2018 North American Iaido Partnership Grading & Seminar

Friday, Nov. 30 – Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018

** NEW **Between the Pan-American Iaido Goodwill Taikai matches, we will be inviting non-competitors to perform an embu (demonstration) in front of everyone. The FIK Delegates (Mitani Sensei and Hatakenaka Sensei) will be asked to choose a top performer of the following groups: 3-Dan and below, 4-Dan, 5-Dan, and 6-Dan. If you wish to be considered in the award, your name must be on the list we provide them. Please enter your details in THIS form. If you would like to demonstrate, but do not wish to be considered for the awards, you do not need to fill out the form. Please submit no later than November 18, 2018.


The Canadian Kendo Federation is proud to host the 2018 North American Iaido Partnership Grading (NAIPG) and Seminar. An event that brings together practitioners from across Canada, the US, and Latin America for a weekend of learning and community building. An official delegation from the FIK will lead the instruction and oversee the event.

We are also proud to present the inaugural Pan-American Iaido Goodwill Taikai, an event that will showcase the highest level of Iaido in the Americas, and demonstrate our readiness for the world stage.

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Instructors from the International Kendo Federation will be announced closer to the date.

   Mitani Teruo Sensei (Hanshi Iaido 8 dan)
   Hatakenaka Atsumi Sensei (Kyoshi Iaido 8 dan)

Our honoured guests from Japan will be joined by:

   Stephen Cruise Sensei (Kyoshi Iaido 7 dan)
   Goyo Ohmi Sensei (Kyoshi Iaido 7 dan)
   Shozo Kato Sensei (Kyoshi Iaido 7 dan)
   Pam Parker Sensei (Kyoshi Iaido 7 dan)
   Takeshi Kimeda Sensei (Renshi Iaido 7 dan)
   ...and more!


Etobicoke Olympium
Etobicoke Olympium, 590 Rathburn Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9C 3T3 (map)

Map of Venue w.r.t Hotel and Airport (venue)


The Kodansha Workshop will be from 9am - 5pm on Friday, November 30th, and will take place in the 2nd floor alcove of the Etobicoke Olympium.

Friday, November 30, 2018 (Downstairs Multipurpose Room)
08:15 - 09:00 — Registration & Sword Check
09:00 - 12:00 — Workshop
12:00 - 13:00 — Lunch
13:00 - 17:00 — Shimpan (Judging) Seminar


The General Seminar will be from 9am - 5pm on Saturday, December 1st. This full-day of training will be open to all ranks and will take place in the main gym of the Etobicoke Olympium.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 (Main Gym)
08:15 - 08:50 — Registration & Sword Check
08:55 - 12:00 — Seminar
12:00 - 13:00 — Lunch
13:00 - 17:00 — Seminar
18:30 - 21:00 — Banquet


Exams will go up to 6-Dan. For ALL grading/shinsa information, please visit the CKF website here: http://kendo-canada.com/forms.html — Exam registration is now open. Written exam has been posted HERE

Sunday, December 2, 2018 (Main Gym)
08:15 - 09:00 — Registration & Sword Check
09:00 - 12:00 — Exam: 1-Kyu to 6-Dan
12:00 - 12:45 — Lunch & Taikai Setup
12:45 - 13:00 — Opening Ceremonies
13:00 - 17:00 — Competition & Demonstrations
17:00 - 17:30 — Awards & Closing Ceremonies

Rules & Regulations for the Pan-American Iaido Goodwill Taikai (PAIGT) can be found HERE


Parking is free on-site. Follow the signs through the front door and right down the hall to the main gym. Check-in will open at 8:15am, please make sure you come early to get your sword checked. Opening ceremonies will begin sharply at 9:00am.


Purchased bento lunches will be provided in a designated eating area at the Olympium.
UPDATE: Lunch registration is now closed. Lunches are not available for late registrants.

A map and list of nearby restaurants and nearby hotels.

The closest accommodation is the Best Western Plus Travel Hotel Toronto Airport at 5503 Eglinton Ave W, Etobicoke, ON M9C 5K5 (hotel)




One Day - $100
Two Days - $150
Taikai - Free

Payments accepted by PayPal only.


The seminar/taikai registration deadline will be Thursday, November 15, 2018, after which a late fee of $50 will apply.

You will need your Federation (CKF, AUSKF, etc) ID number to register. CKF members can register on this site by adding CA before their CKF ID -- For example, if your CKF LoginID is 9999, then your Shinken.cc ID will be CA9999.

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If you have questions about the seminar or taikai, please contact the organizing committee at Iaido@kendo-canada.com
If you have questions about the grading, please contact the CKF Secretary at secretary@kendo-canada.com


The main seminar will be held on Saturday, December 1 — Open to ALL

Seminar fee: $100 CAD


A Kodansha workshop will be held on Friday, November 30 — Open to 4-DAN and up

Workshop fee: $100 CAD, but there is a $50 CAD discount if you attend BOTH the seminar and the workshop.


Online registration is not currently available.

Please contact info@shinken.cc if you have questions about the registration process.