I am very happy to announce more details of the arrangement between BBRD and the Kohokai that will bring us one step closer to the incorporation of the Queensland Kyudo Association and formalise our relationship with Kohokai to continue the practice of Seitei Iaido in Toowoomba.
As some of you will know, Tom Johnson, sensei has been training BBRD members in Seitei Iaido over the past 18 months, and we have wanted to foster that relationship so that we can grow the number of practitioners here in Toowoomba.
After discussions with Tom, we have been able to agree on a special arrangement for BBRD members who wish to train either Iaido or Kyudo. All people training in these disciplines will be asked to contribute $200 to Kohokai dojo membership and the relevant Association membership. The QKR fee is $60 plus $10 per discipline registered (Kendo, Iaido, Jodo), and for Kyudo, the Association membership will be an additional $70. All fees go to covering insurance, equipment and travel costs, as Kohokai, the QKR and the QKA are all strictly not-for-profit associations. They are a prerequisite for attending dojo sessions and seminars.
For Kyudo, this represents a $20 saving on the QKA association fees. In addition, full time students wanting to train in Kyudo who are BBRD members will only need pay $200 to cover both Kohokai and QKA memberships.
I am personally quite excited with this development. We will be looking to have some demonstration and practice of both disciplines during the upcoming Budo Taste Tester Weekend a the Club, which will be held at the end of July.
As extra incentive, Tom is in the process of arranging a visit to Queensland by Takeuchi Masakuni, 7th dan Kyoshi, and Toowoomba is being considered as a location to host a seminar.
For a little insight into both Kyudo and Takeuchi sensei, have a look at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh-ohspuCmE