Iaido began in the mid-1500s. The MJER traces its history back to this time in an unbroken line of teachers. Along with MJER, students of the Sei Do Kai study the All Japan Kendo Federation (ZNKR) Iai, commonly known as the Sei Tei Gata Iai.
A typical form consists of the draw and cut, a finishing cut, cleaning the blade and returning it to the scabbard, all without looking away from the imaginary opponent.
Iaido is taught by Kim Taylor, renshi 7dan iaido Canadian
Kendo Federation (CKF) who is a member of the CKF national grading
Jodo is the art of using the short staff or Jo, a stick of about one inch in diameter and four feet in length. The International Kendo Federation has a set of 12 practice movements and 12 kata which expose its swordsmen to this closely associated weapon. The art is taken directly from the Shindo Muso Ryu school which is one of the classical arts practiced by the Samurai. Shindo Muso Ryu practice concentrates on the use of the Jo against the sword but several other weapons are studied at higher levels. These include the Tanjo or cane, the Jutte (a sort of police club), the Kusari-Gama (sickle and chain), and the sword against the sword.
We are also fortunate to have Mr. Shigeo Namitome hanshi hachidan in Jodo and kyoshi hachidan in Muso Shinden-ryu Iai, as well as Mr. Katsuhiko Ide kyoshi hachidan jodo, hanshi hachidan iaido, as our supervisors in Jo. The Sei Do Kai now practices under four Menkyo Kaiden sensei (all hachidan) from Tokyo who rotate to Canada to teach at least two seminars per year. Regular practices at the University of Guelph are taught by Kim Taylor 5dan jodo and head of the CKF jodo section.
The drawing above was done by my daughter during
a practice one afternoon, it took a while for me to realize just how
she saw us, there's daddy on the right with his short haired, balding
and beard holding a sword and wearing hakama. On the left is Ward
with a jo.
Although a few students of the Sei Do Kai are
teaching this art in various places, it remains almost unknown outside
of Japan. We have been fortunate to have the instruction, over the last
several years, of Matsuo Haruna of Okayama prefecture in Japan. Haruna
sensei is the chief instructor at the Musashi dojo in Ohara village.
dojo is next door to the Musashi Museum.
Students will find Kendo training to be quite strenuous and exciting, with a nice mix of sport and tradition.
Kendo instruction at the University of Guelph
is now given under a separate CKF club.
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Last updated July 5, 2006 by Kim Taylor