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), Elaine van Ommen Kloeke (Renshi, rokudan) and Piotr Kukla (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


Iijima sensei training and Iijima cup
In preparation for the Iijima cup 2023, a training was given on Friday, March 17, led by none other than Iijima sensei. Yushinkan's senior kendoka were invited. It was a very instructive training and Yushinkan thanks Iijima sensei for the invitation.
The weekend of March 18 and 19, the aforementioned Iijima cup was held and Yushinkan was also represented there by various kendoka. They fought like lions, but unfortunately did not win. Nevertheless, it were three very instructive days!

Iaido – NKR seminar and exams – The Hague
On Saturday 24 September an NKR iaido seminar took place in The Hague. In addition to hard training under the guidance of various nanadan sensei and rokudan sensei, exams were also held. For Yushinkan, no fewer than five people passed their exam. Martine Mussies, Carlos Martinez and Ron Snellens passed their shodan, Bayu van Houten passed his sandan and Pascal Kruijsifix passed his yondan. Well done everyone!

Iaido – EIC – Modena, Italy
In the first weekend of September, the European iaido championships were held in Modena Italy. Several Yushinkanners were selected by the Dutch coach. Prizes were also won by some Yushinkanners. Stan Engelen became 3rd with the Dutch team, Piotr Kukla won the fighting spirit in the rokudan category and Elaine van Ommen Kloeke won bronze in the rokudan category. Congratulations!

Kendo – summer seminar – Amsterdam
Around the weekend of August 13, the traditional kendo summer seminar was held in Amsterdam. Under sweltering conditions, two and a half days of hard training was done. Exams were held on Sunday afternoon. For Yushinkan, Inti Suarez passed his sandan (3rd dan) and Piotr Kukla passed his shodan (1st dan). Two great achievements, congratulations!

Foto: M. Doorduyn

Kyoto Budocenter.
Foto: M. Doorduyn