events, we’ve begun work on a mini-documentary about the upcoming trip to the Gakuren Alumni Taikai. As a part of that ongoing process, we’re pleased to share a short kendo film from our most recent event.
In the coming months we’ll be reaching out to members of the alumni community to conduct short interviews – so stay tuned!
We are pleased to announce an opportunity for all U of T alumni to participate in the Gakuren Alumni Taikai in Tokyo, Japan this December 2019.
The tournament organizers have welcomed us to send a team of seven alumni to compete. The tournament requires that the seven-person team composition consist of the following:
– Three players who are 22 years of age or older; – Two players who are 35 years of age or older; – And, two players who are 45 years of age or older.
In addition, all players on the team must be graduates of the same university.
If you are interested in attending the tournament please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be selecting the team of seven players towards the end of the year, and will be sharing more information at our upcoming events.
UTKAN will be providing a subsidy to cover the travel costs for the team to attend the tournament. This is subsidy is made possible thanks to the sponsorship we received from U of T’s affinity partners.
Please reach out if you are interested in attending, helping out with organizing, or have any questions as we get ready for this exciting opportunity!
New Years Event
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a New Years event on Friday, January 25 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm in the Dance Studio at the Athletic Centre.
We will be having a light keiko followed by dinner and drinks nearby.
Please note a day pass is not be required to attend this event. When you arrive please let the Athletic Centre staff know you are here for the University of Toronto Kendo Alumni Network event.
As temperature dips, it’s a reminder that we are coming to an end of a another great year. 2018 has been an important year for the U of T kendo alumni community; and it’s you, all of you, who have made it possible.
We will be hosting a holiday social on Saturday, December 8th. If you can make it, we’d love to see everyone – and we have some exciting news and plans to share about 2019.
Here’s another interesting bit of kendo history we managed to dig up.
Welcome the University of Toronto Kendo Alumni Network (UTKAN). We are a network of University of Toronto graduates with a passion for kendo. Many of our members are active at the University of Toronto Kendo Club – while others practice at various clubs across the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, and the world.
As a network associated with the Alumni Relations Office, our goal is to provide a community for U of T alumni around the world to connect through a shared interest in kendo. As a martial art, kendo has been practiced at the University of Toronto for more than 40 years – and the number of kendo alumni has been steadily growing since then. We’re proud to have more than 80 active alumni at the moment and are always looking to rekindle connections with other alumni – whether they are past, present, or future kenshi.
UTKAN was created with our shared connection to the University of Toronto in mind, and reflects U of T’s motto: velut arbor aevo – as the tree grows through time.