Shihan Henderson Practicing Sword At The Seaside

Shihan Henderson Practicing Sword At The Seaside

The Dai Kuu Ryu Dojo

The Dai Kuu Ryu Dojo

During The Last Visit To Kyoto

During The Last Visit To Kyoto

Kumamoto Castle - The Heart of Koryu

Kumamoto Castle - The Heart of Koryu

Meditating Buddhas At The Raigando of Miyamoto Mushashi

Meditating Buddhas At The Raigando of Miyamoto Mushashi

Shihan Henderson In The Dojo Garden After Early Morning Iai Practice

Shihan Henderson In The Dojo Garden After Early Morning Iai Practice

Visit To The Golden Temple Kyoto - Kinkaku-ji

Visit To The Golden Temple Kyoto - Kinkaku-ji

Double Sword Technique At Early Dawn

Double Sword Technique At Early Dawn

The Secret Of Sword Mastery

The Secret Of Sword Mastery

 

Sword Practice

Shihan Henderson instructs Sempai Jim Andrews (L) and Sensei Dan Desjardins (R) in sword.

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Amenimo Makezu

Kenji Miyazawa

Unbeaten by the rain
Unbeaten by the wind
Bested by neither snow nor summer heat
Strong of body
Free of desire
Never angry
Always smiling quietly
Dining daily on four cups of brown rice
Some miso and a few vegetables
Observing all things
With dispassion
But remembering well
Living in a small, thatched-roof house
In the meadow beneath a canopy of pines
Going east to nurse the sick child
Going west to bear sheaves of rice for the weary mother
Going south to tell the dying man there is no cause for fear
Going north to tell those who fight to put aside their trifles
Shedding tears in time of drought
Wandering at a loss during the cold summer
Called useless by all
Neither praised
Nor a bother
Such is the person
I wish to be

by: Kenji Miyazawa

VIDEO: Young Kendo 6 & 7 Year Olds

The younger kids (6 to 7 year olds) can always teach us something about remembering the simple enjoyment of our martial art!

VIDEO: For The Love of Japanese Swords

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An interesting video by the BBC and Discovery Canada discussing the important aspects of sword polishing and the years it takes to master the art.

VIDEO: The Way Of The Sword

Shihan Henderson Visits Sempai Bornstein

Dojo-Photo-2Shihan Henderson recently visited Sempai Mikhael Bornstein the weekend of December 4th, 2015 at the Naka Ima Aikido dojo in Toronto for Dai Kuu Ryu training. Two days of training covered basic sword technique, Iaido and Itto training. The time was well spent and passed quickly. Shihan Henderson looks forward to returning soon to continue training with Sempai Bornstein.

 

 

 

 

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Kyoto Video

A nice promotional video from Tozando showing many of the landmarks in and around Kyoto. Dai Kuu Ryu recommends Tozando products. You may purchase Iaito and accessories internationally from their website at: http://www.tozandoshop.com/

Discussion On Sword Bags & Sword Types

Shihan Henderson discusses the use of sword bags, where one can find them to purchase and what type of sword to buy.

As discussed in the video you may purchase a good practice Iaito here, http://www.tozando.com/int/about-us

As discussed in the video you may purchase a good practice Iaito here, http://www.tozando.com/int/about-us

Training Symposium In Japan July-2016

Dai Kuu Ryu is happy to announce a training symposium at the Taiikukan dojo in Niigata, Japan. The training session will be from 18-July-2016 through 22-July-2016. All interested parties are welcome to come and participate. You do not need to be a prior student of Dai Kuu Ryu and this is a good opportunity to begin training in the art of Dai Kuu Ryu Sword.

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The Taiikukan Dojo in Niigata, Japan

TRAINING: There are three (3) training sessions per day: morning (2 hours), afternoon (3 hours) and evening (2 hours). Participants will be able to train for 35 hours in total in polishing their techniques.

COST: The cost of the training symposium is $250 US. Participants must make their own arrangements for travel to the venue.

HOTEL: A hotel has been reserved on a first come first served basis. The hotel is located 5 minutes from the dojo and is a traditional Japanese hotel. The room rate is $80 US per night and includes 3 meals each day. The hotel is located at: 656 Ubashima shinden, Minami Uonuma, Niigata, Japan.

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The Symposium Training Hotel

EQUIPMENT: The dojo will make every effort to provide equipment for the participants. However, participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Please note that only Japanese Iaito (Japanese made training swords) are allowed to be brought into Japan and you will be required to show proof or origin. Participants should bring a blue Kendo training jacket along with a pair of blue or black Hakama. For new students we may arrange to have these available at the venue upon your arrival.

Flashing Steel

When it is impossible to sleep at night there a few options. You can read a book, go for a walk, clean your house……. or you can go outside and practice sword technique under the light of the moon !

Ukenagashi Practice

Ukenagashi is one of the most important drills in Kenjutsu and Iaido. Some say that if there is only one thing to learn in Kenjutsu this is the drill. With a strong Ukenagashi one can go out on the battlefield and parry and strike the opponent.

As the videos show one can practice Ukenagashi from the left, right or both sides. The important thing to remember is to take your time and master the form. Speed is not important. Concentrate on the flow of the motion. The Ukenagashi technique can be performed from a horsestance, naihanchin dachi, or frontstance, zenkutsu dachi.

Also, important is not to lean forward too much, though from both stances a slight lean forward is acceptable. Make sure that when you raise your hands above your head that you can see your opponent from under your arms. Make sure that the katana or iaito is positioned properly at the shoulder in order to protect from the cutting blade of the opponent. Safeguard against sticking out your elbows or bending your back too much. To precaution not to open your hands on the grip when performing the technique. Your grip should be firm but not tight and obviously not too loose. Lastly when completing the Shomen Uchi cut make sure to come down straight and to stop without pointing the Kisaki “point of the sword” to the ground. The Kisaki should be pointed at the face of the opponent.



Now On The Web

Dai Kuu Ryu is now on the web. Students of the school may refere to this website for all information pertaining to the school and events.