Dear Kendo Community,
We will be hosting a Referee / Shinpan Seminar on Sunday March 12 in preparation for the upcoming U of T Sr Tournament on March 25, JCCC Jr Tournament on April 30 and Canadian National Kendo Championships on August 12-13, 2023.  The seminar will be interactive and open to Kendoka ranked 4th Dan and higher.  We will also share information presented at the International Kendo Federation Referee / Shinpan Seminar on February 25-26 in Los Angeles, California, USA.  Shinpan is an important part of one’s development in Kendo.
We also invite Kendo players ranked 2D to 3D and juniors to participate as players.  This is a very good opportunity to gain further shiai / competitive experience.
Participants for the seminar (both Shinpan and players) are asked to register by sending name, rank (kyu/dan and shogo) and dojo to by Tuesday March 7, 2023 EOD (end of day).
Please see details below.
Event Details:
Event:            Referee / Shinpan Seminar                  
Date:              Sunday March 12, 2023
Time:             9:15 am – 12:00 pm
(Doors open just before 9am so participants may wish to arrive in keiko-gi and hakama)

Note: Daylight Saving Time begins on Mar 12. 
Location:       Upper Gym, University of Toronto
                       55 Harbord St. Toronto, ON M5S 2W6
Athletic Centre | UofT – Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education (

  1. Bring your own ‘shinpan-ki’ (red and white flags)
  2. Review the handbooks  “The Regulations of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan” (September 2nd, 2017 and “The Regulations” and subsequent corrections), published by International Kendo Federation (FIK).
  3. Review the video Provisional Match and Referee Rules as developed by All Japan Kendo Federation (ZNKR).
  4. Dress code for Shinpan:  Kendogi and Hakama with Tare

Fee:            $5 / participant.  Donations accepted. 
Masks to be worn at all times except when wearing ‘Men’ where mask or plastic ‘men’ shield is required.
Thank you for the ongoing support,
Bryan Asa
Kendo Ontario