September 9-18, 2019, 15 members of the Institute of Budo Studies went on a Budo Tour in Tokyo, Japan. Training sessions included Seitei Iaido training with 8-Time All Japan Champion- Kaneda Kazuhisa Sensei, Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Headmaster- Yahagi Kunikazu, and Kendo 7 DAN- Otsuka Norio Sensei along with various other prominent instructors. The tour ended with a special joint kendo & kobudo session at Kashima Shinto Shrine, the birthplace of Japanese swordsmanship. Several members also successfully passed examinations in Japan.
All Japan Kendo Federation Iaido Examination
- Benjamin Sardinas- 3 DAN
Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Examination
- Benjamin Sardinase- 4 DAN
- Eduardo Marin- 2 DAN
- Veronika Michalkova- 1 DAN
- Alvaro Fonseca- 1 DAN