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    Atarashii Naginata and Tendo Ryu Naginata-jutsu will again be two of the featured Martial Arts at tthis year's 8th Annual Guelph School of Sword Arts (GSJSA) during the weekend segment (19-20 July) of this four-day event (17-20 July).

    Instructors will be Sachiko Yamauchi Prough (Kyoshi) and Fran Vall (Yondan); they will be assisted by John Prough (Nidan) and Ray Sosnowski (Nidan). All are members of ECNF [(US) East Coast Naginata Federation], and serve in various capacities on the ECNF Board of Directors.

    <http://www.uoguelph.ca/~iaido/gsjsa_ma.htm> for the overview
    <http://www.uoguelph.ca/~iaido/gsjsa-timetable.htm> for the current schedule
    <http://www.uoguelph.ca/~iaido/gsjsareg.htm> for the registration form

    On Friday (18 July) evening, there will be a PANEL PRESENTATION & OPEN DISCUSSION on "Women in the Martial Arts." [I made two presentations on previous panels in 1999 and 2000; I had an abstract accepted for this year's panel, but I had to withdraw last month due to the lack of time to adequately develop my presentation]. I anticipate a fine evening event here.

    <http://www.uoguelph.ca/~iaido/gsjsa03papers.htm> for this year's abstracts

    If anyone has ever wanted to try their hand at forging a live blade, a Sword Making course follows the GSJSA on 21-25 July in near-by St. Jacobs (45 minutes west of Guelph, which is itself 45 minutes west of Toronto Airport). John Prough and I were on hand for the final day of the first course in 1996 when the students got to quench their blades - it was a remarkable experience.

    <http://www.uoguelph.ca/~iaido/gsjsa_smithing.htm> for the Swordsmithing Course Information
    <http://www.uoguelph.ca/~iaido/gsjsareg.htm> for the registration form

    I attended the first five GSJSA's (1996-2000), and I am returning after a two-year hiatus caused by schedule conflicts.

    Contact me personally if you have any questions not covered on the various webpages.

    Sincerely,
    Raymond Sosnowski
    ECNF Administrative Secretary, Historian and co-founder
    Northern Virginia Budokai Executive Vice President
    1998, 1999, 2000 Co-director, Guelph School of Japanese Sword Arts
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