At the Academy, we study Iaido Which is known as “The art of drawing the sword”. These teachings, Initially Developed by Hayashizake Jinsuke Shigenobu in the mid 1500’s, have evolved from the Samurai warrior class well over 450 years ago and are still practiced around the world today. Our club seeks to maintain the preservation of the teachings of the late Masayuki Shimabukuro Sensei through our teachers in the Sei Kosho shorei Kai International to new generations of Martial Art Students in order to preserve these arts.
Iaido practice utilizes the solo use of unsharpened metal Katana swords called Iaito. The actual techniques (waza) are developed from orthodox teachings and have been handed down from teacher to student for centuries.
The club also offers Kenjutsu partner practice in which we use traditional wooden swords called Bokken. It is not “free fighting” and there is no competition involved. Training is done through Kata or pre-arranged movements. Both individuals benefit from this training.
Why Study The Japanese Sword?
Training in the Japanese sword arts requires the practitioner to cultivate an intense sense of focus and concentration. This type of training cultivates an awareness that is needed in this ever increasingly dangerous society.
In the physical sense, training in the sword arts can be a great way to strengthen the body and the mind. Although the practice of Iaido or Kenjutsu may look easy when watching an experienced practitioner, it is usually the result of many hours of sweat and hard work to create that appearance.
The sword and the skills to employ it effectively provide the practitioner with valuable lessons in martial strategy for the use of weaponry and the use of the empty hand arts, as well as a wonderful vehicle for physical conditioning and personal development. The study of the sword arts is also rich with philosophical concepts that can help us see things from a different perspective.