I first got involved in Japanese sword arts through Aikido, which I began practicing in 1980 at the University of Guelph with Mr. Bruce Stiles (currently 5 Dan Aikikai). By the great feat of hanging around for 11 years or so I earned a shodan degree. In 1983 I was introduced to Iaido at an Aikido Summer Camp in Amhurst Mass. where I practiced for the week with Takeshi Mitsuzuka sensei. In 1987, in one of those introduction stories involving "waiting at the temple gate" I became a student of Goyo Ohmi sensei (currently 6 dan iaido, 6 dan kendo) and have remained a student ever since. Along the way from then to now I've met a lot of other sensei and practiced with whoever I could. I now practice Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaido, Shindo Muso-ryu Jodo, Hyo Ho Niten Ichi-ryu Kenjutsu, and even a little bit of Kendo once in a while when I'm feeling young and frisky.
The Sei Do Kai is a member of the Canadian Kendo Federation and the Ontario Kendo Federation.
The Sei Do Kai sponsors numerous small seminars throughout the year, and a couple of big ones, including the Spring Seminar with Matsuo Haruna sensei (7dan kyoshi from Ohara, Okayama in Japan) and the Guelph School of Japanese Sword Arts, a multi-disciplinary school held each July at the U. of G.
To support these activities we sell various training aids, including manuals, videos, and equipment to swordsmen all over the world. These are from Sei Do Kai Productions.
You can take a look at the latest version of The Iaido Newsletter in html form here if you wish.
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