It is to the following sensei that iaido and jodo in Russia and our club “Eishinkai” in particular owe their existence:
Ide Katsuhiko-sensei (iaido hanshi 8-th dan, jodo kyoshi 8-th dan, kendo kyoshi 7-th dan), Director of the “Renshinkan” dojo in Hiroshima. Ide-sensei teaches not only the All Japan Kendo Federation iaido and jodo, but also the classical styles of Muso Shinden-ryu iaido and Shinto Muso-ryu jodo. He was the first to teach iaido in Russia in 1994 and he came back to give seminars several times. Presently, all the club's instructors are training directly under Ide-sensei's supervision.
Nikolai Yakovlev-sensei (iaido 3-rd dan, jodo 1-st dan), the first President of the Russian Kendo Federation, kendo and iaido instructor in Moscow. Yakovlev-sensei passed away in May 2001 when we were planning the first trip of a Russian team to the European Iaido Championships.
Thomas Hooper-sensei (iaido renshi 6-th dan, kendo 6-th dan), chief iaido instructor at the “Ken Zen Dojo” in New York. During my stay in the USA i was studying under Hooper-sensei and Pamela Parker-sensei (iaido 5-th dan), another instructor at “Ken Zen” both of whom I consider my principal instructors. Hooper-sensei studied Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu with Haruna-sensei and Oshita-sensei.
Oshita Masakazu-sensei (iaido kyoshi 7-th dan, jodo 3-rd dan), Director of the “Genbukan” dojo in Kobe. Both of my principal instructors studied with Oshita-sensei and in May 2002 I first met him at an iaido seminar in Guelph, Canada.
Besides, I had the pleasure of studying with the following sensei at various seminars:
Kato Shozo-sensei (iaido kyoshi 7-th dan, kendo 7-th dan), AJKF iaido, July 2000, New York.
Hattori Yoshihiro-sensei (iaido kyoshi 8-th dan), AJKF iaido, November 2001, Brussels, Belgium.
Koyama Yoshikazu-sensei (iaido 7-th dan), AJKF iaido and Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu, May 2002, Guelph, Canada.
Namitome Shigenori-sensei (jodo hanshi 8-th dan, iaido kyoshi 8-th dan, Shinto Muso-ryu jodo menkyo kaiden), AJKF jodo, May 2002, Guelph, Canada.
Iwata Norikazu-sensei (iaido hanshi 8-th dan, Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu iaido kongen-no maki holder), Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu iaido , August 2002, Leeds, Great Britain.