Nichibukan Naginata Annual Seminar

13th Annual Seminar & 11th Annual New York Championship Taikai
Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 1, 2012

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Online Pre-Registration Form - please pre-register so that we can get a rough estimate of who is coming, no payment required.
Seminar Form and Waiver Form - please print, fill out, and bring both forms with payment to the seminar.


CERC (Community, Education & Recreation Center)
180 Ninth Street, Jersey City, NJ

Instructors & Shinpan-in

Helen Nakano sensei
Leslie Williams sensei
Mark Berghaan, yondan
Ellery Engalla, yondan
Patrick Magpayo, sandan


Friday, March 30, 2012: Practice
7:00 - 7:15 pmDoors open, registration, changing and warm up
7:15 - 9:15 pmBogu practice, regular training session
Saturday, March 31, 2012: Seminar
9:00 - 9:20 amCheck-in
9:20 - 9:30 amWelcome & Introduction
9:35 - 11:55 amDangai Training (all kyu & beginners)
9:35 - 11:55 amYudansha Training (Shodan-Nidan)
9:35 - 10:55 amYudansha Zen-Nihon Training (Sandan & up)
11:00 - 11:55 amShinpan Training
12:00 - 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 - 2:00 pmShinpan Training
1:00 - 2:30 pmBogu practice
1:00 - 3:30 pmEngi practice
3:30 - 6:00 pmCourt Setup/Ladders
4:00 - 6:00 pmNaginata Check
Sunday, April 1, 2012: Championship
9:00 - 9:15 amCheck-in
9:15 - 9:40 amOpening Ceremony
9:45 - 11:00 amEngi
11:00 - 11:30 amMemorial & Enbu
11:40 - 12:45 pmLunch
1:00 - 2:20 pmWomen’s individual
Women’s Team
Men’s individual
Men’s Team
2:30 - 3:00 pmAwards and closing


Friday Training
  • Students (full time with ID or under 18): $10
  • Member of any Naginata Federation (ECNF, USNF, CNF, etc): $20
  • Othesr: $30
  • Naginata rental: $5
Saturday Seminar
  • Students (full time with ID or under 18): $40
  • Member of any Naginata Federation (ECNF, USNF, CNF, etc): $90
  • Others (beginners): $120.00
  • Naginata rental: $5
Sunday Taikai
  • Beginner or Advanced Divisions 1-7: $20 ($10 students)
  • Kojin Shiai (Individual Bogu): $20
  • Dantai Shiai: $15 per member (3 person teams)


The Seminar is in the CERC (Community Education and Recreation Center) which is located at 180 9th Street Jersey City, New Jersey USA. This places it directly across the Hudson River from downtown Manhattan, New York City.

AIRPORT: The nearest and recommended airport is Liberty Field Newark (EWR). It is 8 miles from the CERC to the airport. Taxi or train or bus connections are all possible. The other two NY airports are two river crossing away. In rush hour to cross a river is 30 to 60 minutes. This does not count the extra distance. Taxi from Newark airport to downtown Jersey City is around $40 with tip. From JFK it is over $100.

PATH: The CERC is only a short distance from the Holland Tunnel into New York City. It also close to the PATH trains to downtown and midtown Manhattan and to Hoboken and Newark New Jersey. The PATH station is Pavonia/Newport.

LITE RAIL: Even closer to the CERC is the Hudson/Bergen Lite Rail system that runs along the west bank of the Hudson River from Bayonne to West New York New Jersey. The Newport Station on the Lite Rail is very close to the CERC. It is a short walk through the Newport Mall and the CERC is on the other side of the mall parking garage.


This list of hotels are divided into two sections. The first section will list nearby hotels for those who do not a have a car. That are with in walking distance or short simple train rides. These hotels often charge for parking. And, it is normally possible to have them drop you off and/or pick you up using the hotel shuttle bus.

The second section will be on hotels that are a short drive away. They normally have parking and are cheaper.

The telephone number is the hotel’s local number. All of these are chains that have a toll free number. Also, the prices are estimates only. Sometimes they are cheaper with a special price. They all have higher rates for business people. Even for the same hotel you can get different prices for the same room. Try or ot any number of other web consolidators as well as through the toll free number and the hotel itself. Because of the cut back in business travel, they should be very flexible in price.

Hotels within walking distance

The Holland Motor Inn is closest but not recommended.

Marriott Courtyard Suites 540 Washington St Jersey City
201-626-6600 -- Average $129-$249 for double suite.
Directly next to PATH Station, Pavonia/ Newport, 3 blocks to CERC

WESTIN Hotel, 479 Washington St. Jersey City. Just Opened!
201-626-2900 -- Introduction rate $127 Normal rate $249
1 block to PATH, 4 blocks to CERC

Double Tree Suites Hotel, 455 Washington St. Jersey City
201-499-2400 -- Average $189 for double suite.
1 block to PATH, 4 blocks to CERC
Note that this hotel is expected to triple the number of rooms early next year. So watch for special prices!

Candlewood Suites, 21 2nd Street Jersey City
201-217-0824 -- Lowest Average Rate $100-$149
3 block to PATH, 8 blocks to CERC
Close to Lite rail station, 2 stops to CERC station.

Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2 Exchange Place Jersey City
201-469-1234 – Lowest Average Rate $179-$300
Close to Exchange Place Lite rail station, 4 stops to CERC station. Next to Exchange Place PATH station Hotel on Hudson River pier.

Ramada Inn of Jersey City, 65 Tonnele Ave Jersey City
201-432-8776 Average Rate $100-$150
Close to Journal Square Station on PATH, 2 stops to CERC

Sheraton Suites on the Hudson, 500 Harbor, Weehawken NJ.
(201) 617-5600 -- Average Rate $107-$187
Close to Weehawken Lite Rail Station 5 stops to CERC
Two towns over from Jersey City, Weehawken is where the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel to Midtown Manhattan is located. Hotel on Hudson River pier.

Note: Many of these hotels are “SUITES” hotels. This means that the hotel rooms are bigger than average, with a Bedroom, Bathroom and Living Room with small kitchen. The Bedroom will come in either a large King Size bed or two Queen size beds. The living room will either have a sofa that can be converted into a Queen size bed and/or pull away beds that they can set up in the living room. All of the downtown Jersey City hotels are but a short walk from a supermarket. Thus, even if these hotels are somewhat expensive you can easy share 4 people in a suite. So a $160 per night room becomes a $40 per night on an individual basis. Even lower, if your party is very friendly.

Hotels not within walking distance

Econo Lodge, 750-760 Tonnele Ave, Jersey City
201-420-4090 Average rate $80

Red Carpet Inn 459 Tonnele Ave, Jersey City
201-420-7788 Average rate $80

Howard Johnson North Bergen NJ 1300 Tonnele Ave
201-863-6363 – Average rate $60

Note: These 3 hotels are all on Tonnele Ave, which is a bypass Truck route also known as US1 & US9, on most signs US 1/9.

They are all located in the section that is between the Tonnele Circle (where the connection to the Holland Tunnel is located) and NJ3 (which is where the connection to the Lincoln Tunnel and New Jersey Turnpike exit 16E are located).

This route is a divided roadway with several traffic lights. All U-turns and left turns are from the right lane. The exceptions are at either end. The Tonnele Circle is a traffic circle. Going north, the connection to NJ3 is the left lane.

Other locations which are not very far away and that have lots of hotels are Secaucus NJ which is on NJ3 just past the NJ Turnpike Exit 16E and the Meadowlands area just after crossing the Hackensack River. Giant Stadium etc are all located in that area.


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