The day started with a pre-grading seminar, used mostly as a reminder for the key points one should be prepared to show. It is also an excellent opportunity for the challengers to see the judges in a less stressful environment, and hopefully provide a calming presence before the start of the "festivities".
Almost one third of those grading were represented by our dojo, Mu Mon Kai, and it was exciting to see other members show up to cheer their companions on.
|Rank challengers from Mu Mon Kai|
- Kyu challengers were assigned to Stephen Cruise-sensei (Renshi 7 Dan)
- 1 Dan challengers were assigned to Edward Chart-sensei and Tracy Sheppar-sensei (5 Dan)
- 2 Dan challengers were assigned to Carole Galligan-sensei (Renshi 6 Dan) and Peter Schramek-sensei (5 Dan)
- 3 Dan challengers were assigned to Eric Tribe-sensei (Renshi 6 Dan) and Enore Gardonio (5 Dan)
- 4 & 5 Dan challengers were assigned to Kim Taylor-sensei (Renshi 7 Dan)
...and so, let the grading begin!
Overall, most individuals sounded happy that they didn't have to do #11 Sou Giri, except for 5 Dan.
Before too long, it was our time to step on the floor. Focused and determined faces, with a hint of nervousness for just under six minutes, to relaxed and confident in just under six minutes.
The results were posted shortly after the 5 Dan's had completed their embu and the celebration began. Successful challengers were showered with handshakes and hugs, while unsuccessful ones showed excellent Budo spirit and sportsmanship, re-dedicating themselves to training for next time.
And just like that, Canadian Iaido has grown by another year. The upper ranks were bolstered by two talented and committed 5 Dans, while the base level of Iai has seen significant improvement. A notable sign of things to come in our country.
- 1 Kyu - 16/17 (94%) - Mu Mon Kai 4/4
- 1 Dan - 14/15 (93%) - Mu Mon Kai 6/6
- 2 Dan - 15/15 (100%) - Mu Mon Kai 1/1
- 3 Dan - 9/11 (82%) - Mu Mon Kai 3/4
- 4 Dan - 1/3 (33%) - Mu Mon Kai 1/2
- 5 Dan - 3/4 (75%) - Mu Mon Kai 2/3