Disclaimer and Stuff

Firstly I would like to say that all of the material contained within this blog is of my own opinion and any inaccuracies in technical content or other's personal quotations are completely my own.

Secondly I would like to thank everyone in advance where I have used photos of you or photos you have taken. I have quite a library of digital photos and virtually no record of who took them so I hope you will take this general thanks as adequate gratitude. If there are any photos of you or taken by you that you would like removed please let me know.

Thirdly, some articles have been published on my dojo website if you would like to read them in an easier format

Total Pageviews

7th dans achieved. Come and visit Ryoshinkan Iaido and Jodo Dojo Website at www.ryoshinkan.org

Monday 10 October 2011

6th Dan Grading

Well, I didn't pass. And neither did anyone from 5th dan to 7th dan, some 23 people approximately in total. It was something of a whitewash.

Just got home so more later. Prepare your sense of humor in the meantime...


  1. Al I can say is that a lot of people will be wondering what went on. So many - 23 - indicates a policy decision. regards.

  2. Hey!
    Same like a year ago in Paris, right?
    I´m waiting for your Story...

  3. …except that in Paris one person actually passed fifth dan (Matti Pajaujis). I'm sorry you didn't pass Andy! I really had my fingers crossed, and you looked great in my eyes.

    Keep in mind that no matter how the grading went, you have still developed you iai a lot this past year or two. All that hard work was not wasted.

  4. Really sorry that your obvious hard work and clearly excellent Iai wasn't enough to get you the pass you deserve. Many of us are waiting with bated breath for something from you in reference to your post on the Kendo world forum, BUT, don't burn any bridges, Andy!