Just floating around the www when I should be working...;)
It was good to see you and your group at the Lantern Lighting Festival. It got me thinking about contemporization (making more accessible) of less popular martial arts, particularily ones, like kyudo and kenjutsu, that are so shrouded in myth and mysticism that a person misses what those arts are actually about. (What are they actually about? Elephino!) While one does not want to dilute the traditional aspects of the arts there's nothing wrong with doing, say, low-cost mini-seminars to give people a taste of what these arts are really like. There are many groups in Minnesota/Iowa that could benefit from a "seminar exchange", if you get what I mean. It might bring more people in that would otherwise be learning from a book (as you know, that's how I started with kyudo) and offer them a valuable opportunity. I recently attended a naginata seminar hosted by our own kyudo sensei (Carly Sensei) where an internationally reognized practitioner came to Carleton. Would people from your group have been interested in attending? I'd say definately...but did anyone let you guys know what was going on? No. I'm really thinking about two different things here: how do you find the people who want to train but have no idea where to go (or have a warped sense of what it is they are actually interested in) and how do you get schools that should be communicating to start talking? Anyway, that's how I came to find this Facebook for Kendoka.