Japanese Martial Arts Day 2019

Ever wondered what kind of martial arts is being practiced at the gym? Well now you’ll get a chance to try out not just one, but multiple martial arts being offered at McGill!

The Japanese Student Association of McGill, along with the McGill Naginata Club, McGill Aikido, McGill Kendo Club, and the McGill Jukendo and Tankendo club are hosting a Martial Arts Day to promote Japanese martial arts! Come check us out!

This event is free, but please do sign up through the registration form! https://forms.gle/SnDxNMMwkBrsG8wC7

Event Date: September 14th (Sat) 2019
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Location: McGill Athletics Center (Main Gym)

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CNF Seminar 2018

Where can you get beat up by people from across Canada and learn from real Japanese renshi? — That’s right, at the 2018 CNF Seminar and Tournament here in Montreal.

On the Saturday we split into groups and worked closely with sensei from Canada, the U.S., and Japan. Everyone who came learned something new!

On Sunday, we showed off our skills in Shiai and Engi matches. Special thanks to new members who showed up on Sunday to run the tournament (we couldn’t have made it work without you).

Tournament Photos

Results

Congratulations to the following members of McGill Naginata:

Marija Landekic

  • 1st place yudansha shiai
  • 3rd place yudansha engi
  • 2nd place team shiai

Simon Bruins

  • Kanto-sho award (fighting spirit)

William Choi

  • 1st place dangai shiai
  • 1st place engi dangai
  • 2nd place team shiai

Helen Liu

  • 2nd place team shiai

Julia Luo 

  • 3rd place dangai shiai

Sam Zhou

  • 2nd place team shiai

Henintsoa Rakotomalala

  • 3rd place engi dangai

Mei Yang

  • 3rd place engai dangai

… and all the members of McGill naginata who graded. Everyone passed!

Toronto Taikai and Summer Fun

Hey everyone,

A lot has happened since our last update: execs have changed, spring practice has ended… oh and we went to drove to Toronto to participate in the annual Toronto Taikai.

Our team was represented in Toronto by the following members of McGill Naginata:

Will, Kevin, Julia, Sam, Chris, Karina, Simon and Marija

Engi Matches:
1st Place – Kevin and Will
2nd place – Sam and Julia

Individual Shiai Matches:
3rd Place – Marija

Team Shiai Matches:
1st Place – (Julia, Marija)
2nd Place – (Chris, Simon)

Huge thanks to the U of T Naginata Club for organizing the taikai, and to the Luo family for hosting the team over the weekend!!

Summer Practices

Note that we will be practicing at slightly different hours over the summer:

  • Wednesdays: 6:30-8:00pm
  • Saturdays: 1:00-3:00pm

You can find us in the Aerobics Room of the McGill Sports Complex.

See the Schedule page for more details.

Have an exciting summer, and we look forward to seeing you all next September!

2018 JSS Seminar & Taikai

A full day’s worth of seminar info overload, an amazing tournament, and who could forget the dogs at Frank’s place 😆

We had the amazing opportunity to practice with people from all over the US and Canada. McGill Naginata played in all Dangai divisions of the tournament (some of us for the first time!!), and played in the Yudansha tournament as well.

Many thanks to the JSS for hosting the NY Seminar and Taikai, to the sensei for all the feedback and learning.

Results:

McGill Naginata was represented by –
Henintsoa, Joanna, Mei, Sage, Chris, Frank, Julia, Sam, Chloe, Helen, Will, Kevin, Simon

Dangai Engi
2nd Place – Kevin and Will

Dangai Men’s Individual Matches
2nd Place – Kevin
3rd Place – Will

Dangai Women’s Individual Matches
2nd Place – Helen
3rd Place – Julia

Special shoutout to Frank’s parents for accommodating us and providing food. The trip was that much more comfortable and enjoyable thanks to them.

We look forward to attending the seminar & tournament again next year!

Gasshuku from The Kohai’s POV

Sage joined the Naginata Club in Fall 2017 and has since started spending more and more time with the club. This is Gasshuku from her perspective:

The McGill Naginata club’s Spring Gasshuku is not just a training camp. While we had three practices a day, between two to three hours each, for the duration of the event, the focus wasn’t solely on improving technique or endurance or strength, as a training camp would imply.

Rather, Gasshuku focused on both Naginata as a martial art, and Naginata as a social activity. 

Each day of Gasshuku, you would eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner with everyone else, helping to cook and clean. You would walk to the gym with everyone, and head back  together afterwards. It was a great experience; the people critiquing your attacks in the dojo would also be the person you saw fall asleep at 7.10 AM on the sofa, or someone who helped you wash a million dishes, or the person you ran across an intersection with as the traffic light changed to green.

Gasshuku didn’t just aim to be an extended practice session; it emphasized also cooperation and club bonding. How else could about 16 people in one air bnb work?

Gasshuku also touched upon the philosophy of Naginata. One of the exercises was to come up with a kata which demonstrated the core components of Naginata. The movements didn’t need to be real Naginata moves, as long as they captured the unique aspects of Naginata as a martial art. This required me to think about the movements I was making, rather than simply trying to actually do them without tripping. More broadly, Gasshuku also focused on perseverance, especially in its morning “warmup” sets; pushing yourself as far as you could go and then continuing to do so through the repeated sets.

Gasshuku improved my technique and helped me feel more comfortable around my fellow club members. It wasn’t a training camp that allowed people to distance themselves and sink themselves in their own work and emotions; it forced you to interact and cooperate and coordinate, and in doing so, become closer with those around you. It was an amazing experience, and one that I look forwards to next year.

Written by Sage Minard
Pictures from Marija Landekic

 

2018 Spring Gasshuku

We’ll be holding our spring gasshuku again this weekend on March 2-4! An extensive training menu, great food, fun social event, and accommodation if you need have been prepared. Training will be held in the Aerobics Room at the McGill Athletics Centre.

On March 2 training will run from 19:00 – 21:00; on March 3 and 4 it will run from 9:00 – 20:30.

Please check the event page or Facebook group for more information!

Hello, Winter 2018

Thank you to everyone who came out to our open practice! Congrats to everyone who graded, you all levelled up! 🙂

For this Winter semester, our practices will be in the Aerobics room on the basement level of the McGill Athletics Centre:

  • Wednesdays: 9 – 10:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 1 – 3 PM

Check the Events tab to see this season’s events!