The Iaido Journal  Dec 2011
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2011 Mu Mon Kai Fall Koryu Seminar

copyright © 2011 Patrick Suen, all rights reserved

As a member of the CKF, our club's primary focus is on the standardized kata determined by the All Japan Kendo Federation. However, it is in the koryu where we truly connect with the people who passed down the art of Iaido from one generation to the next.

The Mu Mon Kai Fall Koryu Seminar was held at the JCCC on Saturday, October 15. 

Participants included:
- Mu Mon Kai (home dojo, Toronto)
- Aikido Yoshinkan of Canada (former affiliate, Toronto)
- Kenshokan (former affiliate, Peterborough)
- Kaigen Kai (affiliated dojo, St. Catharines)
- University of Rochester (affiliated dojo, Rochester)
- Ittokai (affiliated dojo, Rochester)

The seminar was organized by Hanna Ikeda-Suen who showed great spirit in maintaining order throughout the seminar while fighting through illness. The dojo was booked from 3pm - 8pm and refreshments were served during the break. Reservations were made for 20+ people at Tako Sushi for dinner. Even though she was unable to participate, her efforts in making everyone's experience the best it could be was very much appreciated.

Ohmi Sensei's opening statement was very illuminating. Paraphrasing:

"To me, Seitei and Koryu are the same thing. In Iaido, you must have an opponent. Everything you do comes from this understanding. Is your blade angle correct? Is your sword tip at the right location? All this comes from knowing the scenario and facing your opponent. "

Agenda as follows:
1. Etiquette: Holding the sageo. Shomen Rei. To Rei. Tying sageo.
2. Nukitsuke: Blade angle when drawing. Wide. Tsuka-gashira center. Harusuke angle. Ohmi straight.
3. Noto (Omori, Eishin, MJER) options. Tsukagashira center

4. Fundamentals of MJER - Gokai. Technically and Mentally big. Cuts slightly down (exit body). 
5. Chiburi: Tip low front and back. Blood flow down. Not sweep around front. 

6. Iaigoshi
7. Breaking Koiguchi has three ways: Show thumb. Hide thumb. Use thumb and index finger.
8. Seme is a difference between Mugai-ryu (quick, no zanshin) vs MJER

a. Uke Nagashi - Slow or Fast?
b. TsukeKomi: Options - Move back or not
c. Nukiuchi: Options - draw with tsuki-age, draw with tsuki-age + uke nagashi, draw with only uke nagashi

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History of MJER. Iaido federation vs Kendo federation. Ku-den transmitted through mouth only. So no way to really know if what we're doing now is the same as what they used to do.

a. Yokogumo
b. Practice Eishin-Ryu kata.
c. Hayanuki with demonstration by M. Hodge (4 Dan)

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How to have opponent

- Breath, hips, metsuke
- try movements without sword to use hip

Oku-Iai - Yukizure - Demonstrations and individual corrections

We concluded the night with great conversations at Tako Sushi.

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