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           Fall & Winter
        Classes and Activities
Cultural Arts   Martial Arts   Workshops
Membership and Policy                                       3

Cultural Arts, Workshops and Recreation
      Bunka Shishu (Needle Punch Embroidery)                5
      Shodo                                                 5
      Japanese Language for Adults                          6
      Ikebana (Flower Arranging)                            7
      Ikenobo School                                        7
      Sogetsu School                                        7
      Sumi-e (Brush Painting)                               8
      Taiko Workshop                                        9
      Washi Greeting Card Workshop                          10
      Washi Craft Workshop                                  10
      Origami Workshop                                      11
      Jpals Workshops                                       11
      Yoga                                                  12
      Hula for Health                                       12

Martial Arts
      Martial Arts General Information                      13
      Aikido                                                16
      Iaido                                                 17
      Judo                                                  18
      Shito-ryu Itosu-Kai Karate and Kobudo                 19
      Kendo                                                 20
      Kyudo                                                 21
      Naginata                                              22
      Shorinji Kempo                                        23

Other Activities
      Movie Night                                           24
      Yamaha Music Course                                   24
      Wynford Seniors Club                                  24
      JCCC/JSS Workshops                                    24
      Ayame Kai                                             25
      Sakura Kai                                            25
      Himawari Buyo-Kai                                     25
      JCCC Bridge                                           25
      JCCC Karaoke                                          25
      JCCC Token Kai                                        25
      West Meets East                                       25
      Class Registration Form                               27
      Workshop Registration Form                            28

           Japanese instruction available (all instruction in English unless noted)
  The JCCC: A solid past, An exciting future
For over 40 years, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) has served as the
gathering point for the Japanese Canadian community and for those of non-Japanese
ancestry who have an interest in things Japanese in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Open to everyone regardless of race, religion, sex or age, the JCCC provides a place
- and more importantly, the impetus - for the exchange of ideas; a showcase for those
with Japanese artistic and athletic talents; social and intellectual events: the history and
future of the unique Japanese-Canadian community.

Under the guidance of the architectural firm Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Ar-
chitects, the JCCC has taken on a new look and feel, which is designed and has the
facilities for the 21st century. A phased renovation is unfolding as funds become
available. This reflects the fiscally responsible approach of the JCCC Board. The Cen-
tre is now in the final phase of its $13 million capital campaign.

The JCCC offers a wide variety of Japanese cultural programs and experiences
for its 3,500 members - almost half of who are of non-Japanese ancestry, and ap-
proximately 35 percent who are seniors. The JCCC showcases the creative energy
and dedication of many talented artisans, musicians, dancers and martial arts practi-

The JCCC fosters mutual understanding and facilitates the exchange of information
about Japanese culture with the community-at-large through a wide range of excit-
ing programs. The Centre also works to build a spirit of cooperation and harmony
among people of different cultures by coordinating community events and programs
with other ethnic organizations.
Registered charity # 118972967RR0001

The Kobayashi Hall is the JCCC’s 6,500 square foot performance hall which opened
in 2004. The Hall is a truly multifunctional space and has been designed to accommo-
date music concerts, festivals and traditional community events, business conferences,
weddings, banquets, martial arts tournaments, theatrical performances and film festi-
vals. With retractable stadium-style seating for over 450 and superb acoustics, the Ko-
                                                   bayashi Hall promises to play host to
                                                   a wide variety of both domestic and
                                                   international performances.
Annual Membership Fee (incl. GST)
Regular:         Individual (18 & over)                                       $30.00
                 Family (incl. Children 17 & under)                           $50.00
Senior:          Individual (65 & over)                                       $20.00
                 Couple                                                       $35.00

Supporting Member*:
                 Partner                                                     $150.00
                 Leader                                                      $500.00
                 Ambassador                                                $1,000.00
*Income Tax receipt will be issued for amount in excess of regular membership fee

Corporate Member:
                 Director’s Circle                                           $150.00
                 Leader’s Circle                                             $500.00
                 President’s Club                                          $1,000.00
                 Chairman’s Club                                           $5,000.00

Policies for Classes/Workshops
Students are required to be members of JCCC. Membership and class/workshop
fees are payable in advance. A $10.00 administration fee will be charged on returned
cheques. Students whose class fees are not up to date (i.e. martial arts students
who have not paid in full for the current month by the 15th of that month) will not be
permitted to participate in classes until their fees are current. Waiver forms must be
completed for each martial arts student.
Class refunds are available before the 2nd class only, a 15% administrative fee will
be charged. Membership fees are not refundable.
Classes cancelled by the JCCC will be rescheduled, however classes missed by
students will not be reimbursed. If you know in advance that you will be absent for an
extended period, please let us know in writing. A credit may be given for that period.
A written notice is required should you decide to quit the class. Without formal
notification of quitting, a student’s status will continue to be considered active and
program fees will continue to accumulate.

    Class              Start Date         Time                  Level
    Bunka Shishu       Mon. Sept. 21      7:30pm - 9:30pm       All
                       Tues. Sept. 22     9:30am - 11:30am      All
                       Thurs. Sept. 24    1:15pm - 3:15pm       All
    Ikenobo Ikebana    Wed. Sept. 23      7:30pm - 9:00pm       All
                       Thurs. Sept. 24    1:00pm - 2:30pm       All
    Sogetsu Ikebana    Tue. Sept. 22      7:30pm - 9:00pm       Beg. & Int.
                       Thurs. Sept. 24    7:30pm - 9:00pm       Adv. & Ext.
    Japanese Language Tues. Sept. 22      7:30pm - 9:00pm       All
    Shodo              Fri. Sept. 25      1:00pm - 3:00pm       All
                       Fri. Sept. 25      3:00pm - 5:00pm       All
                       Fri. Sept. 25      7:00pm - 9:00pm       All
    Sumi-e             Mon. Sept. 21      7:30pm - 9:00pm       Beg.
                       Mon. Sept. 21      7:30pm - 9:00pm       Int. & up
                       Wed. Sept. 23      10:30am - 12:00pm Adv. (3yrs+)
                       Wed. Sept. 23      1:30pm - 3:00pm       All

* JCCC Membership is required to register for class.
* Payment must be made at the time of registration or by 7 days prior to the
  1st class.
* No class spot reservations accepted without payment.
* Pre-registration is recommended as classes fill up quickly.
* Class refunds are available before the 2nd class only; a 15% administrative
  fee will be charged.
* Membership fees are not refundable.
* Please see page 3 of this brochure for details on Membership and Class
* Starter Kits for Ikebana, Shodo, Sumi-e are available at the JCCC giftshop.

BunKA SHISHu (needle Punch embroidery)
                                                                              10 Classes
                                        Bunka Shishu, Japanese “Punch Needle”
                                        embroidery, uses rayon lily thread combined
                                        with specific stitching techniques to create lovely
                                        pieces of art. Students begin by stitching a small
                                        pictoral sampler and progress on to kits depicting
                                        traditional Japanese scenes, flowers, animals or
                                        Instructors: Patricia Bremner-Ikeno
                                        (Mon.,Tues.); Anne Takeuchi (Thur.)

Start Date                   Time               Level
Mon. Sept. 21                7:30 - 9:30pm      All
Tues. Sept. 22               9:30 - 11:30am     All
Thurs. Sept. 24              1:15 - 3:15pm      All

Fee: $72.50 (plus GST) for adults, $45 (plus GST) for Seniors. Materials are extra and
are payable to the instructor.

SHODO (Calligraphy)**
                                                                                6 Classes
In Japan, calligraphy is considered one of the fine arts. It not only implies the skillful
writing of characters in the usual meaning of the English word “calligraphy”, but also the
entire culture associated with it as a discipline. It is a sister art to poetry and painting.

Instructor: Noriko Maeda - studied Shodo for many years before establishing Kuran no
Kai in 1982, an organization to further the study and teaching of Japanese calligraphy.
Ms. Maeda has exhibited her works both in Canada and Japan.

Start Date         Time                Level
Fri. Sept. 25      1:00 - 3:00pm       All
Fri. Sept. 25      3:00 - 5:00pm       All
Fri. Sept. 25      7:00 - 9:00pm       All

Fee: $80 (plus GST). Materials are extra. **THIS
POPuLAR CLASS IS FuLL. Please call the
JCCC 416-441-2345 to place your name on the
waiting list.

                                                                          10 Classes
Students learn the language of modern Japan. Structured classes, in an informal
setting, provide the opportunity for active participation and practice.

Instructors: Akiko Maruoka (Coordinator), Sachiko Kagitomi, Yumi Kosaka, Taiko
Feldkamp, Eiko Iizuka, Natsuko Mayers, Osamu Shinya, Saori Matsuyama

BeGInneR I provides learners with the basic functional conversation strategies and
vocabulary essential to communicate in Japanese. The focus is on simple statements
and questions related to addresses, phone numbers, day, time, counting objects, place
and location. The Hiragana writing system will be introduced. This class is for students
who are studying Japanese for the first time.

BeGInneR II builds on the foundation established in Beginner I. The focus remains on
practical communication in every day life, and a study of basic grammar and Hiragana
prepares students to master Japanese at a higher level. The Katakana system will be

BeGInneR III continues to develop the learner’s skills, focusing on practical
communication such as asking permission, refusal and expressing preferences.
Students are required to finish Beginner II or have basic knowledge of Hiragana and
Katakana writing systems. Study will focus on exercising Hiragana and Katakana.

LOW InTeRMeDIATe Japanese balances the need to actively communicate with a
further deepening of the learner’s mastery of reading, writing and grammar. Students
need the knowledge of Hiragana and Katakana. Some Kanji will be introduced.

HIGH InTeRMeDIATe is a continuation of Low Intermediate, focusing on the
development of greater fluency in everyday communications.

Start Date        Time               Level
Tues. Sept. 22    7:30 - 9:00pm      All

Fee:     $91 (plus GST).
         Textbook Japanese for Busy People Vol.1 & 2
         Revised 3rd Edition
         Available at the JCCC Giftshop.

IKeBAnA (Flower Arranging)
                                                                            10 Classes
Ikebana is the art of arranging flowers or plants to reflect their natural beauty. It
originated in early Buddhist years and developed into a distinctive art form in the
15th century, with many different styles and schools. The JCCC offers classes by the
Ikenobo School and the Sogetsu School.

Like a poem or painting made with flowers, Ikenobo expresses both the beauty of
flowers and the beauty of longing in your heart. Ikenobo considers a flower bud most
beautiful ... past, present and future ... responding to an everchanging environment.
You will take home your creations.
Instructor: Betty Lou Arai - is a Professor of Ikebana - Ikenobo School, headquartered
in Kyoto. She has studied in Japan and has been teaching since 1977. The styles
of Ikenobo are always changing and Mrs. Arai teaches both modern and traditional

Start Date        Time               Level
Wed. Sept. 23     7:30 - 9:00pm      All
Thurs. Sept. 24   1:00 - 2:30pm      All
Fee: $75 (plus GST).
Materials are extra. Starter Kit, as well as scissors, containers, kenzan and kenzan
case are available at JCCC Giftshop.

The Sogetsu School of Ikebana believes anyone can arrange Ikebana anywhere, with
anything. As people are different from each other, Sogetsu encourages students to be
individual and imaginative. There are no limitations and a variety of materials are used
depending on the season. You will take home your creations.
Instructor: Kyoko Abe - took her first Ikebana lesson in junior high school in Sendai,
Japan where she received her diploma and is currently director of the Toronto East
Branch of the Sogetsu school. She was awarded the “Merit Award” in 1975 and
“Honorable Mention” in 1997 and 2007 for her achievements from the headmaster in

Start Date        Time               Level
Tues. Sept. 29    7:30 - 9:00pm      Beginner and Intermediate
Thurs.Sept. 24    7:30 - 9:00pm      Advanced and Extension
Fee: $75 (plus GST).
Materials are extra. Starter Kit, as well as scissors, containers, floral tape, kenzan and
kenzan case are available at JCCC Giftshop.
SuMI-e (Brush Painting)
                                                                               8 Classes
                                        Sumi-e is a traditional Japanese brush painting
                                        technique, which is based on using an oriental
                                        brush and black ink or subtle watercolours on
                                        rice paper. This course is open to students of all
                                        levels, from beginner to advanced.
                                        Creative Sumi-e Course (Wednesday
                                        mornings only)
                                        This course is open for students who have 3
                                        years or more experience in Sumi-e. During
                                        this course, students will develop their styles
                                        and create artworks of their own and also
                                        study Sumi-e techniques of specific historical
                                        Japanese artists.
Instructors: Hiroshi Yamamoto (Hakuho) - Studied Japanese Traditional Art and
Art History at the Kyoto Industrial Design Institute Japan and the Kyoto Japanese Art
School. Hiroshi has held more than 20 Sumi-e and Nihonga exhibitions in Canada as
well as in Japan. He has taught Sumi-e and Nihonga for 10 years.

Natalie Griller (Haku-Shō) - Studied sumi-e in Toronto with Mrs. Aiko Morton and
Mr. Hiroshi Yamamoto; studied painting at the Winnipeg Forum Art Institute and the
University of Manitoba. She has sold her art for over 20 years, with sumi-e paintings
currently being represented at galleries in Yellowknife and Toronto. She has taught
painting since 2002.

Start Date         Time                         Level
Mon. Sept. 21      7:30 - 9:00pm                Beginner
Mon. Sept. 21      7:30 - 9:00pm                Intermediate, Advance & Extension
Wed. Sept. 23      10:30am - 12:00pm            3 years or more experience
Wed. Sept. 23      1:30 - 3:00pm                All
Fee: $60 (plus GST).
Materials are extra. Starter Kit (brushes, brush holder, ink stick, inkstone and rice paper)
available at the JCCC Giftshop.

The JCCC and the Yakudo Japanese Drummers are joining forces to offer an exciting
hands-on Japanese drumming workshop. Sign up for a unique and rare opportunity in
North America to learn and play on real authentic Japanese Taiko. Try out Taiko for the
first time or build on basic Taiko skills that you already have.Pre-registration required.
All equipment and necessities are provided.

Date: Sat. Jan. 16, 2010
Fundamentals of Taiko Playing. 08:30 – 10:30
Learn the fundamentals of taiko playing Yakudo style – a combination of martial arts and music.
Develop the taiko spirit with a solid base. This is highly recommended if you continue with more
taiko lessons or specialized workshops with Yakudo.
Rhythm and Tempo. 10:30 – 12:30
Using the fundamentals of Taiko Playing, this workshop focuses on developing your sense of
rhythm and gaining control.
Matsuri (Festivals) 12:30 – 2:30
Using the fundamentals of Taiko Playing, this workshop focuses on the music and cultural aspect
of Taiko. In this workshop, you’ll learn a few festive community taiko pieces.
Taiko Variations and Other Instruments. 2:30 – 4:30
Using the fundamentals of Taiko Playing, this workshop focuses on the musical aspect of Taiko
ensembles. Different types of taiko and instruments make musical pieces. In this workshop you
will be introduced to other instruments and get a chance to try some out.
Form and endurance* I 4:30 – 6:30
Using the fundamentals of Taiko Playing, this workshop focuses on developing form and endurance
for the visual aspect of Taiko ensemble playing. This workshop has also been termed as Taiko

Date: Sun. Jan. 17, 2010
Kodaiko Workshop (age 4 – 6) 10:30 – 12:00
Learn all about Taiko and its ties to Japanese culture. Also learn fundamentals of taiko and rhythm,
through fun activities and games played on authentic instruments. Create and take home your
own taiko souvenir.
Form and endurance II * 12:00 – 2:00
Using the fundamentals of Taiko Playing, this workshop focuses on the distinctive form and
stamina required to play in 3 different positions: all while playing various rhythms. Taiko Bootcamp
Sumodaiko Workshop (age 7 – 12) 2:30 – 4:00
Learn the fundamentals of taiko playing Yakudo style – a combination of martial arts and music.
Develop the taiko spirit with a solid base and be able to perform a fun traditional taiko piece at the
end of the workshop.
* will be a vigorous workout!

Fee:    $35 (plus GST) for JCCC members, $40 (plus GST) for non-members
Kodaiko & Sumodaiko: $20 (plus GST) for JCCC members
                       $25 (plus GST) for non-members
                     Many people admire the beautiful hand-made Japanese cards
                     that are sold at the JCCC gift shop. You may be one of them. If
                     you are, you will be interested in a workshop on making greeting
                     cards using Japanese Washi and Origami paper. Kyoko Sugita
                     will again be conducting this workshop. You will learn how to
                     fold origami such as Japanese kimono boys and girls. During
                     the workshop you will make two cards with Kyoko’s step by step
                     instruction. What you will also take away from the workshop is
                     the ability of make cards that will be cherished by your family and
                     friends. Limited to 15 students. Pre-registration required.

Instructor: Kyoko Sugita

Date & Time:       Thurs. Oct. 29, 6:30 - 9:00pm
Fee:               $30 (plus GST) for JCCC members
                   $35 (plus GST) for non-members
                   Includes 2 sets of kits (2 cards and 4 dolls
                    – two dolls to use during class and
                   two dolls to take home to make your own cards)

Please bring scissors, glue (school/craft or stick), pen, small brush.

Create this exquisite washi craft depicting two dear friends, a
boy and a girl. which is mounted on a shikishi board. They are
made with special textured chiyogami [washi] from Japan and
are mounted on a shikishi board. The finished picture would
be suitable for framing or may be displayed as is. Participants
will need to bring sharp scissors, white glue, a pencil and ruler.
The JCCC’s own popular washi craft teacher, Kyoko Sugita
will instruct this full day class. Limited to 25 students.
Instructor: Kyoko Sugita
Date & Time:        Sat. Oct. 31, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Fee:                $30 (plus GST) for JCCC members
                    $35 (plus GST) for non-members
Kits:               $25 payable to instructor
* Participants will need to bring sharp scissors, white glue, a pencil and ruler.
* Please bring your own lunch as there are no on-site food facilities.
THe ART OF ORIGAMI (paper folding)
Origami - Fun for the Family (up to 11 years old).
From traditional and modern Japanese models to the latest from around the world, this
is a great chance to try folding with help at hand. All models chosen to be do-able and
**Children under seven must be accompanied by an adult**.

The Challenge of Origami (Teen & Adult).
This series of workshops presents a chance to try new and challenging examples of
Paper Folding. Interesting for both beginners and intermediate enthusiasts, each work-
shop covers a basic intro model and then something to get your teeth into.

Instructor: John Jay Guppy (Origami Society of Toronto)

Dates: Sat. Sept. 12
       Sat. Oct. 10
       Sat. Nov. 14
Time: 1:30 - 3:00pm (Family)
         3:30 - 5:00pm (Teen & Adult)
Fee:     $7 (plus GST) per class for JCCC members
         $10 (plus GST) for non-members.
         Basic materials included. Pre-registration required.


A series of casual workshops centered around hobbies and lifestyles, particularly but
not exclusively for Japanese-speaking immigrants and long & short-term visitors from
Japan. All workshops will be conducted in Japanese. Workshops scheduled for Fall
2009 are: creative writing, dango workshop, winter skincare workshop, and gingerbread
cookie workshop. Please see Japanese section of the newsletter or call 416-441-2345/
email for details.


(Shinshin Toitsu – unify your Body and Spirit)
Classes are suitable both for men and women. Class-
es are taught in English but Japanese or English indi-
vidual assistance will be provided depending on your

Day:              Wednesdays starting on Oct. 7
Fee:              $40 (plus GST) per month
Time:             5:30 - 7:00pm
Drop-In Class:    $15 plus GST (Non-JCCC members can join in drop-in classes)

* A martial arts/yoga waiver form must be filled   out when registering.
* Please bring your own yoga mat.

                                                                             10 classes

                     Introductory and beginner Hula dance lessons for adults to get fit
                     in a fun way! Each class limited to 25 students. JCCC member-
                     ship is required to enrol. Students must be 18 & over. Please wear
                     comfortable clothing and prepare to be barefeet during class.

                     Instructors (kumu): Melalilia Uriarte and Ruth Caballes of the
                     Hawaiian Pacific Magic School (halau)

Introductory Hula (no experience necessary)
Start Date:     Mon. Sept. 14
Time:           10:00 - 11:30am
Fee:             $50 (plus GST)

Beginner Hula (2 classes)
Class A: A recreational hula class for those dancers that would like to build their hula
skills during the week. Some hula or dance experience is prefered for enrollment.
Class B:A class for those who have some hula background. This class concetrates
on building on the fundamentals of hula basics, movement, posture, and body
Start Date:       Mon. Sept. 14
Time:             7:00 - 8:30pm
Fee:              $50 (plus GST)

The Martial Arts program is a fundamental program of the JCCC. The JCCC hosts many
tournaments and has proudly produced many winners and skilled competitors over the
past four decades. Our teachers/sensei do more than teach skills and techniques - they
educate students in the tradition and discipline associated with these sports. Classes
are geared to different skill levels and age groups. Class observation is recommended
before registering for those who are not familiar with martial arts.

For information on Children’s Fitness Tax Credit visit

Age Categories
  Children:    up to 14 years old             Youth: 15-21 years old
  Adult:       22-64 years old                Seniors: 65 years and older

  Beginner: new to the principle
  General: have the basic skills and/or have completed beginner classes
  Advanced:have taken several sessions of classes
  Weapons: Advanced students (black belt) only

Monthly Fees (payable on 1st class of the month)
Aikido, Judo, Karate, Kendo, Kyudo
         Children        $38
         Youth & Seniors $49 (plus GST)
         Adults          $60 (plus GST)

Iaido, Shorinji Kempo
         Children        $23
         Youth & Seniors $29 (plus GST)
         Adults          $35 (plus GST)

Women’s Aikido/Judo
      All Ages              $25 (plus GST)

        Free for JCCC members

Prepayment discounts (for advance payment OnLY)
Deduct 5% if fees paid 3 months in advance; deduct 10% if fees paid 6 months in
advance; deduct 15% if fees paid 12 months in advance.
Multiple Members Discount
Deduct 10% if more than 1 member of a family studies the same martial arts

A Martial Arts Application Form (Waiver Form) must be completed in person
upon registration.


                       Sunday              Monday             Tuesday
Aikido (p.16)           9-10am              7-8am              6:30-8pm
                     All/Weapons       All/Beg. & Gen.     All/Beg. & Gen.

                     10-11:30am                                 8-9pm
                     All/General                           All/Gen. & Adv.


Iaido (p.17)             1-3pm
                     All / General
Judo (p. 18)       September - June    September - June
                       1:30-3pm              7-9pm
                    Women’s Judo/      All/Orange-Brown
                     Special Club
                                         Youth & Adult/
                    July - August
                    Women’s Judo
                                        July - August

                                          All/All Belts

Karate (p.19)                                                  7-9pm
Kendo (p.20)         8:45-10am              7-8pm
                    All/Non-Bogu       All/Bogu (Drills)

                                       All/Bogu (Keiko)
                   All/Bogu (Drills)

                   All/Bogu (Keiko)
Kyudo (p. 21)

naginata (p. 22)      3:30-5pm

Shorinji Kempo      5:30- 8:00pm
(p. 23)               7yrs+/All
      Wednesday            Thursday              Friday                Saturday
          7-8am              6:30-8pm             7-8am           11:30am-12:30pm
     All/Beg. & Gen.     All/Beg. & Gen.     All/Beg. & Gen.       Women’s Aikido

                         All/Gen. & Adv.

 September - June                           September - June       September - June
      7-8:30pm                                    7-9pm               9-10:30am
   All/Beginners*                           All/Orange-Brown         All/Beginner*
        7-9pm                                                           9-11am
 All/White-Yellow Belt                          8-9:30pm          All/White-Yellow Belt
                                              Youth & Adult/
                                               Competitors           July - August
                                                                     NO CLASSES
     Y&A /Competitors
                                              July - August
       July-August                                7-9pm
         7-8:30pm                              All/All Belts

       All/All Belts
                            6:30-9pm                                  9:30-11am
                           All/General                            Children/Beginner
        6:45-8pm                               7-8:30pm
      All/Non-Bogu                              All/Bogu
                                             (Drills & Keiko)
       8- 9:30pm
     (Drills & Keiko)

                                           Chart guide: class time
                                                        age category/level
                                           *Judo 3 month beginner session start on
         7-9pm                             Wed or Sat of Oct, nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr,
        7 yrs+/All                         May, June and July.
Aikido’s founder, Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) or O-Sensei, “the
great teacher”, was a Japanese soldier and philosopher. He founded
The Art of Peace or, “way of harmonizing energy” after many years
of studying traditional Japanese martial arts including Kendo and Ju-
jitsu. O-Sensei developed the circular, flowing movements of aikido to
blend the energy of the attack and redirect these forces harmlessly.
Practitioners train to develop their Ki or inner energy as well as their
body through vigorous activity.

The JCCC Aikikai first opened in 1969 and is a member of the Aikikai Honbu Dojo,
Japan (the world headquarters of the International Aikido Foundation), the Canadian
Aikido Federation, and the Ontario Aikido Federation. The dojo’s chief instructor is
Osamu Obata Shihan, 7th Dan. Obata Shihan began teaching at the JCCC in 1972,
after learning Aikido in Japan. Obata Shihan teaches circular movements that blend
the power of the attacker with the power of the defender. The philosophy of Aikido is
revealed in the Japanese proverb: one does not have to fight in order to win.

Aikido offers both physical training and discipline. The JCCC Aikikai offers both regular
classes and specialized weapons training using the traditional bokken or practice
wooden sword, jo or staff, and tanto or short sword/knife. Aikido is a non-competitive,
defensive martial art open to both genders and all ages and abilities.

Obata Shihan leads a team of instructors: Paul Sunn, 5th Dan; Yoshi Ichida, 4th Dan;
Rika Murota, 2nd Dan; and Wai Chak, 1st Dan.

Day               Time                        Age Group          Level
Mon. Wed. Fri.    7:00 - 8:00am                                  General
Tues. & Thur.     6:30 - 8:00pm               *Note              General
                  8:00 - 9:00pm                                  Advanced Only
Sat.              11:30am – 12:30pm                              General, Women Only
Sun.              9:00 - 10:00am                                 Weapons (General)
                  10:00 - 11:30am                                General
                  11:40am - 1:00pm            Children Only      General

General: Open to all levels, including Beginner.
Advanced: 5th kyu rank required. The student must be able to do front and back rolls
            comfortably and ready to start taking breakfalls.
All classes are open to Youth (15-21 years old), Adults (22-64 years old) and Seniors
(65 years and older), unless indicated otherwise.
*Note: Children are welcome to attend the Tuesday General class.
New Aikido students accepted only at the start of the month.
The art of Iaido would seem to be a simple one. The student sits or stands quietly,
draws out a blade and cuts through the air all in one stroke, then puts the blade away
again. To the casual observer there is not a lot to see.

However, Iaido is an exacting art that demands a high level of mental concentration. It
is an art of precise motions with only centimeters of tolerance and split second timing.
It is also an individual art in which the student and the sword struggle to achieve
perfection of form.

        The name “Iaido” itself is composed of three ideograms “I, “AI” and “DO”. “I”
        means to “reside” or “be” in a certain place; “AI” means “harmony”; and “DO”
        means “road” or “path”. Hence, “Iaido” means the path to finding harmony in any
        situation in which one finds oneself - to be prepared for any eventuality.

Iaido is a very traditional martial art. Japanese culture, etiquette and history are all
important aspects of Iaido taught at the JCCC. Both the traditional forms of Muso
Jikiden Eishin Ryu, which originated in the late 16th century, and the modern forms
developed by the All Japan Kendo Federation are taught.

Classes at the JCCC are taught by Goyo Ohmi, 7th Dan renshi; Sandra Jorgenson,
6th Dan; Carol Galligan, 5th Dan; Enore Gardonio, 5th Dan; Peter Schramek, 5th Dan;
Tracy Sheppard, 4th Dan; and Michael Gan, 4th Dan.

Beginners need only wear loose clothing. Kneepads are recommended. A limited
supply of bokuto are available for those who do not have one. All levels are welcome.

Day                Time              Age Group         Level
Sun.               1:00 - 3:00pm     All               General
Thur.              9:15 - 10:45pm    All               General

New Iaido students accepted only on orientation class (Oct. 4,
2009, Jan. 3, April 4, July 4, 2010). For additional information, go

Judo – “the Way of Gentleness” was founded by Dr. Jigoro Kano in 1882 to
develop a martial art into a way of life, and a sport, based on overarching prin-
ciples concerning the development of physical, mental, and moral culture. The
first principle of judo, as articulated by Dr. Kano, is Seiryoku zenyo or “Maximum
efficiency in physical and mental activity.” The JCCC Judo Kai’s goal is to de-
velop its members’ awareness of this principle through physical, cultural and spiritual discipline
and development. The second principle of judo is Jita kyoei or “Mutual welfare and prosperity.”
Judo instruction emphasizes respect for oneself, others, and responsible care for each other in
class, and in daily life.
     The sport of Judo is best known for its spectacular throwing techniques. Judo also involves
many specialized grappling techniques including controlled hold-downs, elbow joint-locks and
choking submission techniques. Children, youths or adults can practice and enjoy the sport re-
gardless of age or gender. The study of Judo can improve balance, flexibility, coordination, aero-
bic fitness and physical strength, with inherent improvement in self-confidence, concentration, and
    The JCCC Judo program began over 40 years ago, and has continued under the direction of
dedicated instructors who have brought Judo to thousands of students, along the way producing
black belts, national medalists, champions and international competitors. The JCCC Judo Kai
program is overseen by Head Instructor Ken Fukushima and Russ Takashima, Club Administrator,
both 3rd Dan judoka who began as students at the JCCC in the 1960’s, and who have been vol-
unteer instructors at the JCCC since the 1980’s. Class instruction is provided by numerous highly
qualified black belt instructors committed to the dissemination of Kodokan Judo, and who have
experience studying and training in Canada, Japan and throughout the world, including Robert
Varga, 7th Dan (competitors) and Gerald Okimura, 4th Dan (women’s judo class).
    The JCCC Judo Kai offers a full range of classes and training for recreational and competitive
students of all ages throughout the week. For further information, please visit: http.//www.jccc.

September - June
Day                Time               Age Group            Level
Mon.               7:00 - 9:00pm      All                  Orange-Black Belt
                   8:30 -10:00pm      Youth/Adult          Competitors
Wed.               7:00 - 8:30pm      All                  Beginners*
                   7:00 - 9:00pm      All                  White-Yellow Belt
                   8:30 - 10:00pm     Youth/Adult          Competitors
Fri.               7:00 - 9:00pm      All                  Orange-Black Belt
                   8:00 - 9:30pm      Youth/Adult          Competitors
Sat.               9:00 - 10:30am     All                  Beginners*
                   9:00 - 11:00am     All                  White-Yellow Belt
Sun.               1:30 - 3:00pm      Women’s Judo/Special Club Activities**
July - August (Summer Schedule)
Day                Time               Age Group            Level
Mon. & Wed         7:00 - 8:30pm      All                  Beginners*
                   7:00 - 9:00pm      All                  All Belts
Fri.               7:00 - 9:00pm      All                  All Belts
Sun.               1:30 - 3:00pm      Women’s Judo/Special Club Activities
          *3 month beginner sessions start on the first Wednesday or Saturday of the
           following months: Oct., nov, Jan., Feb., Mar., Apr., May., June and July.
          ** Mudansha grading clinics/techinical seminars on selected Sundays
Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai is one of the main karate styles from Japan. Like all martial arts,
karate is physically and mentally demanding. Beginners are not expected to be in top
condition; they are expected only to try their best and to have a positive mental attitude.
Great physical and mental development will take place as the student progresses.
Students are advised to explore any physical limitations with their physician before they
begin. Adults and children (as young as 6) excel at karate, leading to great physical
and emotional benefits. They experience greater self-confidence and achievement at
school or work. Members in their sixties have earned black belts and continue active
participation into their eighties. Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai combines the greatest traditions
of Okinawan and Japanese Karate, the styles evolving from the life works of such
legendary masters as Yasutsune Itosu (1830-1915), Kanryo Higashionna (?-1915),
Kenwa Mabuni (1888-1952) and Ryusho Sakagami (1915-1992).

Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai Karate and Kobudo has been at the JCCC since 1963 under the
instruction of Kei Tsumura Shihan, 8th Dan, chief instructor of Canada.

                 Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai Karate and Kobudo is an affiliate member of the
                 All Japan Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai Karate Association. The chief instructor
                 in Japan is Sadaaki Sakagami Soke, 9th Dan.

                 At the JCCC, the chief instructor is Kei Tsumura Shihan, 8th Dan.
                 JCCC sensei include Mark Uyeda, 5th Dan; Daniel Tsumura, 5th Dan;
                 Nada Bendoff, 5th Dan; Helmut Grossmann, 5th Dan; Marjorie Hunter,
                 4th Dan; Peter Hanzal, 3rd Dan; and Brett Robinson, 3nd Dan. All
students at the JCCC are registered directly with the All Japan Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai
Association in Japan.

Day                Time               Age Group          Level
Tues.              7:00 - 9:00pm      All                All
Thur.              6:30 - 9:00pm      All                All
Sat.               9:30 - 11:00am     Children           Beginner

New Karate students accepted only at the start of the month.

“The Way of the Sword,” Kendo, is the Japanese art of fencing based on the techniques
of the two-handed sword of the samurai. The term “Kendo” implies spiritual discipline,
as well as fencing technique. Wearing protective equipment and using bamboo
training swords, students practice a variety of movements of attack and defence. Most
fundamental are stance, footwork, cuts, thrust and parries. The JCCC Kendo Club
has become a mecca of Kendo in Canada. Several members have been selected to
represent Canada in international competition including the World Kendo Championship
held every 3 years. Instructors of the class are held in high esteem, both nationally and

The JCCC Kendo Club is proud to have Morito Tsumura, Chief Instructor, 8th Dan
Kyoshi; Kiyoshi Hao, 7th Dan Kyoshi; Roy Asa, 7th Dan; Sanji Kanno, 7th Dan; Goyo
Ohmi, 6th Dan; Tak Yoshida, 5th Dan; Bryan Asa, 6th Dan; and Steve Nakatsu, 5th Dan
as sensei (instructors). Shane Asa, 5th Dan; Hideki Sumi, 5th Dan; Andrew Asa, 4th
Dan; and Lawrence Tsuji, 4th Dan; are assistant instructors. These sensei exemplify
the spirit of kendo and have experience in Japan and throughout the world.
For more information, please visit

Day      Time                        Age Group          Level
Sun.     8:45 - 10:00am              All                Non-Bogu** (Beginner)
         10:00am - 12:00pm           All                Bogu*** (Drills, Lessons)
         11:00am - 12:00pm           All                All Bogu (Keiko, Sparring)
Mon.     7:00 - 8:00pm               All                Bogu (Drills, Lessons)
         8:00 - 9:00pm               All                Bogu (Keiko, Sparring)
Wed.     6:45* - 8:00pm              All                Non-Bogu
         8:00* - 9:30pm              All                Bogu (Drills, Lessons, Keiko)
Fri.     7:00 - 8:30pm               Juniors            Bogu (Drills, Lessons, Keiko)
                                     (15 & under)

*Please arrive 15 min earlier for warm up exercises

New Kendo registrants accepted only on the first
Sunday or Wednesday in Sept. and Jan.

KYuDO (Japanese Archery)
                        Kyudo (the “Way of the Bow”) is the Japanese martial art of ar-
                        chery. Until the 14th or 15th century, when foot soldiers began
                        to surpass the horseman in battle, the bow and arrow were
                        the primary weapons of the samurai. The roots of kyudo lie in
                        those long-past days, when a warrior’s worth was determined
                        by his skills with a bow. Kyudo is often described as a mov-
                        ing meditation. As in other forms of meditation, the student of
                        kyudo learns to control his heart rate and breathing; but unlike
                        many other forms of meditation, in kyudo the student does
                        not become oblivious to his surroundings, but rather becomes
                        acutely aware of them. This teaches the practitioner to react
                        calmly and resolutely to his environment.

Regular kyudo practices will be held once a week with a limited number of partici-
pants. Introductory 12-week workshops will be held at intervals; students completing
the workshops will be streamed into the regular program. Basic equipment provided
by the JCCC for use of practice days.

Sensei: Takahashi Mie, 5th Dan; Salvatore Gianfreda, 5th Dan

Day                Time                       Age Group                   Level
Sat.               11:30am - 1:30pm           16 & over                   General

Students must complete Introductory 12-week workshop to be accepted in the
regular program.

Photo courtesy of Valentine Moreno
Naginata is a traditional Japanese martial art and modern day sport
popular in Japan. It is practiced with a halberd, essentially a short
Japanese sword mounted on the end of a 6’ oak staff.

The Naginata was used by soldiers as a weapon during early
Japanese periods (600-1500). At that time, the Naginata because
of its length, was the most advantageous weapon being used by
soldiers. But in the Oda, Toyotomi periods (1500), use of the Yari
(spear) became very popular and widespread. Due to this and the
introduction of firearms, the methods of battle, and hence the weapons used, started
to change.

The Edo period (1603-1867) was a relatively peaceful period in Japanese history. As
men trained Kenjutsu (sword techniques), women trained in Naginata as self-defense.
Persistently training in Naginata, and adhering to the etiquette of practice was a way
of cultivating one’s character. Thus Naginata became a way for women of Samurai
families to study morals, honour and so on. Naginata were also used as ornaments
for the entrances of homes of high ranking Samurai and as an ornament in Daimyo’s
processions, and has become a decoration customarily used in wedding ceremonies.
In Naginata, the various battle technique aspects faded as the training of spirit, body,
and mind became the main objective.

At the beginning of the Showa period (1923 – 1989), Naginata was introduced to public
schools as part of the curriculum for female students. The various styles of Naginata
were combined to form an appropriate “School Naginata” for educational purposes.
This “School Naginata” had very strong contest aspects.

The All Japan Naginata Federation was formed in 1955. New forms were introduced;
kata competitions and matches between those who practice Naginata were also started.
In 1990, the International Naginata Federation was formed. In 2003, the Canadian
Naginata Federation was formed and admitted to the International Naginata Federation.
Nowadays not only women but also men of all ages are practicing Naginata.

Sandra Jorgenson (2nd dan), an instructor with the JCCC in Iaido and a member of the
Canadian Naginata Federation, leads an informal study group to promote the growth of
Naginata in Canada. The class is also assisted by Susan Davis and Marianne Matchuk.
A small supply of naginata are available for beginners.

Day               Time               Age Group          Level
Sun.              3:30 - 5:00pm      All                General

New Naginata students accepted only on the first Sunday of the month.

Shorinji Kempo was established in Tadotsu, Japan, by the founder So Doshin (1911-
1980) in 1947, as a way of “developing people” - for people to learn establishing mutual
trust and cooperation.

                               After returning to Japan from China, where he learned
                               various martial arts, So Doshin re-established the
                               techniques he learned and added his own. He started
                               teaching them to local people in response to the moral
                               crisis facing Japanese society.

                             There are no competitors or opponents in Shorinji Kempo.
                             So Doshin says, “Share happiness with another”. This
is his philosophy. The purpose of practice is to obtain confidence and courage and to
learn techniques through cooperation

The Basic Principles of Shorinji Kempo are: Ken Zen Ichinyo (Unity of Body and Spirit),
Riki Ai Funi (Strength and Love in Harmony), Shushu Koju (Defense is primary, offense
subordinate), Fusatsu Katsujin (Not to kill, but to awaken), Kumite Shutai (Pair Work
is Fundamental) and Go Ju Ittai (Hard and Soft make one whole). The techniques are
based on defense and counterattack; therefore rational use of tactics, techniques and
strength based on the principles of the discipline allows one to gain large effects from
small amounts of force

The Shorinji Kempo Federation of Japan, Inc. contributes to Japanese society by
popularizing Shorinji Kempo. Kongo Zen Sohonzan Shorinji was founded by So
Doshin which teaches developing student fundamentals. There is also Zenrin Gakuen
College which helps the society. The World Shorinji Kempo Organization (WSKO)
was established to unite and support Shorinji Kempo. Shorinji Kempo has 1.5 million
registered members and branches in 33 countries around the world. Various seminars
and international conventions are held by WSKO. There are currently 8 branches in
Canada, with 4 of the branches located in Ontario.

For more information go to

This course is led by instructor Ryoichi Oka, 5th Dan.

Day               Time               Age Group           Level
Wed.              7:00 - 9:00pm      7 yrs & over        All
Sun.              5:30 - 8:00pm      7 yrs & over        All

Prospective Shorinji Kempo students are required to speak to the instructor
before registering.
The JCCC holds movie nights and film series once a month using the cinema facilities
in the Kobayashi Hall. Films include classics by Ozu and Kurosawa as well as
contemporary hit films by Kitano Takeshi, Hayao Miyazaki, Masayuki Suo and Hirokazu
Koreeda. Special screenings of Japanese films not theatrically released in Canada
are another regular feature. Visit the JCCC website and newsletter for upcoming
screenings and times.

FRee introductory lessons. Learn to play the electronic keyboard using the world
renowned Yamaha Music Education System. Music of all styles is taught in a motivating
group setting. Class times are available for seniors and adults (Beginner, Intermediate
and Advanced). Please call for up to date information on specific times.
Classes are 60 minutes long and there are 10 classes per session. Sessions run year
Start date:       Sept. 8, 2009
Times:            Tuesdays, between 9:00am and 6:00pm.
                  Classes available for: Beginner, Intermediate Advanced for Adults
                  and Seniors
Fee:              $109.00 per 10 week session. 5 FRee LeSSOnS for new
                  students ($54.50 for the remaining 5 lessons in the session).

Meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Enjoy social, recreational,
educational activities, travel and bowling. Please call Betty Moritsugu at 416-224-1423
for more information.

From time to time, the JCCC and the Japanese Social Services (JSS) will be offering
collaborative workshops to support the needs of the Japanese-speaking community
and centre members. JSS is a non-profit, charitable organization providing bilingual
professional social services such as counseling and educational programs to the
Japanese ethno-cultural community in the Greater Toronto Area. Please call416-385-
9200 or visit for more information.

Japanese odori (dancing) for participants 4 years and older. Lessons are Friday
evenings and opportunities to perform occur throughout the year. Please call Susan
Nikaido at 416-286-2315 for more information.

For over forty-five years, Sakura Kai has taught the graceful skills of odori (Japanese
dancing) to students 5 years and older. Learn traditional minyo (folk dance) and semi-
classical buyo styles on Sunday afternoons. Please contact Kathy Tazumi at 416-441-
2345 ext.229 or for more information.

The former Hi Fu Mi Steppers are back with a new name since Sep. 2004. Learn Minyo
and Buyo with Keiko Omori Thursday afternoons at 1:00pm. Please call Mrs. Omori at
416-531-2749 for more information.

Meets Tuesday afternoons at 12:15pm and Friday evenings at 6:30pm. Learn and play
social bridge. Please call Gord Mori at 905-471-7235 or Eiji Kujirai at 416-449-0007 for
more information.

Meets twice a month, Saturday evenings at 7:00pm. Enjoy learning and singing new
songs and make new friends. Please call Stan Kayama at 289-679-0233 for more

A sword study group formed by JCCC members wishing to acquire or to gain a broader
knowledge of the Japanese sword. Club fee is $20.00 for those who wish to attend future
meetings. For more information, please contact Kevin Adams at
or 416-455-4975

Through West Meets East human resource training seminars, the JCCC provides
Canadian businesses with the knowledge and strategies crucial to establishing and
maintaining productive relationships with Japanese organizations and individuals.
Since 1987, West Meets East has been helping North American firms, as well as
educational and government organizations to deal effectively with obstacles and create
profitablerelationships. Please call James Heron at 416-441-2345 ext 224 for more

                             events at the JCCC

         January                     Shin Nen Kai
                                     Oshogatsu New Year Celebration

         March                       Haru Matsuri

         May                         Annual Bazaar

         June                        Nostalgia Night

         July                        Natsu Matsuri & Obon

         September                   Family Golf Tournament

         October                     Issei Day

         november                    Road to Asia

         December                    New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance

Japanese Candian Cultural Centre
2009 Fall & Winter Classes and Activities
editors: James Heron, Sally Kumagawa, Toshiko Yamashita
Cover Photo: Courtesy of Andrew Serba

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