The foundation Yushinkan is a dojo in Utrecht, founded in 1998 to practise iaido. Nowadays iaido and kendo are practised. These are both traditional Japanese martial arts. Iaido is taught by David Smits (Renshi, rokudan) and Elaine van Ommen Kloeke (Renshi, rokudan). Kendo taught by Carlos Martinez (sandan). The foundation cooperates with a high number of foreign teachers and foundations outside of Europe and in Japan. For information you can send an e-mail to info@yushinkan.com or call +31 (0)6 51 40 64 10


intro NK iaido 2024, Amersfoort
On Sunday, April 7th, the Dutch Championship (NK) in iaido took place, this time in Amersfoort. Several iaidoka from Yushinkan participated, and some of them won prizes. Martine Mussies achieved 3rd place in the shodan category, Florus Kruyne 3rd place in the sandan category, Inti Suarez 2nd place in the yondan category, Sander Filon 3rd place in the godan category, and Stan Engelen 1st place in the godan category. Congratulations to all!

Iaido – Ishidocup 2024 – Amsterdam
On Saturday, January 27th, the annual Ishidocup iaido took place. Yushinkan participated with many iaidoka, and some of them received awards. Jos Steenkamer took 3rd place in the sandan (3-dan) category, Stan Engelen and Sander Filon respectively secured 1st and 2nd places in the godan (5-dan) category, and David Smits and Elaine van Ommen Kloeke achieved 1st and 3rd places in the rokudan (6-dan) category. Impressive achievements!
In addition, exams were also conducted, and both Ron Snellens and Symke Haverkamp successfully passed their nidan exams! Congratulations to both of them.

Summer seminars kendo and iaido
Two major seminars took place in the first weeks of August. First of all the iaido seminar led by Ishido sensei. Our own sensei, Matsuoka sensei and Kinomoto sensei, were also present.
Exams also took place during the seminar, Alexandra Grandmougin passed her godan (5th black belt)!!! Congratulations!
The day after the summer seminar, the Himawari seminar took place, this year a pure Shinkage Ryu seminar led by Matsuoka sensei and Kinomoto sensei.
A weekend later was the big kendo summer seminar. During the exams, Elaine van Ommen Kloeke passed her shodan (1st black belt). A nice achievement!

Foto: M. Doorduyn

Kyoto Budocenter.
Foto: M. Doorduyn