Are you searching for a sense of calm in the midst of chaos? Perhaps you should consider bringing a martial art practice into your life. You can invite stress to leave, and tranquility to exist through the discipline, dedication, meditation and movement of Iaido. Iaido is a Japanese martial art handed down through a long lineage from the Samurai tradition. It is practiced with an authentic Japanese blade called the Katana, (although in the first years of being a student, one uses a “Iaito” with a blunt edge for safety purposes).
Through the twelve katas, or sets of movements, prescribed by the International Kendo Federation, students will have the opportunity to explore and transform their character and compassion through strict and powerful movement. Historically, the samurai practiced to become a warrior, in order to conquer an opponent. Today, we practice to conquer ourselves and become better human beings.
Enore Gardonio – 7th Dan Aikido, 5th Dan Iaido
Enore Sensei has trained in Japanese Martial Arts for close to 50 years. He started with Judo and then switched to Yoshinkan Aikido as soon as he saw a demonstration by Kimeda Sensei (presently 9th Dan Aikido, 6th Dan Iaido, 5th Dan Jodo). Enore Sensei stayed with Kimeda Sensei for over 40 years. Kimeda Sensei then brought Ohmi Goyo sensei (7th Dan Iaido, 5th Dan Kendo and chief Canadian instructor in the CKF) to teach Iaido in the dojo in 1993 and Enore Sensei has been his Iaido student since then (with a short sidetrack for a Naginata shodan along the way).
Peter Schramek – 5th Dan Iaido; Email
Peter Sensei has spent 25 years practicing kendo starting in 1975 with Nakamura Sensei at the Toka Budokan. Since 1985 Peter Sensei has also practiced iaido in the Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu tradition, first under Nakamura Sensei and since 1998 under Ohmi Sensei. Peter Sensei currently holds an Iaido 5th dan grade and practices at the Toronto Budokan dojo in Toronto. He also teaches at the Toronto Kendo Club and has spent 10 years teaching at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Peter has been teaching Iaido since 2003.
The Iaido part of the club is affiliated with the Canadian Kendo Federation (CKF) and through the CKF to the Japanese Kendo Federation (JKF) and the International Kendo Federation (JKF). Any degree received will be recognized internationally by any Kendo Federation affiliated club. These affiliations have the benefit of allowing us to access the top instructors from Japan– which yearly come to Canada to instruct and upgrade. These benefits come at a small yearly cost on top of the club costs. It is minimal but must be paid to belong to the CKF. Only CKF registered students – with paid up CKF dues, will be allowed to test.
All tests are done by the CKF twice a year in May and December. There will be one in-club test which will determine your readiness to take the first official test. The instructor (s) will determine your readiness for any test ( the CKF requires the recommendation of an instructor for any student to test ).
Tests (minimal times):
Second Kyu – in club
First Kyu – when ready, first official CKF test
First Dan – 6 months after first Kyu
Second Dan – one year after first Dan
Third Dan – two years after second Dan
Fourth Dan – three years after third Dan.
Zen Ken Ren Iaido waza (techniques) are used internationally for testing and competitions. They are:
- Uke Nagashi
- Tsuka Ate
- Kesa Giri
- Morote Tsuki
- Sanpo Giri
- Ganmen Ate
- Soete Tsuki
- Shiho Giri
- Sou Giri
- Nuki Uchi
( A further 40+ techniques [koryu or old style techniques] will be taught but will not become part of the test until second Dan).