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Please answer the following questions as required for your grade. You may use illustrations to emphasise your point. Please however try to restrict your response to no more than four sides of A4. To be returned by email to Dave Fanning at: arriving no later than Sunday 9th November.

Please put your name, grade you are attempting and seminar in the subject heading of your email to help me file answers as they arrive.

Thank you

Shodan and Nidan

These questions should be answerable from the Seitei Iaido Manual or from asking one’s Sempai/Sensei.

1) Draw a plan illustrating a traditional Japanese dojo, naming the important areas/sides.

2) How is the direction of a cut (hasuji) established when drawing the sword?

3) What is meant by “hiki nuki”?

4) What is meant by “shu ha ri”, with particular relevance to studying iaido?

5) What is the minimum recommended distance between yourself and your nearest neighbour when training?

Sandan and Yondan

These questions should be answerable from research from the Seitei Iaido Manual, one’s own sensei and

other external sources such as books, the internet, other senior teachers.

1) Using diagrams, illustrate the various foot positions occurring in Seiteigata 8, Ganmen Ate.

2) Explain what is meant by Ma and Maai.

3) Explain the meaning of the following terms when used in an iaido competition: aka; shiai jo; shiro; shobu ari.

4) What are the four grading points for Seiteigata 9, Soete Tsuki?

5) Explain the difference between saya biki and saya banare.

2014 Northern Seminar Jodo Grading Questions

Please find attached the grading questions for the 2014 Northern Seminar:

Jodo Grading Questions Northern 2014 (DOC)

Obituary – Mike Kellet

Mike Kellet passed away peacefully on Saturday 10th October 2014 after a brief illness.

Mike had been a student of Iaido for many years and he was a highly esteemed colleague and dojo leader of Taigakai Chelmsford. He achieved the rank of godan and was working for his rokudan when he fell ill. Mike’s patience and his dry sense of humour, inside and outside the dojo, will be remembered by all who knew him and had the privilege to work with him. His passing leaves a hole which will not be easy to fill and we will remember him with fondness and gratitude. Mike was a hard worker and always ready to assist others despite his illness.Mike was a fighter and even when he knew his time was drawing to an end he came to one last summer seminar to say his goodbyes.

Mike’s funeral will be held on Wednesday 29th October at 12.15pm, at the Parndon Wood Crematorium, Parndon Wood Road, Harlow, Essex CM19 4SF. This will be followed by a celebration of his life at the Lion and Lamb Public House, Stortford Rd, Little Canfield, Dunmow, Essex CM6 1SR. All are very welcome to join us as this is not just for his family but for everyone who knew and loved him.

Flowers or donations to St Clare’s Hospice are very welcome, and should be sent to the undertakers, Daniel Robinson, at 79-81 South St, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 3AL. Alternatively cheques can be collected on the day.

Lidstone Memorial Kyusha Taikai, 2014

The results for the Lidstone Memorial Kyusha Taikai, 11 Oct 2014 are

Winner: Oleg Narea, Reading Kendo Club
2nd place: Kristen Wang, University of Kent Kendo Club
3rd place: Jonathan den Otter, Tora dojo / Gabriel Simon, Hizen dojo
Fighting Spirit: Kristen Wang, UKKC
Peter Gibson prize: Amy Hoang, UKKC

Congratulations to them and to everyone who took part in another spirited and well-fought contest in the best tradition of the Lidstone.

Thanks and regards,

David Finch
Secretary, Nenriki kendo club

NORTHERN JODO & IAIDO SEMINAR & GRADING 22nd & 23rd November 2014

We would like to invite you to the 20th BKA Northern Iaido and Jodo Seminar 2014. The seminar will be held simultaneously across two venues in the local area, the Education Village and Darlington College, which we have used in previous seminars, both offering a larger space to train and some smaller spaces for concentrated groups.

Full details including accommodation information available here

The seminar will be led by:

Jock Hopson Kyoshi 7th Dan (grading group)
Vic Cook Renshi 7th Dan (grading group)
Chris Mansfield Renshi 7th Dan (non­grading group)
Len Bean Renshi 7th Dan (non­grading group)

With Assistance from Greg Drewe Renshi 6th Dan and Alan Lee­ Nash Renshi 6th Dan

Harry Jones 6th Dan
With Assistance from Stojanka Vidinic 5th Dan

Please book onto this event through the online booking system by going through your account at

You will need to add items to your basket and return to the booking screen to add accommodation nights, sayonara party booking etc, where relevant.
Please make sure that you have booked:
1. The right seminar booking.
2. The correct grading if you are grading.
If you have any problems with the online booking system, please contact Rob Sidoli at

Overseas visitors only:
You can now book onto the event via the BKA website online registration system as a “guest” member.

Jodo Koryu Session cancellation

We are sorry to announce that the Jodo Koryu Session 3 and Taikai in Wolverton on 11th October 2014 is now cancelled.