A Little Light Iaido

Thanet has a rich martial arts environment and I remember that as a bored teenager in the days when Margate High Street offered the most exciting shopping experience for miles around, it was the discipline of the local Karate dojo that kept me physically occupied.

When I came back from living in London, where I attended what is now the Kashiwa dojo in Wandsworth under the expert tuition of Sensei's Ahloi Lee and Vito Tattoli, I didn’t expect to find Iaido being practised in Thanet, as it’s a fairly esoteric art. Instead I was surprised that together with Jodo, another martial art, it thrives here, with members of the British team living and training in Thanet.

As I often get asked what Iaido is, here’s a video clip of my good friend, Dave Roe demonstrating one of the forms, of which there are many to master, called Soe-Te-Tsuki.

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