From almost the foundation of the kendo Renmei in the Netherlands, it is certain that Louis Vitalis was involved with kendo training. Iaido and Jodo came some years later in the focus of interest in our country.
Louis was promoted Shodan Kendo and Iaido on the 13th august 1977 and Shodan Jodo on the 12th august 1984.
After many years of hard and intense training Louis reached the 7th dan level in all three disciplines!
He was the only European, together with a member of the British Kendo Association, with three 7th dan grades.
Now he has been involved in a long period of teaching, not only in the Netherlands, but also in many countries in Europe.
He can also look back at excellent career as an important and skilled International referee.
May I conclude with the remark that Louis Vitalis can be mentioned an icon of Budo and that this conclusion justifies my opinion that we can be very proud of him and that he is an outstanding member of our federation!!
honorary President NKR.