Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Welcome Everyone!

Good Evening,

Thank you for registering for the inaugural CKF Women's Iaido Seminar this weekend at the Etobicoke Olympium. We are looking forward to see you there.

To make your day(s) as smooth and easy as possible, please review the following details ahead of your arrival:

Hotel: For those who are staying at the Best Western, please double-check that you are booked at the Best Western PLUS TRAVEL Hotel, and not the Best Western PLUS Hotel Airport.  See link in the FAQ 

Dojo: For those who haven't been to the Olympium before, there is a small parking lot in the front, and a much larger one further in, on-site. The practice space is in the basement. You can take the stairs or elevators, and look for the jogging track. There will be signs that point you there.

Registration: The registration table will be open at 8:30 am on both days. Please arrive early and change in the MAIN FLOOR change rooms. The washrooms downstairs are not for changing. Please respect the Olympium's policy.

Lunch: Lunch will be served in Room #13, which is around the hallway from the dojo space. There is ample seating for everyone, not only those who ordered bento!

Lectures: Bring your notebook and pen/pencil! Lectures will most likely be held on the dojo floor. If you need a chair, please let one of the volunteers know.

Banquet: The banquet room (2nd Floor Lounge) will be available for...lounging... immediately after the seminar. Dinner will be served ~6pm, and the interview will start after Sensei has had a chance to enjoy her food. Beer will be available for purchase -- please do not bring your own alcohol -- our permit does not allow it.

Pictures/Video: We will have a couple of dedicated photographers/videographers during the seminar. If you do not wish your images to be shared online, please let me know ahead of time. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email, text/whatsapp, or call me -- in that order of preference ;)

See you soon!
- Patrick

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Seminar Announcement

2016 CKF Women's Iaido Seminar
Guest Instructor: Atsumi Hatakenaka (Kyoshi 8-Dan)

Date:                July 16-17, 2016
Location:         Etobicoke Olympium
                        590 Rathburn Rd, Toronto  

The CKF is proud and excited to announce a unique opportunity to female Iaidoka in Canada and to our friends around the world. On July 16 and 17, Atsumi Hatakenaka-Sensei (Kyoshi 8 Dan), the most senior, active female Iaido sensei in the world, will be leading a seminar focused on developing women in Iaido. 

Sensei will not only work with participants on improving their own training methods and practices, but also impart her knowledge, experience, and advice for thriving in a martial arts world growing in gender diversity.

Saturday will be an exclusive seminar for helping our female Iaidoka develop their skills, while Sunday will be opened to all other practitioners 4-Dan and above to align on learnings from the previous day and receive guidance on instructing a wide variety of students.

  • General Registration $75 - Saturday only OR Both Days (Women)
  • Open Registration $60 - Sunday only (Women of any rank, Men of 4-Dan+)
  • Bento Lunch $15 - Each day
  • Banquet $30 - Saturday

A raffle will be held at the end of the seminar on Sunday. In addition to Sensei's donations, please feel free to bring other items related to Iaido, Budo, or Japan. Thanks in advance for support!

-- Please take some time to browse through this site. If you have any remaining questions, feel free to send them to Patrick Suen at

This event is proudly sponsored by the Canadian Kendo Federation