Right now as I write there is another book coming off the printer, one I didn’t intend to write really, it’s on ZenKenRen iai (seitei) and it includes sections on safety, the meaning of the kata (what they teach rather than just what the opponent is doing), a set of 18 kihon exercises, some tips on teaching, some definitions of terms, a bit of grading stuff and some other things that instructors might want to know. It started out as a short essay for my students who teach, and sort of grew out of pamphlet form into a hundred pages so there’s iaido manual number 11.
In other news, I just noticed that while I put up pdf versions of manuals number 1-5, I forgot to put up manuals 6-10 on the website, but I promise you there are hard copy versions sitting on the shelf waiting to be mailed out or picked up at a seminar. Just email me if I don’t get them online when you decide you have to have them.
I will have copies (both hard and pdf) at the “jujutsu of the sword” seminar coming up this next Sunday in Peterborough. At least I hope I remember to take some along. If everyone shows up who has said they would it will be a good crowd and I’m looking forward to it. I’m hoping an appreciation of the sword inside three feet will help everyone’s iaido.
Now if I could just get back to the four or five books that are 80% done and “only need a bit of tweeking” before the usual end of month stuff catches up with me. Not to mention the May seminar…