I'm really excited to have found a MJER group in the UK!
My name is Colin Clark, and I started iaido in the UK (under Tony Janew sensei, a student of Fay Goodman sensei; I learnt seitei-iai at that time), then MJER iaido in Paris (Makoto Dojo, ultimately under Esaka-sensei from the ZNIR). I'm living in Hokkaido, Japan at the moment, and my teacher is Nakamichi-sensei (8d hanshi); I took my first dan last month (the head teacher in Hokkaido is Ishigaki sensei (10d)). I'm coming back to the UK (to Oxford, where I'm going to do a PhD) in September. I have a question (well, two).
Firstly, how would I go about joining your group/association (if possible)? I do think the seitei iai are interesting, but my interest is in MJER. I'd love to study it in the UK, rather than just on my own, and I'd be happy to travel to seminars.
Secondly, as regards the UK offensive weapons act ('sword ban') and UK Customs, would it help me to come back to the UK with my iaito if I could show a membership card of your association? The Home Office, as well as Clive Sinclaire of the To-ken society, said that 'membership of a sporting association (for which you need an iaito)' would help to prove I have a valid reason for bringing an iaito into the UK. I'm a bit worried about it being taken away from me (or of getting arrested!).
Hope that's not too many questions. Best wishes,