The Hawaii Kendo Federation

Iai-Bu (Iaido Branch)

December 23, 2001

The Iaido branch of the Hawaii Kendo Federation meets every Sunday morning at 8:30 at the Honbu Dojo (Kaimuki Park Gymnasium).  The group is lead by Senseis  Dr. Noboru Akagi,  Dr. Jinichi Tokeshi and  Dick Teshima.   The class lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and is held before the federation's kendo gathering.  The students make up a potpourri of people from various dojos and from many professions.   The group has been fortunate to receive instructions from many other visiting senseis from Japan.

The last day of keiko (practice)  in December is reserved for the students to show what they have learned throughout the year.  The students are graded by the senseis for their iaido wazas and are awarded prizes.  Sensei Dr. Noboru Akagi recognized Sensei's Dr. Jinichi Tokeshi and Dick Teshima for their efforts in the instruction and promotion of iaido in Hawaii.  The students in return gave Sensei Dr. Akagi some books on pottery, a hobby he has taken up since retiring in August of 2001.

As a student and an observer, I have been fortunate to be a part of the growth of iaido in Hawaii, especially within the last 10 years. The Sensei's Dr. Akagi, Dr. Tokeshi and Dick Teshima gave up so much of their time so others may learn this art.  The art of iaido goes beyond the techniques or wazas, it also includes the self discipline, manners, pride and the essence of bushido. Although iaido was used to learn sword techniques in the past, today the purpose also teaches one to train the mind and body as well as the skills. 

The following photos are from the last gathering in December of 2001. 

By Kathy Nekomoto

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