Members of the Bluff City Iai Kai have been cutting rolled tatami mats informally for many years. In 2004 it affiliated with the U.S. Federation of Battodo, under the direction of Bob Elder sensei of Orlando, FL. Elder sensei has been a Japanese sword dealer since 1979 and in 1991 had the opportunity to begin formal instruction from Hataya Mitsuo sensei, kyudan, All Japan Battodo Federation. Elder sensei holds the rank of godan and has lead two cutting seminars in Memphis to date. He has made it his goal to bring the spirit of the organizations and contests that he has experienced in Japan to the U.S. In that regard, he has been holding sucessful taikai in Orlando since 1999 for an increasing number of swordsman throughout the U.S. including some from Bluff City Iai Kai and he has recently organized the USFB on the Japanese model.
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