Canadian Iaido Association
The Canadian Iaido Association (CIA) was established in consultation with the All-Japan Iaido Federation which is known in Japan as the Zen Nippon Iaido Renmei (ZNIR). The main purpose of this association is to administer dan examinations in Canada in accordance with the standards and methods of the ZNIR and also to promote Iaido in Canada. The CIA was registered as a non-profit society under the British Columbia Societies Act on March 2, 1993 by Ted Davis sensei. Although CIA was founded in 1993 it’s history dates back to 1980 when he formed an iaido group in Vancouver. Later he also founded the Kendo club at University of Victoria.
The ZNIR is the largest and oldest Iaido only specialist organization in Japan and was established in accordance with the Japanese bushido spirit to pass on the time-honoured system of Kobudo Iaido.
2015 The CIA officially became a ZNIR Shibu under the Kanto Chiku Renmei. To date, the CIA is the first and only foreign association to officially join the ZNIR.
2014 The CIA officially became a Kyoukai of the Nishi Tokyo Shibu in the Kantou Chiku Renmei of the ZNIR. See the notes in the CIA structure diagram The CIA was the first and only foreign association to join the ZNIR in its long history. This new status was achieved after considerable effort by Itoh sensei supported by Kato sensei, Tanida sensei, and several other influential sensei in Japan.
2012 Itoh sensei was appointed as the kansayaku by Kato sensei (10th dan hanshi Vice President of the ZNIR) to observe, to assist in the CIA’s operations, and to act as Kato sensei’s representative.
2012 The first seminar in Eastern Canada was held in Kingston Ontario with Kato sensei (10th dan hanshi) and Tanida Hiroshi sensei (9th dan hanshi) as instructors. This was the first visit for Tanida sensei.
2010 Itoh Takeji sensei again explored the possibility of obtaining a higher official status for the CIA in the ZNIR. This process had been attempted twice years ago by Ted Davis kaicho.
2009 Kato sensei appointed Itoh sensei as one of his official students after several years of observing him in both Canada and Japan. Itoh sensei had trained in Japan for many years learning a different style of iaido before he joined the CIA in 2007.
2008 A new Letter of Attorney was presented by the ZNIR to Denton Hewgill Kaicho in June to authorize future examinations by the CIA with ZNIR instructors.
2007 After the passing of the first President of the CIA, Denton Hewgill became the second president of the CIA.
2005 Kato Haruo sensei, 10th Dan, Hanshi, has been the ZNIR representative who assumed the responsibilities for the CIA. The main line Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu is the style of iaido that the ZNIR supports in the Canadian Iaido Association.
1993 Ted Davis kaicho was presented with Letters of Attorney from the ZNIR authorizing dan examinations in Canada. This is the date of the first seminar and represents the founding of the CIA and was hosted in Victoria by the UVic Kendo club. The Japanese sensei assigned to the CIA was Mr. Seigen Esaka sensei ( 10th dan hanshi).
1985-1992 After Oyanagi sensei returned to Japan, there was no established method by which dan examinations that would be recognized by the ZNIR could be given in Canada. For the benefit of Canadians, Oyanagi sensei lobbied the senior officials of the ZNIR for several years to establish a system of dan examinations in Canada. This eventually led to the founding of the CIA. Ted Davis, in consultation with Oyanagi sensei, Ara sensei and Peter Owen, were the primary architects of the CIA. The final effort to establish formal ties with the ZNIR was due almost entirely to the efforts of Oyanagi sensei in Japan and Ara sensei in Vancouver.
1986 Ted Davis sensei completed his third edition of Iaido Notebook for his students in Shisui-Kai Canada.
1982 A special dan examination was held in Vancouver, BC with Oyanagi sensei and Suzuki sensei (from Japan) as examiners. This was authorized by Kawakubo sensei, hanshi 10th dan, as an official of the ZNIR, and the certificates issued were ZNIR certificates.
1980 Ted Davis (then 3rd dan) returned from Japan to Canada and continued studying iaido under Oyanagi sensei in the dojo Shisui-Kai Canada.