Thursday, January 17, 2013

2012 Agassiz Dojo Iaido Seminar Photos

We've got a lot of nice photos of our annual Musoshindenryu Iaido - Agassiz Dojo / Midwest Kendo Federation  2012 Iaido seminar.

Held in Fargo, ND with guest sensei Tatsuhiko Konno and Pam Parker instructing.

Thank you Gary Haynie for the images.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New Year Iaito Sale!

New Year Sale! 

All Merchandise on Sale!

Get a new Nosyudo iaito or other iaito-related gear for your late Christmas or New Year's present!

All in-stock iaito - reduced $200 off the original price. 
To clear out existing inventory, I've reduced the price of all in-stock iaito by $200.

Save 20% on all in-stock Sageo! 

The savings price will be reflected in the shopping cart.

In stock items include:

#1 Basic 2-4-0 shaku (72.7cm), 745g, Ivy Kashira, Butterfly menuki, Yatsumokko tsuba, Plastic White samegawa, Cotton ito - Black, Black Ishime saya, Plain brass habaki, Notare hamon

#2 Basic 2-5-9 shaku (78.5cm), 950g, Ivy kashira, Butterfly menuki, Shihosukashi tsuba, Plastic White samegawa, Cotton ito - Black, Black Ishime saya, Plain Brass habaki, Notare hamon

#3 Basic 2-4-5 (74.2cm), 930g, Ivy kashira, Butterfly menuki, Mokko Edohigo tsuba, Plastic White samegawa, Cotton ito - Black, Black Ishime saya, Plain Brass habaki, Notare hamon

#4 Basic 2-5-0 (75.8cm), 920g, Ivy kashira, Butterfly menuki, Yatsumokko tsuba, Plastic White samegawa, Cotton ito- Black, Black Ishime saya, Plain Brass habaki, Notare hamon

#5 Intermediate 2-4-5 (74.2cm), 925g, Bamboo kashira, Bamboo Leaves menuki, Bamboo Leaves tsuba, Real White samegawa, Cotton ito - Dark Blue, Black Ishime saya, Plain Brass habaki, Suguha hamon

#6 Intermediate 2-5-0 (75.8cm), 930g, Kikusui kashira, Ichirin Kiku menuki, Sakura/Kiku Sukashi tsuba, Real White samegawa, Cotton ito - Black, Black Glossy saya, Plain Brass habaki, Gunome hamon

I also have a selection of various color cotton and silk sageo.
Vinyl single sword bags, medium and long sized. Double sword bag.
Uchiko powder - 2 grades
Choji oil - 2 grades
Basic Cleaning kits - includes uchiko and choji
Polyester iaido obi - black

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December Newsletter

Aggasiz Dojo News

This fall and year has flown by! I can't believe it's already December, though an unusually warm and snow-free one, and we're 3 weeks away from Christmas.

Pangea 2012 a good showing

We had an information table at the Pangea Culture Festival that was held in Moorhead, MN in November where we met several people interested in Japanese sword arts, and gave a demonstration of Seitei, Musoshindenryu, and Tachi Uchi no Kurai kata. We had a pretty good crowd watch us, and people especially seemed interested in the paired bokuto Tachi Uchi portion.
Thank you to Sarah and Tyler for helping me mind the booth, and participate in the demonstration. I appreciate it! We'll try again next year to attend this interesting cultural event.

2nd Annual Agassiz Dojo / MWKF Iaido Seminar a Success!

Last weekend we had our second regional iaido seminar. We had a smaller group attending this year, which meant more personalized attention and interaction with the two sensei who attended. We welcomed back both Konno and Parker sensei, who came to our first seminar last year, and had participants from MN and CA.
The program consisted of a Friday practice for new arrivals and dojo members where Parker sensei introduced the first 6 Tachi Uchi no Kurai kata. These kata are paired kata using a bokuto (wooden sword) where one person is the "attacker" and the other is the "winner." It is a great way to learn distance and timing.
Saturday's schedule broke participants into two groups based on experience, who then worked with each of the sensei on kihon and the seitei series kata. There was lots of personal attention, and I could see marked improvement in everyone! Both Konno and Parker sensei provided us with demonstrations of their koryu kata, Musoshindenryu and Muso Jikiden Eishin ryu respectively.
We had an excellent dinner at Osaka Sushi and Hibachi restaurant in Fargo. The teppanyaki show they do is quite entertaining, and everyone had their fill of good food and drink.
Sunday brought more review of kata and kihon (basic techniques) and then some self practice where the sensei offered feedback.
It was an excellent opportunity for learning and quality feedback at a personal level! It was a great prep for people to review before heading to Summer Camp in Omaha next summer for gradings. I can't wait until next year!
The photos are available for viewing at the following gallery:

Upcoming Events

Enrollment Opening and Embu - Mid January

Currently we're not accepting any new students, but in the new year we'll once again open enrollment and will possibly be accepting new students. I'm hoping to have an "open house" Embu of sorts first to have existing members showcase the kata they're familar with and answer any questions people might have. We'll send out an announcement once a date has been decided.

Dojo Grading - Late January to Early February

We'll be having our next dojo grading in the new year after we've had a chance to review some of the seitei points. Currently, we've been working on koryu kata - both Tachi Uchi no Kurai, and the Shoden set of Musoshindenryu.

Iaido Summer Camp June 27-30, 2013 in Omaha NE

Several (if not all) of our members are planning to attend this event in June for seminar, taikai (tournament) and shinsa (grading). It's a big event, and a lot of fun to meet practitioners from around the world. Highly recommended, so mark your calendars and start saving now!

Winnepeg CKF Iaido Seminar - Mid October  

This event is replacing what was Eric Tribe sensei's seminar formerly held in Thunder Bay, ON. It's actually a shorter drive, and easy to get to. Featuring 7dan Kyoshi Ohmi sensei. Put it on your calendars and get a passport if you don't have one!
We'll post the seminar pictures and I'll send another mail once that's up live.
Have a great Holiday and Merry Christmas!