UofT Naginata Gasshuku 2016

Repost from UofT Naginata Facebook page by Alexa Klein:

Hello everyone,

As mentioned previously, this year’s gasshuku will be taking place at St-Patrick’s Church on McCall St. and Hart House at UofT on the weekend of August 19-21. We will be charging 40$ per person to cover the cost of food. We will begin collecting the money this week, so please bring cash or a cheque to practice as soon as you can. It will be payable to Mary-Kate, Abigail or myself. Practice for gasshuku will begin at 9am on Friday and we will be meeting at St-Patrick’s for 8am. Please make sure to be on time. I’ll post the schedule for the rest of the weekend shortly. We will need a few volunteers to help us set up, so if you’re interested in helping out or if you have any cooking skills, please inbox one of the three of us. Last, but most important, please make sure to fill out the emergency contact and medical information form linked below and to forward it to Mary-Kate, and don’t forget to bring your health card with you that weekend.

Club Changes and Grading News

On July 11, 2016, Mary-Kate Proud became the new captain of UTNC. We are proud to have her as our new instructor for the club and wish her good luck in her role.

Also, Abigail Lim became the new president of UTNC. May she lead the club to a successful year.

Congradulations to everyone who graded at the JCCC this past weekend for passing. Grading is an important part of Naginata, and may everyone continue to grade or enter their first grading in the future.

UTNC Webmaster 2016-2017

Hi, I’m Sean Lai, the new webmaster of the U of T Naginata Club.

I plan on updating this site so that it can become a point of reference for beginners such as adjusting the vocab page (perhaps with voice clips for proper pronounciation), including instructional videos for properly folding up the naginata uniform and putting on bogu. I also hope to be able to make a few improvements regarding the layout of this site.

If you are a member of the club and would like to get in contact with me regarding announcements or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to find me in person at practice (my first practice of this summer will be on Sunday, June 5) and at social or via Facebook/Messenger.

I wish everyone a great year!

Election and UTNC Tournament Results

This past weekend, we’ve had quite a few events!

First off was the annual end of year social and elections on Saturday. Here’s the results of the election:

President: Angelie J Flores
Vice President: Abigail Lim
UTBN President: Brianna Luong
Secretary: Alice Zhang
Treasurer: Mika Nishinoiri
Social Convenors: Alexa Klein and Paul Schweitzer
Publicity Manager: Mercer Pommer
Membership Secretary: Zaldy Balde Jr.
Webmaster: Sean Lai
Equipment Managers: Anri Kitami and Maggie Lin

Looking forwards to working with everyone and making 2016-2017 a great year!

Then on Sunday, we had our annual end of year tournament. Here are the winners:

Engi Division
1st Place: Anri Kitami and Zaldy Balde Jr.
2nd Place: Mika Nishinoiri and Mercer Pommer
3rd Place: Sean Lai and Gregory Ge

Shiai Division
1st Place: Jordan Macklem
2nd Place: Abigail Lim
3rd Place: Tomas Paolo Almonte

Great job, everyone who participated! And a special thanks to the JCCC for their help and participation in the tournament.

Finally, there was a grading at the JCCC after the tournament on Sunday. Congratulations to Brianna Luong and Mercer Pommer for achieving 3kyu!

A reminder that the last practice of the year will be April 20, and that Balloon Day will be this Sunday, April 17. Hope to see you all there!