Iaido - Sei Do Kai May 24 Seminar
The 2019 edition of the May 24 Weekend Iaido & Jodo Seminar was fantastic as always! Sei Do Kai again hosted top instructors from Japan, Great Britain and Canada.
Through the morning of Day 1, Ohmi Sensei ran through WKF Seitei. It was simply excellent. I love sessions that focus on the basic basics. This is undoubtedly reinforced by what I see as an instructor. Most students want to learn as much as they can, as fast as they can. Often this translates to jumping ahead to learn the cool flashy techniques. You can learn the sequence in a difficult kata, but regardless of the complexity, with rare exception, all kata are built up of simple, basic moves. It is only the sequencing that changes. When basics are strong, everything else looks significantly better. This is as true in iaido as it is in other martial arts.
In the afternoon of Day 1, hailing from London England, Mansfield Sensei joined us. We are very fortunate to get some of the highest level instructors joining us from around the globe. It's incredibly beneficial to train with different instructors. Everyone brings their own insights to their art, and their passion is infectious.
Here is one of the main reasons I train in iaido and jodo in Guelph. Kim Taylor sensei is simply brilliant. While the budo is taken very seriously, between training is a whole lot of fun.