|HEY! Small world, where do you practice? I'm part of Ojika Dojo www.ojika.org.uk its part of the British Kendo Association.
I'm at the Mumonkai dojo in Toronto, Canada (http://www.mumonkai.org). That one is part of the Canadian Kendo Federation. I'm yondan (4th dan). I was in Solihull a couple months ago for the masterclass seminar with Oshita and Morita senseis. Last year I was in Stevenage for the summer seminar there. If you were at either seminar, you may have seen me:
I took a browse through your club's website and notice Martin Chambers is one of your instructors. I spoke with him when I was in Solihull. Small world indeed.
Yeah, taikais are interesting things. I've taken part in a bunch of them myself. They make for great shinsa (grading) test cases. If you're gonna make mistakes, best to make them at taikais to free yourself up for what hopefully is a flawless grading.
Iaido is a good thing. Life changing even. Keep it up.