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 and Elaine van Ommen Kloeke, kendo by Taciser Sevinc. 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


Welcoming new members
Interested in kendo? Yushinkan is welcoming new members in 2020.
Yushinkan is starting a new beginnerscourse on Tuesday the 1st of September

UPDATE: iaido is full, kendo still have some places

For more information on starting opportunities please click here or send an email to info@yushinkan.com or call us:
Iaido-information +31 (0)6 51 40 64 10;
Kendo-information: +31 (0)6 21 67 51 58.

Iaido - EIC - Athens
The European Iaido Championships (EIC) were held in Athens, Greece, on the 1st till 3rd of November. Yushinkan provided 5 participants for the Dutch team and one for the Turkish team. There was a very good seminar on Friday, led by Kusama sensei (hachidan hanshi) assited by Tanno sensei (hachidan hanshi) and Nakamura sensei (hachidan hanshi).
Then, on Saturday, individual matches took place. During those matches, Noël Fonhof(not from Yushinkan, but part of the Dutch team) won the gold medal in the shodan category! Stan won the bronze medal and the fighting spirit prize in the yondan category. Moreover, Piotr won the fighting spirit prize in the godan category! Ratna (mudan), Bayu (nidan), Taciser (sandan) and Sander (yondan) from Yushinkan gave it their best, but lost gloriously before reaching the medals. The Sunday started with the team taikai. After some intense matches, the Dutch team won the gold by beating the Greek team in the finals! The Dutch team consisted of Noël, Stan, Elise and Piotr. Additionally, Taciser, fighting for the Turkish team won the fighting spirit for her performance in the team taikai. Afterwards, examinations were held and Ratna passed her shodan exam!
Yushinkan wants to congratulate all participants of the EIC with their results!

Rokudan iaido at Yushinkan!
David Smits and Elaine van Ommen Kloeke traveled to Japan at the start of Juni. There, under the guidance of both Matsuoka sensei and Kinomoto sensei, they both passed there rokudan (6th dan) examination!
This makes them the first Dutch Shinkage Ryu rokudan! Congratulations!

Iaido - Dutch national championships
On the 14th of April Sunday, the annual Dutch National Iaido Individual Championship 2019 was held in Eindhoven. Yushinkan attended with many members and some of them won a prize:
Mudan 2nd: Ratna Karis, 3rd: Ron Snellens
Nidan 2nd: Bayu van Houten
3rd: Taciser Sevinc
Yondan 1st: Stan Engelen, 2nd: Sander Filon, 3rd: Damion van der Zee
Godan 1st: Piotr Kukla, 2nd: Elaine van Ommen Kloeke 3rd: David Smits
Well done!

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Foto: M. Doorduyn

Kyoto Budocenter.
Foto: M. Doorduyn