McGill at the 2019 World Naginata Championship

The tournament

On the 5th & 6th of July, in Wiesbaden, Germany, members of the McGill Naginata Club had the opportunity to represent Canada and compete in the World Naginata Championship and the World Goodwill tournament.

Team Canada after the World’s tournament

Team Canada got the following results:

Zen Nihon KataMarija Landekic & Antoine fromentinTop 10
Men EngiAndrew Boyd & Jordan Macklem4th Place
Women Team ShiaiMarija Landekic, Lutan Liu, Mary Phan2nd Place
Women Individual ShiaiMarija LandekicTop 8
Men Individual Shiai (Goodwill)William ChoiTop 8
Men Individual Shiai (Goodwill)Kevin HalléTop 8
Women Individual Shiai
Julia Luo4th place

Simon Bruins also competed in the goodwill tournament for the Dutch team

The Seminar

After the tournaments was a 3-days Naginata seminar followed by a grading where all the attendants could practice with people from various countries.

Congratulation to Marija Landekic who successfully graded for yondan.

The Germany trip

Beyond the tournament and the seminar this was a fun and exciting trip for everyone who attended.

Jeremy and Simon having fun at the Sayonara Party

Hello, Winter 2018

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

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!

Winter Semester Wrap-Up

Wow, it was our most eventful season thus far! We had our first Gasshuku and were whipped into shape, attended and competed in the JSS Seminar & Yamauchi Memorial Tournament in the States, and held two gradings.

Thank you to the JSS for hosting the seminar and tournament, to the visiting sensei for coaching us all. We learned much, and had a wonderful time meeting and practicing with everyone. Special thanks to Ellery-sensei for hosting us at his home, it held an impressive number of people.
Great job Kevin and Will for bringing back second in Dangai Engi!

Finally, congratulations to everyone who graded these past couple of months, so happy to see us improve and grow as a club

2016 Fall Events

Autumn has come and with it the last of this year’s Naginata events!

Oct 8-9, ECNF Seminar РEast-Coast Naginata Federation (US Naginata Federation) is hosting a seminar in Alexandria, Virginia on Oct 8-9th, 2016. If you wish to attend, speak to Simon or Marija soon. This seminar is always on Thanksgiving weekend so the CNF often participates. Car pooling is an option.

Oct 15-16, CNF Seminar and Taikai РCanadian Naginata Federation seminar and tournament. The most important event of the year for the Naginata community in Canada! Our annual seminar with sensei from around the world, national championship tournament, and grading up to 2dan (tentative) this year. Talk to Simon or Marija for more details.

Oct 28- Nov 1 ENF Championships and SeminarРEuropean Naginata Federation Championships. Hosted in Brussels this year. Keep an eye out for videos and results!
Event Trailer:

Nov 19-20th, RMNF Seminar, Indiana –¬†Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation (US Naginata Federation) is hosting a seminar in Batesville, Indiana on Nov 19-20th with Takami Tanner-sensei! If you wish to attend, speak to Simon or Marija. The CNF often participates, so car pooling is an option.

Dec 3-4th, AJNF Taikai – All Japan Naginata Federation Tournament. The #1 viewing event of the Naginata calendar, if you watch no other tournament, this is the one to pay attention to! Whether streamed live or posted on youtube, videos are usually available thanks to the hard work of the foreign Naginata community living in Japan. A guide to the event may be published by the Canadian community, owning to the success of last year’s guide.


March Updates

The MNC is now well into it’s first semester, so plans for the end-of-semester practice are well under way. The 3rd week in April will be our final practice of the Winter semester (officially). However, that doesn’t mean practice stops! We have now secured our bookings for the summer semester so please check the times and dates listed.

Note that we’ll have two practices in the Studio instead of the Aerobics room (May 14th, and June 22nd), but that all other practices will now be in the Aerobics room itself. And thank goodness we’re not going to be in the fiery hell of Gym 2 during the summer…

Practice days have changed from Tuesdays to Wednesdays, and as the gym closes at 9pm, practice will finish at 8:30pm during the summer, which means (!!!) more time for beers! ūüėČ

Saturdays will continue as usual.

Stay tuned for news of outdoor practices at times/days in addition to normal practice too ūüėÄ

Happy 2016!

Happy 2016 to everyone!

After a semester of intensive negotiation with SSMU and the McGill Athletic Centre, I am happy to announce that practices will be held in the gym this semester!

The beginner’s course will start on January 9th (Saturday). All students interested in trying Naginata are welcome! All you need to start are clothes that you can move in comfortably. Equipment will be provided where necessary.

Introductory Classes:
January 9th, 1pm-3pm
January 12th, 8:30-10:30pm
(If you can not attend one of the intro classes, but would still like to join us this semester, please contact

Winter Semester Practice Schedule:
Saturdays, 1pm-3pm Aerobics Room
Tuesdays, 8:30 – 10:30 Gym #2

Club Fee: $50/semester. This covers all practices for the whole semester. (All students can attend one intro class without needing to register)

Please note that you need a McGill ID to enter the athletic centre.