Renshi, ZNIR, Vice President Canadian Iaido Association


Born in Ontario, Chris Tooley has lived in the Yukon and BC and has been practicing Iaido in Victoria for over 20 years, starting when he was just 17 years old. He was much younger, however, when he was first drawn to Japanese culture, tradition, and bushido through old family atlases, and his father’s 50-year-old Karate books. Through Iaido, he has been able to travel to Japan to practice and visit Budo shrines. He practices four times a week throughout the year and regularly attends Iaido Seminars in Texas and Japan. Chris has always been interested in the philosophy of budo and samurai, especially with how it can relate to the present.