June 29, 1987 Mitsuzuka Takeshi seminar in Montreal Muso Shinden Ryu, Shoden – Kim Taylor, Renshi, CI Sei Do Kai Guelph ON, Nanadan Iaido Renshi and Roukudan Jodo Renshi

These notes imply that I was relying on my previous instruction in Shinden Ryu.

1-4 Shohatto to atarito are the same as I was taught
5. Inyo Shintai, straight back
7. Junto- draw completely to the side and come up to hasso gamae facing 45 degrees to the right, then cut. (goes to the front of the head, not back, the angle of the blade at rest)
6. Ryuto draw and avoid together. Step 90 degrees to shomen, not 135, cut with the kissaki up and don’t switch to the front for noto
8. Same
9. Seichuto same
10. Koranto Same
11. Gyakuto Inyo Shintai. On the first noto keep the right hand rolled forward over the tsuka, grip and draw so that the back of the blade contacts the sword cutting for the leg, then switch the hand to cut to shomen
12. Batto Draw as you raise the sword to jodan. Stand almost up, then cut down as you drop back to your knees.

July 11, 1987 Iai in (old JCCC) Toronto
Ohmi Steve Judy and Kim.

Shindo Munen [seems to be some other instructions as well]

Points to work on: Kirikudashi Shomen cut. Cut is to horizontal, not lower. Start the power further up the arc, I whip forward like casting a fishing pole, this is no good. (Must make the tip describe an arc, not a parabola) Retrain.

Kamae: Jodan, my arms are usually too wide at the elbows, this may be due to poor left hand placement on the tsuka. The left hand is 1.5-2 fists over the forehead. Start wringing from the top, power all the way through the cut. This angle for jodan (diagram with sword at 30 degrees)

Seigan: Tip to the throat, wring hard with the left hand, lightly with the right. My left hand is not wrung far enough. Don’t strain so far forward, keep the arms at a natural bend.

Chudan: Wring, the sword is at horizontal, no lower.

Hasso: Left armpit holds paper, right armpit holds an egg. Sword at this angle (diagram with sword at 50 degrees).

Finish Kesa giri to sweep behind (gaeshi) don’t lean forward so much. The edge ends up further rolled over than I do it. The angle of the cut to the front more 70 degrees than 45 degrees (diagrams again) so watch the sword angle as I’m cutting. Don’t take the right hand off of the tsuka.

Noto is OK for muso jikiden. Muso shinden I should meet in front of the tanden at 90 degrees, as I pull the saya back (keep the little finger on the belt) keep 90 degrees, then move the saya to sheath the sword.

Chiburi: Out to the side, standing and kneeling are a different position. See later!

Exercises to do: Practice stances (2) Jodan, Chudan (2) “withdrawing” (ie low and pointed behind with the edge facing away from the leg) [waki of course], seigan (2) and Hasso.

Cutting on 1 knee to practice cutting to horizontal.

Walking forward to push the hips, concentrate on jodan and pwer from the top, check chudan and seigan hand positions.

Standing in horse stance

Chiburi, out to the side (eg. tsuka ate in seitei). Kneeling = 20cm to right of right knee only, no further The tip is slightly depressed. Do not whip the tip out, just move it. Standing (eg. Oi Kaze) the chiburi is further out to the side.

======Notes 4

Kim Taylor


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