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Iaido

Iaido

The art of Iaido would seem to be a simple one. The student sits or stands quietly, draws out a blade and cuts through the air all in one stroke, then puts the blade away again. To the casual observer there is not a lot to see.

Iaido

However, Iaido is an exacting art that demands a high level of mental concentration. It is an art of precise motions with only centimeters of tolerance and split second timing.It is also an individual art that involves the student and the sword struggling to achieve perfection of form.

Beyond this physical aspect, Iaido is perhaps the most philosophically oriented of all of the Japanese budo arts. The name "Iaido" itself is composed of three ideograms "I, "AI" and "DO"."I" means to "reside" or "be" in a certain place; "AI" means "harmony"; and "DO" means "road" or "path". Hence, "Iaido" means the path to finding harmony in any situation in which one finds oneself - to be prepared for any eventuality.

Iaido is a very traditional martial art. Japanese culture, etiquette and history are all important aspects of Iaido taught at the JCCC. Both the traditional forms of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu, which originate in the late 16th century, and the modern forms developed by the All Japan Kendo Federation are taught.

Iaido

Classes at the JCCC are taught by Goyo Ohmi, Kyoshi 7th Dan; Carole Galligan, Renshi 6th Dan; Enore Gardonio, 5th Dan; Tracy Sheppard, 5th Dan; Michael Gan, 5th Dan; Michael Hodge, 5th Dan and Bruce Meecham, 4th Dan.

Beginners need only wear loose clothing. Kneepads are recommended. A limited supply of bokuto (wooden blade) are available for those who do not have one. All levels are welcome.

Schedule

Day Time Age Level
Sunday 1:00-3:00pm all ages (15 & up) General
Thursday 9:10-10:40pm all ages (15 & up) General
Saturday 2:30-4:30pm all ages (15 & up) General

New Iaido students accepted only on October 1, 2017, and January 7, April 1 and July 8, 2018.

For more information please visit www.mumonkai.org.

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