Monday, December 24, 2012

Pictures from Kokusai Renmei Taikai November 18, 2012

Message from Ron re: Vancouver Seminar

Hi Guys.

Just a reminder that we will be holding our Seminar at the Scottish Cultural Centre located at 8868 Hudson Street in Vancouver on Saturday,January 5th,2013.There will be a morning session from 10:00 am. to 12:00 noon.The afternoon session will be from 2:00 pm. to 4:00 pm.The cost for each session is $20.00.If you can not attend the morning session, you can attend the afternoon session and vice versa.However, Hiro Sensei has paid $560.00 for the rental of the space so we need as many students as possible to attend to recoup our money.
There will be a Sushi Lunch delivered at 12:00 noon at a cost of $10.00 per person and we need to know in advance how many people are planning to attend the Seminar and partake of the Sushi Lunch so that we order the correct amount of food.Please send a RSVP let us know if you will be attending and eating lunch.



Monday, December 17, 2012

Message from Ron re: Holiday Schedule

Hi Guys.

The last class for 2012 at UBC is on Tuesday,December 18th.Classes begin again on Tuesday,January 8th,2013.

Classes at the Marpole Community Centre end on Friday 21st, December 2012 and begin again on Friday,January 11th,2013.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Message from Ron Re: Iaido Christmas Party

Hi Guys.

I made reservations for 12 people;but only 10 people have said that they are going to attend.Is there anyone else who wants to attend?Please rsvp so that I can adjust the number of people so that we don't pay for more people than the number who attend.We can easily order more food if more people show up;but it's difficult if there are less people than we anticipated.


Message from Ron: Re Marpole Dojo

Hi Guys.

There is a Christmas Party at the Marpole Community Centre this Friday and they will be using our room.We will be practicing in one of the racquetball courts downstairs.The space is much smaller so we will have to practice Sieza Wazas which require less space.

See you on Friday.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Message from Ron - Re: Christmas Party

Hi Guys.

Our Christmas Party will be held on Sunday,December 16th.The time and location will be sent to you at a later date;but it will most likely be held again this year at the Blue Star Japanese Bistro in Kits[north side of 4th Ave.between Cypress and Maple Streets


Message from Ron - Re: Kokusai Renmei

Hi Guys.

Sensei wants members that have a Dan ranking to transfer their Dan rank from the CIA to Kokusai Renmei.The cost to receive a new Dan Certificate from Kokusai Renmei is 2000 Japanese yen.Members who hold a Dan rank under the CIA and who wish to test at the Seminar in May 2013 will have to have their Dan Certificate transferred in order to test. Kelvin will be going to Japan in January and he is willing to take the money for the Dan Transfer Fee as well as the 5000 Japanese Yen from those people who have not yet paid their Annual Dues for 2013.Kelvin wants Japanese Yen only-no Canadian cash or cheques.You can give me your Japanese Yen and I will issue you a written receipt and pass the cash along to Kelvin.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Message from Sensei

I'll be away to Japan from next Monday 12th to December 12th.

Attending The first Taikai of Kokusai Renmei (someone has to go from Canada) & my own practice.

Hopefully, Kokusai Renmei give us more good information.

* One day Seminar @ Scottish Centre in January 5th (Sat) is all set.

Seminar fee : $ 20/session (2 sessions, 10 am-Noon & 2 pm-4 pm)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Message from Ron re:Vancouver Seminar

Hi Guys.

Just an advance notice,we will be holding our Annual Winter Iaido Seminar again this year at the Scottish Cultural Centre located at 8886 Hudson Street in Vancouver.The Seminar will be held on Saturday,January 5th,2013.
Cost and times of the Training Sessions will sent by E-mail closer to the date of the Seminar.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Boston Iaido’s 2012 Iaido Seminar

BostonIaido’s 2012 Iaido Seminar
September (22-23), 2012

Visiting sensei: Hiro Inoue Sensei holds a rokudan (6th dan) in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu. He is one of the certified Iaido Instructor from Ippan Shadan Hojin Seito Seiryu Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaido Kokusai Renmei, and he has been teaching Iaido at the University of British Columbia for 25 years.

Saturday 9/22/2012
Sunday 9/23/2012
08:00 – 8:30
08:30 – 11:30
IAIDO practice
IAIDO practice
11:30 – 13:30
11:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
11:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 15:00
IAIDO practice
IAIDO practice
15:15 – 16:45
IAIDO practice
Japanese Koto Music (not 100% yet) and Iaido Embu
16:45 - 17:00
19:30 – 21:30
Group’s Dinner/Party (Location TBA)

Location: Cambridge Recreation Center - 1640 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Seminar fees: Regular student - recommend donation of between $55.00 to $100.00; others $75.00
For more info. (Email) (Cell) 774.249.9044 (web)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Message from Sensei re:Kokusai Renmei Vancouver Seminar

Hi All,

This is a official message from Vancouver Eishin-Ryu Iaido Club.

We are proud to host the first Kokusai Renmei seminar in North America as followed.
* Date : May 24th (Friday), 25th (Saturday) & 26th (Sunday) Year 2013
* Place : Student Recreation Centre Gym at UBC (University of British Colombia), Vancouver, Canada
* Instructor : Esaka sensei (Hanshi 10th dan) & assistance senseis

This is Esaka sensei's 20th year anniversary of teaching Iaido seminars in Canada.  Also, it might be his last visit to Vancouver.  More details will be posted soon.

We need everyone's strong support to make this seminar successful.

Club blog:


Best regard.

Hiro Inoue (Kokusai Renmei Vancouver Dojo)

Message from Kokusai Renmei

Dear Overseas Dojo Representatives/Group Representatives,

I informed you yesterday the “Outlines of deliberations in the 16th board of directors meeting” and I found a error at the paragraph 3. Please replace as follows:

3. Newly certified official instructors

In addition to the existing official instructors (Tadashi Matumoto Hanshi, Kenichi Kobara Hanshi, Kyoko Asamiya Hanshi, Masao Nashima Hanshi, Shuichi Mochizai 8th dan, Hisahito Kaneda 8th dan, Gerald Eisenack Kyoshi, Katumi Masumura 7th dan), below members are newly certified as official instructors;

 Kazunari Yoshioka (Hanshi)

 Yoshitaka Tomita (Hanshi)

 Andrej Diamantstine (7th dan)

 Hironori Inoue (6th dan)

Best regards.

Yoshitaka Tomita

Director, International Division

Ippan Shadan Hojin Seito Seiryu Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaido Kokusai Renmei


富田 嘉孝

TOMITA Yoshitaka

〒299-1166 千葉県君津市陽光台1-6-25

1-6-25 Yokodai, Kimitsu-shi, Chiba-ken, Japan

Tel/Fax:(+81)0439-52-9211 Port.: (+81)080-1093-9634

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Message from Ron re: Marpole Dojo

Hi Guys.

Wednesday,August  22nd is the last class for the Summer Session at the Marpole Community Centre.The Fall Session starts on Friday,September 7th at our usual time from 5:45 pm. to 7:15 pm.The cost is $99.00 for 16 sessions.See you there.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

2012 Gasshuku Group Photo - submitted by Vincent Chan

Please find attached, as promised. Thanks for having us over Peter sensei! We had a great time!


Friday, August 3, 2012

Message from Ron re: Kokusai Renmei fees

Hi guys.

Those of you who signed up to be members of Kokusai Renmei and who have not yet paid your Annual Dues, please do so as soon as possible.Sensei is obligated to send money to Japan by the end of October for the amount equivalent to the number of Dojo members who signed up.If you do not pay,Sensei has to cover the shortfall out of his own pocket.We do not want to put our Sensei in this position,so please pay your Annual Dues to Sensei or myself and I will issue you a receipt.

The Annual Dues for 1st and 2nd Dan is 15,000 Japanese Yen or $210 Canadian dollars.The Dues for those above 2nd Dan are 20,000 Japanese Yen or $280 Canadian dollars.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Message from Ron Re: Gasshuku 2012

Hi guys.

Would you send me an E-mail to let me know if you are planning to attend the Gasshuku in Ladysmith  on the weekend of August 11th and 12th so that I can let Peter Gunstone Sensei know how many people to plan for?


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Message from Ron Re:2012 Gasshuku in Ladysmith

Hi guys.The Gasshuku will be held on Saturday,August 11th and Sunday,August 12th in Ladysmith,B.C. on Vancouver Island.We stay at Peter Gunstone Sensei's home located at 281 Bayview in Ladysmith.His telephone number is 250-924-8114.

Those of you who want to sleep in the house just need your sleeping bag or bring a sleeping bag and tent if you want to sleep in the back yard.

We can arrive on Friday,August 10th because the Saturday morning practice runs from 10:00 am.until 12:00 noon.There is a Deli lunch available at a cost of $10.00 per person.The afternoon practice runs from 2:00 pm. until 4:30 pm.

There is a BBQ at Peter Sensei's house starting any time after 5:00 pm.Everything is provided[pop,buns,chips,etc.]except meat,fish,or whatever else people wish to BBQ.

On Sunday,August 12th there is a practice from 10:00 am. until 12:00 noon.

The cost for the practice sessions is $25.00 per session or $75.00 for the weekend.

We always have a fantastic time at this event,so if it's at all possible,I urge everyone to attend.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

E-mail forwarded by sensei - Re: Powell Street Festival 2012

Could you forward this for others. Tanks.

Subject: RE: Vancouver Eishin Ryu Iaido Club for PSF
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:06:19 -0700
Hi Janice,
Received your message, we'll be there.
> From:
> To:
> Subject: Vancouver Eishin Ryu Iaido Club for PSF
> Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:30:48 -0700
> Hello Hiro,
> This is Janice from the Powell Street Festival, I hope this email finds
> you well.
> We are really excited to have Vancouver Eishin Ryu Iaido Club at the
> festival this summer, thanks for joining us!
> I would like to inform you of your scheduled time at the event which is
> on Saturday, August 4th at 1:15-1:45 pm at the Demo Area (in front of the
> main stage)at Oppenheimer Park. Please note that you will checking in
> with our performance liaison Shirley Lum as well. You can also expect a
> Loading Pass (not a parking pass) delivered to you in the mail soon.
> Please also note that we request all performers to arrive 30 min prior
> to their scheduled time for set up.
> Let me know if you received this and if you have any questions at all.
> Thanks Hiro!
> Best,
> Janice

Message from Sensei - Re: Kokusai Renmei Iaido Taikai, November 18th

Hi All,

I think some of you konw that Kokusai Renmei will have thire first Iaido Taikai (tounament, demo & exam) in November 18th (Sun).
It will take place in Tokyo.

If you are interested in attending this, let me know.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Message from Sensei: Re Kokusai Renmei Website and Facebook

Hi Kokusai Members,

Kokusai Renmei set-up their web, finally. Main site is all in Japanese, but Facebook looks like in English. You can see more info in there. Facebook

Check them out.

Message from Ron Re; Summer Party

Hi Guys.

The Summer Party will take place on Saturday,July 21st at Adrian' house at 2821 West 3rd Ave at McDonald Street in Kitsilano.Adrian said that we can arrive any time after 2:00 pm,however the party doesn't usually get really under way until between 5:00pm and 6:00 pm when the food arrives.
Adrian said that we can use his gas BBQ if people bring meat or fish to cook.The Dojo is providing $200 for party trays of sushi from Sushi King.Tony is bringing steaks and pineapple and Koji said he will bring veggies with a dip and a fruit plate.I will bring potato salad,green salad,chili,and bread
.If anyone else wishes to bring some food please feel free to do so;but let me know what you are bringing so that we do not have too much of the same type of food.Maybe some members can volunteer to bring some paper plates,plastic forks,pop,chips,dip,etc.Does anyone have any Samurai DVD's that we can watch after dinner on Adrian's big screen television?
I am looking forward to seeing you all at the party.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Message from Sensei Re: San Fransisco Seminar

I think you guys know what's happened on Andrej sensei. I talked with him over the Skype yesterday, right after I got his message.

Luckly, I could get him on hospital bed with his iPad. He could talk all right, but his lower body seems quite mushed up .........

Any way I asked him not to camcel the seminar as Cuong said in last mail, but I can not push him too much. Accident happen, it's not his fault.

Hope Andrej sensei's early recovery.


Message from Ron Re: Iaido Summer Part

Hi Guys.Our Summer Iaido Party will take place on Saturday,July 21st.The address is 2821 West 3rd Ave[3rd Ave. and McDonald Street] in Kitsilano.The party will start between 5:30pm and 6:00pm.

Sensei has returned from his trip to Europe and told us that we can spend $200.00 of our club funds for food so there will be no need to collect money from people attending the party. However, feel free to bring additional food if you so wish.

Thanks to Adrian for allowing us to have our party at his house once again.

See you all at the party.

Message from Ron Re: Marpole Dojo

Classes begin again this Wednesday,July 4th at our usual time of 5:45pm.There are 8 sessions for a cost of $59.00 tax included.The cost for a drop-in is $6.00 plus tax.See you on Wednesday.

Message from Ron Re: Powel Street Festival 2012

Our Dojo has been asked again this year to put on a demonstration of Iaido at the annual Japanese Festival known as the Powell Street Festival.The Festival will be held in Openheimer Park on Saturday,August 4th and Sunday,August 5th.Our Demonstration will take place on Saturday in the early afternoon-exact time to be included in an E-mail closer to the date of the Festival.

The Powell Street Festival is a lot of fun.You can see many types of Japanese Martial Arts demonstrated,watch dancers in traditional clothing,listen to music including Taiko Drummers,purchase Japanese goods,and try different kinds of Japanese food prepared and sold in the various food stalls on the streets surrounding the Park.

We have already started practicing for our Demonstration; so if anyone is interested in participating,they should endeavor to attend every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning class at UBC where we practice as a group doing trial performances.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Message from Ron Re: Gasshuku 2012

Hi All,

Message from Ron as follows:
Hi guys.The Gasshuku will take place on the weekend of Saturday, August 11th and Sunday,August 12th,2012.Friday,August 10th evening arrivals are okay.We will be staying at Peter Gunstone Sensei's house[address and directions to follow on an E-mail closer to the event] so bring your sleeping bags and a tent if you plan to sleep outside.

Classes on Saturday,August 11th will be from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.There will be a Deli Lunch available between the morning and afternoon sessions at a cost of $10.00 per person.There will be a BBQ at Peter Gunstone Sensei's house on Saturday evening.Buns,salad,potato chips,etc. will be provided;but you have to bring your own meat and /or fish for the BBQ.

On Sunday,August 12th there will be a class from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon.

All classes will be held at the Ladysmith Primary School.The cost is $75.00 for the weekend or $25.00 per session.Low income and students can make arrangements with Peter Gunstone Sensei.

If you are planning to attend,please rsvp to Peter Gunstone Sensei at

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

San Fransisco Seminar 2012

Hi Everyone, 

People have had some questions on the upcoming seminar in San Fransisco as well, and we haven't had very much information passed to us, other than the dates and the fact that it's in San Fransisco and that it will be facilitated by Esaka sensei who will be accompanied by Kaneda sensei and Masamura sensei.  Here's a bit more info from:

Aug 24th-26th 2012 - Esaka Sensei Seminar - Practice and Testing

in the Kokusai Renmei
Coming this Fall, Esaka Sensei return for the first "Kokusai Renmei" Seminar in North American.

We are honored to have Seigen Esaka, Hanshi 10th Dan, come to California again. This time as head of the "Ippan Shyadanhoujin Seitou Seiryu Musou Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido Kokusai Renmei".

The Seminar will consist of 5 sessions of practice with an enbu and testing to follow.

-- Signup and Payment Details COMING SOON --


*** Seminar ***


Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California ...



1840 Sutter Street.
San Francisco, CA 94115

Phone: (415) 567-5505


Friday August 24th : 9am-12pm & 5pm-8pm
Saturday August 25th : 9am-12pm & 2pm-5pm
Sunday August 26th : 9am-12pm


*** Enbu & Testing ***


Nishi Kaigen Iaido Dojo


2525 8th St, Studio 12
Berkeley, CA 94710

Phone: (510) 231-0678

Time: Sunday August 26th

Enbu 3pm-5pm

Testing 6pm-8pm

Goodbye dinner to follow afterwards.

Announcement from Peter Gunstone Sensei - Re: Gasshuku 2012

Hi Everyone, message from Peter Gunstone Sensei:

Hey Peter, Hope all is well.....could you post this info on you blog and also let everyone know verbally....thanx.....hi to all.....Peter

All iaidoka are welcome to attend the Todokai 11th Annual Gasshuku that will be held on August 11 and 12th, 2012. Friday night arrivals are Ok and classes will be Saturday 10 to noon, then a deli type lunch will be served and then 2-4:30. The BBQ(bring your own meat/fish????...we supply buns,salad etc) from 5:00PM. Classes Sunday 10 to noon. The classes will be at The Ladysmith Primary School and the BBQ and camping will be at my home as per usual.... please RSVP so we can plan for all who attend and this will also reserve your spot....$75 for the whole weekend or $25 /session and deli lunch $10...low income and students please make arrangements with me....thankyou and hope to see you.....Peter

Friday, June 1, 2012

Message from Ron - 2012 Gasshuku

Hi All,

Info on this year's Gasshuku hosted by Peter Gunstone sensei is now available.  Please check it out and make sure you book time off to go, it's a great event and a great chance to see our iaidoka friends from the island.  Original message:

HI HIro,  Gashhuku this year will be in Ladysmith on Aug 11-12....more info to follow.......please tell all so they can make plans....if I don"t talk to you before have a great holiday.....thanx...Peter

Please check out this link for past Gasshuku:


Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Hanwei Odachi specs:

Nagasa: 125.6cm (4.124 shaku)
Nakago: 42.4cm
Motohaba: 3.85cm
Sakihaba: 3.05cm
Moto-gasane: 7.5mm
Moto-shinogi-gasane: 9.6mm
Saki-gasane: 5.4mm
Saki-shinogi-gasane: 7.4mm
Sori: 5.8cm
Kissaki: 6.7cm
Bare blade weight: 2,065g
Weight in koshirae: 2,575g
Steel: ?
Tsuka: 43.5cm
Tsuba: 8.25x7.7cm, thickness 7mm weight 138g
Fuchi: 49x26x14mm
Kashira: 45x26x48mm

Good read here:

Other interesting links on Odachi: