Preface Hein Odinot Sensei

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!!


Hein Odinot,

honorary President NKR.

Preface Koos van Hattum Sensei

Louis Vitalis is a remarkable personality and I’ve known him for a very long time. At first somewhat from a distance. He trained in Amsterdam at Shin Bu Ken (later Museido) and I at Fumetsu in Rotterdam. Louis is a few years younger than me, and he started a few years earlier with kendo.
Gradually, we came across each other with increasing frequency. Initially during the central training, then at matches and later also as national team members and much later as fellow referees during European Championships.
Over this long period I have learned a lot from Louis. Apart from kendo technical guidance, Louis contributed a lot to my development as an international referee and as a kendo teacher. He has advised me and coached me during the preparations for my dan examinations.
Louis contributed not only to my kendo development. His greatest merit is his commitment over the past few decades to the entire Dutch Kendo, Iaido and Jodo. His inexhaustible knowledge and technical skills, coupled with didactic insight, have inspired and raised the levels of many practitioners in The Netherlands. For the Dutch Kendo Renmei, Louis is an important link between the Netherlands and Japan. He has brought us into contact with Edo sensei, Iijima sensei and Ishido sensei. Many other renowned teachers came in their slipstream and that stream is still going on. Every time there are new top instructors present at seminars. Equally important, NKR members can travel to Japan to train with these teachers. In this way, we are assured that the levels of Kendo, Iaido and Jodo in The Netherlands remain as high as they can be and that we in turn can make a contribution to the developments in Europe.
I am pleased and grateful that Louis has found the time to write his memoirs and that it is now possible for everyone to read them.

Koos van Hattum
(President NKR)