Iaido Journal Oct 2009
Toronto Fall Jodo Seminar
copyright © 2009 Kim Taylor, all
copyright © 2009 Stanislav Vardomskiy, all
This was the third
fall jodo seminar presented by Aikido Yoshinkai Canada at Ryerson
University in Toronto. Instructing this year were Mitsuo Shiiya
Sensei, Jodo Hanshi 8th dan, Iaido Kyoshi 7th dan and Hiroshi Arai
Jodo Kyoshi 8th dan, Iaido Kyoshi 7th dan, both from Tokyo.
Mitsuo Shiiya sensei checks out the footwork
was excellent as usual, with a full weekend of instruction for us to
digest over the next few months. The Friday evening class concentrated
on kihon sotai, the paired basic practice and was followed by an
informal get-together at a local chinese restaurant for refreshments.
While there we were joined by the regular AYC iaido class which allowed
for more happy reunions between students and sensei. (see Hamster Clan
back to Japan 2009 - Training Day 2)
the finish of the kihon sotai and a review of Zen Ken Ren jodo before
splitting into two groups. One group continued on with ZKR jodo while
the other moved on to the Shindo Muso ryu Omote set.
Saturday evening get-together was at a Korean restaurant, an all you
can eat, meat BBQ is just what is needed after a long day of practice,
all washed down with lots of ale. Rolling back to the car for the drive
home to Guelph was a special treat.
On Sunday the class
further split into a ZKR jodo group, an Omote group and a few folks who
worked on the Chudan level. At the end of the day all the students
demonstrated what they had been practicing for the sensei who then
returned the favour with an very nice demonstration of Ikkaku-ryu
juttejutsu. At the end of practice the sensei quickly packed up and
headed for the cottage where they could do some fishing.
Hiroshi Arai sensei keeps an eye on things
sure all who attended will have plenty to work on, I know I do. Most
special thanks are due to Takeshi Kimeda sensei and his students for
hosting the event.
You will find the Canadian Kendo Federation jodo clubs listed at http://kendo-canada.com/ckf_dojoadr.htm