[background chatter] It’s my privilege and pleasure to introduce my colleague and friend, Dr. Christine Chairsell who has done more to internationalize PCC and to support internationalization than maybe all the rest of us put together. She’s making a huge difference, and she’s actually made it fun. And the Asian Studies Focus Award is one of the many programs that has grown up under her auspice. So please join me in both welcoming and thanking her. [clapping] Thank you David, I appreciate the nice introduction. Well happy end of the academic year, almost. Just a few more weeks. This is one of my favorite events because it did grow up while I was here. And you know the best lesson in administration, it may seem that sometimes administrators get in the way, but the best lesson for administration is to take very talented people and get out of their way, and let them grow. And our faculty started with growing themselves, and I’d like to give our faculty a very big hand, they are the people who got you here today. [clapping] Won’t you stand up, faculty stand up please. Stand up. Come on, everyone. We have- huh? There we go. There we go. Very good. Super Thank you. They do this out of passion and love for their students and for internationalizing the curriculum, which is very very important because what they do everyday, which symbolizes today’s Focus Awards in um- is that they open the doors of of the world to you. And so uh- I do want to thank them. We have a very special guest today, the Oregon Counsul General from Japan. Welcome sir, we are so pleased that you are here today. [clapping] I would also like to thank the all staff that’s helping this um- um become a very very special occasion for you. So, thank you. Congratulations to all of you. You know, we just had something that just happened in the legislature a couple days ago, and that is for the first time community colleges can have majors. This is very very important because what you have traveled in your journey of the Asian Focus Award could possibly turn into a major. And will give students that follow you even greater direction and guidance into their life. So I want to thank you for being courageous in taking the courses necessary for making the Focus Award something that is not only your passport to further higher ed and to further global activities, but it’s also a credential that says you have conquered a discipline. This is a big thing and I am so proud of you. And I wish you well in your journey forward, I hope that it gives you guidance and direction in where you want to go and what you want to do. And it has opened up a perspective to you that you may not have uh been able to obtain in a traditional study pattern. So congratulations, I wish you well. I’m not going to stand between you and lunch, [polite laughter] I know what hungry students can do. [polite laughter] But we are very proud of you, and we are very proud that you stepped up to open your mind to the world. And we look forward to seeing the great things that we know you are going to do as global citizens. And the last thing I would only leave you with is you can never leave home. We’ll always be here for you and please remember your roots, because PCC is a great college and it can be life long learning and we can offer you many things as you expand your knowledge, your experience, and your life. So congratulations to you and I look forward to seeing you receive your certificates. Thank you. [clapping] I’ll take my card. So now it’s my privilege to introduce the Consul General of Japan and Portland, Mr. Hiroshi Furusawa. He graduated from Columb- Columbia University in 1984 he began his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Prior to his assignment at Portland he served as Director of the Local Partnership Cooperation Division in the Ministry in Tokyo, where he helped local governments and other organizations in Japan develop or enhance their international programs. Over the course of his career he’s made tremendous efforts to strengthen existing relationships and help build new ones between the cities of, or the states of- or the cities within Oregon and Idaho on the one hand, and towns and prefectures in Japan on the other. So please join me in welcoming Consul General Furusawa back to PCC. [clapping] Ladies and gentlemen, teachers and students, it is a great pleasure to see you all here today and to have opportunity to recognize the excellent work that Portland Community College is doing to further the study and knowledge of Asia. I have two purposes here today, the first is to congratulate this year’s recipients of the Asian Studies Focus Award. Please allow me to say to all of the students who have put so much effort into learning about Asia, I truly believe that you have armed yourselves with important knowledge and experience. As you now know from your studies, the continent of Asia is home to over 60 percent of the world’s population, as well as the world’s second and third largest economies in China and Japan. The cultures and the economies of Asian nations continue to grow in importance and influence particularly here on the West Coast of the United States. We are neighbors across the ocean and partners in a thriving Pacific Rim economy. In choosing to reach out beyond your comfort zone you have made yourselves stronger, more capable citizens of the world. My second purpose here today is to recognize another aspect of PCC’s commitment to education on Asia, it is- its successful Japanese language program. Oregon has long been the leader in Japanese language education, even now Oregon has one of the highest per capita ratios of students studying Japanese of any state in the union. Second only to Hawaii. I hope that Oregon will continue to set an example of the importance of Japanese language study, and that PCC will continue to provide this fantastic resource to the Portland community, helping students to become the next generation to build on the bridge of friendship between our two countries. To all of the participants of the Asian Studies Focus, congratulations, job well done. And to Portland Community College thank you to- for all that you do to support the study of Japanese and for helping bring to our countries that much closer together. Thank you so much. [clapping] I- I have a Consul General’s award uh- brought in fro- from my office. Um I would like to present this to the- Ah! Yes!
[polite laughter] Why don’t I read this in Japanese and I do have a translation for those who are not studying Japanese. Ok. [reading in japanese] -Here you go.
-How beautiful, thank you so much, isn’t this gorgeous? [clapping] Let me give you the translation of that, just in case you missed it. [laughter] Certificate of Commendation Consular Office of Japan extends its deepest regards to Portland Community College in recognition of its distinguished service in contributing to the deepening of mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and the United States of America. Awarded on May 20th, 2015, Consular Office of Japan in Portland, Consular General Hiro Furusawa. Congratulations. [clapping]
Thank you so much, I’ll cherish this always. [clapping] -Thank you.
-Oh its gorgeous. Do you want to move around in the front and let some people take your picture? -Sure.
-I can hold that. Dr. Chairsell will now read the Japanese property sheet. [laughter] David’s back to how he always is. Thank you so much, have a good trip. [indistinguishable conversation] Thank you very much. And we have a couple gifts from Asian students of PCC and our seniors Michelle and Christine are presenting. Thank you. [indistinguishable conversation] Thank you so much, I appreciate it. -Wow.
-Ok, hold the bottom.
-Oh! [indistinguishable conversation] Very nice. Thank you. Thank you very much. [clapping]
Thank you. [clapping] Ok. Now for the actual reason why we’re all here, or the true reason we’re all here. And that is to get our award recipients recognized and your awards handed out. So I’m going to do this a little bit differently this year and I hope the comity doesn’t-
-take umbrage. I would like people receiving the award to come forward and I’ll go ahead and read your names. Um, because of classes and things some of the people on our list who we hope to um give the award are not necessarily going to be here right this minute. So bear with me. Uh, is Frank Anderson here? See, he’s one. Ok. Uh, Shannon Boulden? Also. They’re in class. Why aren’t you- no, just kidding. [laughter] Jimmy Cline is here, however. So stand right up here, we’ll make kind of a semi circle. That’s hard to do as one guy, isn’t it? Um, Chris Ezell? -Wow, you got it right!
-I got it right. Josie Gidding here yet? -Yes, she is.
-There’s Josie, ok. How about Crystal Heath I think couldn’t come at all. Ok. Um Brian Knoche? I got to practice his name. Jessie Lee? Is probably in class. Larry Loose Come on up. Kevin Nuñez? Come on up. Come on over to this side, Kevin, if you would. Joshua Rios Salazar. What do we got? Three and three. Pick your side, you know.
[chuckles] Uh, Jasmin Shade?
[stumbles with pronunciation] -Shade?
[chuckles] Austin Lee Tretwold. Thank you. Kelvin Weesner. In class. And Carl Payne. Is here, great. Please, let them know that you’re proud of them.
[clapping] [clapping] And I’m going to ask my friend and founding faculty member of the Asian Studies Program at PCC Probably 30- 36 years ago. No.
[laughter] To come up and help me pass out the awards. Or actually I’ll have you come to the middle when it’s your time and then go back to your spot in the semi circle. We’re gonna orchestrate this, ok. Frank was not here. Shannon was not here. But, Jimmy Cline is here. Here’s this. Let me shake your hand. [giggles] And we are giving you as a recognition of your hard work A cord to wear over your cap and gown at graduation whenever that is, and it’s going to look really cool and everybody’s going to know that you took at least 4 courses in Asian studies. -I did.
[light clapping] So if you would, take a couple of seconds and tell us how you got interested in Asian studies and where you see this taking you. Um, my introduction to Japanese culture was an Ozu, Yasujiro poem called Floating Weeds. Um, initially it was through cinema that I got into Japanese culture. Um since then it’s been incredibly exciting. Um, one of the questions- uh the packet that was handed out in a post-war Japanese history class that I’m taking right now in 10 things about Japan that you may or may not know was the myth that it’s ok to not know anything about Japan -Hmmm.
-Or other cultures, generally. Um is no longer culturally feasible. Um, I have way to much to say about um -So what’s next?
-Learning about other Cultures. Um. So after PSU with a major in Japanese Language and a minor in International Studies I’ll be applying to the JET program. Um, more than anything I would like to thank the two mountains, they know who they are. Two mountains? [speaking japanese] Great. Um, they’ve- they’ve been great uh and- and this program has been a fascinating journey. Thank you very much. Thank you. [clapping]
[indistinguishable dialog] Ok.
[clapping] Chris? Yes, Chris Ezell. -Almost.
-Almost? How do you say it? -Congratulations, Chris.
-Same two questions. Alright, I actually have an aunt who is from Okayama and so Asian culture has always been a part of my life. Uh and as I asked earlier I really would like to go and teach English in Japan. -So.
-Alright, ok. Thank you very much and congratulations.
[clapping] And for those of you who don’t know this yet, the JET program is one of they ways that many many American students after they complete their Bachelors go to Japan and teach english for awhile. And it sounds like we got two potential candidates here. Ok, Josie Gidding. -Come on up.
-Thank you. Congratulations. Um, I don’t really know what to say. Um, I got introduced to Chinese literature with Tom Huminski and that’s when I started my Asian studies And that was a long time ago, I’ve been going to college on and off for a long time, and I’m finally transferring to PSU and I’m an art history major. And my goal is to teach Asian art, like all of it, everything. -So that’s what I want to do.
-That’s awesome. -Very cool.
-Thank you. [clapping] I’m gonna switch sides with you. Now we have Brian Knoche. -Congratulations.
-Thank you. I got interested into um just Asian culture because of my mom’s side of the family. Um she- um, my great grandmother was buddhist, and um a lot of uh stories passed down to me um was very- uh came from all these Asian cultures and it was very interesting to learn about. And um going through my academic career, I just kept learning and learning about um all these different Asian cultures and histories. And that’s why I’ve become very interested in um Asian history, not just Japan. Korea, China, all of the minor and major countries. So that’s why I got into the Asian Focus Award is to um put something on my resume, I guess. Alright, good tip. Thank you, thank you very much. [clapping] Larry Loose. Thank you. Larry has taken at least two, maybe three courses from me. -Three?
-Two. A couple yeah.
-Two. This is the first time I’ve met him, since it’s online.
[polite laughter] I became interested in the Asian studies because I lived in Japan as a child as a military kid. And I own a lot of Japanese furniture still. And I really became inspired by a teacher from southeast Kamisey named David Armtrow who taught us Chinese history. And I’ve continued on and taken many philosophy classes and whatnot, like Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism; that’s- I plan on becoming a teacher someday myself in either philosophy or history. Thank you. Great. Thanks a lot.
Ok, Kevin? [polite laughter]
Congratulations. -Here’s this.
-Thank you. Kevin Nuñez. Um, my interest in Asian culture kind of stemmed from um playing video games as a kid. I was a real big video game nerd, um still kind of am, But um it just really made me appreciate the Japanese art of story telling and things just kind of snowballed. Eventually I was kind of beating myself up for not knowing how to speak any other language but I really wanted to learn Japanese, um and so I kind of dove head first when I got here. As far as what’s next, I plan on to go and transfer to PSU in the fall, continuing Japanese there. And I’m not sure what I want to do with it but I really really want to get into translation, um translate art, media, things like that. Great. Thank you.
[clapping] I’m hoping that we already gave Jazmin the piece of paper. No?
[giggles] Anyway, she’s here, she’s real, we’ll have it made tomorrow morning. [laughter] -Anyway, so Jazmin Shade, congratulations.
-Thank you. Um I guess I’d be interested in Asian culture- half my family is from Thailand so it’s always interesting to see how that side of the family’s culture varies from the other side of my family. Um so I just kind of just want to learn more about Asian in general. And in the future I maybe want to get into translation cuz it’s a really good way to interact with other people and learn more from the language. -Great.
[clapping] And I have good news. It was stuck together. Well thank you.
[laughter] I take it back, Brian. Oh he’s already outside. -Anyway, congratulations.
-Thank you. Let’s have Austin Tretwold come forward please. On the other side. There he is. Alright, take that. And here’s another one that took three of my classes online and I’m meeting him right now. Nice to meet you. It’s kind of neat, isn’t it. -Hi.
-Welcome. Um, so were you here when we passed out the questions? Uh no. -I think I got some on a sheet of paper.
-Ok. Um I started studying Japanese language because I was really interested in the indigenous religion Shinto. Um since then I’ve carved a little path in history, thanks to Silvia uh I’ve been inspired to learn more ancient history. Um and uh yeah, I’ve enjoyed learning the language. Um in the autumn I’ll be going to Japan to start uh a record label to release music from Japanese artist. Uh and when I get back I’m gonna go to PSU and continue studying language, and hopefully make it to Japan uh and study over there in the next year or two. Great. Sounds great, thank you.
[clapping] Ok, Carl, Carl Payne. -Congratulations.
-Congratulations. Oops! Sorry!
[laughs] Here you go. I got it, I got it.
[continues laughing] Um just like Kevin, I grew up on video games and then there was the initial Buddah Toonami. The um-
[chuckles from the audience] the writing was the most captivating thing to me and that’s when I started doing calligraphy, back at the old school, and then here I found out about this award and then I got a general interest in just the rest of the Asian cultures. So I then took the history of China, and then Korea and Japan, and the more I learned about you know Eastern Asia the more interesting the- the new cultures are, and just the more interest I have in them. I’m going to continue to take Japanese at PSU as well as finish all my other like physics and stuff. I’ll probably major in physics and minor in Japanese. Math and more math, Japanese, math.
[audience chuckles] -Thank you.
[clapping] Pretty amazing, I was going to have them list their four courses but I was worried that some of them wouldn’t remember all four. But then I thought, “No! With these wonderful faculty!” [chuckles] But I’m not gonna do it. Ask them, they’re the ones with the cords. So make a point of going up and asking them which courses they took. Um, how many of you sitting out there have an interest in the Asia Studies Focus Award? Oh, you’re here! [laughter] Well this is either Joshua or Kevin. It’s Josh. Ok, Josh, come on up. [laughter] -Congratulations.
-Thanks. -You’re interested, huh.
-He was here last year too, but he didn’t get the award then. -Hi.
-So tell us, um-
[laughter] how you got interested in this and where it’s gonna take you. Alright, I got interested in high school um, I took Japanese in high school, and after that kind of just like fell into Japanese punk for awhile.
[soft laughter] That stuff was really good. [laughter] The- then I got interested in, through- through the punk I got more interested in like politics, and like things like the war and that- that brought my interest into the history of Jap- Japan. And now I’m taking art history of Japan. Take it, those of you who are taking Japanese and Korean history, because it’s way easier [laughter] Because you know the history so you have the pictures to go along with it now. [laughter] And yeah, um right now I’m excepted into Temple University Tokyo Campus, but I think I might finish my Associates to save more money to go and do that in the spring term. They have three terms so it kind of like starts sometime in the winter. But um, yeah. One day I’ll probably like interpret, I think that’s where I want to go. I don’t want to teach. That seems like a hard job. [laughter] -But it’s so much fun. -Yeah, thanks.
-Alright, thank you.
[clapping] Ok, one more round of applause. [clapping] What I would like to do is invite up, now I don’t see all three here, but Takako Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi Sensei, right this way. Jeffer Daykin, please come forward. -I don’t think Jeffer’s here.
-He’s not here, he couldn’t be here. -And-
-Kathleen Doss. Is Kathleen still here? [indistinct conversation] Please come forward. [very soft clapping] Takako! I don’t know who you’re pointing at, but come forward. [laughter] Say something. So um, we want to thank first of all Kathleen for being the Asian Studies Committee Coordinator. She had to be gone a little while and so Jeffer Daykin also took over for a number of months. And both of them have worked very very hard on behalf of Asian Studies. So Kathleen, this is for you and I have a bag behind here that you can carry back. That other one is for Jeffer Ok. And-
[indistinct conversation] [whispered]
-No, you do it.
-And then we also um Takako said, she said like- she’s so wonderful Do you know how hard she works for you? She is untiring, and we wanted to just giver her a little thank you. for all your hard work.
[clapping] [clapping] I have had the privilege for this past year of serving under the presidency of Dr. Suzanne Johnson, who has generously agreed to share her expertise in this mysterious martial art that you are all going to be fascinated with. And she’s- because she’s in heart- at heart a teacher, she’s going to teach you about this. And let me just say two more sentences. Um Dr. Johnson got up on the stage last September and told her story and an entire room full of employees of PCC Sylvania stood and cheered at the end of her remarks. She took the risk of moving to Portland and offering to provide us leadership, and I don’t think any of us regrets that at all. And we hope she feels good about it too. In any event, we’ve been very fortunate to have her here, and I’m looking forward to this. So, without further ado. Do you want to hold this or put it in the stand? Put it in. Here we go. We’re good. [chuckles]
I’m not that short. -Thank you.
-He’s always a troublemaker. [polite laughter] Well apparently although Chris Chairsell thinks she was the one that standing between you and lunch it’s actually me. Ok, no laughter. Not good. [laughter] That means you’re already hungry. Um, it’s an honor and a privilege to be here and to share your exciting day and also to have the Japanese Consul General um, in presence. Um, and what I’m going to do today, and some people who were a part of the September um Inservice knows a little bit about this. But um, in my spare time, I don’t actually dress like this as campus president, um, I’ve studied um multiple styles of martial arts for more years than I’d like to repeat. But um, a little bit about my background, I have a second degree black belt in Hakkoryu Jiu Jitsu, and a first degree black belt in Aiki Toho Iaido, and a first degree black belt in American Kobe Jiu Jitsu, which is kind of like sky martial stuff, that’s what I started with. Um, so what I’m going to be demonstrating to you today is a particular style of Iaido. Um, who here studies any kind of Iaido? Excellent! So you won’t know if I foul up. [laughter] So, um Iaido is essentially translated as the art of drawing the sword. There are many many different styles of Iaido. The style that I have studied for a number of years is Aiki Toho Iaido. And um I want to tell you a little bit about the art and the philosophy behind it. And then do some demonstrations and I’m hoping you know much like the rides at Disney World or Disney Land, you will keep your hands and feet on the other side of the tape. Because I will be using live blade. Um, that’s also a great thing, if you use a live blade then um, you know no matter what you do it looks cool. Right?
[polite laughter] Not a joke. Ok. So um let me tell you a little bit about gr- about the um particular philosophy behind Iaido. It is certainly a style of Budo, it’s in the tradition of bushido, right they way of the warrior. Budo, meaning military art, martial art. I think most of you in this room probably speak more Japanese than I do. Um when I teach, when I’m sensei uh in New York um you know, none of them speak Japanese but we are a traditional Japanese dojo, so I had to learn a very narrow range of Japanese because we only teach in Japanese. Um, so I apologize ahead of time for any of my mispronunciations today. Um but Iaido originated in medieval Japan and it was to train samurai for two different reasons. One would be basic self defense, but also in preparation for battle. Um, today the art is taught as a set of forms or kata. And I’m gonna probably to preform about seven or eight of the katas today for you. Um the focus is on, and we’re gonna see how I do today, it’s all about the smooth and steady drawing of the sword with very efficient cutting, while keeping perfect posture and balance. Um, it is very much a philosophy of minimum effort, maximum efficiency, and we’ll talk a little bit about that in a second. But um despite the weaponry and the aggressiveness that it might present, the ultimate goal of any style of Iaido is to achieve spiritual and body harmony. That’s what this is about. With the accumulation of experience with the blade leads to a full realization of one’s physical and spiritual potential. Through the blade, which is the symbolic uh representation of the spirit of the warrior, or the spirit of me, this blade was custom made for me, came from Japan, it took nearly a year to wait patiently for it, is to hold my spirit and my energy. And it helps me seek to improve my spirit with emphasis on the development of the morals of the classical warrior, which incorporates spiritual harmony high intellect, sensitivity, and resolute will. Iaido and it’s many styles has been influenced by the ethics of Confucianism, the methods of Zen, philosophical Taoism, and obviously aspects of Bushido, the way of the warrior. In some, Iaido is the cultivation, complete cultivation of heart, and mind, and spirit within Budo. So today I’m going to demonstrating about seven or eight kata um within the style of Aiki Toho Iaido. Um, I’ll introduce each in Japanese to the best of my capacity, and translate as- as best as I have in the context of my notes. Um please note, um, Iaido of any style, which there are many, the kata are very short, very brief. And there are two really good reasons why. I’m gonna tell you one that’s very western and I’m gonna tell you one that’s very not western. Right, in terms of western culture um blade attacks on the street, very- honestly are very fast. It’s not like pirate movies, it’s not like orchestration of- of fencing, Ok? When you have blade combat some of you might have done weapons training before with either a knife, gun or so on, um they’re not prolonged at all. So in reality, one pulls a blade it’s gonna be over pretty quickly. Ok? But the more important reason that um kata are quite short in Iaido is philisophical. Which is to prolong combat or dispatch an adversary beyond what is minimally, efficiently necessary is dishonorable. Period. You do only what is necessary and then you move on. So short kata, but hopefully quite beautiful. It’s also important to share the principle of Iaido is to actually obtain victory while the sword is undrawn. Um, this is non combative discipline. Engage for the individual spiritual cultivation. So in essence, um pulling the blade it’s not a defeat, it’s necessary, but one should harness the skill and ability to never have to, to never have to draw it. So the Samurai tradition basically suggests one must always find and seek a peaceful way, but if not always be prepared and able to match or meet opposition immediately. So with that, not that I see forsee any you know, opposition in front of me, we’re going to do some kata. I’m gonna need to bow my blade in so you’re gonna have to go through a little ritual with me. Um, for a moment I’m going to have to assume that the front, I saw the flowers there, gonna treat that as the shomen and bow my blade in, and then we’ll start. So, can you all hear me ok? -Hey!
-Hey! Ok! So I’m gonna start with the first kata that we teach in- within the student and the Toho Iaido tradition which is called shohatto. Shohatto can translate in many different ways, um sometimes as being ‘rules’, or ‘first’, or ‘entry’. Essentially this kata um is one that holds all elements that you would ever have to know in studying this particular study of Iaido. And um you can spend the rest of your life studying just- just this particular kata um and strive for that mastering of spiritual and body harmony. What I’m gonna do is go this way and I’m gonna turn around and come back this way. Um and then I will explain what’s happening in this. All kata, as some of you might know, all kata are uh defensive, right. So this is not aggressive. So what you can do if you like to think about combat possibilities is that I’m responding and reacting to someone who is the aggressor. So there’s gonna be a certain amount of action that you’re gonna see me take and that ultimately I have to retaliate or counter. Ok, so all kata are always um defensive, not offensive. Hai. Shohatto. [blade being drawn] [blade swooshing through the air] [blade being sheathed] Shohatto. [blade being drawn] [blade swooshing through the air] And before we move to other kata Let me explain something about other things that are unique to style. In every style of Iaido there’s a very particular and precise way of resheathing. And you’ll be able to determine the style of Iaido by simply how they resheath. Um so you can see the same resheath process over and over and over again despite um what the initial kata might be. So what’s happening in this one, and I’ll talk this one through and then the others will be much more rapid and won’t require as much talk. I am walking and minding my own business, someone has appeared on the horizon, and to be always ready I take my first step and I’m watching. And then this person seems to be a little bit more aggressive so I’m watching. Now they’re starting to commit. And now they’re coming.
[blade being drawn] Which makes me try to prevent them. This is a hold. It’s my effort to say please don’t. And then they come.
[blade swooshing through the air] Commit.
[undistinguished dialog] What you see happen here, and you’re gonna see this over and over again no matter what the kata you’re gonna see me solemn. What I’m doing at this moment is reflecting on the life I had to take. Hoping that I’ve provided honorable opportunity for that person to not have that happen. Repeating what I’ve done, to contemplate how I don’t have to do that again in the future. So it’s a way to honor the person’s life and reflect on my actions. To resheath, it’s always the same. This is going to be angled slightly downward, yes, it’s to allow the blood to drip off. My eyes are always forward because where one person was, there may be another. The reason I resheath in this way where the hilt is pointed forward, is in the event of another attacker, I can reach it. Hai. [blade being sheathed] So, with that we can proceed. I’ll do Shohatto one more time and then we can move to other kata. Shohatto. [blade being drawn] [blade swooshing through the air] [blade being sheathed] Next kata. Um, I’m gonna do Uke Nagashi Where are my Japanese translators? Uke Nagashi. Who wants to? Uke Nagashi Low to yeild. Um, this is a very short kata. What essentially is happening here is someone comes very rapidly with an attack, I step out of the way and counter. Uke Nagashi. [blade being drawn] [blade swooshing through the air] [blade being sheathed] Uke Nagashi. [blade being drawn] [blade swooshing through the air] [blade being sheathed] Kiri Age Ura. Which indicates the under diagonal we teach this to students as being the big fish and as a complete gutting cut. Um there are three levels of cut, Jodon, Chudan, Gedon. Hai. Um, right. Jodon is going to be essentially cuts that would go to the head/shoulder. Chudan to about the center of an opponent. Gedon, all the way through the groin. So this is going to be a Gedon cut. Big, big cut. Kiri Age Ura. [blade being drawn] [blade swooshing through the air] [blade being sheathed] Again. Kiri Age Ura. [blade being drawn] [blade swooshing through the air] [blade being sheathed] Now with some attacks you think your problem is ahead of you and then you realize that there’s something worse behind you. What we work on within Iaido is try to be aware of 360 degrees. It’s kind of like how parents have eyes in the back of their head. Well yeah, some of them are really good at that. Um so, you need to be aware of your surroundings at all times. This is called Ushiro Giri Ushiro Giri. For those of you who don’t know, Ushiro, right talking about behind, back around. Um Giri translates roughley into obligation or duty. Hai. Ushiro Giri. [blade being drawn] [blade swooshing through the air] [blade being sheathed] Let’s start back here from this way. Do it again. [blade being drawn] [blade swooshing through the air] [blade being sheathed] Zengo. Means around. Zengo Giri. Pretty one. [blade being drawn] [blade swooshing through the air] [blade being sheathed] Zengo. [blade being drawn] [blade swooshing through the air] [blade being sheathed] Tsuka Osae. Sometimes attacks are not from the distance, somebody foolishly wants to take your sword. So what you’re gonna see with this one is that I’ve allowed the person, not a really good idea, to come close enough and try and take my katana. And so I’m going to counter that and then put the person into a- a wrist lock Right, Osae, in uh- acording to Jiu Jitsu, Osae means wrist lock techniques. Um Tsuka meaning bundle So I’m gonna sort of bundle this person up and they’re not gonna be able to get away from me until I release them. So, looks like- Tsuka Osae. [blade being drawn] [blade swooshing through the air] [blade being sheathed] So the person grabs, I’ll allow. I wrist lock them. And then I hold them and release. They’re aggressive, so I finish. Tsuka Osae. [blade being drawn] [blade swooshing through the air] [blade being sheathed] And one that’s a little different before the finishing kata, it’s called Orotata. It’s a different style, right, obviously these are all sort of up and down. But obviously you can have attacks from side to side. So I’m gonna do it um facing this way and then I’ll face this way. So I apologize for my back to you. Orotata So side to side. There’s a problem here, and then a problem here. [blade being drawn] [blade swooshing through the air] [blade being sheathed] I apoplgize. Orotata [blade being drawn] [blade swooshing through the air] [blade being sheathed] Last. Tome suamioto Finishing cut. Um all styles of Iaido have a finishing cut. Um it typically has Kiai so you’ll hear me make a um energetic samurai call. It’s a energy release. Um this technique is essentially demonstrating as if you were going to be cutting something uh, on a table. Or as it might be on some other structure. [undistiguishable japanese] Finishing cut. [blade being drawn] HA! [blade being sheathed] [undistiguishable japanese] [blade being drawn] HA! [blade being sheathed] Domo arigato. [clapping] And as we say, [undistiguishable japanese] Domo arigato gozaimashita. Hai! Thank you very much, thank you. [clapping] Thank you so much.
[clapping] Before you get too far away, Mr. Knoche would like to present you with something. -Arigato.
-Domo arigato. Domo arigato. One more time lets thank Dr. Suzanne Johnson. [clapping]