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
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