Des Moines Iaido Seminar 2017

We had a great seminar in Des Moines last weekend with sensei Ric Flinn and the Des Moines Iaido club. Three members from our Agassiz Dojo went to get a great run-though of the seitei jo kata with Flinn sensei, a WHOLE bunch of seitei-iaido practice, some tameshigiri, and some Musoshindenryu iaido.
Top that off with an excellent sushi meal at a Japanese restaurant and some sake.
It was a great weekend!

Here are some photos from Nate Thomason.

 

While Sensei is Away

While sensei is away…
I was unable to make class last week due to other family commitments, but I had full confidence that my classes would be run and taught well while I was gone. My two senior senpai Kelly J Maier and Michael Schuldt do an excellent job of filling in when needed, and I know I can depend upon them to instruct the other students in the manner consistent with myself.

I think it benefits everyone to be put into a leadership position.

It benefits the senpai, because teaching also adds insight and wisdom into your own techniques. Sometimes showing something to others reveals flaws in our own techniques, which we can correct.

It benefits students, because they’re hearing things from a different person in perhaps a different way. Sometimes impact is added to the message if it’s delivered differently. Also, when senpai lead, they sometimes do drills or activities that we haven’t done in a while or try something new and that brings variety and growth as well.

I’m very happy that I know I can trust the senpai to lead while I’m gone.

2017 Iaido Summer Camp

It was a busy day of testing at the AUSKF Iaido and Jodo summer camp.
Iaido ranks received: Michael Jacobson 2kyu iaido, Michael Schuldt 1dan iaido.

Michael Jacobson 1kyu jodo, Adam Sandor 1kyu jodo, Michael Schuldt 1kyu jodo, Bradley Anderson 1kyu jodo.
This was the first AUSKF sponsored jodo rank testing to be offered at a camp, and ALL members who tested for 1kyu and 1dan this time PASSED.
Tomorrow rounds out the event with more jodo seminar, and then back to regular classes at home in Fargo.
Congratulations to all who passed, and a special thank you to everyone who attended and participated.

Nancy James wrote a very nice Facebook article and provided some excellent pictures of the event.

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We just finished another awesome AUSKF Iaido summer camp. This year it was held in Bryn Mawr college near Philadelphia, PA. What a beautiful campus!
Attending sensei from Japan this year were Sakono sensei and Oda sensei, both 8dan in iaido.
Excellent teachings and seminar!
Two students from the Agassiz dojo placed in the tournament today. Adam Sandor won 3rd place in the unranked division, and Michael Schuldt got 2nd place in the 1kyu-1Dan division. Congratulations fellows,and nice job!
Tomorrow rounds out with the rank testing for both iaido and jodo, and then will be followed by the jodo seminar.
It’s been a great week so far!

A Huge List of Iaido Links!

Over the years I’ve come up with quite a list of favorite martial arts related sites to visit and articles to read.
Here are a few of the places I regularly wander into:

Kendo World forum – a lively forum of serious kendo and iaido practitioners where people of any level can ask questions and discuss the Japanese Sword Arts. http://www.kendo-world.com/forum/

Sword Forum International – another active forum where sword lovers and martial artists can discuss related topics. Open for European as well as Asian swords and arts. Lots of good things here, and often a crossover from the KW forum as well. http://www.swordforum.com

Kenshi247.net – An excellent and well written blog by a kendo and iaido practitioner that often discusses the history and traditions of JSA. Lots of translations of Japanese texts and articles by famous kenshi. Very excellent reading! http://kenshi247.net

Some of my favorite readings from this blog are:
http://kenshi247.net/blog/2011/03/25/i-am-a-deshi/
http://kenshi247.net/blog/2009/01/12/the-student-teacher-relationship-seitei-and-traditional-iai/
Excellent article on tameshigiri: http://kenshi247.net/blog/2011/01/28/thoughts-on-tameshigiri-from-famous-swordsmen/

Kim Taylor’s iaido listserv and articles – http://ejmas.com/ Be sure to check some of the links on his page, his Unka blog and others listed there are excellent as well.

Koryu website – lots of books and other related articles – http://koryu.com/

YouTube links

Kendo Kata http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Fx5Ts9i-MM

Jodo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biSJdRuR6i0&feature=related

Aggasiz Dojo – Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/MusoshindenryuDojo
This includes our Standing and Sitting Reiho videos with instructions.

June 2011 Rank Test videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_eCb_Ox6r0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ-H-YsJ8_w

Kelly’s CSI Samurai spoof http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJNy5m0UOe0

Cuts of the Sugarplum Fairy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cXhzN_IuIo

Nakayama Hakudo video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4ImhjM8l9g

Kuroda Sensei doing an iaido demo – Very fast nukitsuke!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t93ThAl7M00

Bokuto kihon waza http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVzHMNJ6NKg

Very interesting videos for kumitachi Musoshindenryu. Well worth a look!
http://www.jikidenshinkai.de/chuden_kata/kumitachi.html

This is just the first batch. I’ll be adding to this as I find things or other people recommend sites to me. Please let me know of any missing or broken links.

Thanks!

Brad