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IAIDO - Japanese Swordsmanship
Instruction in traditional Iaido, Japanese swordsmanship, is by Ken Watanabe, Iaido 5th Dan. We do not teach movie-style or improvised sword-play. We offer classical training in Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido, Toyama Ryu and traditional style Aikido kumitachi.
Iaido is an ancient art first developed around the 1550's in feudal Japan. This long tradition has been handed down through the ages in the Samurai warrior class and has a long tradition and culture. Iaido today has been strongly influenced by the Zen philosophy and the teaching of Satsujin Ken Katsujin To, the "sword which preserves life and the sword which destroys." Today's Iaido emphasizes "the sword which preserves life" and both the spiritual as well as technical and physical aspects of the art. The positive ideals of the ancient Samurai warrior are instilled in each student.
Everyone is welcome to join but the number of students is limited to available mat space for training. Proper uniform and training sword is required. A proper iaito or mogito can be ordered through the Dojo. Please come to observe our classes during Training Hours.
Iaido Training Schedule
Rates - IAIDO
$120.00 per month