Sensei’s Blog

Don’t Bore Me – Kim Taylor, Renshi, CI Sei Do Kai Guelph ON, Nanadan Iaido Renshi and Roukudan Jodo Renshi

For the last several classes of Seitei Gata I have been telling the students not to bore me. I mean it. I've seen those kata thousands of times and I'm really not interested in watching you robot your way through the check points. Ohmi sensei has been saying this for years, and lately he put … Continue reading Don’t Bore Me – Kim Taylor, Renshi, CI Sei Do Kai Guelph ON, Nanadan Iaido Renshi and Roukudan Jodo Renshi

Seitei Iai – Uke Nagashi – Kim Taylor, Renshi, CI Sei Do Kai Guelph ON, Nanadan Iaido Renshi and Roukudan Jodo Renshi

Ah Seitei Iai, we were working on Uke Nagashi and I was reminded once more of the reasons I like Seitei Iai (lots of detail) and the reasons it drives me insane (lots of opinions on those details). With a standardized kata, you can work more and more on the fine structure while being kept … Continue reading Seitei Iai – Uke Nagashi – Kim Taylor, Renshi, CI Sei Do Kai Guelph ON, Nanadan Iaido Renshi and Roukudan Jodo Renshi

Chiru no Chan Chan – γƒγƒ«γƒŽγƒγƒ£γƒ³γƒγƒ£γƒ³ – Fast “springy” movement. – Mike Chinadi – Yodan Essay

Chiru no Chan Chan - γƒγƒ«γƒŽγƒγƒ£γƒ³γƒγƒ£γƒ³ - Fast "springy" movement.  The body’s muscles are as strong as steel, yet flexible in this condition.  The feeling is cat-like. The best example of this is seen in Kururunfa (δΉ…η•™ι “η ΄) when dropping into Koshi Dachi (腰立け) and then immediately spring up into Zenkutsu Dachi (ε‰ε±ˆη«‹γ‘).  Development of fast … Continue reading Chiru no Chan Chan – γƒγƒ«γƒŽγƒγƒ£γƒ³γƒγƒ£γƒ³ – Fast “springy” movement. – Mike Chinadi – Yodan Essay

Vocabulary is not Knowledge – Kim Taylor, Renshi, CI Sei Do Kai Guelph ON, Nanadan Iaido Renshi and Roukudan Jodo Renshi

At one point I'm sure I was fully conversant with the jargon, but now, while I'm teaching, I often search for such esoteric budo terms as "arm" and "elbow". I mean arm and elbow in English, not Japanese. It just occurs to me, budo jargon is often just the language of origin, if we have … Continue reading Vocabulary is not Knowledge – Kim Taylor, Renshi, CI Sei Do Kai Guelph ON, Nanadan Iaido Renshi and Roukudan Jodo Renshi