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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...

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...

September 4, 2018

The grades or "Dan" system does not feature prominently in traditional Kobudo until recent times. By ancient traditions, the student continue learning and practice until deemed sufficiently proficient in aspects of technique, and physiological and psycho-emotional area...

June 25, 2018

As one progresses along Iaido, one invariably goes through the four cyclic phases of Concept understanding, Familiarization, Self-internalization and New exploration. This applies regardless of the waza learnt. 

In addition, Iai in basic terms may be visualized as the N...

May 15, 2018

This articles continues the thematic discussion for learning and teaching. The correct starting point or perspective towards learning martial arts should be primarily for self-improvement. This is critical; given the forms of knowledge application is driven by the user...

April 12, 2018

With cherry blossoms coming to an end, this article features the transient nature of flowers as a homage to them.

Iroha is a Japanese poem. It is famous because of the following inherent characteristics: being a perfect pangram; containing each character of the Japanese...

April 4, 2018

Good day, it is with pleasure that we share that the European Kokusai Renmei seminar 2018 will take place in Lindow (around 80 km northwest from Berlin in Eastern Germany).

The Seminar will be overseen by Kobara Kenichi Sensei and Nashima Masao Sensei. 

The Seminar...

March 23, 2018

Dear members, pse note a keiko session has been planned on 22 April 2018. Details as follows:

Location: Dojo 


1000-1230hrs (members w less than one year training)
1400-1700hrs (all other members)


March 23, 2018

Our Dojo was awarded the status of Official Dojo during the Taiwan Shinsa. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Esaka Sensei's for his tutelage, as well as the guidances from Renmei's Senseis and support from our members, families and friends in helping us g...

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