Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Kanagawa Prefectural Tournament

Way back in June, I stopped by the Kanagawa Prefectural Iaido Tournament, just to say I went. It was also a chance to show my girlfriend, "This is iaido" as she had never seen it before.
Kanagawa is a very strong prefecture when it comes to iaido, so the level was very, very high. It was humbling (gut churning?) to see 2-dans, shodans, even mudansha, who have better technique than me.

I didn't stick around for long. Interestingly, the Budokan was within walking distance of my (then) apartment, so I walked home from the tournament. Prior to that, I had no idea where it was or that it was so close!

Now that I have moved to Yamato city, goodness knows what (or who) might be right around the corner. No matter what it is, though, I guarantee you I will discover it about a week before I am scheduled to move next.

On to the pictures...

Ozaki Sensei

Part of the 8-dan Kyoshi demonstrations


Ishido Sensei

Yet another "blurry-but-kind-of-interesting" photo from my poor little camera.

3 Comments:

Blogger Michael said...

Hi Jeff,

Do you have any information about "Ozaki Sensei" from the first picture? That's a pretty impressive Nukitsuke he has there..

6:03 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Makoto Ozaki is head instructor at the Saiseikan dojo in Nagatsuta, Kanagawa. He is a kyoshi 8-dan Muso Shinden Ryu iai and a 7-dan in kendo.
Last year he competed in the invitational Hakone 8-dan taikai and won 3rd place.

11:08 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Would you know where we might be able to get a video or two of him demoing?

7:36 PM  

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