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Approximately "the way of mental presence and immediate reaction", is a Japanese martial art associated with smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard or saya, striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard or saya.

At Kenseikai East London Dojo we practice the Musō Jikiden Eishin Ryū iaido   - 無雙直傳英信流 - "peerless, directly transmitted, style of Eishin"  it is the most widely practiced style of iaido in Kansai, Japan.

Eishin-ryū claims an unbroken history of about 450 years, making it one of the oldest existant martial art forms in Japan. (History and Lineage)

The Dojo Leader and Main Iaido Instructor is

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France started Iaido & Jodo at our dojo around November 1998, where Trevor Jones was the Kenseikai Sensei.
he graded:

  • Shodan(1stDan) Aug 99 by Masakazu Iwamoto Sensei (ZNKR)
  • Nidan(2ndDan)   Aug 00
  • Sandan(3rdDan) Aug 02 by Okimitsu Fujii Sensei and David Ansel Sensei
  • Yondan(4thDan) Jul 06 by Okinitsu Fujii Sensei, Adrian Rowe Sensei and David Ansel Sensei
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France had the good fortune to be instructed in Iaido by the late Haruna sensei and also by Oshita sensei who was then his student and Iwamoto sensei who used to travel to England with Haruna sensei

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France have taken in various Taikais and won

  • the Bronze, as mudan, for the BKA Iaido Taikai in 1999.
  • the Gold for, as Shodan, for the Kenseikai Iaido Taikai in september 1999
  • the Silver,as Shodan,for the BKA Jodo taikai in 2000

France was a member of the winning British team in the European Iai championship in 1999

France is also Shodan in Jodo

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And of course we have the regular visit of Fujii Sensei

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