1) This upcoming April (24th and 25th) seminar in Vernon will be similar to the one we just hosted in Vancouver. It will be dedicated to the memory of the late Bill Lewis sensei who passed away recently. If interested in attending please mark it on your calendars. More information on travel and accommodations will be made available at a later date. Also the CIA's annual general meeting will take place there for association business.
2) The annual CIA seminar (with the sensei's from Japan: Kato sensei, Kaneda sensei, and another sensei to be determined) will be Jun 4-6 in Nanaimo. For new members: Annual CIA seminars involve senior ranking senseis from the national association and we typically receive attendees from across North America and around the world. Senior Japanese sensei's are brought over to instruct and it's a great training opportunity. Also, rank gradings are only conducted at this seminar. Those eligible for gradings will be approached by sensei in the coming months. Confirmation on which senseis will attend to come later.
3) Marpole's Iaido practice is Thursdays 4:45-6:15 at the Marpole community center on 59th and Oak street. See the club website www.ams.ubc.ca/clubs/iaido for directions (yes it has been updated, see our new blog too under news). Registration for this class is separate from the UBC dojo.
4) A new term has started at UBC so members who have not yet registered and paid the REC, please do so by this week. Registration can be done in person or online at www.rec.ubc.ca.