The Iaido Journal  Dec 2009
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2009 CKF Eastern and Central
Iaido and Jodo Gradings


copyright 2009 Kim Taylor, all rights reserved
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copyright 2009 Robert Yourth, all rights reserved

What a pleasure it was to attend the 2009 CKF iaido and jodo gradings at the Etobicoke Olympium in Ontario, Canada. The day began with an over-subscribed iaido seminar featuring instruction by Ohmi Goyo sensei, Asaoka Mitsuru sensei, Stephen Cruise sensei, David Green sensei (and myself). That's four nanadan and a rokudan for the 50 to 60 students who attended. The seminar began with a group run-through of Zen Ken Ren iai (seitei gata) and then the students were split into their challenge groups, ikkyu, shodan, nidan and sandan, and yondan up to receive some specific training.

CKF iaido central grading panel 2009

After lunch the gradings started with over 60 students participating. While watching the various groups I made some notes which I would like to share here. These consist of two parts, the first was what I saw as the good points for each level of challenger, what the better students are doing now. The second set of points are what I thought those students should be working on next.

Please note carefully that these points are not in any way meant to be a description of "where you should be" or "what you should be working on" at the specific grades, they are a description of what I saw. You can take it for granted that each level also showed the good points of the level before.

First Kyu
Good Stuff
Need to work on:Shodan
Good stuff
Need to work on
Nidan
Good stuff
Need to work on
Sandan
Good stuff
Need to work on
Yondan
Good stuff
Need to work on
Godan
Good stuff
Need to work on
CKF 2009 iaido grading

Intense Scrutiny
Rokudan
Good stuff
Need to work on
CKF 2009 iaido grading
Hey , Did you hear the joke about the Iaito that didn't make the cut ...


The jodo gradings were held immediately after the iaido gradings and were only ikkyu and shodan as this is our "off-season". The five challengers passed their levels and were encouraged to continue their studies. Jodo is slowly growing and it is my hope that one day we will see as many jodo challengers as we did for iaido. The jodo seminar afterward was quick and several students worked through the first few kata of the chuden set of Shindo Muso-ryu Jo.

I would like to thank the organizers and participants of the gradings for their hard work and attention, and I'd also like to thank the CKF for making the iaido and jodo gradings possible.

You will find the Canadian Kendo Federation iaido and jodo clubs listed at http://kendo-canada.com/ckf_dojoadr.htm

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