katanaI’m pleased to announce an upcoming seminar to be held in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on Saturday, October 12th 2013. The clinic will be hosted by Two Rivers Shotokan Karate and is open to individuals of all styles.

Clinic Content Focus

This event will serve as an introduction to Japanese sword manipulation and usage for combative purposes. The content will be appropriate for beginners as well as practitioners with experience. The format of the clinic will change depending on the needs of the attendees, but will follow this basic structure:

  • Introduction to the Japanese sword and it’s basic holding methods, footwork, and cuts
  • Demonstration and practice of 2-3 Iaido forms for repetition of basics
  • Discussion of distance, timing, parrying, and blocking with katana
  • Practice of defense and offense with katana
  • Discussion and practice of katana vs bo and katana vs sai

Clinic Details

This event will take place at the Glenwood Center of Colorado Mountain College at 1405 Blake St. Attendees should contribute $10 to the host program Two Rivers Shotokan Karate, led by David Light (who will be in attendance). Specific time of event is set at 10am-12noon. Extra discussion and training afterward is a possibility.

If you are in the area and would like to attend, fill out the following registration form:

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Contact Details

If you have any questions about the event you can reach out to me personally at ikigai108@gmail.com. It should be noted that this will be a “safety first” kind of event, so individuals looking for full contact weapons sparring will not be in the right place. Furthermore, all styles and experience levels will be welcomed so there needn’t be concern of judgment or prejudice.