Author: Pam Parker

Pam Parker teaches Iaido in Ken Zen institute, NYC. At renshi nanadan she is the highest graded female iaidoka in the Americas, and the first non-Japanese American to achieve nanadan.

Bowing to the “7”

Editors note: The following is a guest post by NYC Ken-Zen dojo’s iaido instructor, Pam Parker. Last year Pam became one of only a small handful of American’s to pass the iaido nanadan exam in Japan (and probably the first American female) and as such I immediately asked her for her thoughts on the matter. She ruminated a little bit over it, but finally here they are!! Note that the article is in two halves: an ‘omote’ part which describes how the testing process works, and an ‘ura’ part that is more personal in nature.