International Jodo and Iaido Seminar, Sofia 2018




The traditional annual International Jodo and Iaido Seminar, organised by Shinbukan martial arts club, and led by Rene van Amersfoort sensei (jodo 8th Dan Kyoshi, iaido 7th Dan Kyoshi) and Karl Dannecker sensei (jodo 7th Dan Renshi, iaido 6th Dan Renshi), was held in Sofia on March 2nd - March 4th 2018.

Forty-eight people took part in the event, and, among the traditional participants from Sofia, Varna and Plovdiv, there also were practitioners from Hungary, Romania, Germany, the Netherlands and Greece. At the end of the seminar, examinations for Kyu grades in iaido and jodo, and for Dan grades in iaido (up to Sandan) were held.

What was different in this year's seminar format was the fact that, simultaneously with the jodo training sessions, there also were such in iaido, held by one of the most notable German iaidokas - Peter Roeder sensei (iaido 6th Dan Renshi).

We would like to offer our sincere gratitude to Rene van Amersfoort sensei, whom we are looking forward to seeing again next year!