Because this Friday, April the 3rd is a holiday, there will be no Kenjutsu class that date at the Kinsmen Centre. Class will resume again the next week as usual.
The last class of the year for kenjutsu will be Friday, December 19th. We will start back in the new year with our first class being on Friday, January 9th. After that we will resume the same Tuesday and Friday schedule.
In September we will be stopping our Wednesday class at Kinsmen Centre and starting a Tuesday night class at Newton school. Next week, August 27 will be our last Wednesday class at Kinsmen Centre. We will still continue our Friday class at Kinsmen Centre at the regular time. Our last Wednesday class will be August 27. Friday classes will continue unchanged.
The Tuesday class will start on September 9th at the Newton school gymnasium. The class will start at 6:30pm and end at 8:45. Tuesday classes will run here until the end of June 2015.
Our last class prior to Christmas will be Friday December 19th, and we will resume training Friday January 9th.
Hello Everyone, We will be having two kenjutsu seminars this summer. The first will be on Sunday, July 6th and will be a beginner level seminar. The cost will be 65$. This seminar will be a great opportunity to expose interested friends to kenjutsu while being a good review for those who have already been training. Our goal is to have 30 attendees, including our own students. Please let us know if you are attending so we can keep track.
The second seminar will be on August 2nd and 3rd (the Saturday and Sunday) and will be a more advanced seminar for those who have already trained kenjutsu. It will cover in depth theory of classical shinai kata and iaijutsu movement. The cost for this will be 120$, and our goal as well is to have 30 attendees. As with the first seminar, please let us know ASAP if you are planning on attending.
We will be moving Kenjutsu training back to Kinsmen Centre starting this Friday, July 11th. There will be no class Wednesday July 9th. Class will be at the previous regular time, 8:00pm, and run every Wednesday and Friday.
The last Kenjutsu class for the year will be Friday, December 20th. Training will resume on Wednesday, January 8th 2014.
Noble House will be having a grading on Saturday, January 18. The grading will start at 10:30am. Those grading, and all other students should arrive by 10:00am to prepare everything for the grading. For those who haven't been to one, gradings are something that all students should make every effort to attend whether they are testing or not. It is important to support, and help those that are testing, as well as to witness it. Students who are interested in grading should submit their names to David.
Noble House Kenjutsu is pleased to announce an upcoming seminar over August 3 and 4 in Edmonton. The seminar will cover material in both kenjutsu and iaijutsu. No prior experience is necessary, and all skill levels are welcome. Note that seminar size
is limited to 30 students. For more information, or to register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sensei will be concentrating on shinai and tanto kata for the near future. Be sure to check your notes and brush up on anything that you may not have practiced recently.
Sensei has been concentrating quite heavily on hard bo kata for several classes. The first section of the kata has had some significant clarifications that seniors should try to incorporate in to their practice. If you have not been to class for a few days, be sure to come by before the class focus changes to another part of the curriculum.
Our first class in the New year will be on Wednesday, January 9. Hope to see you all there!
class on Friday, and no longer need to arrive at the earlier time to tie bundles.
Starting today (Monday July 16), we will be practicing testcutting on Fridays during a portion of class. We are anticipating that we will test cut for the rest of the summer, but watch your email and the website for updates on this. As we tie our own practice bundles for this, we will need everyone's assistance in preparing for this before class. Students should come an hour early (at 7:00) to help tie bundles for practice. All students are expected to help, regardless of whether they will be cutting bundles during that class. Students are responsible for bringing scissors, or a short knife to help in making bundles. We will meet prior to class every Friday with the exception of extreme weather conditions (lightning, very heavy rain).
Ikebana photos from Monday's class have been uploaded. For those who weren't able to make it to class, be sure to take a look to see what you missed! See the photos here.
Next ikebana class will be Monday August 13. Please make sure that you have your own kenzan, bowl, and scissors. If you would like advice on where to get these, please ask David, Andrew, or James.
Noble House Kenjutsu will be resuming Ikebana (flower arrangement) lessons. These classes will be held during the first Monday of every month, beginning on July 9. Students should bring proper equipment to practice with (scissors, an appropriate bowl) and are responsible for bringing their own branches or flowers. Students who are not sure what they need to bring should contact James, David, or Andrew.
Last week sensei introduced a new, more advanced variation of the 2nd shinai kata, Fu Un no Ken. Senior students should already be familiar with the advanced movements of the first kata, and this theory is now being applied to the second. Sensei also plans to review staff kata in the near future. This includes jo, hard bo, and hakkaku bo, our octagonal staff. We have not had an opportunity to practice jo recently, so be sure to come to class and join in.
Noble House Kenjutsu is proud to be putting on a display of antique Japanese swords during the Spring Festival at the Kurimoto Japanese garden on the 3rd of June. We will have two tents in a corner of the park with several antique blades for public viewing. Our display will be up for the duration of the festival so even if you can't come to watch our performance, do feel free to come visit our tent and ask questions.
Sensei has been focusing recently on Gyaku Fu Uke Fune, (a naginata v. two-sword kata).