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    Examination Paper

    To those who study Iai.

    I'm in the process of starting a paper which will be used in an examination later this year; the topic I wish to present is the process of change/development in Muso Shinden Ryu from its koryu origins to the modern day format of its Omori Ryu.

    I'm specifically interested in the aspect of seated (seiza) kata whilst using the long sword - IE when/why this practice became the basis for training over the shoto.

    I'm naturally going to undertake my own research but would be interested to read information from others within the iai community (I realise we don't have that many but I value the contributions from those we do)

    Thanks in advance

    Dave
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    I did a bit at the Nishi Kaigan Iaido Dojo in Berkeley, maybe they'll have some better resources for you.

    http://www.iaido.org/iaido.html

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    Thanks for the link however I can't imagine someone there appreciating an unknown asking questions about their art which might outwardly look as if I'm challenging the Ryu's methodology. I'd expect the standard response to be: "...ask your Sensei" which kind of defeats the object of writing a paper for an exam lol.
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    sensei andre, when i was taking classes there, was very receptive to questions. i'm sure he gets lots of people asking about the art, since it's one of the big iaido internet sites out there. give it a try, i'm sure he'll do his best to oblige you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conde Koma View Post
    sensei andre, when i was taking classes there, was very receptive to questions. i'm sure he gets lots of people asking about the art, since it's one of the big iaido internet sites out there. give it a try, i'm sure he'll do his best to oblige you.
    Cheers mate
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    Another place to check out would be http://www.swordforumbugei.com
    They have a lot of good info. There is a strong nami ryu group there that points out that katanas were not worn in a seated position, they also like a rather long handle. Maybee someone out there could help out.
    Good luck.

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