We offer instruction in Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido in Harrisonburg VA. We are affiliated with the North American San Shin Kai.
Iaido involves the practice of solo kata using an iaito (metal alloy practice sword). A shinken (traditional samurai steel sword with sharpened edge) may be used by more advanced students. Practice also involves kumitachi, paired exercises using bokuto (wooden swords), and tameshigiri, cutting bamboo or straw mat rolls using shinken. Iaido training develops awareness, concentration, and discipline.