Finally, I would like to thank a few people.

First of all thanks to my wife Jo. We have been doing Budo together from the time she started in 1979 till the time she was hit by the unfortunate event in 2010, which forced her to stop training.

All the Sensei who were kind enough to write a preface to this document: Koos van Hattum Sensei, Hein Odinot Sensei, Edo Kokichi Sensei, Iijima Akira Sensei, Ishido Shizufumi Sensei.

With all these Sensei I have a long standing and very warm relation, thank you all for your continued support!

Of course I want to thank my Deshi, and all the other students that I still teach on a regular basis. Without them I would not have been motivated to continue the endless study of Japanese Budo.

A special thanks goes to Hein Odinot Sensei, who has played a vital role in keeping the NKR as a stable and financially healthy organization, where Kendo, Iaido and Jodo could develop wonderfully.

And last but not least a big thanks for Jock Hopson, my great Senpai in Europe. We have been Budo friends since the 1970’s and he connected me to Ishido Sensei and Hiroi Sensei, for which I owe him forever the deepest gratitude.


Amsterdam, August 2019

Louis Vitalis & Jolanda Dekker

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