A Canberra group dedicated to the study of Japanese Budo arts
Damon commenced training in Iaido briefly in 1996 under the private guidance of Greg Mapstone in Ipswich, Queensland and then returned to training in 1999 under the instruction of David Kolb at the Brisbane Aiki Kai. In 2000 he took up the study of Jodo, also under David Kolb.
Through David Kolb, he has advanced his study of All Japan Kendo Renmei Seitei Iaido & Jodo, Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido and Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo.
He has travelled to Japan on numerous occasions over the last 16 years training privately in Sendai with Kuniaki Nagayama Sensei, 7 Dan Kyoshi Jodo 7 Dan Kyoshi Iaido and attending ZNKR Miyagi Prefecture Iaido and Jodo seminars. He has also trained with Obayashi Tadashi Sensei, 8 Dan Kiyoshi, of the Dai Ken Kyo Iaido club in Osaka.
He has held the following official positions relating to Iaido/Jodo in Australia:
2017-present Coaching Development Coordinator - Australian Kendo Renmei
2008-present Executive Officer - ACT Kendo Renmei
2015-2018 Iaido Board Chairman - Australian Kendo Renmei
2012-2015 Iaido Board Member - Australian Kendo Renmei
2012-2015 Jodo Board Member - Australian Kendo Renmei
He has attended Australian Kendo Renmei Iaido and Jodo Seminars and has the following national championships results:
2012 Jodo Championships (Sydney) - 3rd Dan / 4th Dan individual kata - 2nd place
2012 Iaido Championships (Sydney) - 4th Dan individual kata - 1st place
2011 Jodo Championships (Melbourne) - 3rd Dan / 4th Dan individual kata - 1st place