The Iaido and Jodo 8-dan Gradings, Kyoto 2014

The Iaido and Jodo 8-dan Gradings, Kyoto 2014
Text and Photos by Jeff Broderick

The annual Kyoto Taikai was held from Friday May 2 to Monday May 5, 2014. The iaido and jodo 8-dan gradings were held there on Saturday May 3 and the results are as follows:

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Iaido 8-dan grading, Saturday May 3, 2014, Kyoto

In iaido, 151 people took the test, and seven passed, giving a pass rate of 4.6%. The successful participants were:

KUNIKATA Takayuki – Fukuoka (51)
MATSUMOTO Yasunori – Saitama (60)
YAMADA Hiroshi – Chiba (64)
ITO Masatoshi – Ibaraki (64)
FUSHIMI Hitoshi – Osaka (66)
KANENARI Toshimatsu – Fukushima (67)
YOSHIDA Tetsuo – Niigata (75)

Matsumoto Yasunori
Matsumoto Yasunori
Jodo 8-dan grading, Saturday May 3, 2014, Kyoto
Jodo 8-dan grading, Saturday May 3, 2014, Kyoto

For jodo, 34 people took the exam and four were successful making a pass rate of 11.8%. Congratulations to:

UEDA Kayoko – Saitama (50)
MORII Mitsuo – Tokyo (63)
ABE Keiichi – Kanagawa (65)
TSUBAKI Fumio – Tokyo (65)

Tsubaki
Tsubaki Fumio

Needless to say, reaching 8-dan is a tremendous achievement. These exceptional martial artists are to be commended on their dedication to their arts, and we look forward to receiving instruction from them as they develop into the teachers of the next generation.