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Approximately "the way of mental presence and immediate reaction", is a Japanese martial art associated with smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard or saya, striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard or saya.

At Kenseikai East London Dojo we practice the Musō Jikiden Eishin Ryū iaido   - 無雙直傳英信流 - "peerless, directly transmitted, style of Eishin"  it is the most widely practiced style of iaido in Kansai, Japan.

Eishin-ryū claims an unbroken history of about 450 years, making it one of the oldest existant martial art forms in Japan. (History and Lineage)

The Dojo Leader and Iaido Instructor is

  • France Empeigne, Godan Renshi (5th Dan)
  • France started Iaido & Jodo at our dojo around November 1998, when Mr Trevor Jones was the Kenseikai’s Sensei.
    he graded:

    • Shodan (1stDan) Aug 99 by Masakazu Iwamoto Sensei (ZNKR)
    • Nidan (2ndDan) Aug 00
    • Sandan (3rdDan) Aug 02 by Okimitsu Fujii Sensei and David Ansel Sensei
    • Yondan (4thDan) Jul 06 by Okimitsu Fujii Sensei, Adrian Rowe Sensei and David Ansel Sensei
    • Godan (5thDan) Apr 16 DNBK 5th World Butoku Sai & 54th Japan Butoku Sai, Kyoto, Japan

    France had the good fortune to be instructed in Iaido by the late Haruna sensei and also by Oshita sensei who was then his student and Iwamoto sensei who used to travel to England with Haruna sensei


France have taken in various Taikais and won

  • the Bronze, as mudan, for the BKA Iaido Taikai in 1999.
  • the Gold for, as Shodan, for the Kenseikai Iaido Taikai in september 1999
  • the Silver,as Shodan,for the BKA Jodo taikai in 2000

France was a member of the winning British team in the European Iai championship in 1999

France is also Shodan in Jodo


France is assisted by

  • Philippe Negri, Yondan (4th Dan)
  • Philippe started Iaido at Kenseikai around September 2002, when Mr David Hart was the Kenseikai’s Sensei.
    he graded:

    • Shodan (1stDan)   by Naburo Mano Sensei and Okimitsu Fujii Sensei
    • Nidan (2ndDan)     by Okimitsu Fujii Sensei and David Ansel  Sensei
    • Sandan (3rdDan)   by David Ansel  Sensei and Bruce Scrivens Sensei
    • Yondan (4th Dan)  by Okimitsu Fujii Sensei and David Ansel  Sensei

We train following the spirit and ethic of our late Sensei, Okimitstu Fujii 1939 - 2017

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