Cutting Edge Issue 2 - Page 24

teaching kendo at the Shinto Ryu Dojo which was held in the hall adjacent to the LJS and as soon as I saw them training I was hooked. The moment I could afford a shinai I switched over to kendo and, using a ratty old shinken with a split saya from my collection, started some extremely rudimentary iaido (the rule of thumb in the 60’s was, “never pay more than a fiver for any sword, and twenty pounds tops for a complete suit of samurai armour). At that time the British Kendo Association (BKA) was in it’s infancy and was competing for members, and influence, with the British Kendo Council, run by one of the Otani brothers, Tommy, under the guidance of the ext