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I understand, just answering the question. If you work at the base you may be able to at least arrange practice space for cheap which is always a headache. One of our guys works at CFB Dundurn and was able to get the base gym for a nominal rate for iaido practice.
Arxx - I'm just posted back to Petawawa and am looking for folks who want to train in the area. I've been practicing with JCCC in Toronto on and off since 2005. I was able to make a practice here in TO last night, and one of the guys had mentioned that someone (you) had posted looking for someone to practice with. I'm on holidays right now, but will be back in Pet on 21 August.
We've had folks on and off from Petawawa practicing in the last few years, maybe it's time to organize a club and get one of the seniors from Ottawa up once a month? Neil can put you guys in touch with Colin for information about organizing on a base.
Neil - it's actually hit and miss depending on where you are. Two years ago I was kicked out of the base gym in Pet because their policy is no weapons based martial arts in base facilities that are also used by the general public, unless you have an organized/approved club. It's something I've been trying to change, but the progress is glacial. The more voices we have the better, but I've not heard back from the original poster. I'm back there next week, so I'll start advertising to find any other lost kendoka. I'm hoping someone else turns up.
I have been working with another military guy for a number of years to try to get PSP support for Kendo. I spend a lot of time travelling to Comox, Kingston, Ottawa and Borden...
When in Trenton I try to make the trip to the Kingston Kendo Club... Closest to Comox is UVic... and although Vancouver is just across the strait... it is faster to get to UVic then to Vancouver.
It would be nice to get a list of players to connect from base to base... I tried it a few years ago, posted it on here even, but not much response at that time. Maybe it is time to try to breathe some new life into the project.
The chap I was working with even made CF style Zekken!!!
Had a chat with Tyler about the process, and it wasn't an easy thing. It took around 2 months to jump through all the hoops, he had to write a boatload of paperwork and make presentations and all that jazz.
Same story here. I say we, but mostly was the other guy, that had to do similar stuff. I think the only difference was that we were trying to get a “Canadian Forces Kendo Club” going, so we could access various military resources like training facilities, equipment, transport etc as well as try to get CISM http://www.cism-milsport.org/eng/001...1_homepage.asp recognition.