I met Louis for the first time 40 years ago. My Kendo teacher, Edo Kokichi Sensei, asked me to take care of teaching Kendo to a young person from the Netherlands, who was able to speak Japanese. So, I went to meet Louis, who was participating in the Foreigners Kendo Seminar in Kitamoto, which was held after the World Championships, and took him to Shimodate, where we were living.
I assumed he could speak Japanese, but he could only speak a few words, so we ended up spending a lot of time with a dictionary, to talk about Kendo. This is something I still remember very well up to today.
He came to our house to train Kendo and I’m not sure if he was satisfied with the trainings, but we did spend an enjoyable time together.
Louis is now turning 60 years old and he is now looking back, writing his own history. We can learn why he started Budo and how it evolved until recent times.
He practices 3 Arts: Kendo, Iaido and Jodo, and met many teachers and what he has learned he will teach and hand over to successive generations.