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January 6, 2020

Hatsu Geiko or the "First Training" refers to the first training for the start of the new year.

Interestingly, the character "Hatsu" 初, consists of two elements. The left depicts "cloth/ fabric" and right depicts "blade". Collectively, it represents the cutting of clot...

November 17, 2019

The 8th International Taikai was held in Tokyo, Japan on 3rd Nov 2019. This year is also the 10th anniversary of the formation of the International Federation "Kokusai Renmei". The idea of an international federation for the study and appreciation of Iaido was first co...

September 24, 2019

Hello, finally we arrived at the last part on "Finding the Flow - Using flow to shape your own development in iaido".

The pace of modern life may estranges us from our true nature, making it easy for us to lead lives lacking in meaning.  The hurried pace, the need for i...

August 31, 2019

Hello Everyone, 

Here's the second part to the three-part series on "Flow". 

We talked about what Flow is and what are the prerequisites to achieving flow. Today, we discuss its relevance in Iaido practice (kihon/ keiko). 

Kihon (Basic practice) is the core of any Ka...

August 29, 2019

Hello Everyone, 

Recent work and self-study schedule plus keiko seminars have taken up most of our time until now, where we can set aside some time for self-reflection and more articles.

This will be a three (yes, three!) part discussion on 1.what is flow and how to opti...

June 30, 2019

The Student-Teacher relationship is one of the defining traits in Classical Koryu. Originally, it serves the purpose of transmission of techniques designed to ensure victory (on the battlefield). 

The mode of transmission may vary, but are generally through oral-tr...

June 23, 2019

MuShin” is comprised of two kanji characters - 無 (Mu): “Nothingness”, and 心 (Shin): "Heart, mind or self-consciousness".

The concept of MuShin is prevalent in many Japanese arts and may be said to have its origins traced back to Zen philosophy.

How does one even do...

May 26, 2019

We had a farewell dinner following practice for one of our members, Yu Ting who has been with us since late2017/early 2018. Since then, Yu Ting has been a familiar face at the weekly practices.

We wish Yu Ting all the best as she starts on the next adventure in her life...

March 31, 2019

Hello everyone, before we know it, it is Apr 2019!

We have an article for reading pleasure. We hope it would be a fun and informative read. 

Wazas are collections of Katas or forms. The path to mastery of wazas involves observing, doing kata repetitions, feedback and co...

March 11, 2019

As with learning any kata, correct form or posture is the primary goal. Slow, deliberate practice helps reinforce the correct body posture and application of techniques. The emphasis on body posture is rooted in the fundamentals of body mechanics. Compromise of body me...

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