I found this video of Nishio Sensei teaching Omori-Ryu Iaido at the Venice Japanese Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Ca. in 1989.
The video is about 21 minutes long and it shows pretty good detail of what he taught me as basics in the Yokohama area in Japan. The difference here is that these people got much more translation and explanation than I ever got. Here he is teaching to Americans who demand much more explanation than the Japanese. He taught me like I was Japanese. He promoted me like I was Japanese. They don' t use the passport booklets over there, so I don't have one.
I have ended up with rolling to the left as I draw which facilitates a more practical cut if that is the intention. When I was first learning, I remember a number of people commenting to me that there are plenty of highly elevated Iaido people who can not cut. The inference from that I think is that I was being taught the cutting method. When I was taken to meet Tokutomi Sensei, three years later, I was cutting the first night. There was no need to re-teach me anything. I remember being surprised at how easy it was to go through the wata.
I see in this video that Nishio Sensei is drawing straight ahead. It's something I never noticed in Japan and I was never corrected to draw straight. If that is what he was teaching, then I can accommodate that and teach it. Then when I'm teaching battoh students, I will re-teach them to roll left to get a better cut, cause I'm sure I will be seeing them just scratch the wata instead of cutting through it.
Here's the link to the video: Shoji Nishio Sensei Omori Ryu
What a great week this has been!
Tuesday morning met with the supervisors of UF police department and showed / taught them a number of close in disarming and last resort to ambush techniques. They liked what we showed them. The chief even approved a newer escort technique using the elbow start of Nanakyo (the seventh technique). They also liked Ude osai (Arm pin down) as much better than the arm bar technique that has been taught for years.
Wednesday afternoon we had 12 kids (ages 6 - 11) come from Sun Country, a training center aimed for kids in Jonesville, west of Gainesville. They were interested in Japanese culture and wanted to see an Iaido and Aikido demonstration. We also taught them some simple techniques and had them throwing everybody. They had a ball and so did we.
Friday we went to the Fox Club at The Village, a big retirement community across from the Santa Fe College. They are holding an Asian themed fund raiser on April 10 and want an Iaido demonstration. We can do that.
Today, Saturday 3/21/15, I gave an Iaido demonstration for the UF Japanese Culture Club. We were the first thing on the agenda so the full crowd did not get to see it, but there still must have been 20-30 people there who were interested in what we (Keith and I) had to show. It went well.
It sure would be wonderful to have a bunch of weeks like this! Nothing produced income yet, but every pair of eyes watching has potential.
Yesterday 3/18/15 was a great day! We had 12 kids ages 6-11 come to the dojo for an Iaido and Aikido demonstration.
They really enjoyed the Iaido katas I showed them. They were impressed with the sound of the sword going through the air. After that we showed them some Aikido techniques and then they were interested in trying them.
When they saw how much fun the first girl had when I threw her from a bear hug, everybody wanted to be thrown. From there we showed them and let them practice three throws; the bear hug, the Zombie throw and the tornado throw. They had a ball! So did I!
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