WHAT WE DOYou can watch some videos here to see what we do.
WHAT IS IAIDO?
Iaido is concerned with drawing the sword and
cutting in the same motion. Most practice is solo, eventually with a
blade. The Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu also includes partner practice with
wooden blades. Students must strive to achieve power, precision and
in their form. Along the way they learn balance, grace, and control of
the body and the mind.
began in the mid-1500s. The MJER traces
its history back to this time in an unbroken line of teachers. Along
MJER, students of the Sei Do Kai study the All Japan Kendo Federation
Iai, commonly known as the Sei Tei Gata Iai. The club also occasionally
practices other schools of iai, notably the Hosoda ryu (Shindo Munen
ryu as taught by Mitsuzuka Takeshi), Keshi ryu, and Kage ryu.
A typical iaido form consists of the draw and cut,
a finishing cut, cleaning the blade and returning it to the scabbard,
without looking away from the imaginary opponent.
Iaido is taught at the University of Guelph by Kim Taylor, renshi 7dan iaido Canadian
Kendo Federation (CKF) who is a member of the CKF national grading
panel. The club has hosted many high ranking Iaido instructors from Japan over the past 30 years.
WHAT IS JODO?
is the art of using the short staff or
Jo, a stick of about one inch in diameter and four feet in length. The
International Kendo Federation has a set of 12 practice movements and
kata which expose its swordsmen to this closely associated weapon. The
art is taken directly from the Shindo Muso Ryu school which is one of
classical arts practiced by the Samurai. Shindo Muso Ryu practice
on the use of the Jo against the sword but several other weapons are
at higher levels. These include the Tanjo or cane, the Jutte (a sort of
police club), the Kusari-Gama (sickle and chain), and the sword against
the sword (Shinto ryu). Students of Sei Do Kai practice the Shindo Muso
Ryu and the ZNKR jo. They also occasionally practice the tanjo and the
Regular practices at the
University of Guelph
are taught by Kim Taylor 5dan jodo and head of the CKF jodo section. The club has hosted many high ranking Jodo instructors from Japan yearly for the past 25 years.
The drawing above was done by my daughter during
a practice one afternoon, it took a while for me to realize just how
she saw us, there's daddy on the right with his short haired, balding
and beard holding a sword and wearing hakama. On the left is Ward
with a jo.
WHAT IS KENJUTSU?
Kenjutsu, by western convention, is usually defined
as the use of the sword once it has been drawn, and is practiced with a
partner using wooden weapons.
Hyoho Niten Ichiryu
The Hyoho Niten Ichiryu (two heavens as
one, school) was developed by Miyamoto Musashi, author of the "Book of
Five Rings" and Japan's most famous swordsman. The school dates from
early 1600s and it's most distinctive feature is it's use of two swords
Although a few students of the Sei Do Kai and others are
teaching this art in various places, it remains almost unknown outside
of Japan. We were fortunate to have the instruction, over several years, of Matsuo Haruna of Okayama prefecture in Japan. Haruna
sensei was the chief instructor at the Musashi dojo in Ohara village.
dojo is next door to the Musashi Museum. Since
the death of Haruna sensei, the Sei Do Kai has remained aligned
informally with our line of the Santo-ha Hyoho Niten Ichiryu. Students of the Sei do Kai
typically practice Niten Ichiryu in a series of workshops at the
University of Guelph and other places through the year.
Choken Battojutsu Kage Ryu
The Sei Do Kai also practices one of the more rare sword schools, the Choken Battojutsu Kage Ryu,
under Colin Watkin sensei who is shihan of the school as well as a
holder of menkyo in the Niten Ichiryu. This is a school of drawing and
cutting with very long blades which was handed down through the
Tachibana clan around present-day Yamagawa city. More information can
be found here. The club often practices this school outdoors, usually on the beach.
WHAT IS KENDO?
Kendo is a competitive art that focuses on free-style
practice with bamboo swords and protective armour. The art developed
of the classical kenjutsu schools about 200 years ago in Japan and
contains much of that teaching. It is now organized on a world-wide
Every three years a World Championships is held, and the Canadian Kendo Federation team
does very well, often placing third behind Japan and Korea. Canada has
placed in the top three in six of the ten Championships held so
Students will find Kendo training to be quite
strenuous and exciting, with a nice mix of sport and tradition.
Kendo instruction at the University of Guelph
is now given under the instructional program.
The Sei Do Kai sponsors several
yearly, the most notable is the Spring Seminar (see http://www.uoguelph.ca/~iaido/iai.seminar.html
The Tombo Seminar features Niten Ichiryu and Kage Ryu
The CKF International Fall Jodo seminar
And some past events
2001 Guelph School of Japanese Sword Arts