Sei Do Kai Press Releases

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Kim Taylor
44 Inkerman St
Guelph Ont
N1H 3C5

Press Releases

Top Japanese Martial Arts Instructors  in North America Coming to Guelph (July 2002)
Japanese Swordsmen are coming to Ontario! (May 2001)
Kendo in Canada (article 1995)

Photographs for Print Media

Photos of sword events in Canada
Photos of the sword school, 2001
More photos of 2001sword school
General iaido photographs of Kim Taylor

General information on the club

Sei Do Kai (quiet/action school) was founded by Kim Taylor at the University of Guelph in 1987 to teach Iaido. Today the club teaches Iaido (sword drawing), Jodo (the short staff) and Niten Ichi-ryu (the sword school of Miyamoto Musashi. 


Iaido is concerned with drawing the sword and cutting in the same motion. Most practice is solo, eventually with a real blade. The Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu also includes partner practice with wooden blades. Students must strive to achieve power, precision and perfection in their form. Along the way they learn balance, grace, and control of the body and the mind. 

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 at the Sei Do Kai is taught by Kim Taylor, renshi 7dan iaido Canadian Kendo Federation (CKF). 


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 called the Sei Tei Gata Jo, which expose its swordsmen to this 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. 

Regular practices at the University of Guelph are taught by Kim Taylor 5dan jodo CKF. 

Niten Ichi-ryu:

Kenjutsu, by western convention, is usually defined as the use of the sword once it has been drawn, and is practiced with a partner using wooden weapons. The Hyo Ho Niten Ichi-ryu (two heavens as one school of strategy) was developed by Miyamoto Musashi, author of the "Book of Five Rings" and Japan's most famous swordsman. The school dates from the early 1600s and it's most distinctive feature is it's use of two swords at once. 

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. The dojo is next door to the Musashi Museum. 

Club Events: 

The Sei Do Kai sponsors several major events yearly, the most notable are the Spring Seminar (see for details) and the Guelph School of Japanese Sword Arts (

Websites associated with Sei Do Kai

Sei Do Kai Iaido Homepage Canadian Kendo Federation Ontario Kendo Federation.
Electronic Journals of Martial Arts and Sciences Kim's Big Page of Stuff Sei Do Kai Supplies

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Last Modified by Kim Taylor July 5, 2007