Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada Branch now has a special deal in place with a small family run budoshop in Japan. What initiated this was the difficulty of getting high quality keikogi with embroidery in the correct colour at a reasonable price.
The MSR Canada Keikogi is lightweight, made of the famous Hanabishi fabric. It is synthetic and looks like a regular keikogi. However, this special fabric keeps you cool longer and stretches a bit to allow for easy movement.
Another bonus of the MSR Canada Keikogi is the easy care: throw it in the washing machine with your regular clothes as often as you want. It dries in no-time so it can be washed after each keiko is desired.
As a package combo, add a synthetic Hakama at a discounted price too. More information can be found in our Dokokai Shop.
As part of our July training weekend, a two-day Meifu Shinkage-ryu Masterclass will be organised in La Ronge on July 20 and 21 (Thursday and Friday). The Thursday will focus on Shodan curriculum and on application skills of shurikenjutsu. We will also be working on finer details of movement of Fundo Kusari. The Friday is all about self-training and collaboration amongst members.
At the end of the Friday, MSR Canada members from Saskatchewan Dojo, and leaders from Toronto Keikokai, and Manitoba Prairies Keikokai who are eligible for examinations will have the opportunity to do their examination for their next level under supervision of Chris de Feijter, Branch Chief. This may include Sankyu, Nikyu, Ikkyu levels and Shodan level examination.
Participation in the MSR Masterclass is free, however, examination cost are to be paid by each member who wants to do their examination.
In addition to Meifu Shinkage-ryu, the training weekend will also include Yagyu Shinkage-ryu Kenjutsu and Yagyu Shingan-ryu (jujutsu). Especially the kenjutsu component is extremely interesting to do as it will provide deeper insight into some of the skills within Meifu Shinkage-ryu. Participation in the Yagyu component has a cost attached to it because we are flying in an instructor. Please contact Chris for more details.
I believe in great branding, even when that is for nonprofit purposes. And that is the case for Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada™.
Growing Meifu Shinkage Ryu in Canada under the Branch can best be done in a structured manner, in order to make the organisational structure as transparent and easy to access as possible. The first step was to incorporate as a non-profit. This happened in 2014 as a keikokai. The second step was to protect the Meifu Shinkage Ryu name in Canada with a trademark. This happened in 2016. The third step was to become a Branch, which also happened in 2016.
Uniting efforts to grow Meifu Shinkage Ryu as a quality martial arts organisation in Canada is vital to maintaining the integrity and authenticity. There are already too many martial arts organisations being too splintered, and unable to keep control of their members. Our Board of Directors does not want that to happen in Canada.
What to expect in 2017
- Quality Growth: Although we started small, growth will be steady for 2017. Rather than thinking in quantity, MSR Canada Branch stands for creating a quality membership.
- Keiko Cafe sessions: We will be offering online collaboration sessions for members to attend. These sessions are all about thinking, sharing, and growing together. Rather than online training sessions, the Keiko Cafe is more about philosophy as well as researching Meifu Shinkage Ryu and related arts.
- Leader Group: A Leader Group consisting of Keikokai Leaders who are affiliated with the Canada Branch will meet online once per month to discuss direction of each Keikokai, celebrate successes of it’s members, as well as to plan seminars, workshops, and other events. In addition, leaders can support each other by providing curriculum and instructional supports. These sessions will be available using the GO TO Meeting System.
- Library: The Saskatchewan Keikokai started to build a library of Budo resources, consisting of often very rare books. These books will be available to all MSR Canada Branch leaders for research and further learning.
- Administration and Organisation: With our organisation now recognised as a nonprofit corporation, we are working to obtain a Microsoft donation of the Office 365 suite. In addition, we are trying to get a donated license for Skype for Business. If everything goes well, all Branch affiliated leaders will have access to one copy of the full Microsoft Office suite at no cost.
- Email: Establishing Meifu Shinkage Ryu Canada Branch requires a professional appearance. An email accounts for all the leaders that can be managed through Outlook will be available shortly. Try sending an email to email@example.com…
- MSR Canada Branch Website: All Branch leaders will have access to a protected area on the MeifuShinkageRyu.ca where training resources can be shared.
- Group Websites: All Branch Leaders will be provided with web-space on our server at no cost so that each group can build their own website.
With many other aspects in development, I am very excited to continue to lead the Canada Branch together with Branch affiliated leaders. There are many things to do, however, each step forward creates a stronger system.
Chris de Feijter
Excitingly we are announcing a series of new workshops, to be offered in Saskatchewan and Toronto. Four workshops about Bo-Shurikenjutsu as well as four workshops about Fundo Kusarijutsu are currently being designed. Please take a look at the special announcement page, https://meifushinkageryu.ca/workshop-small-weapons/
In addition, we are setting up regular Keiko Cafe sessions. Please see the Facebook group for announcements.