My 'Curriculum Vitae' for Budo Sport
My first contact with Martial Arts was when I was a jung student at the
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Looking for something
completely different than my study I took a Ju-jitsu course (It was about 1965).
I had to wait till 1978 to read in a local newspaper about the Swiss
Championship in KENDO which was held in Wädenswil, a small town at the
Lake of Zurich. There were a picture with two Kendoka fighting and the name
of the winner: Erwin Manser. I phoned him and he invited me to join the
training in Wädenswil. The Dojo was run by Toni Schöb who becames
my first KENDO teacher. There I found Herbert Meierhofer who won later many
times the Swiss Championship and was once Vice Europa Champion. Later he
also cames to Zurich to teach KENDO. At that time I was not the only one
coming from Zurich to
have trainig with Toni, Herbert and Erwin: Gerry Tscherter often cames to
Wädenswil. He was the founder of the BUDOKAN Zurich and becomes many
times Swiss Champion. In 1982 I joined the BUDOKAN. There was
also Richard Eisenschmid who introduced me to IAIDO (about 1982 or 1983).
Thanks to Gerry I got my first DAN in
KENDO in 1987 in Malmö (Sweden). Unfortunately I run into problems with
my health and I could not practice KENDO anymore. (For the same raison I had to stop
my activity as pilot instructor for glider flying). So IAIDO becomes more important
for me. My teacher Gerry Tscherter went often to Japan and his IAIDO teacher was
YAMASHIBU SENSEI who was also the teacher of HARUNA SENSEI who was
teacher of OSHITA SENSEI.
Unforunately Haruna Sensei passed away in September 2002.