Currently, Chris Tooley Sensei holds the rank of ZNIR Rokudan (6dan), which he received in 2014.
Chris Tooley has been practicing Iaido since 1999, when he was only 17. He was first drawn to Japanese culture and Martial Arts as a very young boy, when he saw his father’s Karate books and the magnificent and exotic imagery of Japanese buildings and clothing. The sword drew particular interest, as his Father had a set of Iaito from his own travels before Chris was born.
It was not until he saw his father practice Iaido on the porch of their house in the Yukon Territory that Chris discovered Iaido. After moving to Victoria completely, Chris joined Shoshinkai (originally the CIA Iaido dojo in Victoria BC). Chris’ past teachers have been Ted Davis sensei, Denton Hewgill Sensei, and Greg Williams Sensei. Currently, Chris’s teacher is Denton Hewgill Sensei.
Starting around 2006-2007, Chris’ duties with the CIA expanded to teach classes, and has since become the CIA Secretary Treasurer. Chris has been teaching in his own dojo throughout Victoria; in Oak Bay in 2014, and more recently in West Shore since January, 2015.
Iaido – 14 years
Kendo – 1 year
Aikido – 1 year
Last Edited: May 20, 2014