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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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!

 

Fall 2017 Semester Wrap-Up

It’s that time of year again: holidays are coming up, meaning finals seasons for students, and more importantly, we’re approaching the last couple of practices before we break for the New Year. This semester saw many new members join the club and a growing group of us representing McGill at the CNF tournament. Here’s to more people learning about Naginata and growing the club!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the end of semester party at Simon’s place this Saturday Dec 2 after practice!

CNF 2017

The CNF Seminar and Tournament this past weekend was a great success and an amazing opportunity to practice with people from all over Canada! Congrats to those who competed & graded and thanks to everyone who came to represent our club!!

McGill Naginata Club was represented by:

Marija Landekic
– 1st place Yudansha Engi

Simon Bruins
– 1st place Yudansha Engi

William Choi
– 1st-kyu
– 2nd place Dangai Engi
– 3rd place Team Shiai

Kevin Hallé
– 1st-kyu
– 2nd place Dangai Engi
– 2nd place Team Shiai

Helen Liu
– 2nd-kyu

Julia Luo
– 2nd kyu
– 1st place Team Shiai

Sam Zhou
– 3rd-kyu
– 2nd place Team Shiai

Frank Stabile
– 3rd-kyu

Chloe Wang, Virna Xi, Paul Wei, Sage Minard, Kevin Lee, Chris Axon