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The guidance of referee

While intensively training, immersed in our day to day keiko slowly polishing the received teachings. It is always a good idea to dedicate some time to check your performance yourself, for example by filming and then judging your waza execution. Naturally follows the question: On what criteria should we judge a performance ?

Duties of referees

Searching in my notes for another paper I found an old fax copy entitled “Manual for referee seminar” and dating of May, 2003. It is clearly dedicated to kendo but can be easily transposed to Iaido and Jodo. I post it here under without any text modifications, just adding 2 pictures.

Do nothing which is of no use

Watching one more time the Hakone taikai embu we just could not get tired detailing sensei’s kata interpretations and styles. All the sensei are rendering the kata’s riai (story) so perfectly and in such a way that even on TV you can feel/see the kasso teki. Of course all the presented sensei are Iaido’s top […]

Japan Iaido Taikai Guide

Taikai are great opportunities to show your every day practice results and perform outside of your dojo. A chance of being judged by high level sensei, judges with sharp eyes. An opportunity to practice under pressure and raise your level by competing against other Iaidoka. A wonderful time to make new friends, meet old ones […]