Please find below an update on seminars during the second half of 2012, with Kyu and Dan examinations up to Sandan.
We are very keen to encourage British naginataka to attend events if you want to, but please let Rachel know, so she can coordinate arrangements. This can sometimes require a team effort by the BNA Executive to cover activities such as: sending in forms for Britain (and not individually by each student); arranging funds to be paid from BNA; and potentially, the Chairman writing letters for those who want to take any exams.
Florence, Italy – Seminar with Examinations – 16-17th JUNE, 2012
The naginata seminar will be held by M° Helen Michiyo NAKANO, Kyoshi, Vice – President of International Naginata Federation.
NAKANO Sensei will be assisted by the ENF Technical Director, M° Cecile HAMOT Renshi and by David D’HOSE, Vice-President of ENF, who will also compose the examination committee.
(The exam syllabus is very close, if not identical to the one the ENF Technical Director sends out to ENF countries)
International Naginata Federation Annual Regional Seminar 2012
Taking place in Uppsala, Sweden 24-26th August 2012.
The closest Airport is Stockholm Arlanda. It is circa 40 minutes by bus/train.
Summary information is:
Seminar cost – 80 Euros (for all 3 days)
Evening Party at the end (which folks are expected to attend) – 25 Euros
Lodging in Uppsala:
- Hotel: single room (€80 /night) or doubleroom (€92 /night) – with breakfast.
- Camping: 4 person cabins (€96 /cabin/night) – without breakfast.
- Dojo: floor (free) – without breakfast, but there is a kitchen in the dojo and a shop next doors.
This is three days of good seminar, with an international selection of sensei, Japanese, American, as well as European – teaching in English, either via translation or sensei who speak English.
(Please note we have only just received the full information, and the deadline is in 3 days, 1st JUNE for the forms, and 1st JULY for all final payment) People living in Britain if you want to go, you need to get in touch as soon as possible !
European Naginata Championships
Date is now confirmed as Saturday 10th November in Prague, Czech Republic.
People will need to allow 3 days, Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th for events. More information is to follow.
You may wish to allow 4 days with travel if you want to ‘look around’ Prague.
The sports centre is the Arena Sparta
It is one day of Championships, short seminar, with Ikkyu and Dan (up to 3dan) exams, held alongside the one day Championships.
British passport holders, DAN and IKKYU, in particular, will be lobbied to try and budget to attend and compete for Great Britain. Hopefully with this advanced notice, annual leave and cheap flights can now be arranged in good time.