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Introduction to Japanese Sword Arts

for Martial Artists

Saturday, April 27, 2019

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm








Jim Wilson

6th dan iaido, 7th dan karate

Chief Instructor Kenshokan Martial Arts


Martin Stabler

4th dan iaido

2x Canadian champion


W. Wagler

3rd dan iaido, 3rd dan karate

Former Canadian champion

Team Canada gold medalist




The seminar is open to anyone studying a martial art.  It is not necessary to have a knowledge of the Japanese sword to participate.  Many styles of martial arts include some use of the sword, and the sword has had an influence on the origins of many arts.  This seminar will focus on the characteristics of the katana, proper handling, etiquette, grip, drawing, cutting, and sheathing.   Basic principles such as distance and timing, positioning, balance, entering, body movement, etc., will be central to the seminar.

Although some techniques will start from seiza (kneeling) and tatehiza (half-seated position), modifications can be made for those with knee or other trouble who need to stand.  As well, since the seminar is about learning the forms, there will be no demand for any really big or hard falls.

The seminar will be held in the Guild Hall of St. John's Anglican Church in Peterborough from 2:00-5:00, with a short break around 3:30.  Water and a light snack will be provided.

For those who are interested, we will also go for drinks and dinner afterwards at a local pub (location to be determined based on the number of interested people).

Wear your martial arts uniform and bring kneepads if you have them.  If you have a bokuto/bokken, please bring it for practice, ensuring that it is sound with no slivers or other flaws that may present the chance of injury to yourself or to others. There will be loaner swords available.  You may bring your own iaito, but no sharp swords will be permitted.  All metal swords will need to be inspected.

A few thoughts from Wilson-sensei:

I have studied Karate for almost 40 years, and Iaido for over 20 years.  I have found Iaido to be an incredibly enriching complement to Karate, and vice-versa. In fact, many people I have trained have are instructors in other martial arts. All of them, like me, have found that Iaido has deepened their insights and skills in their other art. As well, these individuals have found that their other art gives them insight into Iaido and allows them to learn and internalize the movements and concepts very quickly. 


While there are a great number of other martial arts clubs in the Peterborough area, Iaido is relatively rare and is not contradictory to those other arts.  I simply believe that the study of Japanese swordsmanship can be an enriching and rewarding experience to any martial artist. In fact, there are many high-ranking individuals in the martial arts in Ontario (Aikido, Karate, Jujitsu, etc.) who study Iaido.


I have the great benefit of practicing in Peterborough with many people who train, and cross-train, in various styles. The atmosphere here is one of mutual respect and support among martial artists as we all strive to better ourselves through our arts.  I would like to offer an introduction to Japanese swordsmanship to other martial artists in this community.


Yours in the spirit of Budo,

Jim Wilson
Kenshokan Martial Arts


Space is Limited - Register Soon!


Please see details, below, and keep checking back to this page for updates as we draw closer to the event!

See registration forms, below.


Peterborough Multi-Sport Club

275 Rink St.,  Unit 14

Peterborough, ON  K9J 2K1


Saturday, April 27, 201


What: "An Introduction to Japanese Sword Arts for Martial Artists" - Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido, Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Iaido, Kendo, plus more!  Individual techniques and partnered techniques

Jim Wilson-sensei (Iaido, 6th dan / Karate, 7th dan)

Martin Stabler (Iaido, 4th dan)

Warren Wagler (Iaido, 3rd dan / Karate, 3rd dan)




Please complete and return this registration form:

2019 "Introduction to Japanese Sword Arts" Seminar Registration (Download in  MS Word or PDF)